Session Aide to HDC Member Office, Washington State House of Representatives
Mission: To assist Legislators in successfully fulfilling their public obligations by providing administrative and constituent support services.
Location: Fully remote. House staff are encouraged to work remotely during the 2022 session, per the House COVID-19 Operations Plan. Employees should reside within the State of Washington. Travel to Olympia on first and last day of employment is required.
Openings: The House Democratic Caucus has four Session Aide openings for the 2022 legislative session. Two positions support specific member offices and two will provide general support to multiple members and caucus staff. Specific responsibilities for each position may vary
Reports to: Legislative Assistant, Representative, Legislative Assistant Staff Director, Chief Clerk.
Salary range: $3,950/month. This is an exempt session/temporary position and is not eligible for benefits.
Employment Dates: December 29, 2021 to approximately March 11, 2021.
Closing Date: Open until filled. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.
Answer phones and screen calls for Legislative Assistant
Assist with scheduling tasks by maintaining accurate lists of appointment requests, setting up video conference links, and timekeeping
Prepare meeting materials, compile issue files, update rosters and contact lists, edit and format documents
Take accurate notes and messages from constituent, staff, agency and stakeholder calls and meetings.
At direction of the Legislative Assistant or Staff Director, maintain filing systems for correspondence, scheduling, budget requests, and committee materials
Maintain office records in accordance with the Washington State Public Records Act
Correspondence & Communication:
With supervision of Legislative Assistant, draft responses on behalf of the Representative to constituent emails, letters, and phone calls
Manage a high volume of constituent inquiries, providing friendly and accurate information to callers about the legislative process
Facilitate and coordinate communication between the Representative, legislators, state officials, staff, agency personnel, stakeholders and constituents in the development and advancement of legislation
With supervision of Legislative Assistant, perform casework, including facilitating communication between constituents and government agencies, assisting constituents in accessing services, and researching and solving complex problems. Coordinate with caucus caseworker when appropriate
Bill and Budget Tracking:
Maintain tracking spreadsheets to follow advancement of bills and budget requests throughout legislative process and ensure that timelines and deadlines are met.
Support the Legislative Assistant in tracking and organizing member and stakeholder requests and information.
PREFERRED SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES
Strong writing, editing, and oral communication skills, including knowledge of standard format and protocol for professional correspondence
Persistent and resourceful in conducting research and problem solving
Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Outlook email and calendar functions, with the ability to work with speed and accuracy in these programs.
Experience scheduling meetings using video conference technology including Microsoft Teams and Zoom
Knowledge of legislative process, and state and local government structure, functions, and services
Ability to work independently, uphold legislative decorum, exercise professional judgment, and maintain confidentiality
Candidates with non-traditional backgrounds encouraged to apply
To Apply: Please send your cover letter outlining your qualifications and interest in working with the House Democratic Caucus and resume in one document to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Please include how you heard about this position. Interviews will take place using a video conferencing platform.
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