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Legislative Consultant

Job Details

Austin, TX

Description

Position Overview

Assist the Legislative Director in the development and implementation of legislative policy objectives as directed by the TAC board and executive management on issues of importance to county government. Assist in identifying and analyzing emerging issues with potential future impact on county government. Communicate with members of the Texas Legislature, state agencies and other public officials and staff on issues of importance to county government. Some travel required.

Essential Job Functions

1. Assist the Legislative Services Director in developing and implementing strategies and tactics on legislative issues.

2. During the legislative session, monitor and report on legislation, write bill analyses, track the progress of individual bills, attend committee hearings and assist county officials in their efforts to support local government during the legislative process.

3. Serve as consultant for designated issues and to standing, interim, and select House and Senate committees.

4. Participate in strategy sessions with other local government associations on common issues and legislative initiatives related to local government. Assist in the development of initiatives, partnerships and strategic alliances to improve TAC service delivery, optimize policy outcomes and enhance departmental effectiveness.

5. Provide data and other information via oral and written testimony when requested by the legislature; communicate to county officials regarding legislation; and support the activities of TAC affiliate organizations as appropriate.

6. During non-legislative periods, monitor and report on interim study committees, task forces, state agencies, and TAC affiliate organizations and their legislative committees.

7. Conduct training sessions for TAC affiliate organizations on legislative process and major current issues. Prepare and deliver presentations to seminars and conferences sponsored by TAC affiliate organizations and other groups upon request and approval of the Legislative Director.

8. Respond to questions from county officials, state agency staff, legislators and their staff.

9. Represent TAC at assigned legislative functions.

10. Serve as consultant to TAC affiliate organization, as assigned, including attending and participating in the affiliate’s conferences, as requested and with the approval of the Legislative Director, and monitoring the affiliates list serve.

11. Assist in the planning of and participate in TAC sponsored Legislative events, including the TAC Legislative Conference, Legislative Exchange Regional Workshops, County Government Day, Counties at the Capitol, Tuesday Morning Breakfasts, and Legislative receptions, as assigned.

12. Perform other duties, as assigned

Qualifications

Non-essential Job Functions

Experience / Education Requirements

Bachelor’s degree in political science, government, history or related field or equivalent experience.

A minimum of six years experience in local government or legislative work required.

Other Skills & Abilities

Position requires excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, and the ability to relate to persons with a variety of cultural, economic and educational backgrounds.

Position requires a high degree of professionalism in representing TAC in significant contacts with elected officials, members of state governmental offices, and members.

Must be proficient in use of personal computer and Microsoft Office products, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Valid Texas driver’s license and good driving record required; must be able to drive.

Physical Requirements

This position requires some travel.

1. Standing Minimal, during legislative sessions
2. Sitting All functions
3. Walking Minimal, during legislative sessions
4. Lifting Not required
5. Pushing or pulling loads Not required
6. Reaching overhead Not required
7. Kneeling/squatting Not required
8. Climbing stairs Not required
9. Climbing ladders Not required

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