Government Affairs Manager | Cal Parks

Government Affairs Manager

Demonstrating initiative, analytical skills, and superior relationship-building ability, the Government Affairs Manager will carry forward the advocacy work of the organization. This position will build credibility and influence policy, activating support for California’s state park system. This position will work in collaboration with the Partnerships, Engagement, and Philanthropy teams, under the direction of the Executive Director.


Mission:  Protecting and preserving the California state park system, for the benefit of all.

Vision:  We envision an inspiring and welcoming state park system where there is access for all, adequate and sustainable funding, and parks are protected for future generations.


Advocacy Activities - 65%

Legislative and grassroots advocacy

  • Advance advocacy priorities for the organization, reflecting the organization’s goals
  • Work directly with California State Parks policy director and staff to exchange intelligence and create alignment.
  • Work with contract lobbyist to manage information on park legislation and policy initiatives.
  • Lead logistics and planning for annual Park Advocacy Day, Policy Forum, district days, webinars, and other advocacy events that involve connecting California State Parks Foundation members and advocates with legislators, staff, or other state government leaders.
  • Manage direct lobbying and grassroot activities on legislation, meeting with legislative staff, policy staff and electeds, giving testimony, organizing position letters and other activities that leverage California State Parks Foundation’s voice on critical bills and policies.

Strategic communications

  • Provide content for policy platform and associated briefs, reports, materials, and other communications as necessary to support to advocacy agenda, in collaboration with Engagement team
  • Support Executive Director in advocacy-related media outreach, including drafting press releases, letters to the editor and op-eds, building and maintaining media lists, and conducting follow-up contacts with reporters and editors.

Program management

  • Track relationships with partners, key members of the legislature, legislative staff, committee staff, California state park staff, and executive staff in Salesforce to build knowledge around our government affairs work.Tracking interests, activities, meetings, and all correspondence.,
  • Assist with development of research, studies, public polling, statistics, and insights on trends to inform and push forward advocacy agenda.
  • Manage compliance with state and federal lobbying rules.
  • Collaborate across the organization on critical calls to action that engage existing advocates and grow new supporters.
  • Support coalition-building activities for partner engagement, mobilization, and activation opportunities.
  • Identify opportunities for partner engagement, education and activation, in collaboration with Partnerships Manager.
  • Create and deliver trainings, presentations, and briefings when needed for both internal and external audiences.
  • Support Executive Director in engaging Board with organization’s advocacy opportunities.
  • Support Philanthropy and Membership teams in identifying fundraising opportunities and creating materials to cultivate and steward funders and individual donors.


Policy Development - 30%

  • Support Executive Director in identifying developing threats facing California state parks and recommending a course of action that aligns with organizational priorities.
  • In collaboration with Partnerships, Volunteerism, and Engagement teams, develop expertise, relationships, and agenda on key issue areas for California state parks.

Operations - 5%

  • Support facilities management in Sacramento office, assisting Finance and Operations team in maintaining a clean, safe, and organized environment that supports employee engagement and productivity.

Other duties as assigned.



  • 3+ years of experience in California legislative affairs.
  • Commitment to California State Parks Foundation’s mission: you love spending time outdoors in parks and are enthusiastic about sharing their benefits with all Californians.
  • Ability and willingness to travel across California to tour any of the 280 state parks as needed, occasionally engaging in vigorous outdoor activities
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office applications.
  • Strong analytical abilities and problem-solving skills.
  •  Excellent writing, editing, and proofreading skills.
  • Demonstrated initiative and self-motivation.
  • Flexible in the face of changing priorities.
  • High integrity: ability to maintain confidentiality and operate with discretion.
  • Collaborative team player who pitches in to do what needs to be done.
  • Highly organized; experience developing processes and procedures.
  • Impeccable attention to detail.
  • Ability to adhere to deadlines.
  • Ability to work occasional weekends and evenings .




  • Familiarity with the California state park system, environmental and/or conservation practices.
  • Knowledge of state and Federal rules governing 501(c)3 organizations and lobbying.
  • Familiarity with workplace productivity tools like Asana, Slack, and Zoom.
  • Demonstrated project management abilities.
  • Experience with Salesforce and SharePoint.
  • Confident and comfortable in public speaking and facilitating meetings.
  • Valid driver license.


COMPENSATION: This is a full-time, exempt position offering a starting salary of $70,000 annually and a generous benefits package including medical/dental/disability/life insurance, monthly equipment/cellphone allowance, 13 paid holidays plus paid sick and vacation time, and a 401(k) plan with 5% match after one year of service. Other benefits include pre-tax transit benefits, a flexible savings account and shared access to state park passes offering free entry to most California state parks.


LOCATION:   This position is based in the California State Parks Foundation’s Sacramento office. While most California State Parks Foundation staff are currently working remotely, the Government Affairs Manager will eventually be expected to work on-site in the office at least half-time, and up to 100% on-site when the Legislature is in session.

The California State Parks Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. People of color, LGBTQ people, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records will be considered for the position in accordance with San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, Police Code, Article 49.