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Legislative Analyst


The Legislative Analyst reports to the Senior legislative Representative.

Components of the position include:


  • Provides support to all aspects relating to the association’s advocacy activities with the primary objective of empowering CSDA’s Legislative Representatives with the time, information, and resources to successfully influence public policy
  • Assists in the tracking and monitoring of legislation
  • Analyzes legislation for potential impacts on special districts and provides recommendations to the advocacy team
  • Helps to ensure legislation is disseminated to, and reviewed by, interested parties in the development of a position for the association
  • Researches policy issues and gathers data when needed to assist in advocacy efforts
  • Coordinates CSDA’s sponsored legislation program
  • Leads CSDA’s monitoring an analysis of the State Budget, including the identification of issues, tracking of budget actions, and related communications with CSDA staff and members
  • Attends and presents at legislative hearings, meetings, conferences, and other events as directed
  • Performs related administrative duties to assist CSDA in developing position papers and responding to legislative inquiries on special district issues, demographic requests, and other related needs
  • Drafts position letters and fact sheets
  • Assists in efforts related to CSDA’s involvement in public policy coalitions
  • Assists with Special Districts Legislative Days event planning and execution

Member Services

  • In coordination with the Deputy Legal Counsel and Member Services Representatives, answers member policy questions via e-mail and phone
  • Monitors and participates in CSDA Communities
  • Contributes to CSDA “Knowledge Base/FAQ”



  • Assists Legislative Representatives in developing and implementing the communications aspects of their advocacy efforts to educate and inform legislators, Capitol staff, state officials, CSDA members, and others
  • Contributes regularly to the Advocacy News blog, eBlasts, weekly eNews articles, monthly Take Action Brief content, and relevant California Special District magazine articles; assists in securing outside contributors as appropriate 
  • Produces regular podcasts featuring advocacy-related content
  • Contributes to the effectiveness of the website and supports the Advocacy and Public Affairs Department in updating advocacy-related content
  • Prepares and presents oral and written presentations as directed
  • Supports the association’s grassroots organizing and outreach activities to advance special district governance and issues of concern to CSDA members



  • Assists Senior Legislative Representative in providing training, mentorship and oversight to Legislative Assistant, Legislative Intern and other staff
  • Performs related duties as requested by the Senior Legislative Representative



  • Commitment to the highest ethical standards
  • Knowledge of California politics, the legislative process
  • Exceptional written (correspondence, spelling, grammar) and verbal communications skills
  • Team player with a positive attitude 
  • Member-oriented, with excellent telephone skills
  • Extensive knowledge of workplace technology
  • Independent and creative worker who is able to take initiative
  • Capable of taking on a variety of projects, multi-tasking and prioritizing


Minimum Qualifications

  • BA/BS from accredited university/college required; preferred in a related field (political science, public administration, government, communications, etc.)
  • Juris Doctorate or MA/MS in a related field (political science, public administration, government, communications, etc.) from accredited university/college desirable
  • Three to five years minimum experience in legislative/governmental/public affairs within state government, local government, business or non-profit preferred


  • Salary range: $63,436 - $95,154
  • Participation in CalPERS Retirement System
  • Defined contribution retirement health benefit program
  • Health, vision and dental benefits, following qualification thereof, as outlined in the CSDA Policy Manual
  • Paid Time Off (PTO), paid holidays and other benefits, as described in the CSDA Policy Manual  
  • Flexible Benefit Plan offered, including a medical flexible spending account (FSA)
  • Parking provided
  • Reimbursement for travel and business-related expenses, as per CSDA policy


Travel may be necessary, both by car and by air, including absences from home for one or more nights.  Travel may be on the employee’s or employer’s time, or both. Working nights, weekends or holidays may occasionally be required/necessary.

California Special Districts Association (CSDA) has a policy of “employment at will.”  This means that both the employee and CSDA have the right to terminate employment at any time with or without advance notice and with or without cause.

Legislative Analyst.pdf


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