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Florida Legislative Employment Information

The Florida Legislature
Senator Dorothy L. Hukill

Job Title

District Legislative Assistant (District 14)

General Summary

The Office of State Senator Dorothy L. Hukill (District 14) is now accepting applications for a Legislative Assistant in the district office located in Port Orange, Florida.  This is work assisting a Senator with a variety of administrative and public relations matters requiring a thorough understanding of the policies, procedures, and operating practices of the Florida Legislature. 

Examples of Work Performed

  • Analyze and objectively summarize proposed legislation to determine its effectiveness and the impact of its passage on the state and other entities and individuals.
  • Using logic and reasoning to identify and analyze the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Stay abreast of new and ongoing issues affecting assigned area of responsibility by collecting resource materials, reading industry publications, communicating with legislative committee staff, stakeholders, and agency personnel.
  • Preparing letters, summaries, talk-sheets or speeches, reports, and informational memoranda for the Senator.
  • Maintaining Senator’s calendar, scheduling appointments, meeting with constituents and interested persons.  
  • Handling constituent requests.
  • Attending state and local meetings and other events on behalf of the Senator, as well as working with groups to identify key issues for the district.
  • Formulates replies to correspondence in draft for final form depending on the complexity of the issue.
  • Performs other related duties as required

Essential Duties/Responsibilities

  • Applicants must be self-motivated, and should possess excellent organizational and interpersonal skills. 
  • Applicants should possess a strong knowledge of Florida state government structure, functions and legislative processes.
  • Applicants must demonstrate the ability to conduct an in-depth, carefully documented policy analysis under minimal supervision within established deadlines.
  • The Legislative Assistant must travel within the district, and willing to relocate to Tallahassee during the Legislative Session, and travel to Tallahassee during committee meetings.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of office procedures and practices.
  • Knowledge of personal computers and use of software, such as Outlook.
  • Knowledge of the methods for organizing and presenting data.
  • Knowledge of Florida laws, the legislative and political processes and protocol.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Ability to use independent judgment in handling media inquiries and news releases.
  • Ability to plan, organize and coordinate work assignments.
  • Ability to review work for accuracy and quality of content.
  • Ability to deal tactfully and courteously with the demands of the public, press, and lobbyists.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
  • Ability to exercise discretion and confidentiality.
  • Ability to work and make decisions independently.
  • Ability to compose correspondence.
  • Ability to prepare reports and maintain records.
  • Ability to manage time well.
  • Ability to work cooperatively as a team member and to contribute to the effective internal functioning of the operation.

Minimum Qualifications

A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and one year of administrative experience.

A master’s degree from an accredited college or university can substitute for one year of the required experience.

Professional or non-professional administrative experience can substitute on a year-for-year basis for the required college education.

Salary

Salary is comensurate with experience.
Excellent employee benefits.

Submission of Application

Interested parties may send a cover letter, resume and completed Florida Legislature Employment Application to:

State Senator Dorothy L. Hukill
209 Dunlawton Avenue, Unit 17
Port Orange, FL  32127
or email – Swindle.Lindsey@flsenate.gov

Applications are available through the Florida Legislature's web site Online Sunshine and in Room 701 of the Claude Pepper Building.

Accommodation for Disability

If an accommodation is needed for a disability, please notify Human Resources at (850) 488-6803.