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Job Title

District Legislative Assistant (District 27)

General Summary

The Office of State Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto (District 27) is now accepting applications for a District Legislative Assistant based in Ft Myers, Florida. This is work assisting a Senator with a variety of administrative and public relations matters requiring a thorough understanding of the policies, procedures, and operating practices of the Florida Legislature.

Examples of Work Performed

  • Assists in managing a district office and all its functions related to the constituency.
  • Serves as a liaison for constituents with a focus on communication.
  • Responds to inquiries by seeking solutions to problems or assisting in the communication with appropriate State agencies.
  • Performs research to gather and assemble information for drafting of bills, speeches, or special reports and legislative updates.
  • Assists in maintaining an active constituent listserv.
  • Attends various local functions and meetings to gather information, or on behalf of the supervisor, as a representative of the staff.
  • Maintaining supervisor’s calendar and arranging appointments.
  • Prepares and distributes press releases, press advisories and other public information data.
  • Assists in maintenance of district office files including selection of newspaper articles and other source materials for files.
  • Formulates replies to correspondence in draft or final form depending on the complexity of the issue.
  • Advises supervisor of issues and projects in the district that require involvement in order to better serve the district. Reviews all correspondence, reports, and legislative proposals for accuracy and quality of content.
  • May perform extensive background research on a bill or appropriation request in working it through the committee process.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of office procedures and practices.
  • Knowledge of personal computers and use of software.
  • Knowledge of the methods for organizing and presenting data.
  • Knowledge of Florida laws, the legislative and political processes and protocol.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Ability to use independent judgment in handling media inquiries and news releases.
  • Ability to plan, organize and coordinate work assignments.
  • Ability to review work for accuracy and quality of content.
  • Ability to deal tactfully and courteously with the demands of the public, press, and lobbyists.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
  • Ability to exercise discretion and confidentiality.
  • Ability to work and make decisions independently.
  • Ability to compose correspondence.
  • Ability to prepare reports and maintain records.
  • Ability to manage time well.
  • Ability to work cooperatively as a team member and to contribute to the effective internal functioning of the operation.

Minimum Qualifications

A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and one year of administrative experience.

A master’s degree from an accredited college or university can substitute for the one year of required experience.

Professional or non-professional administrative experience can substitute on a year-for-year basis for the required college education.

Preferred Qualifications

Preference will be given to applicants with a background in the political and legislative process and in communications.

Salary

Salary commensurate with experience
Excellent employee benefits.

Submission of Application

Interested parties may send a cover letter, resume and completed Florida Legislature Employment Application to:

The Honorable Lizbeth Benacquisto
State  Senator District 27
2310 First Street, Unit 305
Ft Myers, Florida 33901

Or e-mail to:  Matthew Hunter at hunter.matthew@flsenate.gov

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.