Thank you for your interest in joining Elissa's team at the Council. We are currently doing a call for resumes and cover letters. Please send your information to firstname.lastname@example.org
The exact contours of the Council office staff will be shaped by the interests and skill sets of the people who apply, but below are sample job descriptions with rough salary ranges -- titles and salary will depend on experience. If you think that there is a role for your skills on staff that doesn't quite fit within these descriptions, feel free to explain in your cover letter!
We look forward to hearing from you.
Constituent Services Coordinator/Director
The constituent services coordinator/director will manage the constituent services program, providing daily management and resolution of concerns from residents. For each constituent issue, the staffer will either personally resolve the issue or take responsibility for ensuring that the issue is resolved while working with other staff in the office or elsewhere. Many of the resident inquiries are issues with services being provided by the DC government, and it is up to the constituent services coordinator/director to contact the appropriate department or agency to resolve the problem. In addition to personally handling many requests, the constituent services coordinator/director will design a process for monitoring all resident inquiries (telephone, email, letters, website inquiries, etc), tracking all constituent interactions and correspondence, and tracking progress on constituent requests.
The constituent services coordinator/director may also engage in meetings with community stakeholders, arrange for D.C. government officials to attend meetings to address resident concerns, maintain a calendar of important public events, and work cooperatively with the scheduler and other office staff to coordinate events and councilmember scheduling.
Reports to the Chief of Staff
Salary: $40,000 to $60,000 depending on skills and experience
Requirements: 1-2 years (5 years for Director title) of experience providing community outreach services and programs. Bachelor’s degree preferred. Facility with computers required.
Legislative Assistant/Legislative Counsel
Provides legislative support to the Councilmember. This support may include detailed reviews of proposed legislation prior to Council votes, research activities on pending legislative agenda items, research/policy support for complex constituent issues, legislative drafting, hearing prep and other responsibilities in support of the policy activities of the office. Reviews and analyzes budget materials, proposed legislation, and relevant academic research. Formulates recommendations and writes memoranda documenting findings and recommendations. Works with the constituent services staff to respond to inquiries from the public. Prepares and organizes informational materials for Council meetings. Prepares and reviews written remarks, talking points, briefing memoranda, reports and fact sheets. Attends community meetings and engages stakeholders on policy issues falling within their portfolio. Prepares briefing packages with sufficient time for review by a supervisor and incorporation of necessary changes. Assists in the facilitation of meetings and planning sessions. Monitors the status of legislative issues.
Reports to the Chief of Staff
Legislative Assistant: $55,000 to $80,000 depending on skills and experience
Legislative Counsel: $55,000 to $105,000 depending on skills and experience
Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field and 3-5 years of relevant experience required. For Legislative Counsel, J.D. required, plus 3-5 years of relevant experience, including some legal experience.
Office Manager/Administrative Assistant
Supervises clerical and technical support staff as well as interns and summer youth. Manages Councilmember appointments, coordinates meetings and events, manages payroll, provides conference planning support, arranges for travel, acts as the liaison to the Information Services and Human Resources Divisions, and manages the acquisition, mail, printing, and reproduction services for the office. Implements a system of document control. Prepares or manages the preparation of responses to correspondence.
Salary: $40,000-$50,000 depending on skills and experience
Requirements: High school education with additional training and experience beyond high school. Bachelor’s degree preferred.
Provides administrative and research support to one or more staff members by performing basic tasks associated with the functions, activities and processes in a legislative environment. Conducts studies and research assignments under close supervision. Researches statistical and narrative reports using readily available primary sources. Prepares reports. Reviews and comments on memoranda, professional literature, resolutions, legislation or other items assigned by the supervisor. Attends meetings, takes notes, and prepares summaries.
Reports to a Legislative Assistant/Counsel
Salary: $32,000 - $47,000 depending on skills and experience
Requirements: Bachelor’s degree and demonstrated interest in politics and policy