Legislative Director

Legislative Director

SUMMARY:

The Legislative Director, together with the legislative staff, advises the Member on all legislative areas.  This position assists in the development of policy positions and legislative initiatives and assists in managing the office's legislative staff. The Legislative Director shall conduct themselves in a courteous and professional manner and maintain a positive working relationship with the Member, staff, and constituents.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

Supervisory:

  • Oversees up to four legislative employees.  Planning, assigning and directing work; appraising performance; addressing complaints; and resolving problems;

  • Ensures that the legislative staff is properly focused on carrying out the Member's legislative goals;

  • Assigns legislative staff areas of responsibility and monitors and assists the Chief of Staff in evaluating the legislative staff work;

  • Trains and supervises legislative staff and ensures that legislative staff complies with office policies, practices, and procedures;

  • Schedules and directs legislative staff meetings;

Legislative:

  • Recommends strategies and tactics on bills and positions;

  • Recommends co-sponsorships of legislation to the Member;

  • Maintains up-to-date status reports on all legislation affecting the district, legislation in which the Congresswoman is a principal sponsor, or legislation on which the Congresswoman is a cosponsor;

  • Oversees the progression of bills with which the Member is involved as they move from Committee to the floor;

  • Monitors and reports on floor action to the Congresswoman and the Chief of Staff;

  • Writes and reviews legislative memos;

  • Meets with constituents or other office visitors, as necessary;

  • Coordinates responses to all legislative mail;

  • Assists organizations and constituents in the district with federal matters;

  • Accepts performance -based criticism;

  • Meets attendance requirements as established by the office;

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE:

A bachelor’s degree or higher education level is preferred, including strong academic credentials. And research skills. Additionally, legislative experience on Capitol Hill, and/or other legislative experience desired.

SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED:

  • Thorough knowledge of legislative process and of House organization and procedures;

  • Thorough knowledge of Members’ Congressional Handbook and House Rules; office policies, practices, and procedures

  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines; flexibility with priorities and ever changing deadlines;

  • Position requires hard-working self-starter with good political instincts and judgment

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;

  • Proficient in office computer applications;

HOW TO APPLY:

Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, two writing samples and references to FL10.Resume@mail.house.gov with the subject line: Legislative Director. No phone calls or drop-ins please.