Deputy Director of Government Affairs


Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin is an independently elected Citywide official, who was first elected in 2013. The Controller is mandated by the City Charter to be the taxpayers’ watchdog, and to audit, account for and disburse the City’s money. The Office of the Controller is seeking a Deputy Director of Government Affairs to, in part, serve as a liaison between the Controller’s Office and the offices of the Mayor, City Council, and City Attorney, and to also be responsible for reviewing legislation affecting the finances of the City, advising office management on the impacts of such legislation, and to periodically oversee the work of Government Affairs staff.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Interface regularly with, and serve as a liaison to, the offices of the Mayor, City Council, and City Attorney, and serves as the liaison between said offices;
  • Work to advance the Controller’s report recommendations and policy goals;
  • Review City/County/State/Federal legislation affecting the finances of the City, and advise the Deputy Chief of Staff & Director of Government Affairs and the Controller on the impacts of such legislation;
  • Oversee the work of the Government Affairs Deputy in the preparation of weekly legislative reports;
  • Serve as the acting Director of Government Affairs in the absence of the Deputy Chief of Staff & Director of Government Affairs, including management of division staff;
  • Provide technical and advisory assistance to the Deputy Chief of Staff & Director of Government Affairs on legislative matters that may arise, or will be presented to the Controller;
  • Analyze draft Controller reports, advise on recommendations, and track the status of reports pending before the City Council;
  • Testify to City Council Committees on reports/correspondence issued to the City Council;
  • Co-coordinate the Controller’s participation in the National League of Cities, League of California Cities, and other intergovernmental organizations;
  • Analyze and interpret policies and procedures of the Controller’s Office, City Charter, laws and ordinances and other policies of importance to the Office of the Controller;
  • Write, edit and maintain correspondence prepared for the Controller’s signature;
  • Handle sensitive and confidential information for the Controller;
  • Coordinate and distribute communication of public information from the Office of the Controller to other government offices and departments;
  • Handle certain constituent correspondence and responses on behalf of the Controller; and
  • Coordinate and attend meetings and events with, or on behalf of, the Controller.

Desired Skills

  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills are required;
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team effectively;
  • Capacity to exercise initiative and good judgement;
  • Must be a critical/analytical thinker and a problem solver;
  • A demonstrated record of working successfully in a fast paced environment is required;
  • Strong organizational skills, ability to multitask and meet all assigned deadlines; and
  • Flexibility/adaptability.


  • At least 3-5 years of relevant experience in public sector public policy, public affairs for a public or governmental agency, or working as a legislative staff member for an elected official, legislative committee, or public affairs office is required.
  • A Bachelor’s degree from a recognized four-year college or university;
  • Experience working for an elected official is preferred; and
  • Substantial writing experience is required.

Salary and Benefits

Salary is commensurate with experience. The position includes a highly competitive benefits package that provides for generous vacation and sick leave; 13 paid holidays per year; a flexible benefits plan including multi-option health, dental, and vision coverage; and family and domestic partner leave.

To Apply

Please send a resume and cover letter may to Melody Russell at melody.russell@lacity.org.

This position is an exempt, at-will position which does not accrue civil service tenure, contractual employment rights or due process rights. The position is appointed and serves at the pleasure of the City Controller and may be removed without any finding of cause by the City Controller.

The City of Los Angeles is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

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