Legislative Assistant

District 9 - Supervisor Ronen

Recruitment #PEX-1835-096342


Applicants are encouraged to file immediately as this recruitment may close at any time, but no earlier than May 31, 2019. The legislative aide is expected to be hired by or before August 1, 2019.


Permanent Exempt – The Legislative Assistant position is exempt from Civil Service Rules and serves at the pleasure of the appointing body.


Supervisor Hillary Ronen was elected in November 2016 to represent San Francisco’s District 9, which includes the Mission, Bernal Heights, Portola, and St. Mary's neighborhoods.  She serves as Chair of the Rules Committee, member of the San Francisco County Transportation Authority, member of the Budget and Finance Committee, member of the regional Metropolitan Transportation Commission and member of the ABAG-MTC Housing Legislation Working Group. Read more about Supervisor Ronen at www.sfbos.org/ronen.


San Francisco Supervisor Hillary Ronen seeks a Legislative Assistant to perform a wide variety of legislative, constituent and administrative duties.  Each Supervisor has three full-time Legislative Assistants.  Office staff is supplemented with volunteers and interns who are managed by the Legislative Assistants.  Successful Legislative Assistants are motivated, articulate, diplomatic, and comfortable with public speaking.  They are organized, have keen attention to detail, and multitask well under pressure. This position requires high-level interpersonal skills to communicate effectively with a wide range of people, including: constituents, community activists, City staff, and press.


The Legislative Assistant:


• Serves as a liaison to constituents; Supervisorial offices; City departments; local, state and federal government agencies; neighborhood associations; media and community, private and political nonprofit organizations

• Interprets and explains policies and procedures related to the Board of Supervisors and its committees

• Conducts research on a variety of subjects and policy issues

• Prepares resolutions, ordinances, reports, speeches, memoranda and correspondence

• Manages the Supervisor’s office and interns

• Represents or accompanies the Supervisor at governmental, neighborhood, community, social or business functions and meetings



The work environment is intellectually demanding, fast-paced and dynamic, and the Legislative Assistant position covers a broad range of skill sets and issue areas, including, but not limited to:


·         Advise the Supervisor on political and policy issues before the Board of Supervisors

·         Work with the Supervisor, other elected officials, the City Attorney’s Office, City Departments, advocates and interest groups to draft and pass legislation

·         Prepare Strategic analysis of urban policy issues, research and develop legislative and policy solutions


·         Connect residents and merchants with relevant resources

·         Mediate neighborhood conflicts to positive resolutions

·         Represent the Supervisor at community meetings and events

·         Innovate and manage initiatives in the community to address issues of concern


·         Screen and respond to calls, emails and inquiries

·         Manage scheduling and office administration

·         Manage team of policy and administrative volunteers


Minimum Qualifications


1) Bachelor’s degree or significant commensurate (year-for-year) work experience; AND

2) Minimum 2 years of professional administrative or office management experience, preferably in a public or community-based agency

Education Substitution: Additional experience as described above may be substituted for the required degree on a year-for-year basis. Thirty (30) semester units or forty-five (45) quarter units equal one year of experience.

Applicants must meet the minimum qualification requirement by the application filing date unless otherwise noted.

APPLICANTS MUST PROVIDE FOUR (4) ATTACHMENTS. Failure to include all 4 attachments may result in not proceeding further in the application process.






• 5 years senior-level professional experience in a related field

• Available to work flexible hours, including nights and weekends

• Excellent writing skills, and experience writing speeches and press releases

• Experience managing a professional, inclusive team of volunteers

• Experience working with diverse communities

• Ability to synthesize information succinctly and accurately

• Bilingual in oral and written Spanish and/or Cantonese

• Knowledge about San Francisco (issues, people, politics, places)

• Experience in public policy advocacy

• Experience in mediating complex community conflicts

• Graduate degree in public policy, law or related field

The stated desirable qualifications may be used to identify job finalists at the end of the selection process when candidates are referred for hiring.

How To Apply

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to register an account (if you have not already done so) and begin the application process.

Be sure to upload and include your cover letter, resume, writing sample, and references before submitting your application.

  • Select the desired job announcement
  • Select “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information
  • Select either “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or “I have Registered Previously”
  • Follow instructions on the screen

Computers are available for the public (from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) to file online applications in the lobby of the Dept. of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco.

Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date.  Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter.  To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses (@sfgov.org, @sfdpw.org, @sfport.com, @flysfo.com, @sfwater.org, @sfdph.org, @asianart.org, @sfmta.com, @sfpl.org, @dcyf.org, @first5sf.org, @famsf.org, @ccsf.edu).

Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file.  Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records.  Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline.  Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores.

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the HR analyst, Anna Owens, by telephone at 415-554-7707, or by email at anna.owens@sfgov.org.


Selection Plan

Selected applicants will be invited for in-person or phone interviews.

The Legislative Aide is expected to be hired by or before August 1, 2019, with some flexibility around the start date.  

Conviction History

As a selected candidate for a job, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a selected candidate. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as:

  • Candidates for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.
  • Candidates for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.

Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City.

If you are a selected candidate, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

Disaster Service Workers

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, ranging from 7.5%-13.25% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

For more information about benefits, please click here.


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