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Legislative Assistant (Sacramento, CA)

UDW Overview: 
United Domestic Workers of America, UDW/AFSCME Local 3930 is a statewide labor union that represents more than 170,000 home care and family child care providers in 45 counties in California. Founded in 1979, UDW is a diverse, progressive labor organization that seeks dynamic, committed individuals who will support our members and those for whom they care locally, statewide and at the national level. 

UDW is one of California’s largest labor unions. We consistently support and lead important social justice initiatives like fighting for racial justice, income inequality, and affordable health care for all. We are committed to respect and dignity for seniors, people with disabilities, and the children in our care.  We fight for better working conditions and fair pay for home care and child care providers, and full funding for life-saving programs like In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) and subsidized family child care. For more information about UDW, please visit our website at www.udw.org. 

Job Information:
Job Title: Legislative Assistant 
Job Type: Exempt
Department: State Government Affairs
Reports to: State Government Affairs Manager
Job Location: Sacramento, CA
Schedule: Monday to Friday, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Hybrid (In office/remote)
Starting Salary Range:  $66,560.00 to $75,000.00/year

Job Summary: 
As directed by the State Government Affairs Manager, the Legislative Assistant will play a key role in supporting the department's efforts to advance UDW's legislative and budget agenda. In addition, the Legislative Assistant will be responsible for facilitating UDW members' education and engagement on legislative matters, budget decisions, and regulatory changes that have an impact on their families and communities.

Duties and Responsibilities:
•    Track legislation, budget, and hearing schedules daily.
•    Monitor and take notes during Legislative Session, committee, budget hearings, stakeholder workgroups and other meetings
•    Prepare and deliver letters of support/opposition on legislation, budget, and regulations
•    Research and analyze legislation, budget, regulations, and other policy documents. Provide recommendations and draft language as requested
•    Participate in lobby visits and hearings as requested
•    Prepare materials, including mass mailings, letters, fliers, forms, and announcements, as needed
•    Assist in planning and participate in UDW and Child Care membership events, lobby days, and actions
•    Assist the UDW’s political endorsement process by tracking Assembly, Senate, Congressional races and ballot initiatives 
•    Represent the union in various coalitions and stakeholder groups
•    Update union members on important legislation and budget items at membership meetings
•    Perform other duties, including special projects, as required to support the department, other departments as needed, and the mission of the organization
•    Answer phone calls and perform other administrative duties as needed

Supervisory Responsibilities: 
•    None
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 
•    Substantial knowledge of the California legislative and budget process 
•    Expertise with Capitol Track and/or other legislative tracking systems  
•    Ability to research, analyze, and provide feedback on complex issues
•    Superior attention to detail and commitment to accuracy
•    Strong written and verbal communication skills
•    Expertise using Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, and Outlook
•    Ability to work independently and solve problems
•    Ability to prioritize multiple tasks and complete assignments on time
•    Some travel required, valid driver’s license and reliable vehicle
•    Availability to work irregular hours as needed
•    Must be a self-starter and team player that works well in a dynamic, high-paced environment.

Preferred Qualifications:
•    Bachelor’s degree or related education in Government, Labor Studies, Public Policy, Political Science, or related field.
•    Minimum 1-3 years of comparable experience in Government, Labor Studies, Public Policy, Political Science.

•    Must possess a valid California driver’s license, auto insurance that covers business driving, and an automobile for business use.
•    Willingness to work long and irregular hours, often including nights and weekends.

Preferred Bilingual Language(s) in either:
•    Spanish 
•    Vietnamese 
•    Korean
•    Tagalog
•    Russian 
•    Assyrian
•    Somali
•    Mandarin Chinese 
•    Cantonese
•    Arabic

Employee Benefits:
•    Health Insurance
•    Dental Insurance
•    Vision Insurance
•    Life / AD&D
•    Long Term Disability (LTD)
•    401(k) Savings Plan
•    Pension Plan
•    Paid Vacation Days
•    Paid Sick Leave
•    Personal Day
•    16 Paid Holidays
•    Floating Holiday

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement:
UDW has adopted a COVID-19 vaccination policy to safeguard the health and well-being of our employees. As a condition of employment, our employees are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, unless a reasonable accommodation is approved or as otherwise required by law.

Physical Demands: 
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions.  While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands or finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls. The employee is required to stand; walk; sit; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, and the ability to adjust focus. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. 

Work Environment: 
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is primarily exposed to an office-type environment. The employee will frequently work on or around office equipment and furniture. The noise level in the work environment is low to moderate. The employee will frequently work with deadlines under pressure and will occasionally be required to work alone. The employee is occasionally exposed to outdoor environments, which may include exposure to vehicles, moving mechanical parts; vibration; odors, fumes, gasses, smoke, dust, or airborne particles; and outside weather conditions.

Equal Opportunity Employer:
UDWA is an equal opportunity employer, and, as such, does not discriminate an employee or applicant based on race, creed, color, age, sex, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious affiliation, disability, or any other classification protected from discrimination under applicable law.

Notice of E-Verify Participation: 
This employer participates in E-Verify and will provide the federal government with your Form I-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S. If E-Verify cannot confirm that you are authorized to work, this employer is required to give you written instructions and an opportunity to contact Department of Homeland Security (DHS) or Social Security Administration (SSA) so you can begin to resolve the issue before the employer can take any action against you, including terminating your employment. Employers can only use E-Verify once you have accepted a job offer and completed the Form I-9. For more information on E-Verify, or if you believe that your employer has violated its E-Verify responsibilities, please contact DHS (888) 897-7781, dhs.gov/e-verify. 

Women, people of color, people with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQIA+ community are strongly encouraged to apply.

To apply for this position, please visit UDW’s career page and submit your application.
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