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Director of State Government Affairs



Sacramento, CA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, September 20, 2023

UDW Overview:

United Domestic Workers of America (UDW) Care Providers Union/AFSCME Local 3930 is a statewide labor union that represents more than 170,000 home care and childcare providers in 45 counties in California. Founded in 1979, UDW is a diverse, progressive labor organization that seeks dynamic, committed individuals who will support our members and those for whom they care locally, statewide, and at the national level.


UDW is one of California’s largest unions of home care and childcare providers and consistently supported and led our community’s social justice initiatives including racial justice, income inequality, and affordable health for all. We are committed to respect and dignity for Californians with disabilities, the sick, and the elderly. We fight for better working conditions collectively and fair pay for home care and childcare providers and full funding for life-saving programs like In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS). For more information about United Domestic Workers of America (UDW), please visit our website at http://www.udwa.org/

Job Summary:  

The Director of State Government Affairs will play an integral role in developing, implementing, and coordinating state government affairs strategies, initiatives, and engagement around issues that impact unions, labor movements, and socioeconomics. This role will develop a state and local government relations and public affairs strategy to defend and promote the growth of the organization. The Director of State Government Affairs will work closely and engage with internal and external leaders on various government relations efforts impacting the organization while keeping them up to date and involving them in planning government relations and public affairs strategy as appropriate. The Director of State Government Affairs will build and maintain relationships with government leaders, policymakers, regulators, nonprofit partners, and influencers, among other external parties within the state, local, regional, and target markets to advance UDW’s priorities, initiatives, and organizational goals.


Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Following the direction of UDW’s Executive Director, develops and implements the union’s legislative program.
  • Lobby members of the Administration, Legislature, and Agencies to advance UDW’s priorities.
  • Draft, analyze, and respond to legislation, budget proposals, rules, and regulations.
  • Help coordinate the union’s state candidate and ballot initiative endorsement process and make recommendations to the Executive Board.
  • Identify opportunities to advance the union’s agenda through collaborations with national/state/local advocates.
  • Assist other departments in UDW with implementing IHSS and family childcare program rules and regulations.
  • Provide technical knowledge during collective bargaining.
  • Update UDW members on important legislation and budget items at membership meetings around the state.
  • Oversee the development and release of the annual legislative scorecard.
  • Perform other duties, including special projects, as required to support the department and mission of the organization.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • Provide guidance and ensure staff’s compliance with UDW policies and procedures.
  • Set goals for performance and deadlines in ways that comply with the organization’s plans and vision and communicate them to subordinates.
  • Organize workflow and ensure that assigned employees understand their duties and delegated tasks.
  • Monitor assigned employees’ productivity and provide constructive feedback and coaching.
  • Maintain timekeeping and other records.
  • Information-share between the executive team and direct reports.
  • Prepare and submit performance reports and evaluations.
  • Decide on rewards and promotions for direct reports based on performance.
  • Hire and train new direct reports.


Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to analyze and respond to budgets at the state level.
  • Ability to analyze and respond to legislation and regulations at the state level.
  • Ability to develop and execute legislative campaigns.
  • Must possess outstanding verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to communicate policy and budget issues clearly and effectively to diverse audiences.
  • Political acumen and expert command of the legislative and budget process.
  • Knowledge of public policy legislative process on a federal, state, and local level, and a proven ability to advocate for legislative and policy change with the government.
  • Knowledge of the labor movement, its partners and allies.
  • Proven ability to develop and maintain relationships on a variety of levels.
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills, including the ability to manage priorities in a timely manner and keep track of multiple projects.
  • Strong collaboration and influencing skills, demonstrating an ability to navigate organizational relationships, incorporate differing perspectives, develop recommendations, and generate consensus with partners across teams.
  • Ability to analyze issues, define problems and propose creative solutions in political and legislative environments.
  • Excellent people and project management skills, including detail and action orientation, with excellent follow-through skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to develop and give presentations.
  • Excellent public speaking skills.
  • Knowledge, sensitivity, and understanding of members' and staff's social, political, personal, and cross-cultural needs.
  • Knowledge of departmental budget and administrative processes and procedures.
  • Highly computer literate and proficient in Microsoft Suite.

Preferred Qualifications, Education and/or Experience:

  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree or equivalent experience in political science, public affairs, public administration, or a related field.
  • 10-13 years of experience in a leadership position in Government Affairs, Public Policy, Community Engagement, or a related field
  • 10-13 years of experience and demonstrated success in managing staff, programs, and working in a political, government, or nonprofit environment.
  • Experience in policymaking and the legislative/political process
  • Excellent analytical and strategic skills to build a comprehensive policy strategy for varying backgrounds and socioeconomic levels.
  • Excellent skills in communication and cross-function collaboration.
  • Excellent written communication, presentations, and public speaking skills



  • Must possess a valid California driver’s license, auto insurance that covers business driving, and an automobile for business use.
  • Willingness to travel and ability to work flexible hours and work long and irregular hours, including evenings and weekends.


COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement:

United Domestic Workers of America has adopted a COVID-19 vaccination policy to safeguard the health and well-being of our employees. As a condition of employment, our employees are required


to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 unless a reasonable accommodation is approved or as otherwise required by law.


Employee Benefits:


  • Health Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Life / AD&D
  • Long Term Disability (LTD)
  • 401(k) Savings Plan
  • Pension Plan
  • Paid Vacation Days
  • Paid Sick Leave
  • Personal Day (8 hours)
  • 16 Paid Holiday

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions. While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands or fingers, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls. The employee is required to stand; walk; sit; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 30 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, and the ability to adjust focus. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. 

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is primarily exposed to an office-type environment. The employee will frequently work on or around office equipment and furniture. The noise level in the work environment is low to moderate. The employee will frequently work with deadlines under pressure and will occasionally be required to work alone. The employee is occasionally exposed to outdoor environments can include exposure to vehicles, moving mechanical parts; vibration; odors, fumes, gasses, smoke, dust, or airborne particles; and outside weather conditions.

Equal Opportunity Employer

UDWA is an equal opportunity employer, and, as such, does not discriminate an employee or applicant based on race, creed, color, age, sex, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious affiliation, disability, or any other classification protected from discrimination under applicable law.

Women, people of color and members of the LGBTQIA+ community are strongly encouraged to apply.

 To apply for this position, please visit UDW’s career page and submit your application.

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