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Education Lobbyist

West Sacramento, CA 95691

Job Function: Public Relations Job Number: 400103

Job Description

Johnson Service Group is looking for an Education Lobbyist for one our Client’s in Sacramento.  This person would support the Government Relations Department.  This role researches and analyzes the state and federal legislation that impact California TK-12 education, advocates the Association’s position to stakeholders, staff, and the public.  They would help develop and implement Association’s legislative strategy on bills, issues, and policies.  One would need to foster cooperative working relationships among Association staff and acts as a liaison with various legislative, educational, community, public, and government agencies.

Responsibilities:
 
  • Will participate in drafting bill analysis.
  • Will help write letters of support or opposition on bills.
  • 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, Association staff and others.
  • Communicates Association positions on proposed legislation to congressional members, legislators, legislative committees, Association leaders, Legislative Committee, Client 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.
  • Receives and responds to complaints and questions relating to assigned area of responsibility. Will review problems and recommend corrective actions.  May testify 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.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrates respect, honesty, and professionalism always.
  • Occasional overnight travel to off-site functions
Qualifications:
  • Experience with California state and federal legislation that impact TK-12 education.
  • Experience with school finance or budget bills are highly desired.
  • Experience with Prop 98 and the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF).
  • Experience with lobbying and grassroots efforts.
  • Experience staffing, attending, and testifying in committee hearings.
  • Able to organize coalitions.
  • Knowledge of legislative practices and processes, principles, practices, and trends in public, elementary, secondary, and post-secondary education.
  • Familiar with the functioning of non-profit organizations, boards, and commissions.
  • Knowledge of applicable Federal, State, and local laws, regulatory codes, ordinances, and procedures.  
  • Knowledge of principles, practices, concepts, and methods of Federal and State legislation research, development, analysis, and evaluation
  • Knowledge of 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.
  • Use English effectively to communicate in person, over the telephone, in writing, and electronically, including social media.
  • Good English usage, grammar, spelling, vocabulary, and punctuation.
  • Knowledge of 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.
  • Techniques for providing a high level of customer service by effectively dealing with the public, vendors, contractors, and Association members and staff.
  • 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.
  • Ability to prepare clear and concise speeches, articles, reports, correspondence, procedures, and other written materials.
  • Able to 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.
  • Always maintain a professional appearance and demeanor.
  • 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.
  • 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 while performing duties and responsibilities.
  • Any combination of training and experience equivalent to a bachelor’s degree or higher with major coursework in business administration, public administration, government, legal, or political sciences, or related field.
  • Three (3) years of experience in legislative research, analysis, and evaluation or a related field.
  • Possession of, or ability to, obtain a valid California Driver’s license by time of appointment.
 
Office Environment:
 
  • 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.
Salary starting at $125k DOE

** Johnson Service Group (JSG) is an Equal Opportunity Employer. JSG provides equal employment opportunities to all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, marital status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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