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Job Posting: Legislative Manager

Department of Food & Agriculture

Legislative Manager

$6,403.00 - $7,954.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Job Description and Duties

Per CCR 249.3, this job control may be used to fill subsequent vacancies.

Under the general direction of the Deputy Secretary for Legislative Affairs, the incumbent will function as CDFA’s Legislative Manager, and will assume the duties of the Deputy Secretary in his/her absence. In addition, the incumbent will perform tasks regarding a variety of emerging issues as they relate to agriculture and legislation including: air and water quality and supply, energy and land use, endangered species, environmental protection, agricultural economics, agricultural labor, animal health issues, federal grant programs, and the budget process.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

• Serve as CDFA’s Legislative Manager and manage the Department’s legislative issues.

• Independently provide expert consultative services and briefings to the Deputy Secretary for Legislative Affairs, Undersecretary, Secretary, and Division staff by communicating the feasibility, impact, or potential of various legislative issues which may affect CDFA.

• Attend various meetings with industry representatives, other agencies, local representatives, and/or department staff to discuss legislation.

• Provide updates and briefings to the appropriate Executive Office staff and/or department staff on legislative issues. In addition, the incumbent will be responsible for completing or coordinating any actions that need to be taken as a result of a hearing and/or meeting.

• On a daily basis, discuss departmental issues regarding positions on legislation with legislative committee consultants, legislators’ staff, members of the Governor’s Office, departmental and agency legislative coordinators, Department of Finance staff, and representatives of agriculture industry groups and local government.

• Lobby CDFA’s official positions on legislation and negotiate amendments on legislation which affect the agency.

• Act in place of the Deputy Secretary for Legislative Affairs on any legislative issues in his/her absence.

• Perform complex legislative analyses related to department programs and designs; research and prepare legislative proposals, analyses, amendments, and position papers on proposed or pending legislation.

• Develop and provide Legislative Bill Analysis training to department staff.

• Coordinate the development of CDFA’s annual legislative program, including advising the Secretariat and program management on the feasibility, risks and strategy related to individual proposals. Responsible for coordinating the proposal/s through the legislative process.

• Review all bill analyses and Enrolled Bill Reports from CDFA divisions on issues assigned to ensure that all points are discussed, information is accurate, and positions supported and are appropriate, prior to submission to the Undersecretary.

• Read all bills introduced by the Legislature (approximately 5,000 each session) to determine which bills are of interest to the department, the agriculture industry, and/or the county agricultural commissioners and sealers of weights and measures.

• Assess which programs/divisions are of interest and/or should have copies routed to them for information only or should be requested to have analyzed.

• Develop and maintain all legislation of interest using a tracking system.

Candidates may perform these essential functions with or without reasonable accommodation.

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

Working Conditions

The incumbent works in an office furnished with modular office equipment, has a computer with various software programs including e-mail, telephone with voicemail, overhead storage areas, portable and stationary filing drawers and bins.

Travel to various locations throughout the State may be required on an occasional basis.


Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Legislative Manager
$6,403.00 - $7,954.00
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Sacramento County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

The Legislative Office, under the Executive Office, in the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), responds to incoming legislative correspondence, phone calls, and contacts regarding State and Federal legislative issues. Also, it provides guidance and direction with bill development, and responds to questions from the public, member’s office, lobbyist, or other agency staff.


Special Requirements

Statement of Qualifications:

All interested applicants are required to submit a Statement of Qualifications. Responses must be typed using 12-point Century Gothic font. Title each page with SOQ, your full name and CalCareers I.D. Number.

Your Statement of Qualifications must address the following questions:

1. Please describe your experience handling multiple competing legislative priorities at the same time and how you prioritized to ensure that they were all met.

2. Please describe your experience working with legislators and their staff, advocates, and executive level governmental officials outside your organization on politically sensitive issues.

3. Please describe your experience using or creating a system to efficiently and effectively track and monitor legislation of interest.

4. Please describe your experience critically analyzing public policy, developing recommendations, and problem solving. Please include any legislative experience researching, writing, reviewing, and analyzing bills, bill analysis, and legislative proposals.

5. Please describe your experience negotiating amendments, responding to legislative inquiries, and advising executive staff on the feasibility, risks, and strategy related to legislation.

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.

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:

Department of Food & Agriculture
Attn: Human Resources Branch JC-273897
1220 N Street, Room 242
Sacramento, CA 95814

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

Department of Food & Agriculture
Human Resources Branch JC-273897
1220 N Street, Room 242
Sacramento, CA 95814
ELECTRONIC APPLICATION IS PREFERRED. All mail or drop-off applications must include JC-273897
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 -

    A completed Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) must be submitted with your State Application to be considered. The SOQ must follow the specifics as stated in the “Special Requirements” section.

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:

As a leader in State government, the incumbent is responsible to develop and inspire their workforce and deliver great results for Californians and CDFA. The incumbent must set a clear vision to achieve productive results by developing plans to meet goals, leverage staff skills, and solve problems; build collaborative relationships and foster an inclusive environment for consensus-building and decision-making; coach, guide, train, instruct, and develop team members; empower staff through a sense of shared ownership and decision-making; create an open and transparent environment for the exchange of information; foster a team environment through the support and recognition of team members; promote customer service and accountability; motivate loyalty to CDFA’s mission and commitment to drive continuous improvement for better results. The incumbent must inspire personal credibility through authenticity, confidence, consistency, courage, decisiveness, generosity, honesty, integrity, and judgment.


Benefit information can be found on the CalHR website and the CalPERS website.

Contact Information

The Hiring Unit Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position or application process.

Hiring Unit Contact:
Antonio Romo
(916) 403-6771

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:
EEO Officer
(916) 654-1005
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.

Hard Copy Applications

If you are dropping off or mailing in your application, please use the Examination/Employment Application, STD 678 Revised 7/2019 version.

Additional Information

Please do not include any confidential information such as social security number, marital status, ethnicity, age, salary or disability information on any of the documentation uploaded with your online application.

If the classification you are applying for has an education requirement, transcripts will be required to verify you meet the minimum qualifications of the classification. Please be sure to redact any confidential information before uploading your transcripts.

Upon hire you may be required to provide official sealed transcripts or an original degree or certificate.

Applicants with foreign degrees may be asked to provide an official foreign transcript evaluation which indicates course work is equivalent to a degree from an accredited U.S. College or University.

This position may require a medical clearance.

Alternate Classifications and Training and Development assignments may be considered.

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