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Position Announcement: Associate Director for Governmental Relations

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May 15, 2018

We are seeking an Associate Director for Governmental Relations to focus on Respect for Life, Family Life and Religious Liberty issues to work as a member of our team at the California Catholic Conference, Inc. the public policy arm of the Bishops of the Catholic Church in California.

This is a full-time position in downtown Sacramento. The Associate reports to the Executive Director.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Monitoring legislation, keeping track of legislative calendars, and scanning relevant bills and amendments.
  • Advocating on legislation by meeting with lawmakers, legislative staff, regulators, allies and opponents to discuss legislative proposals.
  • Testifying before committees of the legislature and administrative agencies.
  • Writing legislative alerts, letters, fact sheets reports, briefing memos, and background papers.
  • Establishing and maintaining an active liaison with other local advocacy groups or other issue related non-profit advocacy organizations.
  • Researching various issues, federal and state laws, court rulings and regulations.
  • Assists the Diocesan Respect Life and Family Life Directors in their efforts to establish political advocacy networks.
  • Provide written information and training occasionally for The Catholic Legislative Network effort.
  • Exercise budgetary oversight for areas of responsibility and accomplishes administrative tasks and other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required. Advanced degree desirable in related field.
  • Public policy experience preferred.
  • Strong writing skills, advanced research experience, and the ability to simplify complex policy issues into terms the general public can easily grasp.
  • Strong verbal communication skills, interpersonal skills, a solid work history, and a professional demeanor.
  • Punctuality and willingness to work until tasks are completed.
  • Precise attention to detail and deadlines.
  • Poise, mature judgment and discretion in dealing with confidential information.
  • Ability to speak and write in Spanish desirable.
  • Knowledge of Catholic teachings and Catholic in good standing required.
  • Computer proficiency and knowledge of internet communications and social media.
  • Job requires valid driver’s license, and ability to move back and forth to nearby office buildings, operate computer and office equipment.

To Apply:  Send cover letter, resumé, short writing sample, and three letters of recommendation to jramirez@cacatholic.org.   No phone calls, please.