Job Posting: Director of Legislative and External Affairs

San Francisco Bay Conservation & Development Commission

Director of Legislative and External Affairs
C. E. A.

$9,755.00 - $20,144.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 6/20/2024

Job Description and Duties

*This position is pending approval of the CEA concept.

Under the direction of the Executive Director, the Director of Legislative and External Affairs is responsible for providing coordinated and cohesive direction related to legislative and external affairs in support of BCDC’s strategic vision and mission as well as key priorities of the Administration. The incumbent is responsible for developing a strategy and proactive agenda to advance BCDC’s interests and bringing external perspectives back into the organization to help inform BCDC’s strategies moving forward. The Director of Legislative and External Affairs represents BCDC with external partners, serves as a member of BCDC’s senior staff team, and performs other duties as required to implement BCDC’s laws and policies.

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

Working Conditions

BCDC’s office is our headquarters in downtown San Francisco. BCDC is a hybrid workplace and offers telework for all employees. Telework is available for this position in accordance with BCDC Telework Policy and Procedures.

Minimum Requirements

This position does not have a Classification Specification. Requirements and qualifications for this position can be found in this announcement. For additional questions, please contact the hiring department listed below.

    Position Details

    Job Code #:
    Position #(s):
    Working Title:
    Director of Legislative and External Affairs
    C. E. A.
    $9,755.00 - $20,144.00

    This position is for a C.E.A. Level A
    Salary range is $9,755 - $11,807.

    # of Positions:
    Work Location:
    San Francisco County
    Job Type:
    Career Executive Assignment - Non Tenured, Full Time

    Department Information

    The San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) is a State of California government agency located in the City of San Francisco with regulatory and planning responsibilities over San Francisco Bay, the Suisun Marsh, and along the Bay Area’s nine-county shoreline. BCDC is guided in its actions by state and federal laws, including the McAteer-Petris Act, Suisun Marsh Preservation Act, Coastal Zone Management Act; and its policies, including the San Francisco Bay Plan, Suisun Marsh Protection Plan and various special area plans.

    Through its laws and policies, BCDC protects hundreds of miles of shoreline, collaborates with local, regional, state, and federal agencies, and facilitates the implementation of the San Francisco Bay Trail and the San Francisco Bay Area Water Trail. In 2019, BCDC introduced Environmental Justice and Social Equity policies into the San Francisco Bay Plan, which guide all of its activities. BCDC is a leader in preparing the Bay Area for faster, better and more equitable adaptation to rising sea level throughout its various programs, in particular Adapting to Rising Tides program and Bay Adapt, a regional strategy for a rising Bay.

    BCDC recognizes the challenges dealt to frontline communities over centuries of injustice and is committed to understanding these deep-seated historical injustices so that they are not repeated as we endeavor to protect and enhance the Bay for this and future generations.

    Department Website:

    Application Instructions

    Completed applications and all required documents must be received or postmarked by the Final Filing Date in order to be considered. 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: 6/20/2024

    Who May Apply

    Individuals who are eligible to be appointed to this Career Executive Assignment (CEA) by the State of California.

    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:

    San Francisco Bay Conservation & Development Commission
    Attn: Human Resources
    455 Market St. Suite 228
    San Francisco, CA 94105

    Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

    San Francisco Bay Conservation & Development Commission
    Human Resources
    455 Market St. Suite 228
    San Francisco, CA 94105
    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 required and must be included.
    • Statement of Qualifications -

      The Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) is a narrative discussion of how the candidate's education, training, experience, and skills meet the Desirable Qualifications for the position. The SOQ serves as documentation of each candidate's ability to present information clearly and concisely in writing and should be single-spaced with 12-point font using no more than two (2) pages. Resumes, cover letters, and other materials will not be evaluated or considered as responses to the Statement of Qualifications.

      • The SOQ must be numbered, include the Desirable Qualification factor, and in the same order they are listed.
      • Responses should be complete, specific, and clear. Include the name of the organization where you gained the experience, the timeframe you gained the experience, your title and level of responsibility, and relevant outcomes and measures of success.


      The SOQ is required and must be submitted with the application. For questions regarding the application process and eligibility, contact Anusha Ragunathan, Human Resources Analyst or call at 415-352-3639

    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.

    Examination Qualification Requirements

    All applicants must possess the knowledge and abilities, and any other requirements, described in this announcement.

    Note: Eligibility to take a CEA examination does not require current permanent status in the civil service.

    General Qualifications

    State civil service employees must possess essential general qualifications including integrity, initiative, dependability, good judgment, and ability to work cooperatively with others.

    Knowledge and Abilities

    Applicants must demonstrate the ability to perform high administrative and policy – influencing functions effectively. Such overall ability requires possession of most of the following more specific knowledge and abilities:

    • Knowledge of the organization and functions of California State Government, including the organizations and practices of the Legislature and the Executive Branch; principles, practices and trends of public administration, organization, and management; techniques of organizing and motivating groups; program and development and evaluation; and principles and practices of policy formulation and development.
    • Knowledge of federal and state environmental, land use, and administrative laws, including knowledge of the McAteer-Petris Act, the California Environmental Quality Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, and the Coastal Zone Management Act.
    • Ability to perform policy development and advocacy functions effectively.
    • Proven ability in dealing with local, state, and federal agencies and policies that involve coastal resources and development in coastal zones.

    These knowledge and abilities are expected to be obtained from the following kinds of experience with substantial participation in the formulation, operation and/or evaluation of program policies (experience may have been paid or volunteer; in State service, other government settings, or in a private organization):

    CEA Level A - Responsible for broad administrative and program activities, including the execution and/or evaluation of program policies.

    CEA Level B - Responsible for extensive managerial and program administration or broad program manager experience with substantial participation in the formulation, operation, and/or evaluation of program policies.

    CEA Level C - Responsible for extensive highly professional influence and contributes to program, policy, and the methods to provide professional services needed to set policies, to meet the mission of the State department and often exercising technical and or professional skills that are required at this level.

    Desirable Qualifications

    In addition to evaluating each candidate's relative ability, as demonstrated by quality and breadth of experience, the following factors will provide the basis for competitively evaluating each candidate:

    1. Legislative – Clear understanding and knowledge of the legislative process. Skilled in legislative administration through prioritization of issues, priorities, and demonstrated experience in organizing complex processes with competing deadlines. Analyzing, planning, organizing, and coordinating the analysis of legislative bills, legislative studies, legislative processes, and assisting with the development of resulting new regulations with significant impact; identifying the need for legislation; recommending alternatives, and strategies for potential legislative proposals and legislative language.

    2. Diplomacy and Communication – Interpersonal skills, including working effectively and in partnership with state departments, executive level staff, the Governor’s Office, California State Legislators and legislative staff, the Legislative Analyst’s Office, the media, stakeholders and outside organizations; and the ability to effectively represent the Commission’s and Administration's executive positions, policies, and perspectives, and successfully negotiate policy positions with these entities. Dealing with a variety of individuals including governmental and/or advocacy groups in a matter of significant program sensitivity; preparing reports, delivering presentations, and attending and presenting at public meetings. Ability to effectively communicate Commission and statewide policies and initiatives both verbally and in writing.

    3. Policy Development and Implementation – Interpreting, evaluating, improving, amending, developing, recommending, and implementing policy or procedural changes. Formulating annual and long-range goals in accordance with a department’s strategic plan and developing and implementing action plans for staff to achieve goals.

    Examination Information

    The examination for this position will consist of an evaluation of the application package submitted.

    If you meet the requirements stated in this announcement, you may take this competitive examination. Possession of the Examination Qualifications requirements does not assure a place on the eligible list. Your performance in the examination will be compared with the performance of others who take this examination, and all successful candidates will be ranked according to their scores.

    A minimum rating of 70% must be attained in the Examination to obtain list eligibility for this position. All candidates will receive written notification of their examination results.

    The results of this examination will only be used to fill this position. Applications will be retained for twelve months.

    Hiring interviews for the Job may be conducted with the most qualified candidates.

    The examining Department reserves the right to revise the examination plan to better meet the needs of the service, if the circumstances under which this examination was planned change. Such revision will be in accordance with civil service law and rules and all competitors will be notified.

    Special Testing Arrangements

    If you have a disability and need special testing arrangements, answer the Reasonable Accommodations question appropriately on your Application (STD 678). You will be contacted to make specific arrangements. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this announcement.


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

    Contact Information

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

    Department Website:
    Human Resources Contact:
    Anusha Ragunathan
    (415) 352-3639
    Hiring Unit Contact:
    Reylina Ruiz
    (415) 352-3638

    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:
    Melanie Wong
    (415) 904-5433
    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.

    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