The National Association of Counties (NACo), a prominent non-profit in Washington, D.C., is the only organization that supports our nations’ counties’ elected officials through policy and advocacy work. NACo announces an opening for a Legislative Assistant to join our Government Affairs Department.
The Legislative Assistant is responsible for working with Associate Legislative Directors covering three of NACo’s policy portfolios: Community, Economic, and Workforce Development, Transportation and Infrastructure, and Finance, Pensions, and Intergovernmental Affairs. They will also assist the Legislative Director on several key department functions.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
- Responsible for developing written materials on relevant issues on a weekly basis. This includes writing and managing articles and editing;
- Responsible for performing legislative research on issues relevant to the legislative department;
- Responsible for administrative tasks necessary, including scheduling meetings, making phone calls, reserving conference rooms, setting up meeting rooms, responding to member requests, preparing internal and external correspondence, and other tasks as assigned
- Responsible for the preparation and execution of major conferences and meetings—including organizing and packing boxes with legislative fact sheets, tent cards, agendas and other materials; managing the legislative resource center at conferences; and other various tasks as assigned;
- Responsible for the department’s grassroots advocacy needs. This includes developing and electronically mailing action alerts, special legislative updates and press releases when necessary. This also includes assisting Legislative Director and Associate Legislative Directors with social media advocacy.
- Responsible to learn and manage various web software used by the legislative department for communications needs;
- Assist in interdepartmental mailings of press releases, legislative alerts, etc., when necessary;
- Assist the Legislative Director, Deputy Director and Associate Legislative Directors in managing the steering committee appointment process. This includes coordinating with state associations and NACo staff to ensure that these are entered correctly in the NACo database;
- Set up and maintain files and records according to the needs of the Legislative Director
- Answer routine inquiries when possible; refer other inquiries to appropriate sources;
- Maintain and update mailing lists as required;
- Learn and use all office equipment, including personal computers, make edits and enter all new material, knowledge of Microsoft Office preferred including Word and Excel;
- Assist in “overflow” work as requested by the supervisor; and
- Perform various other duties that may be assigned from time to time based on the needs of the legislative department
Must possess the following skills and qualifications:
- Excellent writing ability
- Bachelor’s Degree
- Proficient with Microsoft Office including Word, PowerPoint, and Excel
- Expert knowledge of the federal government, federal policy, including Capitol Hill and the Administration
- Proficiency with social media
- Ability to meet deadlines and handle a variety of duties
- Self-motivation; and
- The ability to work well under pressure.
Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume and salary requirements to firstname.lastname@example.org or go on line for more information at www.NACo.org.
Employees of NACo enjoy a fun and challenging environment with a wide range of competitive benefits. Benefits include comprehensive medical, vision and dental insurance coverage; paid holidays and leave; transportation subsidy, tuition reimbursement; group life insurance, 401(k) match and pension plans, credit union membership; and short-term/long-term disability coverage.
NACo and its subsidiaries are equal opportunity employers. Our jobs are open to all applications regardless of race, color, sex, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, national origin, marital status, pregnancy, disability, military status, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state, or local law.