Administrative Assistant in Public Affairs

  • Full Time
  • Part Time
  • Midpeninsula
  • Salary: N/A

Website City Of Peninsula


Do you have a passion for the outdoors, trails and preserving open space?  Do you enjoy public interaction and thrive helping others as part of a cohesive team? Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District is looking for an outstanding administrative support professional for our Public Affairs department.

About Midpen:  Midpen is a regional greenbelt system in the Santa Cruz Mountain region comprised of more than 65,000 acres of land with nearly 250 miles of trails in 26 extraordinary open space preserves, permanently protected for natural resource conservation, public enjoyment and recreation. Midpen is a public agency with a focused mission that guides our work, and where every employee makes an impact.  If you are looking for an outstanding opportunity to contribute to the legacy of open space protection, natural resource restoration and outdoor recreation, working with an incredible team of like-minded colleagues, we invite you to apply for this position!  Check out the Working for Midpen video on our Employment Opportunities page.

About the Position:  Midpen aims to recruit and retain employees who embody professionalism, accountability, and respect, who value working in an environment focused on inclusivity, diversity, and equity. The Public Affairs Administrative Assistant will be a part of a cohesive team of nine in a busy Public Affairs Department. We are looking for an organized, self-motivated, independent worker with excellent verbal and written communication skills who is outgoing, detail-oriented, and able to meet deadlines while managing multiple competing priorities.  Responsibilities include providing general information and assistance to the public in writing and in person; maintaining an in-house inventory of promotional products, event equipment and supplies at various storage locations; researching, gathering and formatting the latest news articles featuring Midpen and other news stories relevant to the work we do; representing the District at various community events; managing Brown Act notifications for all board meetings; serving as staff liaison for the Legislative, Funding, and Public Affairs Committee (LFPAC) meetings including creation of agenda and minutes and serving as clerk at the meetings; initiating and facilitating the tracking of board/committee reports; creating and distributing agendas and minutes for staff meetings and other committee meetings as needed; and providing general administrative support such as maintaining databases; generating reports; monitoring and ordering related supplies; assisting in preparing, processing, and tracking purchase requisitions and invoices; and filing.  In addition, this position serves as a “hub” for a busy communications department, keeping the team organized and providing event and meeting support. Ideal candidates will have mid-level Excel and Word skills, experience in presentation material software including PowerPoint, as well as basic database software knowledge. Bilingual English/Spanish is desirable. For additional information about the position, click here for the complete Job Description.

A Few Reasons Why You May Love This Job

  • Collaborative work that directly supports Midpen’s mission to protect and restore the natural environment and contributes to providing nature’s benefits to everyone
  • You’ll be part of a talented and dynamic team of bright, energetic, and motivated professionals with a passion for the outdoors, trails, and preserving open space
  • Excellent employee benefits, including medical, dental, vision, tuition reimbursement, and a retirement pension through California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS)

Work Environment:  This position requires on-site work in an office environment as part of the Public Affairs Department at the Midpen’s offices in Los Altos, California. Following onboarding and successfully meeting job performance expectations, may be eligible for the flexible work program. This position reports to the Public Affairs Manager or designee.

Education and Experience:  We realize your time is valuable, so please apply only if you have at least the required minimum qualifications outlined here: any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be: equivalent to the completion of twelfth (12th) grade and three (3) years of responsible general office support experience.  The Administrative Assistant should have experience in presentation material software including PowerPoint, mid-level Excel spreadsheet and Word document skills, as well as basic database software knowledge. This position will also include proofreading, formatting, and some writing. Bilingual English/Spanish and prior experience in the public sector are highly desirable.

Licenses & Certifications Required:   Possession of a valid California Driver’s License.

Benefits:   Midpen provides an excellent benefits package including health, life & disability insurance as well as CalPERS pension. Please see the Benefits page on the District website for details.

How to Apply:   A note to applicants who currently live outside of the San Francisco Bay Area: before committing to the application process, and if you haven’t done so already, we suggest evaluating the feasibility of relocation. We recommend researching the cost of living in the San Francisco Bay Area, the cost to relocate, and typical commute times to Los Altos from outlying areas.

Ready to apply?  Great!  We welcome your application online at  (To avoid missing email communication about this recruitment, consider adding to your contacts or list of safe senders.)

Application deadline is December 5, 2021.  Applicants with the most relevant experience and qualifications suitable for the position will be contacted for an interview.

The following application items are required to be considered*:

1. Fully completed CalOpps employment application

2. Cover letter

3. Resume

4. Supplemental question responses

*Incomplete CalOpps employment applications, or applications without the required application items listed here, will not be considered for the position.

Recruitment Timeline:  

First Interview (virtual): December 13, 2021

Written Exercise (virtual): December 14, 2021

Second Interview (virtual): December 15, 2021

Anticipated Start Date: January 2022

Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District is an Equal Opportunity EmployerApplicants with disabilities may request reasonable accommodation by contacting the Human Resources department at 650-691-1200.

Put your passion for Open Space to work!


Retirement Plan – CalPERS 2.5% @ 55 for Classic Members; 2.0% @ 62 for PEPRA Members.

Social Security – District does not participate in Social Security; however, it does pay toward Medicare.

457 Deferred Compensation Plan – optional

Medical Plan – choice of HMO or PPO plans through CalPERS – District contributes towards insurance premiums.

Dental Plan – Delta Dental – District paid.

Vision Plan – VSP – District paid.

Flexible Spending Plan – optional pre-tax,

·        Dependent Care Reimbursement Account

·        Medical Reimbursement Account

Life and AD&D Insurance – District paid.

Employee Assistance Program –District paid.

Vacation – starts at 15 days per year.

Personal Leave – 36 hours of leave per year.

Holidays – 11 paid holidays per year.

Sick Leave – 12 days per year – no cap on accumulation; up to 72 hours per year may be used for Family Sick Leave.

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