Chief of Staff

Chief of Staff

SUMMARY: The Chief of Staff/Administrative Assistant acts as the Member's policy advisor.  This position develops and implements all policy objectives, strategies and operating plans for the Member's offices and manages and directs all activities and staff of the Member's Washington D.C. and district office(s), as well as coordinates the activities of the Member with Leadership and committee office(s). ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: o   Supervisory: Directly supervises up to eighteen full time employees and up to four part-time and temporary employees; carries out responsibilities in accordance with office policy and applicable laws.  Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring and training employees; planning, assigning and directing work; appraising performances; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints; and resolving problems; o   Manages the Washington, D.C. and district office staffs; o   Sets and oversees the administration of office goals, policies and procedures and has oversight responsibility for all personnel matters including hiring, salary, and disciplinary decisions; o   Manages long-term legislative plan of the Member; o   Coordinates and supervises the efforts of all employees including the press and constituent service staffs; o   Conducts staff meetings; o   Approves strategies and tactics on legislative issues; o   Acts as the Member's principal liaison and responds to office visits and telephone inquiries from constituents and various interest groups; o   Maintains a good working relationship with the Member, staff, and constituents; o   Speaks to local groups when the Member is unavailable; o   Oversees the office budget; o   Accepts performance-based criticism and direction; o   Works well under pressure and handles stress; o   Meets attendance requirements as established by the office; o   Works a flexible schedule including long hours, nights and weekends; and o   Performs other duties as assigned by the Member.  EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE: A minimum of a bachelor’s degree, including strong academic credentials is preferred.  Alternatively, five years of related experience or training in management and/or legislation or equivalent experience. SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED: o   Thorough knowledge of legislative process and of House organization and procedures; o   Thorough knowledge of local, state and federal agencies and departments; o   Thorough knowledge of the Members' Congressional Handbook and House Rules; o   An understanding of the district and federal political process; o   Provides necessary organization, supervisory leadership, and motivation to manage a House office; o   Ability to perform essential job functions above; o   Ability to maintain a good working relationship with the Congressman, staff and constituents; o   Ability to work cooperatively and courteously with others; o   Temperament to communicate with a variety of personalities in a tactful, pleasant, and professional manner; o   Excellent oral and written communication skills; o   Knowledge of the office policies, practices, and procedures; o   Knowledge of office computer applications; and o   Proficiency in word processing. WORKING CONDITIONS: o   Work is performed in an office environment.  Noise levels are usually moderate; o   Long hours; o   Must have access to a vehicle
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