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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 close of business September 9, 2019

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 is a full time, exempt position with benefits, based in Olympia.

JOB DESCRIPTION:

Caucus Policy Analysts are experienced public policy professionals who are responsible for analyzing and developing innovative public policy solutions for House Democrats.

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 settings

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

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. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, persons over 40 years of age, disabled and Vietnam era veterans and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons of disability needing assistance in the application process or who need an application in an alternative format may call 360-786-7750 or TTD 1-800-635-9993.

 

 

 

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Position Announcement: Legislative Assistant to Representative Mike Pellicciotti

Legislative Assistant to Representative Mike Pellicciotti, 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 Pellicciotti, Caucus Staff Director, Chief Clerk

Location: The position is based in Olympia during session and a district office in Federal Way during interim

To apply: Please send your cover letter and resume in one document to jobs.hdc@leg.wa.gov by August 14, 2019

PREFERRED SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES

  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, public administration, or related field
  • Prior office management and administrative support experience
  • 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 and travel arrangements
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Outlook, with the ability to work with speed and accuracy in both programs.
  • Knowledge of legislative process and state and local government structure, functions, and services
  • Flexibility to travel to requested locations to attend meetings and provide staff support to the member
  • Ability to work independently, exercise professional judgment, and maintain confidentiality

TYPICAL ASSIGNMENTS

Office Management:

  • Create and maintain electronic and physical filing and organizational systems for office operations, committees, task forces, and ongoing projects
  • Answer phone and act as first point of contact for all callers and visitors, observing formal professional protocol in all external communications

Scheduling:

  • Manage the Representative’s calendar with a high level of accuracy, including complex scheduling assignments, individual appointments, group meetings, public events, and travel arrangements
  • Respond to staff, constituent, and stakeholder appointment requests
  • Plan and organize town hall meetings
  • Coordinate meeting preparation materials when needed
  • During session, attend meetings with constituents on member’s behalf, as needed

Bill Management:

  • Track advancement of bills throughout drafting and legislative process to ensure that timelines and deadlines are met.  This includes maintaining detailed bill tracking spreadsheets and drafting bill and budget request letters to committee chairs

Correspondence & Writing:

  • Draft responses on behalf of the Representative to constituent emails, letters, and phone calls. Manage a high volume of constituent inquiries
  • Draft correspondence to agencies and other elected officials
  • Coordinate between Communications staff and the Representative to prepare articles, newsletters, press releases, speeches, and talking points

Casework & Constituent Service:

  • Facilitate communication between constituents and government agencies, assisting constituents in accessing services, and researching and solving complex problems
  • Serve as a liaison between the Representative and constituents of the Legislative District; exercising independent judgment and providing high level customer service

Expense Reimbursement:

  • Submit detailed and timely accounting reports for member travel and expense reimbursement, according to House policy
  • Budget member expense account to ensure that funds are available for planned expenses
  • Maintain organized records of expenses and reimbursements

The Washington State House of Representatives is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, persons over 40 years of age, disabled and Vietnam era veterans and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons of disability needing assistance in the application process or who need an application in an alternative format may call 360-786-7750 or TTD 1-800-635-9993.

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Position Announcement: Legislative Assistant to Representative Sharon Tomiko Santos

Legislative Assistant to Representative Sharon Tomiko Santos, 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 Santos, Caucus Staff Director, Chief Clerk

Location: The position is based in Olympia during session. During interim, LA may work in district office in Seattle or split time between Seattle and Olympia offices (minimum one day per week in district office).

To apply: Please send your cover letter, resume, and writing sample in one document to jobs.hdc@leg.wa.gov. Open until filled.

REQUIRED SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES

  • Prior office management and administrative support experience
  • 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 and travel arrangements
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Outlook, with the ability to work with speed and accuracy in both programs.
  • Knowledge of legislative process and state and local government structure, functions, and services
  • Flexibility to travel to requested locations to attend meetings and provide staff support to the member
  • Ability to work independently, exercise professional judgment, and maintain confidentiality

TYPICAL ASSIGNMENTS

Office Management:

  • Create and maintain extensive electronic and physical filing and organizational systems for office operations, committees, task forces, and ongoing projects
  • Answer phone and act as first point of contact for all callers and visitors, observing formal professional protocol in all external communications
  • Manage district office leases, expenses and equipment needs.

Scheduling:

  • Manage the Representative’s calendar with a high level of accuracy, including complex scheduling assignments, individual appointments, group meetings, public events, and travel arrangements
  • Respond to staff, constituent, and stakeholder appointment requests
  • Compile regular scheduling packets for the member, containing calendar, meeting preparation materials, agendas, travel itineraries, and other requested items
  • Plan and organize town hall meetings
  • Coordinate meeting preparation materials when needed
  • During session, attend some meetings with constituents on member’s behalf, as needed

Bill Management & Chair Support:

  • Maintain files on bills referred to the House Education Committee, sponsored by or of interest to the Representative
  • Track advancement of bills throughout drafting and legislative process to ensure that timelines and deadlines are met. This includes maintaining detailed bill tracking spreadsheets
  • Draft bill and budget request letters to committee chairs
  • Daily identification of bills referred to the House Education Committee

Correspondence & Writing:

  • Draft responses on behalf of the Representative to constituent emails, letters, and phone calls.
  • Draft correspondence to agencies and other elected officials

Casework:

  • Facilitate communication between constituents and government agencies, assisting constituents in accessing services, and researching and solving complex problems

Expense Reimbursement:

  • Submit detailed and timely accounting reports for member travel and expense reimbursement, according to House policy
  • Budget member expense account to ensure that funds are available for planned expenses
  • Maintain organized records of expenses and reimbursements

The Washington State House of Representatives is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, persons over 40 years of age, disabled and Vietnam era veterans and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons of disability needing assistance in the application process or who need an application in an alternative format may call 360-786-7750 or TTD 1-800-635-9993.