Legislative Advocate

California School Boards Association
Until Filled


Under supervision of the Assistant Executive Director for Governmental Relations, researches, analyzes, and evaluates proposed and current state and federal legislation, legislative issues, statutes, regulations, and policies; communicates and advocates for the Association’s position to influence opinion in favor of public education; develops, summarizes, and maintains reports and records; fosters cooperative working relationships among Association staff and acts as liaison with various legislative, educational, community, public, and government agencies; and performs related work as required.


  • Researches, analyzes, and evaluates impact of proposed and current complex Federal and State legislation, legislative issues, budget issues, statutes, regulations, and policies on governing boards, local educational agencies and Association programs; develops and presents legislative, analysis, proposals, and recommendations on positions, advice, and strategies for implementation to Association leaders, Legislative Committee, CSBA staff and others. 
  • Communicates Association positions on proposed legislation to congressional members, legislators, legislative committees, Association leaders, Legislative Committee, CSBA staff and others.
  • Manages and coordinates the development and implementation of the Association’s legislative strategy; contributes to the development of the Association’s position on bills, issues, and policies.
  • Writes background papers, letters, action alerts, and presentations for advocacy at the Federal and State levels.
  • Contributes to Association publications and reports.
  • Consults with and lobbies the United States Department of Education, State Department of Education, and other federal and state agencies regarding the Association’s positions on legislation, policies and regulations.
  • Represents and advocates for the Association on statewide and national boards, committees, and advisory groups; develops collaborative relationships with policy makers, government officials, school district and other representatives, and community groups to support the Association’s mission, vision, and goals; participates on a variety of interdisciplinary committees and represents the Association to a variety of community and stakeholder groups.
  • Serves as a liaison to employees, the public, private organizations, community groups, and government and local educational agency officials; provides consultative services and advice on legislation development, programming, and planning; receives and responds to complaints and questions relating to assigned area of responsibility; reviews problems and recommends corrective actions; testifies before boards and committees at public hearings on legislative and regulatory issues.
  • Prepares and submits Board of Directors and Delegate Assembly agenda reports and various other committee and staff reports and correspondence regarding assigned program activities.
  • Participates in the development and implementation of new or revised legislative programs, systems, procedures, and methods of operation; compiles and analyzes data and makes recommendations.
  • Communicates orally, in writing, or through graphic representations and technical summaries with colleagues, managers, employees, the public, organized employee groups, and representatives of various organizations in a variety of settings, including large and small group meetings.
  • Promote the mission and values of the Association by exhibiting the Association’s commitment to integrity, collaboration, excellence, accountability, innovation, and respect; use tact, initiative, prudence, and independent judgment within general policy, procedural and legal guidelines; establish, maintain, and foster positive and effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of performing duties and responsibilities.
  • Reads and demonstrates an understanding and adherence to CSBA values, policies, and practices.
  • Demonstrates respect, honesty and professionalism at all times.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge of:

  • Legislative practices and processes; principles, practices, and trends in public, elementary, secondary, and post-secondary education.
  • Organization and function of non-profit organizations, boards, and commissions.
  • Applicable Federal, State, and local laws, regulatory codes, ordinances, and procedures relevant to assigned area of responsibility; principles, practices, concepts, and methods of Federal and State legislation research, development, analysis, and evaluation; methods techniques, and procedures of effective Federal and State legislative advocacy.
  • Sources of information related to a broad range of education policy and programs.
  • Research design, methods, analysis, and reporting.
  • Public relations techniques.
  • Principles and practices of business letter writing, report formatting and preparation, data collection, information management, record keeping principles and procedures, and business mathematics and statistical techniques.
  • Modern office management practices and methods, including use of standard office equipment, computer equipment and applications, including word processing, spreadsheet applications, report writing and business correspondence/writing.
  • English usage, grammar, spelling, vocabulary, and punctuation.
  • Techniques for providing a high level of customer service by effectively dealing with the public, vendors, contractors, and Association members and staff.
  • Effective communication skills for use in one-on-one settings as well as in small and large groups.

Ability to:

  • Perform responsible and difficult legislative research, development, analysis, and evaluation involving the use of independent judgment and personal initiative.
  • Analyze, interpret, summarize, and present technical and legal information and data in an effective manner; prepare clear and concise speeches, articles, reports, correspondence, procedures, and other written materials.
  • Interpret, apply, and explain Federal, State, and local policies, procedures, laws and regulations.
  • Effectively represent the Association in meetings with education institutions, Federal and State governmental agencies, community groups, and various businesses, professional, and regulatory organizations and in meetings with the public.
  • Maintain a professional appearance and demeanor at all times.
  • Establish and maintain a variety of filing, record keeping, and tracking systems.
  • Organize and prioritize a variety of projects and multiple tasks in an effective and timely manner; organize own work, set priorities and meet critical deadlines.
  • Operate and maintain modern office equipment, including computer equipment and specialized software application programs.
  • Use English effectively to communicate in person, over the telephone, in writing, and electronically, including social media.
  • Use tact, initiative, prudence, and independent judgment within general policy, procedural and legal guidelines; establish, maintain, and foster positive and effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of performing duties and responsibilities.


  • Any combination of training and experience equivalent to an bachelor’s degree or higher with major coursework in business administration, public administration, government, legal, or political sciences, or related field with three (3) years of experience in legislative research, analysis, and evaluation or a related field. 


  • Employee is personally responsible for following health and safety guidelines, instructions, and policies.
  • Must possess mobility to work in a standard office setting and use standard office equipment, including a computer; vision to read printed materials and computer screen, and hearing and speech to communicate in person, and over the telephone; must be able to bend, stoop, kneel, reach, push and pull drawers open and closed in the execution of duties.
  • Must be able to sit at computer for long periods of time and have the dexterity to access, enter, and retrieve data using a computer keyboard or calculator, and operate standard office equipment.
  • Employee must possess the ability to lift, carry, push, and pull materials and objects weighing up to 25 pounds, hand truck available to assist.
  • Must be able to travel overnight on occasion throughout the state of California.
  • Must have the dexterity and mobility to facilitate or present information to a group, access, enter, and retrieve data using a computer keyboard or calculator, and operate standard facilitation equipment.


  • Possession of, or ability to, obtain a valid California Driver’s license by time of appointment.


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