Public Policy Associate

19 Jul, 2022


Public Policy Associate

California Disability Services Association
Sacramento, CA

For more than 50 years, the California Disability Services Association (CDSA) has been
the voice of intellectual and developmental disability service providers in California. We
are a trade association representing more than 100 community-based organizations
delivering services and supports to individuals with developmental disabilities.
Position Title: Public Policy Associate
Reports To: Public Affairs Director
Status: Full-Time, Hourly
Location: Sacramento, CA
Setting: Office-based with flexibility for occasional remote work
Start Date: August 15, 2022, or as soon as possible
This position will empower our advocacy for disability services by supporting and
strengthening our government affairs. CDSA members and staff will rely on the Public
Policy Associate to organize and deliver accurate information to support advocacy
toward our mission.
 Track relevant legislation, including developing legislative reports, calendaring
hearings and briefings, and communicating updates to appropriate parties
 Draft CDSA position letters on legislation
 Attend legislative hearings and deliver testimony or comment as needed
 Manage the CDSA Public Policy Committee and other member committees;
includes drafting meeting agendas, minutes, and action items, as well as
facilitating meetings or presenting on relevant topics
 Assist with advocacy campaigns, policy updates, and other communications
 Schedule CDSA staff and lobbyist meetings with Legislators, legislative staff,
Governor’s Office, state department, agency staff, and other stakeholders
 Monitor the Capitol Morning Report and Senate and Assembly Daily Files to
identify matters of interest to CDSA and its members
 Coordinate quarterly lobbying reporting and state ethics compliance
 Prepare materials and provide on-site support to staff and members at
Legislative Affairs Conference and other events as required
 Participate in shared office duties
 Other duties as assigned
 Excellent written and verbal communication, including interpersonal skills such as
active listening
 Initiative to work and solve problems independently with limited supervision
 Perseverance to work under pressure, with acuity to recognize and respond to
shifting priorities                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Time management and organization skills to successfully coordinate multiple
tasks and projects
 Knowledge of legislative, budget, and administrative policy processes
 Demonstrated computer literacy; proficiency in Microsoft Office 365 suite and
legislative tracking software preferred
 Overnight travel may be necessary to attend CDSA events as required
 Flexible availability for evening or weekend work on special occasions
CDSA is committed to diversity and inclusion as fundamental to disability services and
all our work and will consider candidates from a variety of professional and educational
backgrounds. At least one year of prior legislative and advocacy experience is ideal.
Bachelor’s degree preferred. Candidates should demonstrate an appropriate
combination of the experience, skills, and/or education, required to succeed in this role.
Hourly wage is $31-35 per hour, based on experience. Health and dental insurance
available. Interviews will be held on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
Cover letter should include where you found the job posting. To apply, submit cover
letter, resume, and three references to Dylan Yellowlees at DYellowlees@Cal- Please contact Dylan if you require reasonable accommodation for your
application or interview process.


Job posted: 2022-07-19