Legislative Analyst I - Staff Attorney
- Description of Work
- The North Carolina General Assembly is the bicameral legislature of the State of North Carolina, composed of the Senate and the House of Representatives. The North Carolina Constitution grants the General Assembly the authority to make or enact laws; to establish rules and regulations governing the conduct of the citizens, their rights, duties, and procedures; and to determine the consequences of certain actions. The nonpartisan staff of the Legislative Analysis Division provides legal analysis, policy research, general information, and legislative drafting services for all 170 legislators of the North Carolina General Assembly. The Legislative Analysis Division serves as staff to the standing and study committees of the General Assembly. Individuals in this division are generally assigned to specified subject areas, may specialize in one or more subject areas, or may cover a range of subjects. The individual hired for this position must develop a specialized base of knowledge in assigned areas.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
- Performs legal and policy research, analysis, and drafting for legislative committees and individual legislators.
- Coordinates the operations of a committee, interim committee, or commission with committee chairs.
- Develops work priorities, methods, and assignments at the request of or in consultation with legislators, supervisors, or other staff and then works independently to complete tasks.
- Develops a specialized base of knowledge in assigned areas.
- Staffs standing, legislative, and interim committees, consults with chairs to develop agendas and identify speakers, assists with meeting arrangements, and prepares background materials.
- Compiles data and conducts research for legislative committees and individual legislators.
- Meets with interest groups and government agencies on behalf of committees and individual legislators.
- Summarizes and analyzes detailed documents, legislation, periodicals, and other written material.
- Reviews committee minutes.
- Writes issue memoranda, briefing papers, and other documents on selected topics.
- Submits material requested by committees or legislators to them for approval.
- Submits work product to the office director or designee for review of content, style, form, accuracy, objectivity, and consistency.
- Performs other duties as directed.
- Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies
- Practical knowledge of federal, State, and local government organization and functions.
- Ability to perform legal research, using appropriate methods of approach and source materials and following office procedures and norms.
- Ability to prepare opinions and draft legal and legislative documents.
- Ability to understand and interpret constitutional provisions, statutes, administrative rules, and legal precedents.
- Ability to analyze facts, evidence, and legal instruments.
- Ability to maintain composure and work cooperatively under pressure with legislators, legislative staff, and the public on a daily basis.
- Ability to work objectively and impartially with members of all political parties and on all policy issues.
- Ability to present information clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
- Ability and willingness to work independently, with other members of the Division, and as part of a coordinated cross-divisional team.
- Ability to function as a conscientious employee with a strong work ethic who pays attention to work product and process details.
- Ability and willingness to work an extended schedule and extra hours with little or no advance notice.
- Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
- An active license to practice law in North Carolina.
- At least two years' professional work experience including oral presentation of material to large groups
- The ability to analyze complex and sensitive matters under pressure, and proficiency developing written work product in a fast-moving environment.
- Three to five years of such professional work experience preferred.
- Supplemental and Contact Information
***NC General Assembly positions are NOT subject to the State Human Resources Act (G.S. 126).***
To apply for the Legislative Analyst I position, submit the NC General Assembly application packet through the NC General Assembly website:
The application packet must contain the following:
- NCGA application: application must include a complete descriptive work history with all prior employment in the work experience section to be considered for employment.
- A detailed cover letter addressing each minimum qualification individually, describing experience relevant to the work of the Legislative Analysis Division, and reasons for interest in joining the Division.
- A current resume (maximum 2 pages).
- Law school transcript.
- List of three academic or professional references and three personal references, including name, address, email address, telephone number, and relationship to applicant.
To be considered for the Legislative Analyst position, all applicants must submit a NC General Assembly application packet by 5:00 P.M. on August 6, 2020.
- The General Assembly offers employees and their eligible family members a comprehensive and valuable benefits program. The employees have the opportunity to participate in a variety of benefits which can enrich their quality of life, their health, and their future. Benefits include employee health insurance options, standard and supplemental retirement plans, NC Flex (flexible benefits - a variety of high-quality, low cost benefits on a pre-tax basis), paid vacation, sick, community service leave, and more.
- State of North Carolina
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An Equal Opportunity Employer, North Carolina, State Government