Legislative Affairs Director

Orange County
Until Filled

Salary: $44.34 - $77.87 Hourly

Department: County Executive Office


The County of Orange, County Executive Office (CEO), and Legislative Affairs Unit has a challenging opportunity for a proactive, results-oriented manager with in-depth government, legislative, public affairs and inter-agency coordination experience. As the lead manager of the CEO Legislative Affairs Unit, you will play a vital role in ensuring that the priorities of the Board of Supervisors are advanced through various strategies including legislative advocacy, regulatory reform and administrative initiatives. Your team will work collaboratively, managing contract lobbyists and using their resources to support advocacy efforts of the individual County departments and agencies as well as the Board of Supervisors. 


 The Legislative Affairs Director’s primary responsibility will be to assess the priorities set by the Board of Supervisors and to employ all available resources to advance that platform and initiatives as effectively as possible. The director will work with the Board, County departments and agencies, state and federal advocates and local stakeholders to direct the development of the annual Legislative Platform. The director will coordinate closely with and direct the work of the County’s contract lobbyists. While the County will continue to use a range of advocacy methods, the Legislative Affairs Director and staff will be the central coordinating contact for County’s advocacy effort. 

 This director with staff will be responsible for developing and managing all efforts in support of the Legislative Platform including but not limited to research, tracking, advocacy correspondence and consensus building. Additionally, this director will be responsible for developing a network of relationships with other governmental entities and interest groups that share common interests and goals with the County. Travel will be required of this director, accompanying policy-makers and subject matter experts to testify on a state and federal level.

Additional duties include supervising the Legislative Affairs Unit including the Legislative Affairs Analyst responsible for development and implementation of the Legislative Affairs Program Office. This office will support the advocacy efforts of County departments and agencies by developing standardized tools, best practices, training modules and program metrics. The Legislative Affairs Director will also supervise the Legislative Affairs Specialist in charge of the County’s Grant Program and other duties as assigned. The Legislative Affairs Unit may utilize the resources of interns as well.

Ultimately, the Legislative Affairs Director will ensure that the Board of Supervisors, in conjunction with staff, is proactively advocating and informed of pending legislation, regulatory changes and administrative solutions; providing comprehensive and timely analysis of pertinent legislation; and interacting with and developing internal and external partnerships for the success of the County’s interests.


The ideal candidate will have substantial experience and education related to State and Federal Legislative processes and solutions; developing strategic advocacy programs, analyzing legislation and budget proposals while considering potential impact on the programs and resources in an organization; recognizing and acting upon opportunities to build strong partnerships; consistently demonstrating strategic thinking and being politically astute when communicating legislative matters both orally and in writing. The ideal candidate will specifically possess a bachelor's degree in the area of Political Science, Business Administration, Communications, English, History, Public Administration, or other related area of study. A Master’s Degree as well as direct state and local legislative advocacy experience is preferred.


To apply for this position, please click on this link: www.ocgov.com/jobs.


For specific information regarding the recruitment, please contact Hilda Garcia by email at Hilda.Garcia@ocgov.com.




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