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- Legislative Assistant, USA

Legislative Assistant
Equality California (EQCA)


Salary: Based on Experience

Type: This is a full-time, temporary position from February through September 2019

Start: As soon as possible

Closing date of this position: Open until filled

Reports to: Legislative Manager

Organizational Background:

Equality California (EQCA) is the nation’s largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization with over 800,000 members. Equality California brings the voices of LGBTQ people and allies to institutions of power in California and across the United States, striving to create a world that is healthy, just, and fully equal for all LGBTQ people. We advance civil rights and social justice by inspiring, advocating, and mobilizing through an inclusive movement that works tirelessly on behalf of those we serve. Through its legislative work, EQCA has successfully sponsored 142 pieces of pro-equality legislation cementing California as the state with strongest LGBTQ-civil rights protections in the country.

Equality California Institute (EQCAI) is a 501(c)3 organization that has a parallel mission statement to EQCA, its 501(c)4 counterpart. EQCAI educates the broader community on important LGBTQ issues such as transgender equality, violence and hate crimes, healthcare, health disparities, the needs of LGBTQ seniors and youth, homelessness and immigration. Over the last five years, EQCAI has spearheaded successful programs to tackle these issues, including multiple public education campaigns, such as Transform California, Equality4All, #Take It, I’m PrEPed, Let California Ring, Fair Share for Equality, the Breakthrough Conversations Project, and Health Happens with Equality.

Position Overview:

The Legislative Assistant will have the opportunity to support Equality California’s legislative advocacy both substantively and administratively, as well as potentially participate in electoral work for pro-LGBTQ candidates and community engagement in Northern California.

The Legislative Assistant will work directly under the supervision of the Legislative Manager while providing assistance to other departments based on need. May be called upon to attend meetings or events outside of the office as needed.

Responsibilities:

The Legislative Assistant may be called upon to work on any or all of the following tasks:

    Research questions that arise around pending and potential legislation and administrative advocacy
    Monitor and attend legislative sessions and hearings
    Help schedule meetings with members of the Legislature and their staff, particularly for any advocacy days
    Attend meetings with members of the Legislature and their staff
    Help prepare fact sheets, position letters, sample letters, EQCA legislative scorecard data, and other materials
    Work with coalition partners to gain support for EQCA-sponsored legislation
    Help plan and implement press conferences and similar events related to legislation
    Handle EQCA member inquiries
    Help with general office work, tasks, and special projects related to legislative and administrative advocacy
    Other duties as assigned

Qualifications:

    Relevant college degree or equivalent experience required
    Experience working in public policy in California either in a government position or a position at a nongovernmental organization preferred
    Working knowledge of the legislative process in California required
    Strong research, writing, and oral communication skills required
    Knowledge of LGBTQ issues and/or experience working with the LGBTQ community strongly preferred

Compensation is dependent on experience. This temporary full-time position will be based out of the Sacramento office and may require evening and weekend work time on occasion.

Equality California is an equal employment opportunity employer. Equality California does not make employment decisions or discriminate based on protected characteristics including, but not limited to, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, marital status, sex, gender (including gender identity and/or gender expression), sexual orientation, age, physical or mental handicaps, veteran status, or genetic information as prescribed by applicable local, state, and federal law. We strongly encourage diverse candidates to apply, including, but not limited to, women, people of color, people of diverse gender identities, and non-LGBTQ allies.

To apply:

Email resume (including names and contact of three references), cover letter and salary requirements to Tony Hoang at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please be sure to put “Legislative Assistant” in the subject line of your email.

Job posted on 1st February 2019
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