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Job Title

District Legislative Assistant (District 15)

General Summary

The Office of State Senator Victor M. Torres, Jr. is now accepting applications for a District Legislative Assistant in his Kissimmee office. 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. This position may involve travel to Tallahassee.

Examples of Work Performed

  • Assists in the maintenance of the district office with all its functions related to the constituency.
  • Serves as a liaison for constituents with a focus on communication.
  • Strong writing and computer skills.
  • Research legislative issues.
  • Using logic and reasoning to identify and analyze the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Responds to inquiries by seeking solutions to problems or assisting in the communication with appropriate State agencies.
  • Performs research to gather and assemble information for drafting of bills, speeches, or special reports and legislative updates.
  • Assists in maintaining an active constituent listserv.
  • Attends various local functions and meetings to gather information, or on behalf of the supervisor, as a representative of the staff.
  • Knowledge of Outlook calendar and arranging appointments.
  • Preparing letters, summaries, talk-sheets or speeches, reports, press releases, press advisories and other public information data.
  • Assists in maintenance of district office files including selection of newspaper articles and other source materials for files.
  • Formulates replies to correspondence in draft or final form depending on the complexity of the issue.
  • Advises supervisor of issues and projects in the district that require involvement in order to better serve the district.
  • Reviews all correspondence, reports, and legislative proposals for accuracy and quality of content.
  • May perform extensive background research on a bill or appropriation request in working it through the committee process.
  • 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.

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.
  • 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 the one year of required experience.

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

Preferred Qualifications

Strong writing skills and prior legislative experience are helpful.

Salary

Salary commensurate with experience
The Legislature offers a competitive benefits package.

Application Deadline

September 30, 2019

Submission of Application

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

The Honorable Victor M. Torres, Jr.
Attention: Al Yorston
101 Church Street, Suite 305
Kissimmee, Florida 34741

Or e-mail to:  yorston.alfred@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.