Director of Budget Advocacy

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Work type: Management (MPP)
Location: Chancellor's Office
Categories: MPP, Administrative, At-Will, Full Time

Chancellor's Office Statement

Join our team at the California State University, Office of the Chancellor, and make a difference in providing access to higher education. We are currently seeking experienced candidates for the position of Director of Budget Advocacy. The CSU Chancellor's Office, located on the waterfront adjacent to the Aquarium of the Pacific in downtown Long Beach, is the headquarters for the nation's largest and most diverse system of higher education. The CSU Chancellor's Office offers a premium benefit package that includes outstanding vacation, health, and dental plans; a fee waiver education program; membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (PERS); and 14 paid holidays a year.

This position is located in Sacramento, CA. 


The salary range for this classification is $6,250 to $20,063 per month. The anticipated salary range is up to $13,750 per month, commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Administrator III

Position Information

The California State University, Office of the Chancellor, is seeking a Director of Budget Advocacy to endeavor to position the CSU as a leader in the state in higher education to both internal and external constituents such as state entities and CSU stakeholder groups. To regularly accomplish this, the incumbent must work in coordination with ASR and together will serve as lead in the development of budget strategy and coordinate with ASR advocacy and communications in support of the budget-related objectives and mission of the CSU.

The System Budget Office, in partnership with the Advocacy and State Relations Office (ASR), assists the system in meeting its goals and objectives to serve students and California as a whole through effective budget advocacy and communications with the Chancellor’s Office, campuses, governor’s administration, legislature, state agencies, alumni, business and community leaders, the general public and other external entities.

The Director of Budget Advocacy will be responsible for three primary areas. First, the incumbent is responsible for overall system budget advocacy, with primary responsibility in cultivating and maintaining relationships with state budget leaders and staff and representing the CSU’s budget-related interests with these individuals. Second, Identify and share budgetary, legal, and regulatory opportunities in other areas of state government that could benefit the CSU. Third, the Director of Budget Advocacy is to partner with ASR in developing plans and communications for external stakeholder engagement and campus based-based advocacy. Fourth, the incumbent is to support ASR on budget advocacy events, trainings, and professional development opportunities.


Under the general direction of the Assistant Vice Chancellor, Budget the Director of Budget Advocacy will:

-In collaboration with the AVC for Budget and ASR, develop the CSU budget advocacy strategy and communications.

-In collaboration with the AVC for Budget and ASR, assist with development of the annual operating budget request messaging and visual communications.

-Co-author with AVC for Budget regular budget updates to greater CSU community.

-Develop budget-related letters, emails, and other communications to the state capitol.

-Regularly meet with the Department of Finance and the Governor’s Office on budget and related topics.

-Regularly meet with legislators and staff on budget and related topics.

-Attend after hour special events with lawmakers, legislative staff, and administration, as appropriate.

-Attend and co-represent the CSU at budget pre-hearing meetings.

-Support AVC for Budget-on-budget hearing testimony.

-Coordinate CSU testifiers on budget hearings and appropriately support them.

-As directed by AVC for Budget, serve as a designated representative/secondary voice to legislative offices, administration, and other key offices on budget advocacy.

-Stay informed of current and emerging issue as identified by Chancellor’s Office divisions and develop strategies as necessary and appropriate.

-Assist with gathering CSU information requested by the Legislative Analyst’s Office, the Department of Finance, the Governor’s Office, the Assembly, and the Senate.

-Direct annual CSU budget workshop day with the legislature in January or February.

-Develop and implement educational meetings/briefings/seminars on budget and related issues.

-Identify budgetary augmentations, statutory changes, and regulatory relief opportunities in other areas of state government that could benefit of the CSU.

-Identify state funding opportunities outside the traditional CSU budget request (e.g., energy efficiency/greenhouse gas reduction projects, wildfire mitigation, research funding) and share opportunities with Chancellor’s Office and campus representatives.

-Review and provide feedback on draft budget bill and trailer bill language.

-Review all legislatively mandated reports for professionalism and completeness.

-Keep abreast of developments of the state economy, condition of the budget, etc.

-Attend educational sessions hosted by public policy foundations, think tanks, and others.

-Develop content for Chancellor’s briefing documents on budget-related meetings.

-Coordinate with ASR on external stakeholder engagement and campus-based advocacy.

-Coordinate with ASR on budget advocacy events, trainings, and professional development.

-Attend campus visits as arranged by ASR.


This position requires:

-A baccalaureate degree and a minimum of five years progressively responsible experience in the annual California budget process, written and verbal communications, advocacy, and constituent engagement within a higher education or state government setting.

-Work in Sacramento, CA.

-Effective communications skills, including oral and written communication skills, and ability to effectively interpret, organize, and present complex information and ideas and communicate effectively in all forms.

-Creative and strategic thinking skills to assist in the development and implementation of system and campus-based budget advocacy strategy, techniques, tools, and communications.

-Expertise in the annual California budget development, enactment, and administrative processes including budget bills (and their technical contents), the trailer bill process, and post-budget enactment administrative processes.

-Ability to research, prepare and present executive level documents, reports, and summaries.

-Knowledge of/experience with public higher education in California, including the California State University.

-Working knowledge of/experience with political/government environments.

-Working knowledge of the general architecture, timeline, and technical contents of the annual budget bill and related trailer bills.

-Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated history in constituent engagement. Ability to build trust and cultivate relationships with internal and external stakeholders.

-Experience working with state budget stakeholders including executive branch officials, lawmakers, legislative staff, and private sector advocacy organizations.

-Ability to problem solve and interact with high level administrators, governing boards, and public officials.

-Demonstrate ability and skill to rapidly identify and analyze complex situations and implement effective courses of action.

-Ability to make independent decisions with sound judgment.

-Effective management skills, including providing direction, oversight, and guidance to internal and external advocates.

-Effective project management skills; including ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and meet deadlines.

-Ability to provide leadership and mobilize advocates in partnership with ASR.

-Ability to provide leadership and recommendations for both internal and external constituents with diplomacy and tact.

-Commitment to high quality work product(s).

-Sensitivity and discretion with confidential issues and information.

-Proficiency in MS Office Suite, including Outlook, Excel, Word and PowerPoint.

Preferred Qualifications

-Comprehensive knowledge of the California State University and its mission, organization, working structures and policies; working knowledge of the organization and functions of university campuses.

-Prior experience as an analyst, consultant, supervisor, or manager at the California Department of Finance, Assembly budget committee, Senate budget and fiscal review, or similar experience in other state agencies, departments, or offices.

-Interest in and knowledge of advocacy approaches and strategies at the state and local level.

Application Period

Priority consideration will be given to candidates who apply by February 7, 2023. Applications will be accepted until the job posting is removed.

How To Apply

Please click "Apply Now" to complete the California State University, Chancellor's Office online employment application.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The university is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, National origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting the Senior Human Resources Manager at (562) 951-4070.

Title IX

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This position requires new hire employment verification to be processed through the E-Verify program administered by the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (DHSUSCIS)' in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA).

If hired, you will be required to furnish proof that you are legally authorized to work in the United States.

COVID19 Vaccination Requirement

The CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement as a condition of employment. The systemwide policy can be found at

Mandated Reporter Per CANRA

The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Conflict of Interest

The duties of this position will include participation in decisions that may have a material financial benefit to the incumbent. Therefore, the selected candidate will be required to file Conflict of Interest Form 700: Statement of Economic Interest when they first occupy the position, and on an annual basis, complete ethics training within 6 months of appointment, and attend this training every other year thereafter.


The Chancellor's Office policy requires that the selected candidate successfully complete a full background check (including a criminal records check) prior to assuming this position.

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