Legislative Advocate
Job Posted: 26 July, 2021
Company: California Schools Employees Association
Closing Date: Until Filled
Location: Sacramento, CA


The California School Employees Association (CSEA) seeks a Legislative Advocate for our Governmental Relations (GR) Office located in Sacramento, CA.

CSEA is a public employee union representing 250,000 classified school employees who work in 750 school districts and community colleges in California. Our values and goals include social justice, affordable health care and security for working families. Our mission is to improve the lives of CSEA members and the students they serve.

Our GR office is dedicated to improving and expanding the rights of classified school employees by securing benefits, pensions, protections and funding for the service they provide.

Our values for social justice, affordable health care and security for working families are what we fight for. Our advocacy for the rights, dignity and welfare of working people is our mission. If you feel passionate about the work we do, then we want you to join us.

Examples of duties


  • Determine strategy for achieving legislative and policy objectives
  • Build relationships with strategic partners, legislators, office holders and their staff
  • Research, draft, analyze, monitor and testify for or against legislation
  • Engage with key strategic partners on legislative and policy issues
  • Meet and communicate with CSEA officers, members, and staff


  • Represent CSEA on issues related to classified employment, education, retirement and labor
  • Advise staff on issues or ballot initiatives affecting members
  • Develop a network of grassroots volunteers for campaigns, office visits and district meetings
  • Strategize with partners on issues of common interest


  • Plan, develop and organize resources for elections, initiatives, legislative and grassroots activities
  • Provide input on endorsements and campaign strategy


  • Represent CSEA on specific issue workgroups, coalition meetings and other events
  • Analyze and report on key issues, trends, and activities
  • Prepare and present reports, letters and speeches

Ability to

  • Register as a lobbyist with the Secretary of State
  • Manage multiple priorities and projects in an ever-changing fast-paced environment
  • Build relationships with government officials, staff, and strategic partners
  • Effectively communicate, both in writing and verbally
  • Convey complex issues both simply and succinctly
  • Show initiative, creativity and exercise sound judgment
  • Be a motivated team player with a positive attitude
  • Quickly develop an understanding of CSEA culture

Education and experience

  • Four years related or relevant work experience
  • Bachelors’ degree in a related subject
  • Masters or law degree is a plus
  • Strong understanding of California’s legislative process

Other requirements

  • Some overnight travel and occasional weekend, holiday or evening work is required
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Have a California driver’s license

If you’re creative and passionate about serving our communities, schools and members, then CSEA may be the place for you. We have 12 offices in California with approximately 300 dedicated employees. A complete list of offices and locations is on our website.

CSEA offers outstanding salaries and benefits, including 17 paid holidays, 4 weeks’ vacation, medical benefits for you and your family, life insurance coverage, a pension and 401(k) plan.

Only applications on our website will be considered. Go to www.csea.com/careers to apply. Upload your resume with a cover letter on the website that tells us who you are, how your values define you, and convince us you can influence others and create powerful allies for our cause.

CSEA requires all employees be fully vaccinated except where barred by disability or religious objection.

CSEA is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, committed to building and supporting a diverse workforce.

This is an exempt position under the Fair Labor and Standards Act