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Senior Political Director


The Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC) has an exceptional opportunity for a driven individual looking for a political leadership role within a business advocacy organization, as a member of a small, energetic, and impactful team.

Founded in 1979, CJAC is a non-profit, non-partisan, member-based association whose mission is to fight legislation and laws that lead to excessive and abusive litigation, so California businesses, employees, and communities can grow and thrive. To that end, we provide education and advocacy in the Legislature, the courts, and the public arena.

CJAC’s board of directors, membership, and stakeholders consist of a wide variety of dynamic businesses of all sizes, employers, and citizens across the State of California.

Position Description

The Senior Political Director will be responsible for leading and executing program strategy and objectives for CJAC’s political and public affairs programs including its:

  • Sponsored political action committee, FairPAC
  • Sponsored independent expenditure committee, FairPAC IE
  • Candidate research program, California Project
  • District outreach program, Local Action

The position reports to CJAC’s president and is based in Sacramento, California. Some travel is required.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Oversee all aspects of CJAC’s political/public affairs programs, including development of comprehensive and cohesive program strategy and plan, construction of budget and timelines, and managing effective execution.
  • Develop and execute fundraising for all political/public affairs programs, including development of fundraising plan, donor outreach and relationship-building, and organizing fundraising campaigns and events.
  • In connection with FairPAC and FairPAC IE:
    • Make strategic, mission-based recommendations to President and CEO and CJAC board and membership on candidates to support or oppose.
    • Plan and execute candidate fundraisers and manage candidate communications.
    • Oversee all aspects of California Project program, including outreach to candidates for meet and greets, organizing and hosting candidate meet and greet forums, conducting candidate and district research, and compiling weekly updates for members on campaign issues and political news.
    • Build relationships and collaborate with key partners including CJAC membership; other associations, PACs, and IE committees; and other members of the Capitol community to broaden and optimize program impacts.
    • Work with CJAC public affairs committee and report and provide updates to CJAC board on status of political/public affairs program activities.
    • Prepare statements, talking points and other written communications in coordination with the communications team to keep CJAC and California Project members and other donors, partners, and stakeholders informed of program updates and developments.
    • Represent CJAC at relevant political events and conferences.

Desired Skills and Qualifications

  • Proven track record of successful political program development and fundraising
  • Team player, strategic thinker, strong work ethic and self-starter
  • Highly organized and able to handle multiple projects in a fast-paced environment
  • Significant campaign management experience
  • Established political connections within Capitol community and orientation towards relationship-building and networking
  • Excellent written and oral communication ability and experience presenting to and alongside candidates, elected officials, and corporate executives
  • Bachelor’s degree or above

Employment Type

  • Full-time
  • Health and retirement benefits
  • Competitive compensation DOE

Application Process

To apply, submit a resume and cover letter to Jesse Vallejo at

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