Policy Director – Government Relations

19 Apr, 2021


Policy Director – Government Relations

California Manufacturers & Technology Association (CMTA)
Sacramento, CA

Are you a legislative advocate passionate about making a difference through public policy? Ready to actively engage to stimulate economic growth and safeguard the state’s environmental resources? If you are eager to use your experience to improve California laws and regulations for manufacturers, we’re looking for you!

The California Manufacturers & Technology Association (CMTA) is seeking a professional senior legislative advocate to represent manufacturing sector interests in State legislative and regulatory agencies. Our ideal candidate for this exempt role will have a diverse blend of professional experience in legislative, political, trade association, or other similar backgrounds.

At CMTA, diversity and inclusion are an integral part of our culture, identity, and future. We strive to create an inclusive culture and believe all forms of diversity add real value for the company, allowing our employees to be more innovative, creative, and successful.

Required Skills and Experience

  • 4+ years of government affairs experience with emphasis on legislative, regulatory and/or commercial environment
  • Subject-matter expertise in energy, environment and/or workforce issues preferred
  • Public policy leadership and demonstrated strategic planning
  • Knowledge of manufacturing policy issues
  • Excellent communication, writing and public speaking skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications, and legislative tracking systems (training to be provided)


Functional Requirements

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.

  • Plan and execute strategies related to energy, environmental and/or workforce matters that benefit and/or protect manufacturing sector priorities
  • Recommend general policy initiatives that support retention and expansion of manufacturing in California
  • Maintain broad knowledge of key CMTA policy issues
  • Be a team-oriented contributor to the Government Relations function
  • Lead and coordinate Government Relations Committee for all CMTA policy areas
  • Oversee communications to members and public on all issue areas
  • Lobby particular bills and/or regulations as a member of the CMTA lobby team
  • Communicate with and respond to input from CMTA member policy committees
  • Provide regular member updates on key bills and issues
  • Maintain unified CMTA positions and resolve conflicts when possible
  • Elevate policy issues for CMTA Board review and positions as appropriate
  • Comply with all FPPC regulations (Must be a registered lobbyist)


Internal Engagement

  • Report to and advise the President of CMTA
  • Participate in CMTA overall strategy development
  • Lead development of policy and political strategy for CMTA
  • Participate in all CMTA planning meetings, board meetings, conferences, etc.
  • Partner with SVP of Service Corp. and Communications
  • Participate in CMTA membership plan development and implementation
  • Duties, responsibilities, and activities are subject to change


Additional Requirements

  • Must comply with all legal or company regulations for working in the industry
  • This position must possess and maintain a current, valid Driver License and access to reliable transportation
  • Must be currently eligible to work in the United States
  • Preferred Education: Bachelor of Arts degree combined with relevant experience is required
  • Travel Requirements: Position may involve occasional travel to in-state destinations



  • PTO and paid holidays
  • Medical, dental and vision coverage
  • Retirement plan
  • Performance-based bonus eligibility

Learn more here

It is the policy of The California Manufacturers & Technology Association to provide equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information or any other protected characteristic under applicable law.

Job posted: 2021-04-19