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Position Announcement: Legislative Assistant to Representative Tana Senn

Legislative Assistant to Representative Tana Senn, Washington State House of Representatives

Mission: To assist Legislators in successfully fulfilling their public obligations by providing support services in the areas of administration, office management, communication, research and public relations

Reports to: Representative Senn, Caucus Staff Director, Chief Clerk

Location: The position is based in Olympia during session and a district office in Bellevue during the interim

To apply: Please send your cover letter and resume in one document to jobs.hdc@leg.wa.gov by October 2, 2017

PREFERRED SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES

  • Strong writing, editing, and oral communication skills, including knowledge of standard format and protocol for professional correspondence
  • Highly organized and able to perform multiple detailed tasks accurately and efficiently under time constraints
  • Experience conducting complex and detailed scheduling
  • Knowledge of legislative process and state and local government structure, functions, and services
  • High level interpersonal and customer service skills, including ability to proactively anticipate member needs
  • Flexibility to travel to requested locations to attend meetings on the member’s behalf
  • Ability to work independently, exercise professional judgment, and maintain confidentiality
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Outlook

TYPICAL ASSIGNMENTS

Administration & Office Management:

  • Manage the Representative’s calendar, including complex scheduling assignments, individual appointments, group meetings, public events, and travel arrangements
  • Manage office operations, including detailed expense reimbursements; district office lease, equipment, and accounts; answer phone and act as first point of contact for all callers and visitors; create and maintain electronic and physical filing and organizational systems

Communication & Public Relations:

  • Draft responses on behalf of the Representative to constituent emails, letters, and phone calls. Manage a high volume of constituent inquiries and casework. Draft and edit weekly email newsletters. Draft correspondence to agencies and other elected officials
  • Facilitate and coordinate communication between the Representative, legislators, state officials, staff, agency personnel, stakeholders and constituents in the development and advancement of legislation
  • Serve as a liaison between the Representative and constituents of the Legislative District; exercising independent judgment to determine and implement appropriate courses of action
  • Coordinate between Communications staff and the Representative to prepare articles, newsletters, press releases, speeches, and talking points

Research:

  • Track advancement of bills throughout drafting and legislative process to ensure that timelines and deadlines are met. This may entail maintaining detailed bill tracking spreadsheets, gathering information from agencies and legislative staff, monitoring committee hearings, coordinating committee testimony, and drafting supporting documents
  • Perform casework, including facilitating communication between constituents and government agencies, assisting constituents in accessing services, and researching and solving complex problems
  • Identify and monitor district-specific issues
  • Work with Office of Program Research and Caucus staff to develop materials and prepare issue briefings for members

The Washington State House of Representatives is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, people of color, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

 

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Position Announcement: Policy Analyst

Policy Analyst
Washington State House of Representatives, Democratic Caucus
Salary: Based on previous job experience and qualifications
Open: until position has been filled

AGENCY DESCRIPTION:

The House of Representatives is comprised of the elected Members of the House of Representatives and the staff necessary to carry out the business of a legislative branch of government. The Democratic Caucus consists of the Democratic members of the Washington State House. Each caucus has partisan staff positions that assist the members of the House. This job is in Olympia during the legislative session with an option to work in Seattle during the interim. It is a full-time, exempt position with benefits.

JOB DESCRIPTION:

Caucus Policy Analysts are experienced public policy professionals who are responsible for analyzing and developing innovative public policy solutions for House Democrats. Most policy staff cover issues in two House committees. The House Democratic Caucus is seeking candidates for an analyst or counsel position with policy expertise in one of the following committee areas:

  • Public Safety
  • State Government, Elections & Information Technology
  • Two additional committees to be determined

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Working with elected officials and staff to develop, analyze, and interpret public policy proposals
  • Researching issues and writing issue briefs, legislative proposals and summaries
  • Providing strategic advice to advance a Democratic legislative agenda for individual members and the caucus as a whole
  • Cultivating and maintaining relationships with stakeholders
  • Working efficiently with diverse personalities in both team and individual setting

Successful candidates will have the ability to:

  • Communicate clearly and concisely to a variety of audiences
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the legislative process
  • Juggle multiple tasks and make decisions in a fast-paced, pressure-filled environment
  • Establish constructive working relationships with a variety of stakeholders, members of the public, governmental agencies, and elected officials and their staff
  • Maintain flexibility to adapt to a wide variety of circumstances

PREFERRED MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Experience with policy development and analysis
  • Strong political acumen
  • 5 years of experience working in government relations and/or public policy
  • Ability to work in Olympia during the legislative session

INTERESTED CANDIDATES should send electronically a cover letter, résumé and a writing sample in one document to: jobs.hdc@leg.wa.gov

The Washington State House of Representatives is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, people of color and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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