Regulatory Advocate

  • by Association of California Water Agencies
  • Aug 11, 2017

Job Location: Sacramento, CA
Application Deadline: Open until filled
How to Apply: See Filing Instructions

The Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) invites applications for an experienced Regulatory Advocate. ACWA is located in the heart of Sacramento, just steps away from the State Capitol. ACWA is the largest statewide coalition of public water agencies in the country, a leader on California water issues, and a respected voice for its members in both Sacramento and Washington, D.C. This is an exciting opportunity for an established professional to join a successful association, advocating on the regulatory front, for over 440 member agencies.

About the Position

This Regulatory Advocate position is a full-time, exempt position responsible for reaching out to and maintaining high-level state agency contacts, analyzing regulatory proposals, testifying on behalf of the Association at state agency hearings, writing formal comment letters regarding regulatory proposals, serving as a liaison to internal policy issue committees, and creating and executing multiple Fall and Spring ACWA Conference programs, among other duties. Issue portfolio will cover a broad range of water management, energy policy, and water quality issues.

Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will be a seasoned professional, who is familiar with agency processes for promulgating regulations; has current contacts with high-level water agency officials and staff within the Administration; has excellent communication skills and experience testifying and making presentations in public hearing settings; and enjoys working with teams to shape policy issue outcomes on the regulatory front. The ideal candidate will be knowledgeable about water management, energy policy, and water quality policy and programs. Candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree with major course work in political science or a scientific/technical field that is related to water resources or natural resources management and at least two years of advocacy and/or public policy experience, five years or more preferred. A law degree is not required but is desirable.

Compensation and Benefits

The position may be filled at the Regulatory Advocate II or Senior Regulatory Advocate level, depending on candidate experience and qualifications.

Annual Salary Ranges:

Regulatory Advocate II: $77,009 – $100,112
Senior Regulatory Advocate: $89,148 – $115,892
The benefits package includes medical, dental, vision, and CalPERS retirement.

Filing Instructions

Qualified candidates should submit a completed ACWA application, resume, and cover letter to Shellie Anderson at 910 K Street, Suite 100, Sacramento, CA 95814 or via e-mail to The position is open until filled with the first screening scheduled to occur on August 28, 2017