Completed application, resume, and cover letter must be received at the address above or will not be considered.
E-mailed applications will not be considered.
Summary of Work:
This position is responsible for performing professional legal and legislative staff work for the Legislative Management and its committees, the Legislative Assembly and its committees, and legislators; for researching legal questions, conducting specialized legal research, providing legislative counsel, and analyzing legal documents; for drafting proposed legislation; for providing information on legislation and the legislative process; for supervising staff as necessary; and for performing other duties as directed by the Director of the Legal Services or the Director of the Legislative Council.
Conducts legal and general research for legislative committees, individual legislators, and other Legislative Council staff, into specialized issues and problems; prepares reports and analysis on findings; and presents alternative solutions for consideration;
Confers with and advises legislators, public officials and employees, and private citizens and organizations on legal legislative matters;
Provides information and assistance on the status of legislative proposals and measures and on specific areas of law;
Prepares summaries and explanations of legislation, court decisions, and relevant literature;
Drafts and reviews proposed legislation, resolutions, and procedures, and consults with legislators for the purpose of analyzing problems; identifying objectives, secondary effects, and underlying values and assumptions; assessing research needs considering alternatives; and constructing statutory language within the context of current statutes, court decisions, and administrative rules and procedures, to accomplish legislative intent;
Drafts and reviews amendments to ensure proper substantive and procedural requirements are met;
Performs legal and administrative duties, pursuant to guidelines for staffing committees, for Legislative Management committees and other committees as assigned;
Makes oral presentations to legislative interim and standing committees and responds to requests for spontaneous explanations of complex matters;
Attends committee meetings and training sessions in various locations;
Conducts training and instruction for legislators, staff, and other groups;
Arranges assignments to meet requirements and fulfill demands; and
Works overtime as required.
Essential Skills and Abilities:
Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, to explain and summarize legislation, court decisions, complex written material, detailed research documents, and administrative rules;
Ability to draft correspondence, memorandums, and legislation clearly and concisely in a manner to accurately complete requests;
Proficiency in the English language;
Ability to conduct legal analysis of statutes, rules, and judicial decisions and derive logical conclusions;
Ability to write legibly and operate a computer;
Ability to communicate orally in a clear and concise manner and immediately respond to questions and other requests from legislators and committees for explanations of complex matters;
Ability to develop and maintain expertise in assigned areas of law;
Ability to maintain effective working relationships with others;
Ability to work under pressure and to meet deadlines with a minimum of supervision;
Ability to remain objective, nonpartisan, and professional regarding all legislative matters; and
Ability to travel and conduct work at sites away from the office.
Broad working knowledge of federal and state law and statutory construction principles, state code format and publication process, administrative law and procedure, and of the legislative process;
Knowledge of legal research sources and application of legal research methods;
Knowledge and understanding of computer programs relating to legal research and the legislative process; and
Knowledge of the structure and relationships of federal, state, and local governments.
An Equal Opportunity Employer:
The State of North Dakota does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, genetic information, or disability in employment or the provision of services, and complies with the provisions of the North Dakota Human Rights Act.