Legislative Specialist

County of Riverside

Job Requisition: 22073-1A

Location: Riverside, CA

Category: Other - Other

Updated: 14 days ago


The Legislative Specialist will be responsible for performing complex legislative analysis and will monitor changes in legislation, regulations, and any policies that may impact Countywide operations, services and programs. The incumbent will serve as a liaison in support of legislative activities and intergovernmental affairs while collaborating with key elected officials, and other stakeholders to accomplish desired objectives. The Legislative Specialist must be a diplomatic and self-starting individual that is politically savvy and skilled in navigating complex political territory. The Department desires seasoned governmental professionals with extensive legislative and regulatory experience, as well as those with in-depth knowledge of public policy. Candidates who are bilingual in Spanish (both verbal and written) are highly desired. Competitive candidates will have experience working in a local, state, or federal legislative office and will possess knowledge of governmental policies and practices. In addition to an exciting and challenging career opportunity, the County of Riverside offers a competitive salary*, outstanding benefits package, and actively promotes a healthy work/life balance. Benefits include: a starting rate of more than 5 weeks of paid annual leave*, a CalPERS defined benefit retirement plan, medical flex benefit of $823 monthly, paid vision, long-term disability, life insurance, deferred compensation (401a) contributions, and 12 paid holidays a year.  


Analyze new and proposed legislation which affect Countywide programs, services and operations; determine probable impacts of legislation on County operations; conduct legislative research on issues of importance Countywide. Provide support in communicating legislative changes or probable outcomes to departments and other parties; interact with the Board of Supervisors and County department representatives regarding legislation, priorities, needs, and updates; serve as a partner in evaluating legislative implications for department activities and provide appropriate recommendations. Foster productive relationships and interact with local, state and federal groups, associations, joint powers authorities, and public and private sector officials as needed to accomplish desired objectives; represent and articulate legislative views/interests and advocate on legislative issues based on County needs; provide support in the development and articulation of the County's Legislative Platform. Prepare County resolutions, letters of support or opposition, staff reports, and other related-documentation; monitor legislation as it goes through the legislative process; make presentations to departments, committees, community groups, legislators, and legislative committees; serve as a representative of the Executive Office on a variety of intergovernmental activities. Conduct policy analysis; perform jurisdictional comparisons; compile and analyze data; plan and coordinate the development of new and revised programs based on updates or changes to legislation; set up training, schedule meetings and other activities related to legislative or intergovernmental needs. Perform difficult and complex administrative assignments and studies which require broad Countywide knowledge and/or more advanced analytical and research skills; compose executive-level correspondence, reports, presentations, and directives for use by designated staff members or for distribution to officials and staff of the various branches of government; may serve as a department representative on various committees.  


Education: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree, preferably with major coursework in intergovernmental affairs, public policy, political science, or a related field to the assignment. A graduate degree is highly preferred. Experience: Four years of professional experience performing at least two of the following functions: analytical analysis and evaluation; report writing; policy analysis; reviewing and interpreting legislation and/or regulations and projecting probable impacts; collecting, organizing and evaluating data and making recommendations; or performing intergovernmental affair work. Legislative work experience at either the local, state, or federal level is highly preferred. (Possession of a graduate degree in a related field may substitute for two years of the required experience.) License: Possession of a valid California Driver's License is required at the time of employment. Knowledge of: Principles of governmental organization; applicable laws, rules, and regulations affecting County operations; principles of planning, research and analysis; policy and program evaluation techniques and methods; federal, state and local legislative processes related to local government activities; familiarity with structures and functions of local, state and federal government; modern office practices, forms, and equipment including word processing, presentation, and spreadsheet software. Ability to: Perform difficult and complex analysis and evaluation involving independent judgment and initiative; analyze proposed local, state and federal legislation; perform complex review of departmental methods, policies and procedures; analyze data, reach logical conclusions and formulate recommendations; establish and maintain effective working relationships with County, state, and federal administrators and legislators; prepare comprehensive, clear, and concise reports and correspondence; communicate effectively in situations requiring sensitivity, tact, persuasion, and instruction; work in the presence of changing priorities and tight time schedules; operate a computer and use a variety of applications and software packages.  


This recruitment is open to all applicants. Applicants who are current County of Riverside employees and/or current employees of the Executive Office may be considered before other applicants depending on the volume of applications received. Qualified applicants may be considered for future vacancies throughout the County.   **All applicants must submit a copy of their diploma/transcripts as proof of education completed at an accredited college or university. Note: Add notes/attachments under the My Career Tools Page of the Job Gateway Account.**  


The preliminary closing date for this posting is February 20, 2020 at 11:59 pm however postings may close at any time. Applications received prior to the closing date will be considered based on the information submitted. Changes or alterations cannot be accepted. No late applications will be permitted. Applications must be submitted through Job Gateway at http://www.rc-hr.com/Careers/JobGateway.aspx Include relevant work experience details on resume and/or application. Applicants who fail to provide information demonstrating they possess the position requirements may not be considered further in the application process. A description of job duties directly copied from the job classification or job posting will not be considered. Upload a copy of any license(s), degrees, and/or related employment documents to your Job Gateway account. BASED ON THE NUMBER OF APPLICATIONS RECEIVED, THIS POSTING MAY CLOSE WITHOUT NOTICE.  


If you are a veteran, a spouse of a 100% disabled veteran, or a surviving spouse of a veteran who died of service-connected causes, submit a copy of your (or your spouse's) Member-4 Form DD-214 (or NGB-22) indicating dates of service, and a copy of your spouse's letter of disability (if applicable) to the Human Resources Department at recruiting@rivco.org. For privacy reasons, it is recommended that you remove your social security information from the document(s). A Human Resources Representative will review the materials and determine if you qualify for veterans' preference. All documentation referenced above should be submitted to recruiting@rivco.org before this job posting expires. Please remember that you will need to resubmit your Member-4 Form DD-214 (or NGB-22), and a copy of your letter of disability (if applicable) for some public safety positions even if you have submitted one in the past to the County of Riverside.  


The County Executive Office provides direct supervision over all appointed county department heads and budget/administrative review over all departments. The Executive Office also directs and coordinates staff to ensure vigorous pursuit of Board goals and objectives, and implementation of Board-approved programs in an effective and efficient manner. The office also offers suggestions for Board consideration about developing and revising policies on county financial and operational procedures.  


For specific questions regarding this position, contact Maria Ledesma at (951) 955-3405 or mjledesma@rivco.org. Benefits and detailed job description information is available for all Riverside County classifications on the job descriptions page at http://rc-hr.com/Careers/JobDescriptions.aspx. Information regarding employment requirements, including pre-employment drug/alcohol test, background check, physical exam, initial probationary period is available at www.rc-hr.com. Procedures for reasonable accommodation, as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), may be found at http://dao.rc-hr.com. ~ Applications must be submitted through the Riverside County Job Gateway System. ~ Current County Employees must use their Employee Self-Service Account to apply. ~ All other applicants must apply using https://jobs.co.riverside.ca.us   The County of Riverside is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of the County of Riverside to provide employment opportunity for all qualified persons. All applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, ancestry, medical condition (cancer and genetic characteristics), genetic information, or denial of medical and family care leave, or any other non job-related factor. Riverside County offers diversity that few locations can match. To find out more, please visit http://www.countyofriverside.us