Job Posting: Government and External Relations Director

CA Student Aid Commission

Government and External Relations Director

$6,722.00 - $8,352.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Job Description and Duties

Under the general direction of the of the Executive Director and Chief Deputy Director, in the Executive Office, the Staff Services Manager II (Specialist) functions as the Government and External Affairs Director for the California Student Aid Commission.  The Government and External Affairs Director is responsible for advocating with the State Legislature and the Federal Congress to establish or change education policy and funding.  The incumbent oversees a significant portion of the Commission’s legislative program, including serving as a liaison between the Commission and the California State Legislature on state legislative activities and performs the most highly sensitive, and complex technical analytical assignments.  Duties include monitoring, researching, and analyzing state laws, regulations, policies and proposed legislation; reviews bill analyses, and when necessary develops resolutions to conflicts among analyses prepared by multiple program units; as directed, testifies before legislative and budget committees on behalf of the Commission; advises and makes recommendations to the Commission, Executive Director, and Chief Deputy Director regarding proposed legislation; communicates with Administration representatives and state legislators and their staffs; working with other agencies, groups, and individuals in connection with departmental issues and programs; represents the department at legislative and budget hearings, conferences and meetings; and responds to requests and inquiries from the Administration, Legislature, the Commission and its advisory bodies, as well as other state and national agencies and financial aid associations.  Provides vision, leadership, technical assistance and direction to the development of a national and statewide educational strategy.  Serves as a member of the Executive and Leadership team. 

You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement.

Working Conditions

Employee’s work is to be performed within an office environment, and is equipped with standard or ergonomic office equipment, as needed.  Attend meetings in designated conference rooms and be willing to travel to off-site locations. 

CELL PHONE: This position is required to have a cell phone as you may be working out of the office on many occasions

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Government and External Relations Director
$6,722.00 - $8,352.00
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Sacramento County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

The California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) is the principal state agency responsible for administering approximately $3 billion in financial aid programs for students attending public and private universities, colleges, and vocational schools in California.  Our Mission is to make education beyond high school financially accessible to all Californians. 
Department Website:

Application Instructions

Dates printed on Mobile Bar Codes, such as the Quick Response (QR) Codes available at the USPS, are not considered Postmark dates for the purpose of determining timely filing of an application.

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Who May Apply

Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, have list eligibility, are in the process of obtaining list eligibility, or have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility (please attach your letter, if available). SROA and Surplus candidates are given priority; therefore, individuals with other eligibility may be considered in the event no SROA or Surplus candidates apply. Individuals who are eligible for a Training and Development assignment may also be considered for this position(s).

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected to move forward in the selection process.
Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s).

How To Apply

Complete Application Packages (including your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. Application Packages may be submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included. If you choose to not apply electronically, a hard copy application package may be submitted through an alternative method listed below:

Address for Mailing Application Packages

You may submit your application and any applicable or required documents to:

CA Student Aid Commission
Attn: Personnel Services - Recruitment
P.O. Box 3210
Rancho Cordova, CA 95741-3210

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:

Recruitment, Personnel Services
11040 White Rock Road
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Required Application Package Documents

The following items are required to be submitted with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

  • Current version of the State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.
  • Statement of Qualifications - Candidates are required to submit a Statement of Qualifications (SOQ).  The SOQ is a narrative discussion of how the candidate’s education, training, experience, and skills relate to the primary duties of this position.  The SOQ should be typed in 12-point Arial font and be no more than three (3) single-spaced pages in length.  A cover letter and/or résumé is not considered a SOQ.  Please clearly state on your document “Statement of Qualifications.”  Applications received without an SOQ will be rejected. 
Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting.

Desirable Qualifications

In addition to evaluating each candidate's relative ability, as demonstrated by quality and breadth of experience, the following factors will provide the basis for competitively evaluating each candidate:
Excellent written and verbal communication skills; including presentations to small or large groups.  Ability to work as part of a team; ability to deal with multiple tasks and changing priorities.  Experience in and knowledge of the State’s legislative processes.  Knowledge of the Commission’s programs. 


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Contact Information

The Human Resources Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position or application process.

Department Website:
Human Resources Contact:
Erica Elias
(916) 464-8121

Please direct requests for Reasonable Accommodations to the interview scheduler at the time the interview is being scheduled. You may direct any additional questions regarding Reasonable Accommodations or Equal Employment Opportunity for this position(s) to the Department's EEO Office.

EEO Contact:
Jennifer Donoho
(916) 464-8910
California Relay Service: 1-800-735-2929 (TTY), 1-800-735-2922 (Voice) TTY is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TTY Device.


Candidates are required to submit a Statement of Qualifications (SOQ).  The SOQ is a narrative discussion of how the candidate’s education, training, experience, and skills relate to the primary duties of this position.  The SOQ should be typed in 12-point Arial font and be no more than three (3) single-spaced pages in length.  A cover letter and/or résumé is not considered a SOQ.  Please clearly state on your document “Statement of Qualifications.”  Applications received without an SOQ will be rejected.


If your eligibility is based on the Pattern II of the Minimum Qualifications, you MUST include a copy of your Bachelor's Degree or transcripts indicating graduation with a Bachelor's Degree.  Failure to submit a copy may result in your application being withheld from consideration for this position. 

Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.

It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free work place. Any applicant for state employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, the rules governing Civil Service, and the special trust placed in public servants.

Application Methods:
Electronic (Using your CalCareer Account)
By Mail