Management Analyst II (Government Relations / Legislative Analyst)

26 Mar, 2019


Management Analyst II (Government Relations / Legislative Analyst)

Valley Water
San Jose, CA


Do you have at least three years of experience advocating an organization’s legislative and policy issues? Do you possess the ability to engage decision makers and influence stakeholders? If so, please check out this opportunity! 

Office of Government Relations (Position Code 0281)

This position will provide professional and analytical assistance in the government relations program; conduct analyses of proposed legislation on District functions and programs, make recommendations; attend and advocate during external meetings in order to influence stakeholders and external associations, develop and implement new strategic outreach programs by engaging and providing information to elected officials, businesses, diversity groups and other community leaders, represent the District and make presentations to various boards, commissions, committees, city councils, and outside agencies as necessary, and perform a variety of analytical duties pertinent to the government relations program.
Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Analyze and evaluate critical and current legislation, policies, and other programs, determine possible effects upon the District, make recommendations for actions.
  • Support engaging government bodies and key stakeholders, and obtaining government and key stakeholder support on specific legislative issues relevant to the District as a whole, including preparing specific speaking points, white papers, and other advocacy materials for presentation to external policy and decision makers on a regular basis, and attending and advocating on the District’s behalf during external meetings, including testifying before and presenting to government bodies and advocacy stakeholder groups.
  • Assist with coordination of the annual Water Walk Tour and other strategic tours throughout the year.
  • Process community event sponsorships, including sending out applications, analyzing applications, and drafting recommendations.
  • Schedule and prepare materials for Mayor/City Manager meetings, joint meetings with city councils and the County Board of Supervisors, and elected and appointed official briefings; assist with coordinating and conducting the annual stakeholder engagement event.
  • Provide staff assistance to assigned supervisory or management staff; participate on a variety of committees; prepare and present presentations, staff reports and other materials as appropriate and necessary.
  • Support the unit’s needs for booths and events during community events throughout the year.

Ideal Candidate’s Background Includes:
Applicants whose experience and background best match the ideal experience, knowledge, skills, abilities and education are considered ideal candidates for the position. To determine the top candidates, each applicant will be assessed based on the ideal candidate criteria listed below.

Ideal candidate’s background includes: 
3+ years of experience:

  • Advocating an organization’s legislative and policy issues to influence elected and appointed officials, stakeholders and external associations or similar experience influencing public perception.
  • Conducting analysis of proposed legislation and their effects on an organization.
  • Preparing speaking points, presentations, white papers and other advocacy materials for presentation.
  • Serving municipalities or organizations at the local and regional, state, or federal level (cities, counties, special districts, nonprofits, stakeholder groups, etc.).
  • Coordinating events, meetings, tours, or activities.

Bachelor’s degree in political science, public policy, public administration, law, environmental studies, public affairs, urban planning or relevant; Master’s degree is preferred.

Ability to:

  • Collect, interpret and evaluate varied information.
  • Engage and influence elected officials, boards, committees, agencies, and key advocacy stakeholders.
  • Understand Valley Water processes and adapt to changing priorities.
  • Excellent communications skills – ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing.
  • Juggle competing priorities without missing deadlines.
  • Multi-task while paying attention to all the details and performing assignments in a timely fashion to ensure deadlines are met.
  • Represent the unit/division and Valley Water in meetings with governmental agencies, community groups, and various businesses, professional, and regulatory organizations, and in meetings with individuals.

High-priority skills include:

  • Organizational, analytical, critical thinking and problem-solving skills, with proven research capabilities.
  • Sterling judgment, savvy political skills, and strategy.
  • Ability to produce high quality work and operate under pressure.

Knowledge of:

  • Public and legislative policy and public administration (could include government affairs, public affairs, or similar).
  • Coordination and involvement with stakeholder groups.
  • Applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulatory codes, ordinances, and procedures relevant to the government relations program.

License or Certificate

Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid California driver’s license. Individuals who do not meet the driver’s license requirement due to a disability will be considered for a reasonable accommodation on a case-by-case basis.
To review the Classification Specification, please click here (Download PDF reader)

Selection Process

(1)   The selection process may include one or more of the following: application review, application assessment, performance test, written test and/or oral interview examination.
(2)   The Employment Application, Qualifying Information Questions and/or Supplemental Questions will be evaluated based on the ideal candidate criteria listed above. Resumes are recommended.NOTE: Position and start date is subject to availability of funds. Valley Water retains the right to repost this position as deemed necessary.
Consideration may be given to existing applicant pools within the same classification.

Valley Water’s Equal Opportunity Non-Discrimination Policy is available for review upon request.

Valley Water will make reasonable efforts in the examination process to accommodate persons with disabilities. Please advise Human Resources in advance of any special needs by calling 1-408-630-2260.

Please be aware that once submitted all application materials become the property of Valley Water and will not be returned. Human Resources staff is not authorized to make copies of application materials for applicants.

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Job posted: 2019-03-26