Council Policy and Legislative Advisor Job at San Jose, Santa Clara County, California

Council Policy and Legislative Advisor

City of San Jose , California

Job Information 


Mayor and City Council

Mid Level


$49,123.41 - $78,597.47 Annually

Application Deadline 

Open Until Filled

No Application Deadline

Recruitment Type 

Open Competitive


About the Department 

The City of San José, the Capital of Silicon Valley is one of the nation’s best managed cities and one of the top ten cities in which to live, work, and do business. Moreover, San José is the center of cultural, government and economic activity for the region. The employees of the City of San José have embraced the following values: Integrity, Innovation, Excellence, Collaboration, Respect and Celebration. 

The San José City Council consists of ten Councilmembers elected by district and a Mayor elected at-large, each for four-year terms. The Mayor and Council are responsible for representing the residents of San José, providing accountability, reviewing public policy and programs, and adopting those policies which best meet the needs of the residents, visitors, and businesses in San José. 

The Mayor serves as the political leader in San José, and under the City Charter, is responsible for recommending policy, program, and budget priorities for the City.

Positions & Duties

The Office of Mayor Sam Liccardo is recruiting for a full-time Council Policy & Legislative Advisor. This position serves as a key member of the policy team for Mayor Liccardo, working on several priority initiatives, making recommendations, and developing action plans for meeting the Mayor's policy objectives. This position will focus on policy areas including, but not limited to: Sustainability, Transportation, Environment, Water, Energy and Parks. 

The position requires an employee with strong and effective organizational skills; ability to handle multiple assignments; excellent written and oral communication skills, and the ability to develop and maintain effective and collaborative working relationships with community members and neighborhood organizations, key stakeholders, and City staff.  Candidates must be willing to work frequent evenings and weekends, and as exempt management employees, are not eligible for overtime compensation. 

Employees in this classification are not members of the classified civil service and are appointed "at will."  Each appointment is for a specified period of time to be determined by the appointing Mayor and does not extend past the end of the elected official's or appointing authority's term.  This unclassified position requires a disclosure of outside investments, real property interest, income, and business positions. 


Typical Duties:

The Council Policy & Legislative Advisor will be primarily responsible for the following tasks: 

- Lead initiatives within an assigned policy portfolio and drive policy priorities through government and legislative process. Research best practices on assigned policy portfolio.

- Gather background information relative to issues pending before the City Council.

- Preparation or assisting in preparation of speeches and talking points for the Mayor.

- Develop and maintain positive working relationships with council offices, community organizations, residents, business community, non-profit organizations, and government agencies as they are key partners on policy and as a representative of the Mayor's Office.

- Coordinating arrangements for meetings, programs or other civic functions on behalf of the Mayor.

- Attend meetings and community events with the Mayor, requiring availability on evenings and weekends.

- Gathering background information relative to issues pending before the City Council, specifically focused on sustainability, transportation, immigration, environment, water, energy, parks, and supporting the government relations function for the Mayor. 

- Analyzing a wide variety of materials on assigned projects, programs, and topics.

- Responding to constituent inquiries and issues, resolving complaints, and interpreting operating policies for residents of the community and other interested parties.

- Attending and representing the Mayor at City-related meetings and activities, meeting with governmental agencies, private industry, and related meetings.

- Performs other duties of a similar nature or level as required.


This recruitment may be used to fill multiple positions in this, or other divisions or departments. If you are interested in employment in this classification, you should apply to ensure you are considered for additional opportunities that may utilize the applicants from this recruitment.


Minimum Qualifications

1. Education: Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science in Public Policy, Public Administration, or closely related field is required.


2. Experience:  Any combination of training and experience equivalent that provides the knowledge, skills and abilities to advise the Mayor on matters of public policy, democratic processes, constituent service or citizen involvement.

3. Employment Eligibility:  Federal law requires all employees to provide verification of their eligibility to work in this country. Please be informed that the City of san Jose will not prepare or file a labor condition application with the Department of Labor.

4. Licenses or Certificates: Valid California Driver's License may be required.


Desired Skills and Competencies: 

The ideal candidate will possess the most desirable combination of training, skills, and experience, which will allow him or her to serve as a member of the Mayor's Office.  Desirable experience, knowledge and skills for this position include:

- Strong commitment to public service.

- Previous experience working for an elected official.

- Experience in community development or organizing along with policy research.

- Ability to communicate and work effectively with a diverse set of stakeholders.

- Proficiency in the use of software applications such as Microsoft Word, Power Point, Excel, Outlook, or equivalent.

- Ability to effectively plan workflow and manage multiple projects to deliver quality products in a timely manner evidenced by and through strong organizational, administration, and management skills.

- Ability to express themselves clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing (email, letters, report writing and editing).

- Skill in research techniques and applications - collecting, compiling, analyzing, and interpreting data. 

- Strong work ethic, professionalism, flexibility.

- Ability to communicate effectively with others and facilitate groups to achieve common objectives; understand and identify key issues and make recommendations in complex situations. 

- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with others and to provide excellent service to internal and external customers, stakeholders and colleagues.

- Ability to present yourself in a professional and effective manner.

- Ability to work in a team environment and work as an effective team contributor.

- Ability to work in a fast-paced environment.

-Ability to problem solve.

- Demonstrate ability to work independently, prioritize work, and independently manage multiple, diverse, and competing priorities while meeting deadlines.


Selection Process 

The selection process will consist of an evaluation of the applicant's training and experience based on the application and responses to the Job Specific Questions. Only the candidates whose backgrounds best match the position will be invited to proceed in the selection process.  Additional phases of the selection process will consist of one or more interviews, one of which may include a practical/writing exercise. 

You will be prompted to answer the following job-specific questions during the online application process.  Please note that there is a 4,000-character limit, including spaces, for each text response. 


1. Please describe your relevant work experience. 

2. What is your comfort level and experience with field work and community engagement? 

3. The Mayor's office is fast-paced and requires a flexible schedule. Would you be able to accommodate working evenings and/or weekends, or possibly an alternate schedule of Tues-Sat, for example? 

4. Please describe any experiences you have in working with culturally and socio-economically diverse neighborhoods, including any languages or cultural insights you might have.


You must answer all job-specific questions in order to be considered for this vacancy or your application will be deemed incomplete and withheld from further consideration. 

If you have questions about the duties of these positions, the selection or hiring processes, please contact Human Resources at (408) 535-1285, or

Additional Information 

Link to Benefits Page:

Link to California Equal Pay Act:

To apply, please complete an application via the City of San José's website at The position will remain open until filled and applications are reviewed continuously; therefore, we encourage applicants to apply as soon as possible. If your online application was successfully submitted, you will receive an automatic confirmation email to the email address you provided. IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE THE CONFIRMATION, please email and we will research the status of your application. Please contact Human Resources at (408) 535-1285, or if you have any questions.

Job: General Administration

Schedule: Full-time

Employee Status: Regular

Job Type: Standard

Job Posting: Jun 11, 2020, 3:06:39 PM

Minimum Salary: 49,123.41

Maximum Salary: 78,597.47

Bargaining Unit 1: UNIT 99



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