Government Affairs Director

21 Sep, 2021


Government Affairs Director

California Immigrant Policy Center
Sacramento, CA
Government Affairs Director

Sacramento, CA

The California Immigrant Policy Center (CIPC) is a non-partisan, non-profit statewide organization founded in 1996, as California reeled from the ugly aftermath of Proposition 187 and harsh federal copycats. A multi-ethnic hub for statewide advocacy, CIPC has worked hand-in-hand with community partners across the state for two decades to create and defend a national blueprint for pro-immigrant policy. Our notable achievements include The California Values Act, the Drivers License Bill, Health for All Kids and One California, the largest investment in legal services protection in the country.


The Government Affairs Director (GAD) is a key member of the leadership team at CIPC, contributing meaningfully to the direction of legislative campaigns. The ideal candidate is deeply familiar with the policy making process and key stakeholders to both pass legislation and help with its implementation. The position is responsible for building political will in Sacramento by educating and organizing power brokers, monitoring key issues and identifying regulatory and legislative opportunities to further CIPC campaigns that expand and defend rights of immigrants in California. The GAD is expert on legislative, administrative, budget analysis for the organization, and will author policy as needed.

This is a Sacramento based position and part of CIPC’s Leadership Team. The Government Affairs Director reports to the Deputy Director of Programs and Campaigns, and assumes responsibility for the Government Affairs team of a senior legislative advocate and legislative assistant, plus the lobbyist on contract as needed. Some travel to our Bay Area and Southern California offices and other locations is necessary.


•        Guide CIPC’s legislative and administrative vision and advocacy in Sacramento;

•        Educate legislators, secure championship and build political will for bold progressive change in the State;

•        Assess the impact of state legislative and regulatory proposals on low-income immigrants, refugees, and their families including CIPC priority bills and other immigrant-related bills;

•        In partnership with CIPC program directors and the Management Team, guide CIPC’s legislative agenda, including tracking legislation and sharing legislative updates;

•        Lead annual budgetary and administrative advocacy for the Dept. of Social Services One California Program;

•        Monitor program implementation of new laws and regulations and propose strategy, policy design and recommendations;

•        Is a resource for, and provides support to other policy staff in conducting trainings and technical assistance to members, community based organizations, and other partners on various issues;

•        Work with the Sacramento and policy team to produce materials, including factsheets for electeds, testimony and bill analysis;

•        Oversee development of materials (factsheets, legislative and budget analysis briefs) for outreach and political development of key coalition partners;

•        Provide supervision to a team working on legislative reform with an emphasis on professional skills development;

•        Assist with ongoing organizational fundraising activities, including quarterly activity reports for board meetings and grant reports.


•        Minimum of five years conducting effective legislative and strategy development and coalition building for immigrant rights, health policy and/or economic justice, and a demonstrated ability to lead;

•        Minimum of five years of experience analyzing impact of laws, regulations, and legislative proposals;

•        Experience drafting policy;

•        Familiarity with California’s political landscape;

•        Experience supervising and developing staff;

•        Ability to translate complex legislative and policy issues for a grassroots constituent;

•        Ability to facilitate and engage broad stakeholders and build common cause;

•        Experience working with community-based groups in California;

•        Proficiency in non-English languages spoken by Latinx, Asian, Pacific Islander, African, Caribbean, and Arab communities a plus.

How to Apply

Position is open immediately until filled. Please send a compelling cover letter, resume, list of three references and a relative writing sample via e-mail with the subject line “Government Affairs Director” to the selection committee:

Only applications that send the above 4 items will be considered.

Job posted: 2021-09-21