Under the direction of the Legislative Coordinator (Staff Services Manager II) in the Legislative Division, the Legislative Analyst is responsible for the development of legislative bill analyses for the Department and for producing a variety of tasks associated with the legislative matters that affect the Department.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Ability to effectively communicate with various levels of management and staff, both in person and through written and verbal communications.
- Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships and work cooperatively with others and to respond to inquiries from Department management and internal and external customers in a timely and effective manner.
- Strong critical analysis skills and be able to guide ad hoc working groups consisting of staff at all levels through complex, sensitive issues.
- Able to assimilate and evaluate input from various sources, develop alternative courses of action, and make objective recommendations.
- Ability to develop cooperative working relationships; reason logically and creatively; and utilize a variety of analytical techniques to resolve complex legislative issues.
- Ability to work with minimum direction and supervision; to initiate action independently; and to handle multiple assignments simultaneously.
- Thoroughly research, analyze, and distill legislation relating to complex and sensitive housing and community development issues. This includes research to determine the effect of legislation, identification of emotionally charged and/or political sensitive issues, interaction with external groups involved in legislation, preparation of a written analysis that recommends a position to the Governor’s Office and assist the Legislative Coordinator and Deputy Director for Legislation with monitoring amendments and developments. Tracks the progress of legislation through the committee process utilizing an electronic legislative tracking system, assists in the research of relevant background information, solicits input from stakeholders, and helps identify areas of conflict with Department housing policies. Review proposed policy and programmatic changes to legislative bills to determine the impact on departmental operations and to ensure the changes accurately reflect the Department’s activities, policies, procedures, mission, vision, and strategic goals. Prepare concise and well-written analyses of proposed legislation affecting the Department’s housing responsibilities and develop appropriate strategies for securing passage or defeat of the proposed legislation.
- Prepare responses to correspondence from the Governor or Director’s offices and coordinate departmental responses to inquiries from State legislative members, legislative authors and committees and staff related to the Department’s housing responsibilities. Facilitate and coordinate responses to legislative staff and constituent inquiries on the implementation of policies and programs and facilitate resolution of legislative constituent issues.
- Prepare and manage the Department’s legislative proposals. This includes preparing written proposals for submittal to the Governor’s Office, preparing committee statements and memoranda, and working with legislative staff and interest groups to facilitate enactment of the Department’s legislation.
- Serve as a technical resource, or in a lead capacity, to other staff in the Legislative Division or within various departmental divisions. Other duties as assigned including general research assignments, providing legislative presentations to departmental staff, and making recommendations to program management and the administration.
- Assist in preparing the Deputy Director for Legislation for legislative committee hearings and other meetings with stakeholders and other State and federal agencies involving housing issues by collecting and preparing background information and similar materials. Assist the Legislative Coordinator in maintaining legislative and mandated legislative report files and other legislative records.
- Participate on teams within the Department, attend program and departmental meetings as necessary and perform work-related duties as required. Perform other related duties as assigned.