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The Florida House of Representatives Appropriations Committee, Justice Appropriations Subcommittee

Job Title

Budget Chief

General Summary

This is work, under the direction of an appropriations subcommittee chair, serving as advisor and technical expert with responsibility for planning and managing budget operating activities of a subcommittee. An employee in a position allocated to this class performs complex analytical tasks related to state financial policy, sets priorities, focuses the direction of research, monitors work progress, and coordinates subcommittee final reports, legislation, and correspondence. Experience with justice appropriations and/or policy is preferred.

Examples of Work Performed

  • Assists in the overall direction and administration of the Appropriations Subcommittee.
  • Supervises the activities of the committee staff in preparing legislation to solve problems that were identified by the subcommittee chair, other subcommittee members, staff or the public.
  • Plans and coordinates the preparation of subcommittee interim research projects and other major subcommittee documents.
  • Assists in the development and presentation of budget briefings and program alternatives to the respective leadership office.
  • Coordinates the development of the Appropriations Bill with associated proviso language and supporting bills.
  • Assists in coordinating the planning of subcommittee meetings with the subcommittee chair, and other staff and presents subcommittee findings when appropriate.
  • Assists the subcommittee chair in the prioritization of state agency funding needs and recommends actions to be taken on legislation.
  • Monitors the implementation of the budget to ensure that programs are conducted in accordance with legislative intent.
  • Prepares or reviews written and oral communication initiated in response to inquiries from Legislators, and the public.
  • Coordinates the preparation of necessary subcommittee reports and budget documents.
  • Serves in a liaison capacity with the Legislature and committees, state agencies, and various groups and individuals.
  • Maintains a high level of expertise in the subcommittee subject area assigned and monitors all significant changes and activities.
  • Coordinates the flow of substantive legislation through the subcommittee.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of models of the state’s economy.
  • Knowledge of basic economic theory.
  • Knowledge of statistics.
  • Knowledge of basic financial analysis principles.
  • Knowledge and ability necessary to apply specialized knowledge from accounting, finance, or economics.
  • In-depth knowledge of the structure, composition and functions of Florida state government, legislative rules, and procedures.
  • Knowledge of state accounting, personnel, purchasing, and capital outlay processes and procedures.
  • In-depth knowledge of the subject matter under the jurisdiction of the subcommittee.
  • Knowledge of computer spreadsheet, database, and graphics programs.
  • Knowledge of legal terminology and legal research methods. 
  • Skill in reading comprehension, analysis, and organization.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and concisely verbally and in writing. Ability to take action in situations which lack clear direction.
  • Ability to deal tactfully and courteously with the demands of the public. 
  • Ability to conduct meetings and to make presentations.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others. 
  • Ability to plan, organize, direct work, and evaluate results and alternative strategies. 
  • Ability to utilize research and analytical skills.
  • Ability to process large amounts of information from diverse sources and to integrate that information.
  • Ability to be resourceful and act independently.
  • Ability to organize and implement a sound management organization which results in an effective coordinated function.
  • Ability to analyze the effects of actual or proposed policy changes on the state’s population and economy.
  • Ability to supervise people.

Minimum Qualifications

A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and seven years of professional administrative, research, budget, policy analysis, or program planning and evaluation experience.

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

A doctorate from an accredited college or university can substitute for two years of the required experience.

Professional experience as described above can substitute on a year-for-year basis for the required college education.


Commensurate with experience.
The Legislature offers a competitive benefits package.

Submission of Application

Qualified applicants should send a completed legislative application and resume to:
Florida House of Representatives
Office of House Administration
Lawanda Williams
402 South Monroe Street, 1201 Capitol
Tallahassee, Florida  32399

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.