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Florida Legislative Employment Information

The Florida Legislature
The Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability (OPPAGA)

Job Title

Graduate Research Assistant (OPPAGA)

General Summary

The Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability (OPPAGA) is a research unit of the Florida Legislature that conducts studies of Florida agencies and programs to assist the Legislature in its policy and budget deliberations. Our graduate research assistant position provides a compensated hands-on learning experience for 25 hours per week.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities

  • working in a team environment with professional legislative analysts to complete research projects;
  • collecting, analyzing and interpreting data (mostly secondary data obtained from state agencies);
  • conducting interviews with state agency staff, stakeholders, and other information resources;
  • conducting surveys or focus groups, or using other qualitative research methods; and
  • observing legislative committees to monitor policy issues.

Preferred Qualifications

  • graduate degree course work in qualitative or quantitative analysis and research fields, such as public administration, public policy, business administration, economics, demography, statistics, finance, education, social work, planning, management, accounting, and the social sciences;
  • understanding of principles of governmental organization, budgeting, and accountability;
  • understanding of research methods, descriptive and inferential statistics, and financial analysis;
  • experience using Microsoft EXCEL and SPSS or similar statistical packages;
  • experience as an effective contributor to a work team; and
  • interest in pursuing a career in government policy analysis and program evaluation.

Employment Description

The graduate research assistant position lasts throughout the academic year, 25 hours per week. The salary is $13.00 per hour. The program provides an opportunity to work in a state legislative office with a highly qualified, multidisciplinary staff that includes public administrators, social scientists, MBA graduates, attorneys, and others. Travel expenses incurred by the intern in the conduct of an approved OPPAGA project will be reimbursed as allowed by s. 112.061, Florida Statutes.

Application Deadline

August 6, 2021

Submission of Application

To apply, submit the following:
  • legislative application (see Applications below);
  • cover letter that details your status in graduate school, when you expect to graduate and a brief description of the topic and research methods used for at least two team or individual graduate-level research projects you have worked on; and
  • transcript(s) of all graduate and undergraduate credits (unofficial copies are acceptable for review).
Application materials can be submitted to apply@oppaga.fl.gov or mailed to the address below. For questions, contact Mark Baird at (850) 717-0527. 
 
111 West Madison, Suite 312
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1475
(850) 488-0021

Applications are available through the Florida Legislature's web site Online Sunshine and in Room 701 of the Claude Pepper Building.

Accommodation for Disability

If an accommodation is needed for a disability, please notify Human Resources at (850) 488-6803.