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Job Title

District Legislative Assistant (District 17)

General Summary

The Office of State Senator Debbie Mayfield (District 17) is now accepting applications for a Legislative Assistant in the district office located in Brevard, Florida.  The position includes assisting the Senator with a variety of administrative and legislative matters.

Examples of Work Performed

  • Performs research to gather and assemble information for drafting of bills, speeches, or special reports and legislative updates.
  • Applicants must demonstrate the ability to conduct an in-depth, carefully documented policy analysis under minimal supervision within established deadlines.
  • Perform extensive background research on a bill or appropriation request in working it through the committee process.
  • Assists in managing a district office and all its functions related to the constituency.
  • Serves as a liaison for constituents.
  • Responds to inquiries by seeking solutions to problems or assisting in the communication with appropriate State agencies.
  • Assist in preparing and distributing 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.
  • Advises Senator of issues and projects in the district that require involvement in order to better serve the district.
  • Preparing letters, summaries, talk-sheets or speeches, reports, and informational memoranda for the Senator.
  • Scheduling appointments, meeting with constituents and interested persons. 
  • 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.
  • Applicants must be self-motivated, and should possess excellent organizational, interpersonal and writing skills.
  • Applicants should possess a strong knowledge of Florida state government structure, functions and legislative processes.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Salary

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

Application Deadline

Open until filled

Submission of Application

Interested parties may send a cover letter, resume and completed Florida Legislature Employment Application to:
 
Mayfield.Debbie.Web@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.