Coachella Valley Water District

SRN U13: $9,087 – $12,409 Monthly, Exempt

Bargaining Unit: Non-Represented/At-Will/Confidential

Department: Service & Communication

Section: Administration


Under general direction, plans, organizes, manages, and coordinates operations, services, and activities for the district’s government affairs programs; plans, and coordinates a comprehensive government affairs program to provide short and long-term planning, program design, implementation, evaluation, and modification; coordinates assigned services and operations with those of other District divisions and outside agencies; provides complex staff assistance to management staff in areas of expertise; and performs related work as required.


  1. Plans, manages and oversees the daily functions and activities of the legislative affairs and government relations programs.
  2. Collaborates with and directs the work of consultant lobbyists; provides messaging and narrative for utilization by lobbyists serving as District spokespersons at the federal and state level to advance the District’s legislative platform.
  3. Communicates the District’s position to local, state, and federal legislative bodies, lobbyists, executive staff, District departments, community organizations, and local agencies at meetings, conferences, and other functions.
  4. Manages lobbying contracts and lobbyist assignments at both Federal and State levels.
  5. Develops specifications for RFP’s and contractual documents for legislative affairs related services.
  6. Develops goals, objectives, policies, and procedures for assigned services and programs; recommends and implements policies and procedures including standard operating procedures for assigned operations.
  7. Monitors activities of the work unit; identifies opportunities for improving service delivery and procedures; provides recommendations concerning process changes; reviews with appropriate management staff; implements improvements.
  8. Participates in annual budget preparation; identifies resource needs; prepares detailed cost estimates with appropriate justifications; monitors expenditures.
  9. Plans, manages, and maintains the district’s legislative platform based on the district’s priorities; monitors legislation and provides detailed analysis for district leadership; actively identifies emerging issues and policy trends that may impact the district and helps determine the strategy to represent the district’s interests in the appropriate arena; authors support, opposition, or watch documentation.
  10. Establishes and maintains effective relationships with legislators and staff, representatives from other governmental agencies, regulatory agencies and stakeholders; provides professional representation of the district at meetings with elected officials, other governmental agencies, stakeholder groups, and various business, regulatory, water industry, and legislative organizations; participates in a variety of relevant committees devoted to legislative and intergovernmental affairs.
  11. Promotes the understanding of water-related matters to the District’s various audiences through presentations to community groups, attendance at public events, and creation of informational materials such as newsletters, brochures, fliers, and district social media platforms.
  12. Prepares and makes presentations about legislative priorities, recommendations, and other materials for consideration with the Board of Directors, community groups, policy leaders, and other public agencies.
  13. Researches, writes, and distributes talking points, fact sheets, news releases, media packets, and other informational materials and responds to media inquiries as directed.
  14. Coordinates assigned services and operations with those of other divisions and outside agencies.
  15. Provides staff assistance to management; prepares and presents staff reports and other written materials to the Board of Directors.

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Licenses and Certifications: Possession of a valid California Driver’s License, to be maintained throughout employment.

Education: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in political science, public administration, communications, or a closely related field.

Experience: Five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in legislative analysis and outreach, preferably in a public utility.

The Coachella Valley Water District reserves the right to change or modify the terms, conditions, and salary of this position, or to withdraw this position at any time.