Chief of Legislative and Government Affairs, C.E.A.
Who are we?
The California State Auditor ensures the effective and efficient use and management of public funds and programs. We provide nonpartisan, accurate, and timely assessments of California government's financial and operational activities. Our work results in truthful, balanced, and unbiased information with recommendations for actions that lead to improving government operations.
Why should you join us?
- You want to make a difference for Californians and future generations, and make sure California government is effectively serving its people.
- You are experienced in establishing and maintaining productive and positive working relationships with executive leadership and government officials.
- You have experience with and knowledge of California's legislative processes as well as federal, state and local government systems.
- You have exceptional leadership skills and a strong work ethic with the ability to thrive when working under pressure.
- You desire an annual salary within the range of $150,000 - $190,000.
What will you do?
Under the direction of the State Auditor or his designee, the Chief of Legislative and Government Affairs (Chief) is responsible for overseeing the office's program for all matters involving the state Legislature, the Joint Legislative Audit Committee (JLAC), and acts as the office's liaison to the Governor's Office and senior leadership of state executive branch agencies.
The Chief manages the legislative and governmental affairs program engaging in a variety of confidential and sensitive legislative and policy work, and represents the State Auditor in interactions with the Legislature concerning legislative policy and budget processes affecting the office. The Chief also ensures that the State Auditor maintains productive communications with the Legislature and the Governor's Office. Furthermore, the Chief develops and implements policies and protocols relating to interactions with federal, state, and local government entities. Specifically, you will:
- Plan and direct the legislative and governmental affairs program including tracking legislation, liaise between the State Auditor and Members of the Legislature and their staff on proposed amendments and pending legislation, analyze audit proposals and prepare related audit analyses and budget estimates for submission to JLAC, coordinate report briefings and hearings and publish the annual reports relating to legislative matters; supervise professional staff by assigning and reviewing work, and provide on-the-job training and professional development.
- Represent the State Auditor in meetings and briefings with individual Members, committees, and staff of the Legislature, the Governor's Office, and with governmental entities at the federal, state, and local levels.
- Advise the State Auditor and executive management on legislative perspectives, strategies, and processes to establish and maintain good relationships as well as preparation strategies for delivering testimony before the Legislature.
- Serve as the office's liaison with the Legislature, JLAC, and the Governor's Office by establishing and fostering key working relationships with legislative staff, consultants in leadership, fiscal and policy committees, Governor's Office staff, Department of Finance, and leadership of governmental entities at the federal, state, and local levels.
- Develop and implement policies and protocols for working with federal, state and local governments, including developing and providing training to staff on the legislative process and delivering effective legislative presentations.
Who are you?
- You have extensive experience establishing and maintaining productive and positive working relationships with representatives of all levels of government, the public, and the Legislative, Judicial, and Executive branches to achieve office goals and objectives.
- You have the ability to gain the confidence and support of top level executives to effectively advise them on a wide range of issues.
- You have experience effectively and efficiently communicating with others as demonstrated by strong written and oral communications skills, including the ability to represent the State Auditor's office effectively, both internally and externally.
- You have experience reviewing and monitoring bills including coordinating and reviewing analyses, identifying fiscal and policy implications of bills, developing bill analysis for proposed amendments, and preparing legislative critiques and summaries.
- You have experience performing high-profile legislative activities and policy influencing functions, which includes working effectively under pressure and making decisions in a fast-paced and changing environment.
- You have demonstrated experience exercising a high degree of integrity and confidentiality for sensitive issues and use sound judgment in decision making.
- You have extensive knowledge of the organization and functions of California state government including the organization and practices of the Legislative, Judicial, and Executive branches as well as the legislative process and procedures.
- You have knowledge of the California State Auditor's mission, programs and policies.
- You possess strong leadership and management skills with demonstrated ability to think strategically and function effectively as a member of a dynamic management team.
How do I join?
The California State Auditor is part of the merit-based California civil service selection system. To complete this process, you must do the following:
- Submit a completed State of California job application (STD. 678) and resume.
- Submit a Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) describing your experience, education, training, knowledge, skills, and abilities as they relate to the desirable qualifications listed in the "Who are you?" section of this announcement. The SOQ serves as documentation of your ability to present information clearly and concisely in writing. The SOQ MUST address, in numerical order, the desirable qualifications listed above. The SOQ MUST be typed and no longer than three pages in length using 11 or 12 point font. Failure to follow this format may result in disqualification.
You can submit your complete application package via your CalCareer account or by mail:
California State Auditor
Human Resources Office
621 Capitol Mall, Suite 1200
Sacramento, California 95814
Failure to submit the required documentation may result in disqualification from the hiring process.
The Fine Print:
The office has a hybrid telework program that allows employees to work from home when their work is conducive to a telework environment. To see additional working conditions, review the job bulletin on the CalCareers website.
Any applicant receiving a conditional job offer will be subject to a background check, fingerprinting and an inquiry to the California Department of Justice to disclose criminal records prior to appointment. State Auditor's Office employees are excluded from collective bargaining. The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation. It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free state work place. Any applicant for state employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the state, the rules governing civil service and the special trust placed in public servants.