Reports to: Director of Legislative Advocacy
Location: Sacramento, California
Date posted: 27 March 2014
Organization Profile: Western Center on Law and Poverty leads the fight to secure housing, health care and a strong safety net for low-income people in California. Founded in 1967, Western Center brings about system-wide change through impact litigation, legislative advocacy, administrative advocacy with state and federal government agencies, and support for the state’s local legal aid programs. With offices in Los Angeles, Sacramento, and the Bay Area, Western Center represents the interests of California’s low-income population before the state Legislature, the courts, and government agencies. Our work reaches every county in the state. For more information, please visit our website: www.wclp.org
Position Summary: WCLP is seeking an experienced Legislative advocate to advocate on behalf of Western Center clients before the state legislature and administrative agencies regarding legislation, the state budget, regulations, and policies involving health care. The areas of responsibility will include all health care policies affecting low-income Californians, including health reform implementation, Medi-Cal, county safety net programs, Covered California, medical debt, and others.
Responsibilities: The legislative advocate will be primarily responsible for:
- Engaging in legislative, budget, and administrative advocacy on behalf of low-income Californians;
- Analyzing pending legislation, budget proposals and administrative policies and regulations;
- Responding to requests for information from public officials, agencies, and the media;
- Disseminating information, including legislative reports, analyses of bill and statutes, and administrative materials in the areas of expertise noted above to Western Center and legal services staff;
- Participating in and managing substantive meetings with local advocates and others, in cooperation with WCLP’s Los Angeles advocacy staff;
- Providing training and information to and engaging in research for local legal services attorneys; and
- Engaging in the development of the strategic direction in the organization's health care advocacy.
- At least 4 years of experience in the Legislature or advocating on public policy issues in similar fora;
- Knowledge of, and expertise in, California health care law and policy issues affecting access to health care for low-income Californians;
- Demonstrated commitment to advocating for low-income Californians;
- Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a team environment; and
- Excellent writing and oral communication skills.
Preferred further qualifications:
- Experience with a nonprofit legal services agency; and
- Law degree and membership in California State Bar.
Compensation: Salary is competitive, and commensurate with experience. Western Center provides generous benefits, including substantial holiday time.
Application procedure: Applications accepted until the position is filled but preferred by April 10. Please email a cover letter, résumé, two writing samples, and a list of references to:
Western Center on Law and Poverty
1107 Ninth Street, Suite 800
Sacramento, CA 95814
WCLP is an equal opportunity employer.