Washington State House Democrats


Position Announcement: Legislative Assistant to Representative Strom Peterson

Legislative Assistant to Representative Strom Peterson, Washington State House of Representatives

UPDATE: We are no longer accepting applications for this posting.

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

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

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

To apply:     Please send your cover letter and resume in one document to Amy.Ruble@leg.wa.gov by August 18.

Necessary Skills, Knowledge and Abilities
•    Strong writing, editing, and oral communication skills
•    Familiarity with the 21st  legislative district
•    Ability to work quickly and independently, anticipating the needs of the Representative
•    Experience conducting complex and detailed scheduling
•    Ability to research and analyze relevant constituent issues
•    Ability to track legislation and organize member briefings and materials
•    Ability to perform multiple tasks accurately and efficiently under time constraints
•    Ability to exercise professional judgment and maintain confidentiality
•    Flexibility to travel to district and other requested locations to attend meetings on the member’s behalf

Typical Assignments
•    Manage the Representative’s schedule and travel arrangements, providing all materials
•    Manage daily operation of office including monthly reimbursements.
•    Supervise, as delegated by the member, independent interns and volunteers.  Coordinate with the intern coordinators to direct the work of interns

•    Manage a high volume of constituent inquiries and casework
•    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

•    Track advancement of bills through the legislative process.  This may entail monitoring of committee hearings, securing committee testimony and records preparation
•    Identify and monitor district specific issues
•    Work with OPR and Caucus staff to develop materials and prepare briefings for members

Public Relations
•    Represent the office at legislative and community events
•    Work with Communications staff and the Representative on articles, newsletters, press releases, speeches, town hall meetings and district events

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