Job Posting: Legislative Affairs Analyst

Secretary of State

Legislative Affairs Analyst

$5,518.00 - $6,907.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 12/1/2023

Job Description and Duties

The Secretary of State’s Office (SOS) is recruiting to fill a permanent, full-time Associate Governmental Program Analyst position. If you have current or prior experience researching and drafting legislative proposals, assisting members of the Legislature with constituent case work, and/or knowledge of/experience with the California elections process please submit a completed and signed state standard application form (Std. 678) to the address below. The Secretary of State is willing to consider hiring at the Staff Services Analyst classification for purposes of recruitment.

Under the general direction of the Deputy, Legislative Affairs, and Staff Services Manager of Legislative Affairs the incumbent researches laws, regulations, policy manuals, and contracts in preparation of developing recommendations to advise executive leadership on issues that arise. Analyzes and solves difficult technical governmental and managerial problems. Researches, drafts, and evaluates legislative proposals promoting the Secretary’s legislative agenda. Tracks legislation impacting operations of the SOS throughout the legislative process and provides testimony at legislative hearings. Assists with constituent and legislative casework. Exercise sound judgement and discretion in completing assigned duties. Maintain regular, consistent and predictable attendance. Please note that this position requires unscheduled overtime after the close of business including weekends.

Desirable Qualifications:
  • Possess extensive experience with the legislative process.
  • Ability to appropriately apply current laws, rules, policies and procedures governing the Secretary of State’s office mission and goals.
  • Exercise a high degree of initiative and independence of action, decision-making and strong communication and organizational skills.
  • Willingness to work overtime during the legislative session.
  • An aptitude for working under pressure and meeting deadlines as well as understanding complex issues while identifying and prioritizing problems, issues, and concerns.
  • Extensive knowledge of / experience with the elections process and a willingness to quickly learn the legislative process may also be considered in lieu of direct legislative experience.
Statement of Qualifications: Applicants must submit a Statement of Qualifications detailing how he/she meets the “Desirable Qualifications” listed above. The Statement of Qualifications must be no more than two (2) pages typed, using business professional font, font size, and formatting. Applications submitted without a Statement of Qualifications will not be considered. Resumes are optional but will not be accepted in lieu of a Statement of Qualifications.

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

Working Conditions

Please note that this position requires unscheduled overtime after the close of business including weekends.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Legislative Affairs Analyst
$5,518.00 - $6,907.00 A
$3,534.00 - $4,428.00 A
$3,826.00 - $4,789.00 B
$4,588.00 - $5,744.00 C
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Sacramento County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

The Office of the Secretary of State (SOS) consists of nearly 600 dedicated public servants who uphold the rights of Californians while also striving to make our government, elections, and businesses both accessible and transparent. Led by an elected leader, accountable to the public, we are dedicated to fostering career development opportunities and growing a skilled workforce that embraces inclusion and values diversity.

Located in downtown Sacramento, the SOS building is within walking distance to a variety of eateries and amenities. Light Rail, State Capitol, Downtown Commons (DOCO), and Golden 1 Center, just to name a few. Conveniently located in the SOS building, the Gold Rush Grille offers delicious daily specials for breakfast or lunch and is open to the public. Our on-site childcare incorporates programs for children six weeks to five years old. Priority waitlist access and special discounted rates are available for SOS employees.

For more information about the SOS, please visit

Application Instructions

Completed applications and all required documents must be received or postmarked by the Final Filing Date in order to be considered. 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: 12/1/2023

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:

Secretary of State
Attn: Sean Purewal
1500 11th St - 4th Floor - Suite 475
Sacramento, CA 95814

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

Secretary of State
Sean Purewal
1500 11th St - 4th Floor - Suite 475
Sacramento, CA 95814
Please drop off applications at the first floor lobby rotunda
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.
  • Resume is optional. It may be included, but is not required.
  • Statement of Qualifications - Please provide a response to the statament of qualifications direction as described above. 
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.


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

Contact Information

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

Human Resources Contact:
Sean Purewal
(916) 653-6974

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:
Ashley Boyer
(916) 653-6974
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.

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