POLICY SPECIALIST-PROGRAM MANAGER
The California Association of Councils of Governments (CALCOG) is seeking a highly skilled and motivated individual with knowledge, experience and interest in transportation, housing, and climate policy. This position will work in close partnership with the executive director and the entire CALCOG team and have frequent contact with the elected officials and executive staff that represent and serve our members.
ABOUT THE CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF COUNCILS OF GOVERNMENTS
The California Association of Governments is the state association for councils of governments, regional transportation planning agencies, county transportation commissions, congestion management agencies, and metropolitan planning organizations. We have 49 member agencies that range from small rural communities to the largest metropolitan planning organization in the country. We find ways to improve the capacity of our members to serve their member cities and counties. Often our role is educational and facilitating communication between our members to share information, but we also advocate on behalf of our members in the state legislature. As a result, we frequently engage in policy discussions related to transportation, housing, climate mitigation and adaption, social and racial equity, and economic development. To see a roster of our members, visit: https://calcog.org/our-members/
We are a small organization of four employees and a few key contractors. At some point, everyone will do everything. The successful candidate will spend some time doing administrative tasks like updating data, registering people for a conference, or ordering supplies. We all have to pitch in to make it work. You should expect to manage your own calendar and meeting invites. Here are some representative tasks and assignments the successful applicant should expect:
- Plan, conduct, and facilitate meetings to investigate or gain greater awareness about specific policy issues, gather input from CALCOG members and outside experts, and disseminate information CALCOG members and other key audiences.
- Take lead on specific elements of the CALCOG work program, which may include (depending on the project) research, scheduling, project management, contract administration, outreach, oversight, and analysis; and ensure that projects are completed on time and within budget; administers related contracts.
- Help tell the success story of regional governance in California by making presentations, developing engaging case studies, issuing white papers or infographics, and using social media.
- Consult on education programming; Organize speakers and sessions for webinars and conferences
- Facilitate meetings in a way that result in meaningful communication in line with the original objective or purpose of the meeting
- Develop relationships with policymakers and partners at all levels of government.
- Articulate member priorities in administrative meetings and build the capacity of our members to engage with state and federal leaders on our policy agenda;
- Speak on behalf of CALCOG and its member agencies at workshops, meetings, conferences, and other events (after the pandemic, this will include some travel).
- Assist in the development of the CALCOG work program and annual budget.
- Be able to work in a team environment with shared responsibilities; may supervise subordinate staff for some projects.
- Evaluate proposed legislation or state policies for impacts on specific programs and plans. Assist in developing strategy, talking points, and tactics for effective advocacy.
- Attend conferences to stay updated on policy changes
- Performs special assignments as directed by the Executive Director
The position requires an enthusiasm for excellence in regional governance and a deep understanding of government operations and practices. The successful applicant must be able to provide competent analysis and spot trends in at least two of the following issues: transportation, housing, climate, racial equity, and economic development. A Bachelor’s Degree in a related field plus a minimum of five years of professional experience in a field that relates to regional governance is required. Ability to think politically and strategically to work with diverse political perspectives highly desired. Excellent written and verbal skills, accurately applied, is required. Computer literacy in word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software, databases, and campaign tools are essential.
- An understanding of the work of state associations
- Experience working within a state or local transportation agency
- Experience working on issues of equity and inclusion in the context of planning
- Experience publishing reports, documents, or infographics
- Staff management skills and experience;
COMPENSATION & BENEFITS
The salary range for this position is $85,000-$100,000. The successful candidate who would be in consideration to be compensated near the top of this range would need to have more than 5 years of experience, specific legislative or transportation agency experience, and one or more of the knowledge and skills listed as preferred above. Benefits include a substantial contribution (for individual and family) toward health insurance (including dental and vision), end of year and pay period matching 401(k) contributions for short-, and long-term disability insurance, and paid vacation and sick time. (Well-performing employees can expect flexible scheduling and partial remote work options).
This position is based at our office in downtown Sacramento California. Although employees are currently working remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the employee filling this position will be expected to work out of the office frequently when our offices reopen. No relocation assistance.
HOW TO APPLY:
Please send a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org with “ATTN: Policy Director Application” in the subject line. The cover letter should address how your skills and experience would advance our work. It should also include a statement about how you learned of this opportunity. The position is open until filled; but we will be taking our first hard look at resumes prior to April 30.
OUR COMMITMENT TO DIVESITY, EQUITY, & INCLUSION:
CALCOG is committed to building a diverse staff and strongly encourages applications from candidates of color. Employment and promotional opportunities are based upon individual capabilities and qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation/preference, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status or any other protected characteristic as established under law.