1835 Legislative Assistant

District 8 - Supervisor Mandelman

Recruitment #PEX-1835-104895


Appointment Type

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


The Office of San Francisco Supervisor Rafael Mandelman seeks a legislative assistant to perform a wide variety of legislative, constituent and administrative duties. Each Supervisor may employ up to three full-time Legislative Assistants. Office staff is supplemented with volunteers and interns, who are managed by the Legislative Assistants.

The Legislative Assistant will have a unique opportunity to join Supervisor Mandelman’s team to make substantive contributions to the development of policies that impact the City and County of San Francisco.

The Legislative Assistant:

  • Carries out, interprets and explains existing policies, methods and procedures relative to the activities and operations of the Board and its committees
  • Conducts research on a variety of subjects and policy issues
  • Prepares resolutions, ordinances, reports, speeches, press releases, memoranda and correspondences
  • Represents or accompanies the Supervisor at governmental, neighborhood, community, social or business functions and meetings
  • Serves as a liaison to constituents, Supervisorial offices, city departments, local, state and federal governmental agencies, neighborhood associations, media and community, political, nonprofit and private sector organizations
  • Manages office interns and volunteers

Supervisor Rafael Mandelman represents District 8 on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. District 8 includes the Castro, Glen Park, Noe Valley, Diamond Heights, and Mission Dolores. Supervisor Mandelman is the only LGBTQ member of the Board of Supervisors.

He currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Rules Committee and as a member of the Government Audit and Oversight Committee of the Board of Supervisors. He serves as Chair of the San Francisco County Transportation Authority, and represents San Francisco as a member of the Executive Board of the Association of Bay Area Governments and as Vice-Chair of the Transbay Joint Powers Authority Board of Directors. Read more about Supervisor Mandelman at https://sfbos.org/supervisor-mandelman-district-8.

Essential Job Functions

The work environment is fast-paced and dynamic and legislative assistants are expected to be well-organized, detail oriented, and available to work flexible hours. The Legislative Assistant job covers a broad range of skill sets and issue areas, including but not limited to:


  • Advise, research, and prepare briefs, reports and talking points for 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

  • Connect residents and merchants with relevant resources, convene neighborhood meetings, maintain strong relationships with neighborhood and community stakeholders and mediate neighborhood conflicts
  • Represent the Supervisor at community meetings and events

  • Screen and respond to calls, emails and inquiries, prepare correspondence, monitor meetings
  • Draft press releases, statements, speeches, neighborhood news columns and op-eds
  • Contribute to office’s online communications platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and email newsletters
  • Manage team of policy and administrative volunteers

Equal Employment Opportunity

The City and County of San Francisco encourages women, minorities and persons with disabilities to apply. Applicants will be considered regardless of their sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition (associated with cancer, a history of cancer, or genetic characteristics), HIV/AIDS status, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, military and veteran status, or other protected category under the law.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Bachelor of Arts degree or significant commensurate (year-for-year) work experience AND
  2. Minimum of two years of professional experience, preferably in a public or community-based agency

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.

Applicants must meet the minimum qualification requirement by the final 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.


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

    • Graduate degree in public policy, law, business or related field is highly desirable
    • Experience working in local government is highly desirable
    • Knowledgeable about San Francisco—issues, people, politics, places is highly desirable
    • Smart, motivated, articulate, diplomatic, politically savvy
    • Excellent writing skills
    • High-level interpersonal skills to communicate effectively with a wide range of people including constituents, community activists, city staff and press
    • Strong public speaking ability
    • Volunteer or team management skills to create high performing, professional, inviting office environment
    • Well-organized, detail-oriented, and available to work flexible hours

    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
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    • Follow instructions on the screen

    In line with the Official Public Health Order to slow the spread of COVID-19, “shelter-in-place” has been issued for all San Francisco residents that is expected to be in effect until further notice. As a result, Department of Human Resources (DHR)’s office (located at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103) is currently closed to the general public. If you have any questions, please feel free to email the Human Resources Analyst listed on this announcement.

    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 recruitment analyst, Jessica Wong, by email at jessica.j.wong@sfgov.org.


    Selection Procedures

    Applications will be screened for relevant qualifying experience. Additional screening mechanisms may be implemented in order to determine candidates’ qualifications. Only those applicants who most closely meet the needs of the hiring department will be invited to participate in the selection process. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement to the interview.

    The Legislative Assistant is expected to be hired by August 16, 2021.

    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.


    Reasonable Accommodation Request
    Applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this job announcement can find information on requesting a reasonable accommodation here.

    Terms of Announcement
    Applicants must be guided solely by the provisions of this announcement, including requirements, time periods and other particulars, except when superseded by federal, state or local laws, rules or regulations. Clerical errors may be corrected by the posting the correction on the Department of Human Resources website at www.jobaps.com/sf.

    Copies of Application Documents
    Applicants are advised to keep copies of all documents submitted. Submitted documents become a permanent part of the exam record and will not be returned. The hiring department may require applicants to submit the same documents and/or additional documents at a later date.

    Right to Work
    All persons entering the City and County of San Francisco workforce are required to provide verification of authorization to work in the United States.

    General Information Concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures
    Important employment information for the City and County of San Francisco can be obtained online here.

    Issued: 4/22/21
    Carol Isen
    Human Resources Director
    Department of Human Resources
    Recruitment ID #: 104895
    BOS/JW/ 415-554-7707


    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.

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