• Santa Clara Valley Water District
  • San Jose, California
  • Mar 28, 2018
Full Time Administration and Management Administrative Analysis and Research
  • Salary: $8,723.87 - $11,169.60 Monthly

Job Description


Are you a self-motivated and driven individual who takes initiative? Do you have analytical experience in the areas of federal legislation and experience successfully advocating for a cause? Then check out this opportunity!

Unit:Office of Government Relations
Division:External Affairs
Position Code:0744
Salary:Based on a seven-step salary plan. Pre-tax payroll deductions toward CalPERS contributions are required of all employees.

NOTE: Normal business hours are Monday-Friday; 8:00am-5:00pm.The Santa Clara Valley Water District offers a variety of work schedules suited to accommodate the business needs of the organization.For more information on the Santa Clara Valley Water District's Flexible Work Schedule Program visit

The supplemental questions should be answered thoroughly, clearly and concisely as the responses provided (along with the entire application package) will be carefully reviewed to determine which candidates will move forward in the recruitment process.

Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Analyze and monitor legislation and regulatory actions, conduct research, and collect data to support the analysis.
  • Draft a variety of letters, memos, reports and other documents in support of the federal government relations program.
  • Build and enhance positive relations with the community, local and federal government officials, and other key community, grassroots, and coalition leaders.
  • Respond to and initiate outreach activities in the community and work with elected officials to keep them informed about key federal and local programs and initiatives that help promote funding opportunities and policies that support the Santa Clara Valley Water District's (District) projects and priorities.
  • Perform complex analysis of federal and local initiatives and efforts impacting the District's interests and will oversee special projects related to the federal and local programs, including legislative analysis, coordination of and preparation for Advocacy Trips and key advocacy stakeholder tours.
  • Ongoing monitoring/reporting of legislative updates; help in facilitating monthly legislation reports to the Board of Directors (Board) and monthly legislation meetings with managers and supervisors.
  • Draw upon strong communication and oral advocacy skills to promote the District's interests at key meetings in the local/regional community as well as at the federal level. Active participation on a variety of committees, regional coalitions, as well as internal and external meetings.
  • Prepare and present staff reports and other correspondence as appropriate and necessary.
  • Assist in performing a variety of complex, professional, and technical duties in the Federal Government Relations Program and Local/Regional Government Relations Program, including creation of advocacy materials used to support federal and local programs.
  • Assist management with overseeing and working with consultants, and management of consultant contracts including preparation of request for proposals.
Ideal candidate's background includes:
A Bachelor's degree in public administration, political science, business administration economics, environmental studies, or related field. Master's degree is a plus! Graduate degree in public policy/government, law, or environmental studies, etc.

At least five years of increasingly responsible experience in administrative, management, or similar analyses including:
  • Experience in a role which required significant analytical ability, research, advocacy and substantive writing experience
  • Working for and/or with elected officials, non-profits, government relations firms, lobbying firms, or similar with experience tracking bills, analyzing legislation, drafting support letters and policy analysis.
  • Advocating for public policy issues is preferred.
  • Preparing specific speaking points, white papers and other advocacy materials for presentation.
Skills and abilities:
  • Excellent ability to follow up, take initiative, suggest solutions, and display accountability and ownership of project responsibilities.
  • Extremely organized with strong project management skills.
  • Self-motivated and driven individual who takes initiative.
  • Outstanding analytical, critical thinking, and communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Strong diplomacy skills.
  • Ability to research legislation and the status of pending legislation and to analyze pending and enacted legislation.
  • Team player who is flexible and can adapt to changing priorities.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills.
  • Impeccable judgment and savvy political skills.
  • Strong work ethic and commitment to excellent work product.
  • Excellent sense of professionalism and respect for others in the workplace.
Knowledge of:
  • Local, State and/or Federal government organization and legislative processes.
  • Bill enactment process and bill tracking systems.
*Practical exercise may be a part of the interview process

Typical Qualifications

Five years of increasingly responsible experience in administrative, management, systems, operations, budgetary or similar analyses; experience should reflect diversity of analytical experience.

Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in public administration, political science, business administration or a related field.Directly related experience may be substituted for the college requirement on the basis of one and one-half years of experience for one year of education to a maximum of four years.

Special Requirement:
Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid California driver's license is required. Individuals who do not meet the driver's license requirement due to a disability will be considered for a reasonable accommodation on a case-by-case basis.

To review the Classification Specification, please click here

Selection Process

(1) The selection process may include one or more of the following:application review, application assessment, performance test, written test and/or oral interview examination.
(2) The Employment Application, Qualifying Information Questions and/or Supplemental Questions will be evaluated for minimum qualifications.Resumes are recommended.

NOTE:Position and start date is subject to availability of funds. The District retains the right to repost this position as deemed necessary.
Consideration may be given to existing applicant pools within the same classification.

The District's Equal Opportunity Non-Discrimination Policy is available for review upon request.

The Santa Clara Valley Water District will make reasonable efforts in the examination process to accommodate persons with disabilities.Please advise Human Resources in advance of any special needs by calling1-408-630-2260.

Please be aware that once submitted all application materials become the property of the District and will not be returned.Human Resources staff is not authorized to make copies of application materials for applicants.
Closing Date/Time: 4/18/2018 11:59 PM Pacific