$7,167 - $8,951 per month
Posting Date: 
Monday, February 8, 2016 - 10:00am
Applications Accepted Until 5:00pm March 6, 2016

The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District is seeking a Legislative/External Affairs Specialist to formulate and implement the District’s legislative agenda and support its mission and continued growth of a preserve system in the San Francisco Bay area. The Legislative/External Affairs Specialist will assist the General Manager and Board of Directors to cultivate and maintain strategic relationships with federal, state and local officials and other opinion leaders critical to accomplishing the District’s goals. This position will serve as a spokesperson before a variety of venues and audiences including State legislative bodies, regulatory agencies, other public forums and the media if appropriate, and will forge key alliances among organizations/third party policy groups.  The Legislative/External Affairs Specialist will be highly skilled in monitoring and evaluating state and local legislation and policymaking activities to determine their impact on the District and understand and maintain compliance with lobbying rules. In addition this position will track and identify grant opportunities at the local, state and federal level that could be pursued by the District. 

About the Position:

The Legislative/External Affairs Specialist is a newly created position recently approved by the District's Board of Directors as an addition to the agency. The position is located in the District’s Los Altos office, reporting directly to the Public Affairs Manager, with support to the General Manager’s Office in the oversight of the overall strategic legislative goals/objectives and priorities of the District. The Legislative/ External Affairs Specialist will provide highly skilled advice, guidance, and direction in monitoring and evaluating state and local legislation and policymaking activities to determine their impact on the District. The Legislative/ External Affairs Specialist will support the development and execution of the work plan for the District’s Legislative, Funding, and Public Affairs Board Committee, participate as a liaison to governmental associations, coalitions, and other external committees, and coordinate and manage future advisory committees. The Legislative/External Affairs Specialist must be comfortable working in an office environment with occasional District field tours for legislative staff, special groups and the public. At times, field tours will require driving in remote areas on dirt roads, working in temperatures ranging from cold and windy to hot and dry, and hiking through steep terrain and wildland areas. The ideal candidate will be comfortable working in these types of field conditions, as well as in an office environment.

The District is a regional greenbelt system in the Santa Cruz Mountain region comprised of over 62,000 acres of land in 26 open space preserves, protected for public enjoyment and recreation. The District is a growing organization with a focused mission that guides our work, and where every employee makes an impact. If you are looking for a challenging opportunity to contribute to the legacy of open space protection, we invite you to apply.

Basic Requirements:

Education and Experience: Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be: Equivalent to graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in public administration, political science, journalism, public relations, or a related field, and three years of professional experience in developing, coordinating, and implementing effective government relations programs. A valid California Driver’s License is required.

Licenses & Certifications Required: Possession of a valid California Driver’s License.


The Open Space District provides an excellent benefits package including health, life & disability insurance as well as CalPERS pension. Please see the Benefits page of the District website for details.

How to Apply:

Applications accepted until 5:00pm March 6, 2016. Apply online at The following four application items are required in order to be considered for the position: 1. CalOpps employment application; 2. Resume; 3. Letter of interest in the position; 4. Supplemental question responses. You may paste a resume in the application (Step 5) or upload a single PDF of your resume AND letter as one of the final steps of your application. Supplemental questions may be previewed at the beginning of the application; we recommend completing your responses on a separate document and pasting them in the application. Incomplete applications will not be considered for the position. Applicants with the most relevant experience and qualifications suitable for the position will be contacted for interviews.

Recruitment Timeline:

Interviews: Selected candidates will be interviewed on Wednesday, March 23rd, with selected finalist interviews on March 29th AND 31st. We highly recommend planning your schedule accordingly as these dates have been confirmed and cannot be adjusted. Interviews will be conducted at our Los Altos office; telephone interviews will not be accepted.

The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants with disabilities may request reasonable accommodation by contacting the Human Resources Department.