Management Analyst I/II (Legislative Analyst)

Management Analyst I/II (Legislative Analyst)

San Jose, CA

Posted: 11.30.2021

Management Analyst I/II (Legislative Analyst)

Valley Water

Salary: See Position Description

Job Type: Full-Time

Job Number: 01369-E

Location: San Jose, CA

Department: Office of External Affairs


Office of Government Relations (Position Code 0281) COVID-19 vaccination requirement:*To protect our most valuable assets, our employees, as well as the communities we serve, Valley Water requires all new hired Valley Water personnel to be fully vaccinated (for COVID -19) or to be formally excused from the requirement through the **reasonable accommodation process (for details, see bottom of job posting)

Management Analyst I: $8,586.93 – $10,994.53 Monthly Management Analyst II: $9,476.13 – $12,129.87 Monthly


Do you have public policy experience? Do you thrive in a fast-paced environment where you’re called on to think on your feet and pivot on a dime AND where your work really matters? If so, you’ll want to check out Valley Water’s Legislative Analyst position.

With headquarters in San Jose, Valley Water provides water supply, enhances streams and watersheds through creek restoration and habitat protection, provides food protection for homes, schools, businesses and roadways, and partners with other agencies to provide trails and open space for the community.


Valley Water manages 10 dams and surface water reservoirs, three water treatment plants, an advanced recycled water purification center, a state of-the-art water quality laboratory, nearly 400 acres of groundwater recharge ponds, and more than 275 miles of streams. Valley Water provides wholesale water and groundwater management services to local municipalities and private water retailers who deliver drinking water directly to nearly 2 million people in Santa Clara County that stretches 1,300 square miles and encompasses 15 cities and unincorporated areas.


In this dynamic role as Legislative Analyst at Valley Water, you will be part of a team ensuring the success of Valley Water’s legislative, policy, and funding initiatives at the local, state, and federal level on behalf of the residents of Santa Clara County. You will help shape public policy and opinion while building Valley Water’s image, brand, and reputation.


The Legislative Analyst will provide professional and analytical assistance in the government relations program, conduct analyses of proposed legislation on Valley Water’s functions and programs and make recommendations. They will attend and advocate during external meetings to influence elected officials, key advocacy stakeholders, and external associations, develop and implement new strategic outreach programs by engaging and providing information to elected officials, businesses, diversity groups and other community leaders, and represent Valley Water and make presentations to various boards, commissions, committees, city councils, and outside agencies as necessary.

In addition to a routine work schedule, this position requires a willingness to work in the evening and/or weekends on an as-needed basis. Specifically, this position will participate in planned public relations, marketing, outreach, and community engagement events/activities, which will include commitments during the evenings and weekends.


Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Analyze and evaluate critical and current legislation, policies, and other programs, determine possible effects upon Valley Water, make recommendations for actions.
  • Support engaging government bodies and key stakeholders, and obtaining government and key stakeholder support on specific legislative issues relevant to Valley Water as a whole, including preparing specific speaking points, white papers, and other advocacy materials for presentation to external policy and decision makers on a regular basis, and attending and advocating on Valley Water’s behalf during external meetings, including testifying before and presenting to government bodies and advocacy stakeholder groups.
  • Assist with coordination of the annual Water Walk Tour and other strategic tours and events throughout the year.
  • Participate on a variety of committees.
  • Prepare and present presentations, staff reports and other materials as appropriate and necessary.
  • Process community sponsorships, including processing applications, analyzing applications, and drafting recommendations.
  • Support the unit’s needs for booths and events during festival season.


Ideal Candidate’s Background Includes:

Applicants whose experience and background best match the ideal experience, knowledge, skills, abilities, and education are considered ideal candidates for the position. To determine the top candidates, each applicant will be assessed based on the ideal candidate criteria as listed below.


Ideal Experience:

  • For the Management Analyst I, a minimum of one year of public policy or related experience is required but at least two years is ideal. For the Management Analyst Il, a minimum of three years of public policy or related experience is required.
  • Experience advocating for an organization’s legislative and policy issues to influence elected and appointed officials, stakeholders and external associations, or similar experience influencing public perception.
  • Conducting analyses of proposed legislation and their effects on an organization.
  • Preparing specific speaking points, white papers, and other advocacy materials for presentation.
  • Serving municipalities or organizations at the local and regional level (cities, counties, special districts, nonprofits, stakeholder groups, etc.).
  • Coordinating events, meetings, or activities.


Ideal Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing to educate and influence key decision makers on Valley Water’s legislative and policy stances.
  • Excellent communication, presentation, networking, and relationship-building skills.
  • Strong legislative and public policy analysis abilities.
  • Impeccable judgment and responsible decision-making in situations with minimal oversight.
  • Manages demanding workloads with grace; juggles multiple projects with competing deadlines; thinks quickly on their feet; and exudes a “bring it on” positive attitude.
  • Drives toward solutions even as priorities change and challenges arise on a moment-to-moment basis.
  • Flexibility to adapt to ever-changing and fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to make critical business decisions independently, under severe time pressure in a highly dynamic environment.
  • Ability to navigate the political field without violating policy or ethics.
  • Strong work ethic.


Ideal Knowledge:

  • Strong understanding of how government and the legislative process works.
  • Working knowledge of the political landscape and trends in the industry.
  • Knowledge of the local, state, and/or federal legislative and regulatory issues affecting water.


Ideal Training and Education:

Bachelor’s degree. Ideal areas of study may include political science, public policy, public administration, law, environmental studies, public affairs, urban planning, or engineering. Many areas of study can set someone up for success in this role such so exact degree is flexible.


Required License or Certificate

Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid California driver’s license. Individuals who do not meet the driver’s license requirement due to a disability will be considered for a reasonable accommodation on a case-by-case basis. To review the Classification Specification, please click Analyst I-II – 5-2019.pdf


Selection Process

(1) The selection process may include one or more of the following: application review, application assessment, performance exercise, written exercise and/or interview.

(2) The Employment Application, Qualifying Information Questions and/or Supplemental Questions will be evaluated based on the ideal candidate criteria listed above. Resumes are highly recommended.


NOTE: Position and start date is subject to availability of funds. Valley Water retains the right to repost this position as deemed necessary.

Consideration may be given to existing applicant pools within the same classification.

COVID-19 vaccination requirement:* Fully vaccinated means (1) it has been at least two weeks since a person has completed the entire recommended series of a COVID-19 vaccine, and (2) the person has provided proof of vaccination in a form consistent with the requirements for verification of vaccine status in the State of California’s July 26, 2021 Public Health Officer Order.**Limited Exemptions to Vaccination RequirementAn individual who has been provided a job offer may request a reasonable accommodation to the vaccination requirement if they:1. Have a contraindication recognized by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or by the vaccine’s manufacturer to every approved COVID-19 vaccine. A contraindication means a condition that makes vaccination inadvisable;2. Have a disability and are requesting an exception as a reasonable accommodation based upon this disability; or,3. Object to COVID-19 vaccination based on their sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance.

Valley Water’s Equal Opportunity Non-Discrimination Policy is available for review upon request.


Valley Water will make reasonable efforts in the examination process to accommodate persons with disabilities. Please advise Human Resources in advance of any special needs by calling 408-630-2260.


Please be aware that once submitted all application materials become the property of Valley Water and will not be returned. Human Resources staff are not authorized to make copies of application materials for applicants.


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