Description Government Relations Division (Position Code F1001) Annual Salary: $100,006.40
FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM Are you interested in gaining experience in the public sector? Do you have a master's degree and experience working in the area of government relations and public policy?
Valley Water's Office of Government Relations is offering a one- to two-year Fellowship opportunity for an emerging public policy leader to engage on Valley Water's key legislative and policy priorities at the local, state, and federal levels and to shape public policy and opinion while building Valley Water's image, brand, and reputation.
With headquarters in San Jose, Valley Water provides water supply, enhances streams and watersheds through creek restoration and habitat protection, provides flood 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.
The Office of Government Relations Fellow will have the opportunity to provide professional analytical and advocacy support to advance legislative priorities with elected and appointed officials and key advocacy stakeholders. He/she/they will be particularly engaged on Valley Water's Redistricting Project.
This position frequently attends community outreach and public relations events at night and on weekends.
Key Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Advocating for Valley Water efforts with elected officials and/or key advocacy stakeholder groups.
Coordinating and supporting state and local elected official briefings.
Performing community partnership sponsorship analysis and recommendations.
Assisting with community festival and event coordination.
Coordinating and facilitating strategic tours.
Serving as the Valley Water representative and advocate during external meetings to influence these same parties and external associations.
Conducting policy analysis and drafting recommendations for positions on legislation.
Preparing specific speaking points, white papers, and other advocacy materials for presentation to decision makers.
Processing community sponsorship applications and supporting the unit's needs for water truck, booths, and events during festival season, among other duties.
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: The ideal candidate has at least one year of experience or more advocating for public policy issues, performing policy and legislative analysis, serving municipalities or organizations at the local, state, or regional level.
Ideal Skills and Abilities:
Strong writing skills, able to prepare high quality and articulate written reports and presentations.
Strong computer skills: MS Office - Excel, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, etc.
Ability to learn quickly, work independently and responsibly.
Applies 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
Detail-oriented, ability to see the big picture, and can handle a variety of situations with tact.
Spirit of collaboration.
Strong analytical skills (e.g., researching, analyzing, evaluating, developing, and presenting recommendations for continual improvement of operations and special projects).
Knowledge and understanding of drafting public policy, analyzing impacts of policy on existing regulations or operations, and event planning.
Understanding of public sector processes and governance.
Strong understanding of the inner workings of local, state and/or federal legislatures, committees, government bodies and agencies
Ideal Training and Education: Master's degree in Public Administration, Public Policy, Political Science, Law, Communications, Environmental Studies, Government, or similar (J.D. and PhD). 3.0 GPA or higher required (to be verified by transcript if selected to interview for the position).
Required License or Certificate ELIGIBILITY: The Fellowship Program is a one- to two-year paid employment opportunity open to recent master's graduates who meet the following requirements:
Possess a master's degree or higher, obtained within the last three years and related to the program area.
Have at least one year of professional or volunteer experience related to the program area.
Are fluent in both written and spoken English.
Have an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher (candidates selected for interview will be required to provide a transcript).
Can provide proof of the legal right to work in the United States.
Can pass a pre-employment screening process to include reference checks and a background/criminal check.
Are able to work full-time (40 hours/week) for two years.
Possess of, or have the ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid 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.
Include ALL of the following with the online application:
Completed online Employment Application (required) - Note: In the work experience section of the online application, school projects, volunteer and extracurricular activities may be included in lieu of work experience.
Completed supplemental questionnaire (required) - Do not indicate "see resume" as this response to any of the questions will disqualify you.
Participants in the Fellowship Program must adhere to all Valley Water policies at all times.
(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, Resume, Transcripts and Supplemental Questions will be evaluated based on the ideal candidate criteria listed above.
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.
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 is not authorized to make copies of application materials for applicants.