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Principal Legislative Liaison - SFPD (1824)

Recruitment: RTF0129633-01151819

Published: August 29, 2023


Joron Coleman -

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Department: Police
Job class: 1824-Principal Administrative Analyst
Salary range: $131,248.00 - $159,562.00
Role type: Permanent Exempt What does this mean?
Hours: Full-time


The San Francisco Police Department was established in 1849 and continually strives to become a more effective, inclusive, and modern police department, earning the trust and pride of those we serve. Our goal is to reflect on current SFPD initiatives, assess best practices across the country, and evaluate the changing environment in policing and within the City to arrive at a strategy statement that the Department and our community can embody daily.

The San Francisco Police Department stands for Safety and Respect for All. We will engage in just transparent unbiased, and responsive policing. We will do so in the spirit of dignity and collaboration with the community. And we will maintain and build trust and respect as the guardians of Constitutional and human rights.

The San Francisco Police Department is committed to excellence in law enforcement and is dedicated to the people, traditions, and diversity of our City. The Department provides service with understanding, response with compassion, performance with integrity, and law enforcement with vision. The Department has grown into a nationally known police department providing law enforcement services to one of the most recognized cities in the United States.

Policy and Public Affairs Unit:

The San Francisco Police Department's Policy and Public Affairs (PPA) Unit is part of the Office of the Chief of Police, Chief of Staff team and is responsible for strengthening the Department's position in policy, city department and community partnerships. PPA further ensures the Department's messaging is consistent across all venues and public partnerships, that include city agencies, community-based organizations, and private entities.

Specific information regarding this recruitment process are listed below:

  • Application Opening: August 29, 2023
  • Application Deadline: Apply immediately, announcement may close anytime after two weeks from posting date.
  • Class & Compensation: $131,248 - $159,562
  • Recruitment ID: PEX-1824-129634
  • Appointment Type: Permanent Exempt - This position is excluded by the Charter from the competitive Civil Service examination process and shall serve at the discretion of the Appointing Officer. The duration of the appointment shall not exceed 36 months.
  • Work Location: SFPD Headquarters, 1245 3rd Street, San Francisco, CA 94158

Role description

Under oversight of the Director of Policy and Public Affairs, the Legislative Liaison performs complex policy analysis related to local, state and federal policies for the San Francisco Police Department. The Legislative Liaison will be a part of the Policy and Public Affairs Unit and will partner with other department bureaus to facilitate working group discussions for the Department's policy development process.

Example of Important and Essential Duties:

  • Perform complex policy analysis and develop presentations to support the translation of department policy goals and objectives.
  • Maintain regular communication and tracking for ordinances introduced by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.
  • Maintain regular communication and tracking for legislative items introduced by the California State Assembly, California State Senate, and U.S. Federal Government.
  • Consults with departmental leadership, various bureaus, non-profit organizations, the private sector, other government entities, key stakeholders, and others regarding immediate and long-range policy priorities.
  • Attend all pertinent meetings related to legislative items, including the Board of Supervisor regular and committee meetings.
  • Reports and tracks all major items related to the Board of Supervisors, State, and National meetings.
  • Provide regular updates to the Director of Policy and Public Affairs, Command Staff, and Chief of Police.  
  • Facilitates Command Staff in the preparation of presentations to various legislative bodies.
  • Conducts outreach and ongoing communication to key community and city stakeholders to build awareness and understanding of SFPD's mission and ongoing policy work.
  • Develop and track internal performance metrics and report departmental performance to governing bodies as assigned.
  • Perform related duties as assigned. 

How to qualify

1. Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university


2. Five (5) years full-time equivalent experience performing professional-level analytical work. Qualifying professional-level analytical work includes analysis, development, administration, and reporting in major programs and functions of an organization in the areas of budgets, contracts, grants, policy, or other functional areas related to the duties of positions in the 182X Class series.


Possession of a graduate degree (Master's degree or higher) from an accredited college or university with major coursework in specialized subject matter areas such as public or business administration, management, business law, contract law, public policy, urban studies, economics, statistical analysis, finance, accounting or other fields of study closely related to the essential functions of positions in the Class series may be substituted for one (1) year of required experience.

Additional experience as described above may be substituted for the required degree on a year-for-year basis (up to a maximum of 2 years). Thirty (30) semester units or forty-five (45) quarter units equal one year.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated data management skill in utilizing software for developing reports, analyzing data and documentation.
  • Exceptional interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work with cross-functional teams.

Verification of Education and Experience: Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process. If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at

Note: Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco.

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.

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed City and County of San Francisco application.

Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility or disqualification.

Background Investigation: Prior to employment with the San Francisco Police Department, a thorough background investigation will be conducted to determine the candidate’s suitability for employment. The investigation may include, but not be limited to: criminal history records, driving records, drug/alcohol screening, and other related employment and personal history records. Reasons for rejection may include use of  controlled substances and alcohol, felony conviction, repeated or serious violations of the law, inability to work with co-workers, inability to accept supervision, inability to follow rules and regulations or other relevant factors. Candidates may be required to undergo  drug/alcohol screening, and must clear Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation fingerprinting. Criminal records will be carefully reviewed; candidates who do not report their complete criminal records on their applications will be disqualified. Applicants will be fingerprinted.

What else should I know?

Recruiter Information: If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the Senior HR Analyst, Joron Coleman at

Additional Information Regarding Employment with the City and County of San Francisco:

SFPD Recruitment:

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.