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Legislative Assistant

Date Posted:  May 13, 2022
Requisition ID:  354201
Location: 

Indianapolis, IN, US, 46204

 

Work for Indiana

Grow your career with the State of Indiana! With more than 50 executive branch agencies, the State of Indiana is a diverse workforce offering employees stimulating and challenging projects across a broad scope of career opportunities. As a State of Indiana employee, you impact the well-being of Indiana’s communities every day.

 

At the State of Indiana, we don’t just talk about diversity and inclusion – Our goal is to create a welcoming, accessible, and equitable workplace, with a workforce that is representative of the State of Indiana population. As a proud equal opportunity employer, reasonable accommodations may be available to enable individuals with disabilities to interview and to perform the essential functions of a role.

 

Next Level benefits at the State of Indiana are here! Be sure to review our expanded benefit package offerings below.

 

About the Lieutenant Governor's Office: 
The Office of the Indiana Lieutenant Governor’s mission is to strengthen Indiana’s rural economies and communities through capacity building, advocacy and innovation in agriculture, small business, tourism, defense development, housing, and community economic development. 

 
Salary:
Salary for this position begins at $47,000 - $53,000 and may be commensurate with education and experience.

 

About the Job:

Under the direction of the Chief of Staff and Director of Government Affairs, the Legislative Assistant will take primary responsibility for tracking legislation during the legislative session, attending legislative committees, preparing background work related to legislation supported by the Lieutenant Governor and ensuring coordination with agencies in the Lieutenant Governor’s family of business. The Legislative Assistant also serves as part of the travel team which includes advancing and driving the Lieutenant Governor to meetings and community events.

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows:

  • Work directly with the Lieutenant Governor, Chief of Staff and Director of Government Affairs to support the Lieutenant Governor’s legislative goals;
  • Support the Director of Government Affairs work as the office’s legislative liaison, attending committee hearings and responding to legislative-related constituent correspondence;
  • Coordinate meetings with state legislators for the Chief of Staff and Director of Government Affairs;
  • Analyze, summarize, and provide counsel regarding introduced legislation;
  • Track and record legislation including all changes and status updates and be prepared to brief the Chief of Staff and Director of Government Affairs;
  • Conduct policy research;
  • Serve as legislative liaison with constituents, interest groups, legislative staff and state agencies, including drafting correspondence on behalf of the office;
  • Along with the Chief of Staff and Director of Government Affairs, maintain and develop positive relationships with members of the Indiana House of Representatives and Senate and their legislative assistants. Serve as their point of contact and answer inquiries regarding policies and procedures and brief legislators on changes affecting their districts. Serve as an intermediary between legislators and constituent services liaison on constituent issues;
  • Responsible for ensuring the Chief of Staff and Director of Government Affairs are fully and regularly briefed on items of impact during sessions;
  • Prepare briefings, legislative memos, testimony, and correspondence for those who might have roles within the legislative process;
  • Assist LSA in the development and drafting of bills and researching the fiscal impact of related legislation;
  • Regularly (but not daily) and at the request of the Director of Scheduling and Public Engagement, provide staff support at events with the Lieutenant Governor and drive the Lieutenant Governor to events;
  • Assists the Lt. Governor with daily projects, emails, correspondence, phone calls, and anything that will keep them focused on their daily schedule.

What You'll Need for Success:

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Prior legislative experience is preferred.
  • Knowledge of the legislative process and a good understanding of Indiana state government and its departments.
  • Demonstrates highly effective verbal and written communication skills.
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel and other electronic applications, primarily to create and maintain documents and databases.
  • Ability to utilize Hannah or other legislative tracking software preferred.
  • Ability to interpret, analyze, and explain legislation and its possible impacts.
  • Ability to understand and integrate independently complex and sophisticated concepts and rules.
  • Ability to collaborate with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Strong organizational skills with high detail orientation and accuracy.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Effective and persuasive leadership, comfortable with all levels of staff, public, and others.
  • Able to be trustworthy and discreet with sensitive and confidential information.
  • Strong sense of ethics and good judgment.
  • Able to remain in contact to respond to urgent issues, including occasionally on weekends and evenings.
  • Holds a valid driver’s license and at least 5 years of driving experience.
  • Proficiency using GPS devices.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

This role does not provide direct supervision to direct reports.

Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees which includes: 

  • Three (3) medical plan options (including RX coverage) as well as vision and dental plans;
  • Wellness program (offers premium discount for the medical plan and gift cards);
  • Health savings account, which includes bi-weekly state contribution; 
  • Flexible work scheduling options, including the potential for hybrid remote work for employees whose work may be performed outside state facilities;
  • Deferred compensation 457B account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match; 
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options; 
  • A robust, comprehensive program of leave policies covering a variety of employee needs, including but not limited to:
    • 150 hours of paid new parent leave; 
    • Up to 15 hours of paid community service leave;
    • Combined 180 hours of paid vacation, personal, and sick leave time off; 
    • 12 paid holidays, 14 on election years; 
  • Education Reimbursement Program;
  • Group life insurance; 
  • Referral Bonus program;
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits; 
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program; 
  • Free Parking for most positions;
  • Free LinkedIn Learning access;

     

Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

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