$8,944.00 - $11,453.87 Monthly



Job Type



Office of External Affairs

Job Number



4/3/2018 11:59 PM Pacific

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Do you have 4 or more years of extensive policy analysis experience at the local level? Have you advocated for and secured funding for public agency projects or similar projects? If so, then you may be the ideal candidate for this job! Check it out...

Unit: Office of Government Relations

Division: External Affairs

Position Code: 0417

Salary: Based on a seven-step salary plan. Pre-tax payroll deductions toward CalPERS contributions are required of all employees.

A 2.5% supervising differential will apply

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.


The Supervising Program Administrator will play a key role in securing the success of the District's long-term, high-priority legislative and policy efforts at the local level and supervise subordinate staff.

Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

The Supervising Program Administrator's duties will be to assist and to support the District's high priority legislative issues at the local and regional levels. This position also attends and lobbies during external meetings in influencing stakeholders, external associations, and by fostering relationships with key policy and decision makers.

This position will directly administer the local and regional government relations program which includes: directly lobbying for support and advancement of the District's high priority legislation, funding for District projects, and other issues, monitoring of legislation at the local and regional levels, forecasting strategic opportunities, conducting strategic advocacy tours throughout the year, overseeing the Community Partnering Sponsorship Program and the District's community event program, and other duties required by the local and regional government relations program.

This position would lead project teams tasked with engaging government bodies and obtaining support on specific legislative issues relevant to the District as a whole. Additional responsibilities include making key decisions on program goals, budget, messages, and outcomes, preparing strategic outreach plans and white papers, and presenting them to external policy and decision makers on a regular basis.

Finally, this position requires that it executes strategic external stakeholder partnership activities at the local, state and federal levels, and shapes public policy and opinion while building the District's image, brand and reputation.

Ideal candidate's background includes:

4+ years of experience:

  • Advocating for and securing local funding for public agency projects or similar. Lobbying experience is a plus.

  • Extensive policy analysis at the local level.

  • Serving municipalities or organizations at the local, state, regional or federal level.

  • Providing lead direction on an on-going or project basis required. Supervising both employees and contract lobbyist is a plus.

Ability to:

  • Make significant, independent decisions with minimal oversight.

  • Lead project teams.

  • Engage government bodies and obtain support on key legislative issues.

  • Execute strategic external stakeholder partnership activities at local levels.

  • Juggle competing priorities and complete tasks on time.

  • Jump into any task and also think on his/her feet quickly in order to handle any complex task suddenly handed to them.


Bachelor's degree in political science, public policy, law, environmental studies, urban planning, marketing, engineering, communications, public affairs or public relations. Master's degree or JD is a plus.

Other ideal characteristics:

  • Excellent communications skills--ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing.

  • Sterling judgment and savvy political skills.

  • Strong legislative analysis and public policy analysis abilities.

  • Knowledge of federal or state government processes.

  • Strong familiarity with local and regional stakeholder groups of many stripes (business, environmental, diverse, civic, etc.).

Typical Qualifications


Four years of increasingly responsible program management experience in a related area including two years of providing lead direction on an ongoing or project basis.


Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in 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 may be required with determinations made on a case-by-case basis. 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.

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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 calling 1-408-630-2260.

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.