Legislative Advocate

28 Aug, 2022


Legislative Advocate

California Immigrant Policy Center
Sacramento, CA


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.


CIPC is seeking either a Legislative Advocate or Senior Legislative Advocate commensurate with experience. This position will monitor and advocate for a wide range of immigrant-related policies including health, economic justice, detention and deportation. The Legislative Advocate coordinates CIPC’s legislative, administrative, and budgetary advocacy while reporting directly to the Government Affairs Director. Discretion and confidentiality of CIPC’s process and work details is expected at all times.

This position is based on Sacramento and it temporarily remote due to Covid-19. Some day trips and some overnight travel is expected for CIPC business. Reasonable notice will be provided.


·      Assess the impact of state legislative and regulatory developments and proposals on low-income immigrants, refugees, and their families and low-income communities;

·      Lead annual legislative, budgetary, and/or administrative advocacy on CIPC’s policy agenda;

·      Support identified partner requests, including sending materials, and participating in conference calls, meetings, and lobby days, and provide “Me-Too”s and support for witness testimonies for CIPC sponsored and supported bills;

·      Monitor legislative and budget hearings and make policy design recommendations to further CIPC’s campaign and legislative goals;

·      Complete quarter lobbyist disclosures;

·      Conduct policy research and analysis to develop reports that support CIPC’s legislative and budget advocacy;

·      Write and disseminate fact sheets, policy position letters, and other written materials in partnership with the Government Affairs, Policy, Organizing, and Communications departments;

·      Help shape Policy Platform for annual Immigrant Day Event;

·      Build coalitions and organize various stakeholders on behalf of immigrant communities.


·      Minimum of three years of experience in health and public benefits policy, immigration law, and/or immigrants’ rights;

·      Track record of working with ethnically, linguistically, and racially diverse communities in California;

·      Experience advocating for inclusive public policies, including budgetary campaigns, while balancing interests among a wide range of organizational or community stakeholder;

·      Some knowledge of key federal laws and programs, related to health and public benefits, detention and deportation and how they intersect with California state law and their impact for immigrant and refugee communities;

·      Familiarity with state law and programs related to health and public benefits that impact immigrant communities;

·      Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 2-3 years related experience. Will accept a combination of experience and education in lieu of a degree;

·      Experience research and analyzing complex public policy issues; comprehensive knowledge of the policy making process; ability to read and summarize legislation effectively, ability to comprehend dense and complex legislative language and explain legislation in lay terms;

·      Experience with and knowledge of computer operation; knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.). Must have above-average Word skills;

·      Ability to travel (average once every month or two) to the Bay Area and sometimes Los Angeles and other areas in California as needed;

·      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 cover letter, resume, a writing sample, and 3 references via e-mail with the subject line “Legislative Advocate” to the selection committee: hr@caimmigrant.org. Please note that we will only be able to respond to short listed candidates.

Job posted: 2022-08-28