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Communications & Legislative Coordinator

About the California Hotel & Lodging Association

CHLA is the indispensable resource for communicating and protecting the rights and interests of the California lodging industry, for providing educational training and cost-saving programs for all segments of the industry, and for supporting strategic alliances to promote the value of California tourism and travel.

The successful candidate will be excited to manage communications and legislative and regulatory activity, possess a solid understanding of legislative and state agencies rulemaking, have experience in basic research and information gathering techniques, oversee fundraising activities, have an ability to successfully represent CHLA, and be a diplomatic spokesperson who works well in a team environment.

Position Summary

The purpose of this position is to advance the association’s public policy agenda by coordinating the association’s legislative, regulatory and political action committee activities.

We are seeking a Communications & Legislative Coordinator to compile, maintain, and analyze information on legislative and regulatory issues relevant to the lodging industry, and to build relationships within the legislative and regulatory arenas.  This position develops advocacy materials including position papers, testimony, talking points, and letters; coordinates meetings between staff and policymakers, stakeholders, and members; managing a database for legislative and regulatory actions and contacts; and updates pertinent sections of CHLA’s website.

The Communications & Legislative Coordinator’s responsibilities include administering the political action committees, participation in coalitions and stakeholder groups, monitoring of legislation and policy trends, producing written communications on political activities, and other duties as assigned.

The key to success in this position is the motivation to be a tireless advocate on behalf of the lodging industry.  The successful candidate will recognize and seize opportunities to ensure that the industry’s views are considered when decisions are made.


Managing the association’s legislative and regulatory effort and political action committees, including coordination with lobbying firm, outside accounting firm and staff accounting.  Skilled communication and writing skills are required to direct and manage member communications, including a printed magazine, an electronic newsletter and member/industry alerts, and updating the website. 

Specific duties: legislative and regulatory duties include maintaining contact lists, staffing board and committee meetings, developing agendas, production of meeting materials, meeting minutes, reporting, and membership communications, including fundraising tactics and communications including donor recognition, and otherwise maintain accurate record keeping of all transactions.

Develop and maintain a database to preserve and manage all information relating to legislative and communication efforts.  Management of grassroots database (association software), including query reports and contact lists.

Participate in coalitions, external stakeholder groups and conferences relevant to the CHLA image and policy goals.

Periodically develop, publish and distribute magazines, newsletters or other communication vehicles to update the industry and membership on issues.

Write clear and concise legislative and political articles and updates for CHLA and CABBI newsletters and publications.

Attend legislative and regulatory hearings and stakeholder meetings that impact the lodging industry.

In coordination with lobbying firm, review state bills and legislation introduced for impact on the lodging industry and maintain a record of lodging-related bills.

Monitor political communications to understand state and national issues and trends that may affect California.

Assist in legislative outreach as assigned, including helping organize interested parties to testify on key issues and attending some bill hearings.

Develop & maintain advocacy plan in collaboration with Membership Department and lobbyist firm.

Extend invitations for legislators to attend key lodging industry events and assist in conducting tours for legislators at the events.

Candidate Qualifications

Bachelor degree with minimum of two years’ experience with a non-profit association, and/or public policy development, advocacy and political action committees.

Desirable Attributes

Superior writing skills and ability to produce written materials quickly.

Strong belief in and ability to provide skilled collaboration and interface with stakeholders and organizations such as other business groups, state regulatory agencies and other employees of the legislative and executive branches.

Ability to develop and maintain positive relationships.

Strong computer skills and demonstrated ability to manage own calendar and other administrative needs.

Willingness to perform other duties as assigned.

Work Environment

The CHLA work environment is characterized by the following parameters:

  • Some travel within state and to national meetings
  • Small staff, approximately ten employees
  • Occasional lifting, up to 40 lbs.

Salary Information

The Communications & Legislative Coordinator salary range is $35,000 to $50,000 annually. Full benefit package. Health, dental, vision, long-term disability, life insurance and retirement plan.


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