First 5 LA

Government Affairs Strategist

Employment type
Full Time
21 days ago
Los Angeles


The Government Affairs Strategist helps advance First 5 LA’s public policy agenda by supporting the organization’s relationship development with elected officials, other public policymakers, and their staff, and coordinating First 5 LA’s legislative agendas. Reporting to the Senior Government Affairs Strategist, the Government Affairs Strategist monitors elected officials representing or affecting LA County and those supporting early childhood policy; researches elected officials’ existing priorities and analyzes the potential for alignment with First 5 LA priorities; identifies opportunities to build new early childhood champions; represents First 5 LA at events and in meetings with public officials; plans events, briefings, meetings, and information sessions for public officials; coordinates the development and monitoring of state and federal legislative agendas; and works with policy and program staff to support advocacy strategies.  The Government Affairs Strategist helps build systems to effectively track outreach to government officials, communicates government affairs activities across departments at First 5 LA, assists with contracting with lobbyists and other consultants, and supports First 5 LA’s compliance with state lobbying rules and regulations.


The Government Affairs Strategist should visibly demonstrate the adopted organizational values of collaboration, integrity, respect, accountability, purpose, shared leadership and learning in the execution of their key areas of responsibility:

Key Areas of Responsibility:

  • Political Monitoring, Assessment, and Compliance

  • Public Official Relationship Development and Cultivation

  • Legislative Affairs

Essential Duties:

Political Monitoring, Assessment, and Compliance

  • Tracks the local, state, and federal political landscape as it relates to First 5 LA’s policy priorities and elected officials who represent or affect Los Angeles County

  • Creates and coordinates systems to effectively monitor political activity including elections, legislation, policymaker engagement and priorities

  • Assesses opportunities to build new and stronger relationships with elected officials to advance First 5 LA priorities, and uses assessments to inform strategy

  • Supports First 5 LA compliance with lobbying rules, regulations and reporting by creating tracking systems, monitoring regulatory changes, and producing reports, among other activities

    Public Official Relationship Development

  • Produces reports and briefings and coordinates meetings, information sessions, site visits, and other forums to brief policymakers and their staff and cultivate alignment and support for early childhood policies

  • Represents First 5 LA with elected officials, at community events, and in other meetings

    Legislative Affairs

  • Monitors local, state, and federal legislative activity

  • In collaboration with policy and program staff, develops and coordinates legislative agendas

  • Supports and informs strategies to advance legislative priorities

  • Supports the organization’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, and values a diversity of perspectives

  • Adheres to policies and procedures to ensure alignment with State regulations, local ordinances and First 5 LA directives

  • Keeps apprised of all laws, regulations, statutes, rules and policies affecting First 5 LA and Proposition 10

  • Supervises contractors and consultants, as needed

  • Collaborates both internally and with external stakeholders to capture, synthesize and share learning and knowledge outcomes from the ongoing execution of all activities as necessary

Other duties and responsibilities may be assigned. The duties and responsibilities listed are designed to provide typical examples of the work performed; not all duties and responsibilities assigned are included here, nor is it expected that all similar positions will be assigned every duty and responsibility.


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

Organization-wide Competencies

  • Commitment to organizational mission and values: Mission-driven and self-directed, with a demonstrated passion for First 5 LA’s work to strengthen families and improve child outcomes; strives to model organizational values through daily actions and behaviors

  • Possesses Customer-Focused Mindset: Is aware of and considers relevant internal and external stakeholders and their needs (customers); identifies solutions to be responsive to stakeholder needs; considers impact when executing daily tasks

  • Collaborative: Collaborates with peers to drive results in alignment with organizational and operational goals in support of the organization’s mission; is able to work in cross-functional teams; is able to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, public officials and the general public

  • Communicates Effectively: Communicates effectively both written and oral; demonstrates active listening and comprehension; selects and uses appropriate communication methods to keep others appropriately informed; able to tailor messages appropriately to various audiences

  • Demonstrates Integrity and Judgment: Follows through on commitments letting others know of his/her true intentions; ensures decision-making or recommendations are fact-based and others understand the decision/recommendation before moving forward; considers the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one

  • Demonstrates Critical Thinking: Applies critical thinking, logic and reasoning to effectively think through problems and information; identifies relative strengths and weaknesses of options, solutions or approaches

  • Demonstrates Strategic Thinking: Considers issues and relationships relevant to achieving long range goals or vision; identifies alternatives based on logical assumptions, facts, available resources, constraints, and organizational values to layout several points of view on a course of action to accomplish goals

Job Specific Competencies

  • Role Specific Content: Strong knowledge of local, state, and federal government operations, including comprehensive knowledge of the legislative process; experience working with elected officials and their staff; ability to forge and leverage relationships to advance an agenda

  • Content Knowledge: Competent in required job skills and knowledge; ability to learn and apply new skills; ability to learn how to operate new systems quickly; demonstrated ability to set priorities, establish clear expectations and execute identified projects; keeps abreast of current developments; requires minimal supervision; displays understanding of how job relates to others; knows how to use technology tools to effectively manage and expedite processes; uses resources effectively

  • Planning and Organization and Project Management: Works in an organized manner with strong attention to detail; prioritizes and plans work activities; ability to effectively manage overlapping projects and deadlines; ability to work under pressure, meet deadlines and adjust to changing priorities; uses time efficiently; plans for additional resources; integrates changes smoothly; sets goals and objectivesability to manage high performance projects


  • Minimum of five years of experience in government affairs, public affairs, policy, public administration, political strategy, or a related field preferred


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in political science, public administration, public affairs, policy or a related field preferred

Computer Skills:

  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)

  • Ability to use widely supported internet browsers

  • Familiarity with Lexis Nexis or other legislative tracking software preferred

Certificates, Licenses and Registrations:

  • Valid California Class C Driver License or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job-related essential functions

  • Valid automobile liability insurance

Travel Requirements:

  • This position requires travel locally, statewide and nationally as needed



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 job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The employee will sit, talk, hear and use hands up to 2/3 of the time. The employee will stand and walk up to 1/3 of the time. The employee is routinely required to carry and/or lift up to 10 pounds.

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. 

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

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