Legislative Aide

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California Civil Liberties Advocacy

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The CCLA works on a number of issues, including surveillance regulations, immigrant rights, law enforcement accountability, free speech, homeless rights, and criminal justice reform. Everyone in our organization, from our board members to our Capitol advocates, are unpaid volunteers who care about the people of California and seek to make a difference.

Summary of the Position:

The legislative aide's duties will consist mainly of monitoring committee hearings for bills tracked by the CCLA and writing reports for review by the legislative director. The legislative aide will also be responsible for bill tracking, monitoring floor action, research, distributing materials, and incidental clerical tasks.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The legislative aide will be assigned to monitor and track legislation through committees, and watch hearings via online feed for action on issues and legislation; additionally, the aide will be required to attend certain hearings in person. Occasionally, the legislative aid will be expected to offer what we call "me too" oral testimony that includes stating your name, organization, and position on the bill. The legislative aide will also be responsible for drafting concise and informative summaries of hearing activity as assigned. Other responsibilities include research on policy questions, distributing informational materials and action items at the Capitol, calendaring, and appointment scheduling.

Qualifications:

A strong writing background, including creating and preparing documents which summarize events, editing for content and grammar, and ability to meet deadlines. Understanding of basic Microsoft Office suite applications including Word and Excel. A college degree or background in law, government, or policy advocacy are preferred but not required. Must be have access to reliable transportation to and from the Capitol and meetings with CCLA associates. Public transit ok. A positive attitude, willingness to learn, and accept constructive criticism are also a must.

Special Considerations:

The legislative aide must have a strong interest in the subject matter, writing, working with lawmakers, and attending hearings, and be able to create neutral, factual, unbiased, and concise summaries and reports.

This is a 6-month minimum requirement. There is no particular hourly requirement but expect to work between 5-15 hours per week, depending on our hearing schedule.

While, the legislative aide may do the bulk of their work from a home or mobile office (i.e. laptop), the aide is expected to be present for legislative committee meetings and committee hearings they are assigned to attend.

Upon successful completion of their 6-month commitment, the volunteer will receive a recommendation letter and a positive reference for future employment.

Please email resume, cover letter, and writing sample to apply.

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WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

This is a Virtual Opportunity, with no fixed address.

SKILLS

  • Legal (General)
  • Advocacy
  • Lobbying
  • Critical Thinking
  • Multi-Tasking
  • Verbal / Written Communication

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Flexible time commitment. Generally, expect about 3-5 hours per week on virtual assignments. But up to about 15 hours per week when we have a lot of bills on hearing calendar.
  • See description.

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