Job Posting: Legislative Manager

Department of Food & Agriculture

Legislative Manager

$6,760.00 - $8,398.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Job Description and Duties

Per CCR 249.3, this job control may be used to fill subsequent vacancies.

The Legislative Office is recruiting to fill one (1) Staff Services Manager I (Specialist) position located in Sacramento.

Under the general direction of the Deputy Secretary for Legislative Affairs, the incumbent will function as the Legislative Manager for the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), and will assume the duties of the Deputy Secretary in his/her absence. In addition, the incumbent will perform tasks regarding a variety of emerging issues as they relate to agriculture and legislation including: air and water quality and supply, energy  and land use, endangered species, environmental protection, agricultural economics, agricultural labor, animal health issues, federal grant programs, and the budget process. Duties include but are not limited to:

• Serve as CDFA’s Legislative Manager and manage the Department’s legislative issues.

• Independently provide expert consultative services and briefings to the Deputy Secretary for Legislative Affairs, Undersecretary, Secretary, and Division staff by communicating the feasibility, impact, or potential of various legislative issues that may affect CDFA.

• Attend various meetings with industry representatives, other agencies, local representatives, and/or department staff to discuss legislation.

• Provide updates and briefings to the appropriate Executive Office staff and/or department staff on legislative issues. In addition, the incumbent will be responsible for completing or coordinating any actions that need to be taken as a result of a hearing and/or meeting.

• On a daily basis, discuss departmental issues regarding technical assistance on legislation with legislative committee consultants, legislators’ staff, members of the Governor’s Office, departmental and agency legislative coordinators, Department of Finance staff, and representatives of agriculture industry groups and local government.

• Perform complex legislative analyses related to department programs and designs; research and prepare legislative proposals, analyses, amendments, and position papers on proposed or pending legislation.

• Coordinate the development of CDFA’s annual legislative program, including advising the Secretariat and program management on the feasibility, risks and strategy related to individual proposals. Responsible for coordinating the proposal/s through the legislative process.

• Review all bill analyses and Enrolled Bill Reports from CDFA divisions on issues assigned to ensure that all points are discussed, information is accurate, and positions supported and are appropriate, prior to submission to the Deputy Secretary for Legislative Affairs and the Secretary.

• Attend committee hearings on legislation of interest and testify before members of the Legislature on bills that impact the department.

• Develop and provide Legislative Bill Analysis Training to department staff on a yearly basis.

Candidates may perform these essential functions with or without reasonable accommodation.

You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement.

Working Conditions

The duties of this position are primarily conducted indoors. Office equipment includes a computer, with various software programs, including e-mail, a telephone with voicemail, and stationary filing drawers and bins.

Regular or recurring telework may occur as part of the incumbent’s ongoing regular schedule in accordance with CDFA’s Telework Policy.

Travel throughout California and outside of the State may be required on an occasional basis.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Legislative Manager
$6,760.00 - $8,398.00
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Sacramento County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

The Legislative Office, under the Executive Office, in the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), responds to incoming legislative correspondence, phone calls, and contacts regarding State and Federal legislative issues. Also, it provides guidance and direction with bill development, and responds to questions from the public, elected officials, advocates, or other agency staff.

Special Requirements

All interested applicants are required to submit a Statement of Qualifications.

• Responses must be typed using 12-point Century Gothic font.

• Title each page with SOQ, your full name and CalCareer I.D. Number.

Your Statement of Qualifications must address the following:

1. Please describe your experience handling multiple competing legislative priorities at the same time and how you prioritized to ensure that they were all met.

2. Please describe your experience working with legislators and their staff, advocates, and executive level governmental officials outside your organization on politically sensitive issues.

3. Please describe your experience using or creating a system to efficiently and effectively track and monitor legislation of interest.

4. Please describe your experience critically analyzing public policy, developing recommendations, and problem solving. Please include any legislative experience researching, writing, reviewing, and analyzing bills, bill analysis, and legislative proposals.

5. Please describe your experience negotiating amendments, responding to legislative inquiries, and advising executive staff on the feasibility, risks, and strategy related to legislation.

Form 700

This position is designated under the Conflict of Interest Code. The position is responsible for making or participating in the making of governmental decisions that may potentially have a material effect on personal financial interests. The appointee is required to complete Form 700 within thirty (30) days of appointment, on an annual basis, and upon vacating the position. The incumbent must complete an Ethics orientation training course within six months of assuming a Form 700 covered position, and every two (2) years thereafter, by December 31 of each numbered year. Failure to comply with the Conflict of Interest Code requirements may void the appointment.

Application Instructions

Dates printed on Mobile Bar Codes, such as the Quick Response (QR) Codes available at the USPS, are not considered Postmark dates for the purpose of determining timely filing of an application.

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Who May Apply

Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, have list eligibility, are in the process of obtaining list eligibility, or have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility (please attach your letter, if available). SROA and Surplus candidates are given priority; therefore, individuals with other eligibility may be considered in the event no SROA or Surplus candidates apply.

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected to move forward in the selection process.
Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s).

How To Apply

Complete Application Packages (including your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. Application Packages may be submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included. If you choose to not apply electronically, a hard copy application package may be submitted through an alternative method listed below:

Address for Mailing Application Packages

You may submit your application and any applicable or required documents to:

Department of Food & Agriculture
Attn: Human Resource Branch JC-429824
1220 N Street, Room 242
Sacramento, CA 95814

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:

Department of Food & Agriculture
Human Resource Branch JC-429824
1220 N Street, Room 242
Sacramento, CA 95814
ELECTRONIC APPLICATION IS PREFERRED. All mail or drop-off applications must include JC-429824
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Required Application Package Documents

The following items are required to be submitted with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

  • Current version of the State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.
  • Resume is optional. It may be included, but is not required.
  • Statement of Qualifications -

    A completed Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) must be submitted with your State Application to be considered. The SOQ must follow the specifics as stated in the “Special Requirements” section.

Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting.


Benefit information can be found on the CalHR website and the CalPERS website.

Contact Information

The Hiring Unit Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position or application process.

Hiring Unit Contact:
Antonio Romo
(916) 403-6771

Please direct requests for Reasonable Accommodations to the interview scheduler at the time the interview is being scheduled. You may direct any additional questions regarding Reasonable Accommodations or Equal Employment Opportunity for this position(s) to the Department's EEO Office.

EEO Contact:
Office of Civil Rights
(916) 654-1005
California Relay Service: 1-800-735-2929 (TTY), 1-800-735-2922 (Voice) TTY is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TTY Device.

Hard Copy Applications

If you are dropping off or mailing in your application, please use the Examination/Employment Application, STD 678 Revised 10/2023 version.

Additional Information

Please do not include any confidential information such as social security number, marital status, ethnicity, age, salary or disability information on any of the documentation uploaded with your online application.

If the classification you are applying for has an education requirement, transcripts will be required to verify you meet the minimum qualifications of the classification. Please be sure to redact any confidential information before uploading your transcripts.

Upon hire you may be required to provide official sealed transcripts or an original degree or certificate.

Applicants with foreign degrees may be asked to provide an official foreign transcript evaluation which indicates course work is equivalent to a degree from an accredited U.S. College or University.

This position may require a medical clearance.

Alternate Classifications and Training and Development assignments may be considered.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.

It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free work place. Any applicant for state employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, the rules governing Civil Service, and the special trust placed in public servants.

Application Methods:
Electronic (Using your CalCareer Account)
By Mail