Job Posting: Legislative Coordinator, Research and Policy Specialist

CA Workforce Development Board

Legislative Coordinator, Research and Policy Specialist

$5,689.00 - $7,068.00

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Job Description and Duties

Under the general direction of the State Plan & Policy Manager (SSM II), the SSM I (Specialist) serves as a non-supervisory specialist, coordinating and writing bill analyses, policy briefs, research reports, and policy directives. In addition, the Specialist will serve as the lead staff for the State Plan and Policy Team’s workgroups and committees and also provide high level liaison work with State Plan partners.

The Specialist provides technical expertise to the State Workforce Board in formulating and writing legislative and policy positions with a high-level of independence for the Governor’s office and Labor Agency. Based upon their expertise in the workforce field, the Specialist also researches, organizes and writes policy briefs, reports and directives on complex matters for an audience that includes elected officials, state and local directors in the workforce field, workforce professionals.

The Specialist serves as the lead staff to the State Board’s WIOA Implementation Workgroup, coordinating activities related to the workgroup, developing work plans and timelines and tracking progress on the completion of workgroup tasks, making recommendations related to the implementation of WIOA, preparing reports regarding the findings and activities of the workgroup, and providing centralized oversight to the activities of the workgroup.

The Specialist serves as a highly skilled, independent expert on career pathways, human services programs including CalWORKS and CalFresh, and employment and independent living resources for people with disabilities. In this role, the Specialist works with Directors and Chief Deputies from various State Plan Partners and acts as the single point of contact for technical assistance and consultation on developing and updating partnership agreements, coordinating with partner agencies on guidance for local partners to implement partnership agreements and provide expertise on best practices and model partnerships to consider as they work to realize the policy objectives of the WIOA State Plan.

The Specialist serves as the lead of workgroups, including State Board Committees staffed by the State Plan and Policy Team, and multi-departmental workgroups/taskforces for complex, difficult and sensitive activities. In this capacity, the Specialist will independently provide clear and consistent direction on shared projects and ensure the quality of deliverables. The Specialist may be required to attend, act authoritatively, and is an independent decision maker on relevant program/policy areas at conferences, workshops, seminars, related association and organization meetings, as well as legislative meetings and hearings.

Position exists in Sacramento.

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

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Legislative Coordinator, Research and Policy Specialist
$5,689.00 - $7,068.00
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Sacramento County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

The California Workforce Development Board is the Governor’s agent for the development, oversight, and continuous improvement of California’s workforce investment system and the alignment of the education and workforce investment systems.  The State Board and its staff provide active ongoing policy analysis, technical assistance, and program evaluation to inform and shape state policy on the design of state workforce policies and their coordination with other relevant programs, including education and human service programs. The State Board, in consultation with Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) state plan partners, drafts the State Plan and serves as the broker, convener, facilitator, and matchmaker to bring the disparate elements of the state’s workforce, education, human services, and economic development programs into alignment through coordinated partnership. The State Board sets policy for WIOA Title I programs, including statewide policy pertaining to Local Board responsibilities, as well as policy directly relevant to the design and operations of the One-Stop system.

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Special Requirements

Strong writing skills, analytical skills and effective communication skills are required for this position.  Knowledge of the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, the state legislative process, career pathways and human services programs are preferred.

Please only submit ONE application.  Electronic applications submitted through your CalCareer Account are highly recommended and will be received/processed faster than other methods of filing.

If you are unable to apply electronically through your CalCareer account, please mail a completed and signed State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 and application package to the mailing address provided in the “Application Instructions” section below and ensure the following:

  • Clearly indicate the Job Code #: JC-112236, Position Number and the Title of this position in the “Examination or Job Title(s) For Which You Are Applying” section located on the first page of your State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678.

  • Clearly indicate the basis of your eligibility (cert, transfer, reinstatement, etc.) in the “Explanations” section located on the first page of your State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678.

  • Remove and do not submit the “Equal Employment Opportunity” questionnaire (page 5) with your completed State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678.  This page is for examination use only.

  • Do not include your full Social Security Number on your documents and/or do not provide any LEAP information. 

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: 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:

CA Workforce Development Board
Attn: Job Control #112236
Human Resource Services Division, MIC 54
PO Box 826880
Sacramento, CA 94280-0001

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

Attn: Job Control #112236
EDD/Human Resource Services Division (6th floor solar)
722 Capitol Mall
Sacramento, CA 95814
08:00 AM - 04:30 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.
  • Statement of Qualifications -
    A Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) is REQUIRED - The SOQ should be typed in 12 point font, be no longer than one page in length and describe your skills competencies and experience as they relate to the job description and special requirements in this advertisement.
  • Other -
    Cover Letter is REQUIRED -A cover letter explaining why you want this particular position.
    • What is it about the job description that prompted you to apply?
    • How does this job fit into your career trajectory? 
    • What do you hope to gain from the job?
  • Other -
    Writing Sample is REQUIRED - A writing sample authored solely by the applicant that demonstrates the applicant’s capacity to propose an argument and support the argument with research and reasoning.
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 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:
Stephanie Mayer
(916) 654-8983
Hiring Unit Contact:
Bethany Renfree
(916) 657-1446

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:
EEO Officer
(916) 657-1474
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