Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs
North Carolina Office of State Personnel - Wake County, NC

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Primary Purpose of Position: This position conducts policy development work within the Secretary's Office and the departmental divisions that impacts other divisions and external partners. The position will assist the Director of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs on all substantive program and policy decisions. The position will review legislative proposals and evaluate alternatives from a legal, scientific, and policymaking perspective.

Description of Work:
Position ensures that the Department's priority initiatives are implemented effectively and efficiently. Such oversight includes coordinating media strategy and events with the Communications Director; coordinating legislative strategy with division directors and executive staff; briefing the executive staff on Legislative strategy and progress; and coordinating with other staff and departments as needed.

Position will represent the interests of the Assistant Secretary and other executives at meetings internal to the department and to external groups, including the General Assembly and other government agencies. Position will ensure directions and requests of Director of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs and other executives including the Governor are implemented and completed to satisfaction. Position researches factual, policy, or legal information and develops relevant substantive materials required for events or meetings attended or chaired by executive staff. Position will assist in the review and edit of correspondence by Director of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs and other executives that involve policy issues. Position has authority to question the author about the substance of a response and recommend changes if correspondence is unclear or inconsistent with departmental position. Position also reviews documents and reports and briefs Director of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs and other executive staff on significant findings. Position will often be responsible for drafting correspondence of particular interest to the executive staff. Position will prepare briefing memos and other materials needed to inform executive staff, other departments and the Governor's office about significant program and policy recommendations and decisions. Position may respond to legislative inquiries, address the General Assembly during committee meetings, and represent the department's position in stakeholder meetings on proposed legislation. Position will maintain extensive contacts with external groups interested in State policy on environmental protection issues and often serve as liaison with other agencies, lobbyists, and the public in order to maintain important relationships in good standing.
Position will review proposed legislation, rules, and programs and recommend action to executive staff. This role will involve coordinating competing agendas between different divisions and other departments. Position will ensure that the needs of all parties, including divisions, other departments, the Governor's Office, and legislators are represented in discussions involving changes in programs or policies. At times, position will be called on to find a way to build consensus among different parties.

Position will provide research support and memoranda for the Director of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs and General Counsel.

This is an exempt managerial position.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies:
**To receive credit for your work history and credentials, you must list the information on the application form. Any information omitted from the application form, listed under the text resume section, or on an attachment will not be considered for qualifying credit.**

Knowledge of statutory interpretation, administrative law and legislative procedure.
Experience conducting independent research.
Experience analyzing , interpreting, and assessing the impact of statutes and regulations.
Proven ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Ability to negotiate potentially sensitive issues with key legislators, public officials and the media.
Ability to work with diverse groups of people as a liaison.
Proven ability to negotiate compromise among adverse parties/mediation.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:
Graduation from a four-year college or university and four years of experience in policy implementation or a master’s degree related to the program assigned and two years of experience in policy implementation; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Management Preference: Applicants with the ability to draft memoranda using Blue Book citation format.
All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.

Supplemental and Contact Information:
To apply for this position, please click APPLY link above. All relevant experience must be included on application to receive proper. Resumes are not accepted in lieu of state application.

Persons eligible for veteran preference must submit a copy of Form DD-214.

DENR uses the Merit-Based Recruitment and Selection Plan to fill positions subject to the State Personnel Act with the most qualified applicants. When a salary range is posted, the actual salary will be based on relevant competencies, knowledge, skills and abilities, internal equity and budgetary considerations pertinent to the advertised position.

The State of North Carolina is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

For additional information, please contact:
Audrey Hunter
(919) 707-8321