Government Relations Manager (PA & Advocacy Admin I)

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Work type: Management (MPP)
Location: Sacramento
Categories: MPP, Administrative, At-Will, Full Time, On-site (work in-person at business location)


Working Title:  Government Relations Manager

Classification Title:  Administrator I

Posting Details 

Priority Application Deadline: Tuesday, June 13, 2023 @ 11:55pm PST (Posting will remain open until filled) 

Hiring Preference

Not Applicable

Position Summary

The Government Relations Manager reports to the Senior Associate Vice President for Public Affairs and Advocacy and serves as a member of the Sr. AVP’s management team. The Government Relations Manager is responsible for establishing, fostering and maintaining relations with elected officials and governmental agencies/ entities and their representatives at the local, state and federal levels of government.

FLSA: Exempt (not eligible for overtime compensation under FLSA). This position is benefits-eligible.

Hiring Range: $4,500 - $6,800 per month commensurate with candidate's education, experience, skills, and training. 

CSU Classification Salary Range: $3,750 - $11,146 per month 

Recruitment TypeRegular (at-will)

Time Base: Full-Time

Work Hours:  Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Department Information 

The Office of Public Affairs and Advocacy serves as the official voice of Sacramento State with community and government agencies at the local, state, and federal level. Our mission is to promote the University and cultivate public support for it and its students by managing and fostering relationships with governmental agencies and elected officials while facilitating many of Sacramento State's community engagement efforts. 

Please visit our website for additional information

Required Qualifications 

  1. Bachelor’s degree in public policy, government or communications-related field.
  2. Three (3) years’ experience in the legislative and/or executive branches of government at the local, state or federal level.
  3. Excellent writing, editing, and presentation skills.
  4. Strong interpersonal skills.
  5. Ability to multitask and work successfully on multiple projects.
  6. Understanding of governmental protocols and demonstration of strong political acumen.
  7. Ability to work independently, and as part of a team.
  8. Capacity to perform effectively under pressure and demonstrate sound judgement.
  9. Ability to research legislative and government programs and processes.
  10. Ability to occasionally travel, attendance at off-site locations, and work on weekends and evenings as needed.


Ability to pass background check.

Preferred Qualifications 

  1. Experience with and/or strong knowledge of higher education advocacy efforts and programs.
  2. A minimum of five (5) years of experience in the legislative or executive branch at the state or federal level.
  3. Ability to stage policy briefings and/ or events.
  4. Experience working with media relations, including the writing and production of newsletters, e-newsletters, news releases and familiarity with social media messaging systems.

Required Licenses/Certifications 


Documents Needed to Apply

Resume, cover letter, and writing sample detailing "How diversity is important to successful advocacy". Failure to upload these required documents to the online application may result in disqualification.

Please keep the response at 500 words.

About Sac State

Sacramento State is located in the heart of California’s capital city, five miles from State Capitol. The lush, 300-acre campus is situated along the American River, close to numerous bike trails and other recreational areas. Sacramento, also known as the “Farm-to-Fork Capital,” is one of the most ethnically diverse and livable cities in the country, with a population of half of a million. Sacramento State’s 31,000 students come not only from the Greater Sacramento Region, but also from across the state, country, and world. Our 1800 faculty and 1,500 staff are committed to meeting our mission: “As California’s capital university, we transform lives by preparing students for leadership, service, and success. Sacramento State will be a recognized leader in education, innovation, and engagement.” As the regional hub of higher education, Sac State is dedicated to student successdiversity, equity and inclusioncommunity engagementphilanthropy, and campus safety.  

As evidenced by the values embedded in our Hornet Honor Code, Sacramento State is committed to creating an inclusive environment where all faculty, staff, students, and guests are welcome and valued.  Our commitment is more than simply ensuring that our campus is free from bias and discrimination, but is one devoted to celebrating many diverse identities, life experiences, and perspectives that enrich our community, teaching and learning.  

To learn more about why you should join the Hornet Family, please visit the Why Sac State? page.

Background Check Disclaimer  

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with California State University, Sacramento. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current California State University, Sacramento employees who apply for the position. One variation of background check required could be a LiveScan screening, which involves submitting fingerprints at a certified LiveScan Service Center.

COVID-19 Vaccine Certification Information:

CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to

Out of State Employment Policy

Sacramento State University, as part of the CSU system, is a State of California Employer. As such, the University requires all employees (up)on date of hire to reside in the State of California.

As of January 1, 2022 the CSU Out-of-State Employment Policy prohibits the hiring of employees to perform CSU-related work outside the state of California.

Equal Employment Opportunity

California State University, Sacramento is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. Sacramento State hires only those individuals who are lawfully authorized to accept employment in the United States. 

It is the policy of California State University, Sacramento to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified persons with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment. If you need a disability related reasonable accommodation as part of the application and/or interviewing process, visit

The University is committed to creating an education and working environment free from discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. For more information on mandatory training for new employees, visit . 

Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act and Campus Fire Safety Right-To-know Act Notification

Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the current Annual Security Report (ASR) is available for viewing at . 
The ASR contains the current security and safety-related policy statements, emergency preparedness and evacuation information, crime prevention and sexual assault prevention information, and drug and alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains statistics of Clery Act crimes for Sacramento State for the last three (3) calendar years. Paper copies are available upon request at the Police Service Center located in the University Union.

Eligibility Verification  

Selected candidate must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the U.S.. California State University, Sacramento is a sponsoring agency (i.e. H-1-B Visa). 

Note to Applicants:

Possession of the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an interview unless required by collective bargaining agreement.



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