(Open to Public)
Application Deadline: 11/9/2018
Status: Fulltime Regular Benefit-Eligible
Salary: $58,565 Minimum Annual
Office: Senate Counsel, Research and Fiscal Analysis
Reports To: Tom Bottern - Director, Senate Counsel, Research and Fiscal Analysis
· Provides nonpartisan professional and legal counsel to Senators and staff.
· Works within a nonpartisan office as part of a staff team that includes an analyst, fiscal analyst, and another counsel assigned to the Senate Health and Human Services Committee; topical area assignments include human services welfare programs, child protection services, adoption assistance, child care, mental health, and chemical dependency programs.
· Drafts bills and amendments; reviews and evaluates proposed legislation.
· Responds to questions regarding current and proposed laws, including related legal research.
· Serves as information resource for the Senate in assigned topical areas.
· Law degree and admission to practice in Minnesota in good standing.
· Relevant professional experience desired.
· Knowledge of federal, state, and local government organization and functions.
· Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with legislators and others.
· Ability to draft legislation that accurately reflects legislative requests.
· Ability to provide options for legislative action while remaining objective, nonpartisan, and professional.
· Strong analytical skills and excellent written and oral communications ability are essential.
· Ability to work long hours under extreme deadline pressure.
· Strong organizational and time management skills.
Provides Senate committees and individual Senators with nonpartisan legal research and analysis, policy analysis, and drafting of bills, resolutions, and amendments. Serves as legal counsel to one or two committees of the Senate, working in a team arrangement with assigned legislative analysts and fiscal analysts. Performs other duties as assigned.
A. JOB RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Organize and carry out independent and specialized legal research for Senators and Senate committees.
2. Review and evaluate draft legislation.
3. Draft bills, resolutions and amendments.
4. Summarize and analyze bills and amendments for technical accuracy.
5. Provide assistance to Senators with bill presentation in committee, conference committee or on the Senate floor.
6. Respond to legal questions on issues during committee meetings and hearings.
7. Prepare and present testimony upon request.
8. Coordinate interim studies assigned to committees.
9. Respond to constituent and other inquires at the request of a Senator when the inquiry relates to current law or proposed legislation.
10. Identify and research issues in anticipation of legislative proposals.
11. Appear at court proceedings and administrative agency hearings in support of legislative positions.
12. Maintain a basic knowledge of applicable local, state, and federal programs and related research and literature.
13. Perform other duties as assigned.
B. JUDGMENT AND CODE OF CONDUCT AND ETHICS
1. Exercises good judgment in handling situations.
2. Observes the Senate's Code of Conduct and Ethics.
1. Takes initiative and responsibility for results of tasks.
2. Independently solves problems and is resourceful.
D. WORK QUANTITY AND EFFICIENCY
Accomplishes work to meet job requirements.
E. INTERNAL RELATIONSHIPS
1. Develops and maintains collaborative work relationships.
2. Is a team member.
3. Respects coworkers and supervisor.
F. PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT AND EXTERNAL RELATIONSHIPS
1. Projects professional demeanor.
2. Responds to needs of Senate offices, external organizations or individuals.
3. Communicates effectively.
1. Is reliable and trustworthy.
2. Perform work with minimal supervision.
1. Learns new tasks willingly.
2. Responds positively to change.
1. Law degree.
2. License to practice in Minnesota.
Experience in government or private practice preferred.
C. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
1. Possess a good understanding of federal, state, and local government organization and functions.
2. Able to conduct basic legal research to provide balanced analysis.
3. Ability to draft legislation that accurately reflects legislative requests.
4. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with legislators and others.
5. Ability to help develop effective courses of action while remaining objective, nonpartisan, and professional regarding all legislative matters.
III. PHYSICAL/MENTAL DEMANDS:
Ability to work long hours under pressure and with others under stress.
IV. WORKING CONDITIONS:
Ability to maintain composure and work cooperatively under the pressure of tight deadlines.