Council For A Strong America

California State Deputy Director

Employment type
4 months ago
Remote in California

Reports To
California State Director of Council for a Strong America

California State Office and State Operations

Job Overview
The State Deputy Director assists in building and cultivating a statewide organization of leaders in law enforcement, retired military, business, and/or athletics, including mobilizing these messengers to support increased state and federal investments in programs and policies for children and youth that benefit public safety, national security, and our economy.

Responsibilities and Duties
The State Deputy Director:

  • Helps set annual legislative agendas for each CSA organization operating in California by working closely with state and local allies to identify policy opportunities and threats; works closely with the team to develop and work a strategic advocacy plan to advance said agenda(s). [30%]
  • Manages messaging around broad policy goals and advocacy issues including earned-media campaigns), social media efforts, meetings with state policymakers and administration officials, and other written materials. [25%]
  • Supports fundraising efforts and prospects new funders for the state office. [20%]
  • Recruits, engages, and mobilizes prominent leaders in law enforcement, retired military, business, and athletics in key areas across the state. [15%]
  • Tracks progress and manages all grant activity. [10%]
  • Cultivates relationships with policymakers, funders, allies, and media to support above duties and the CSA team.
  • Supervises 1 or 2 team members TBD.



  • Knowledge of and networks in the California early childhood policy space
  • Understanding of the legislative process and advocacy strategies.
  • Ability to persuade others to join a cause and take action as well as influence without authority.
  • Superior diplomatic skills and ability to work effectively with complex relationships.
  • Well-organized, able to work independently to achieve goals.
  • Ability to juggle multiple projects at once, respond rapidly and flexibly to changing priorities, and comfort with ambiguity.
  • Superior oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to independently lead effective meetings with state legislators, allies, and members.
  • Ability to persevere.
  • Adequate capacity to independently learn and work with Word/Excel/PowerPoint, Salesforce, and Google Drive.
  • Strong commitment to our mission and strategic vision.



  • Knowledge of and contacts within the states’ law enforcement, military, business, and/or athletics communities.
  • Knowledge of education/child and family policy.
  • Experience cultivating and sustaining relationships with funders.
  • Experience working independently or remotely.


Salary Range:
$100 - $120K

Minimum experience required:
8-10 years of relevant, professional experience in government affairs, public policy, or advocacy.

College degree or equivalent experience required; Graduate degree not required, but preferred.

Once travel is allowed, frequent travel is required within the state. Occasional travel is required out of the state.
Overnight: Yes Duration: 1-3 days

To apply

Only applications with a cover letter explaining their interest and qualifications for the position included will be considered. Click the link to apply.

Council for a Strong America is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is seeking a diverse slate of candidates for formal consideration