Closing: February 27, 2020
Salary Range: $55,551 – $75,000 annually
The North Carolina General Assembly is the bicameral legislature of the State of North Carolina, composed of the Senate and the House of Representatives. The North Carolina Constitution grants the General Assembly the authority to make or enact laws; to establish rules and regulations governing the conduct of the citizens, their rights, duties, and procedures; and to determine the consequences of certain actions.
The Fiscal Research Division (FRD) seeks dynamic individuals with strong analytical skills who excel under pressure. FRD analysts are nonpartisan legislative staff and serve as the primary budget and finance staff to the North Carolina General Assembly’s 170 legislators as well as its funding and policy committees. The budget issues are complex, diverse, and cross multiple subject areas. FRD analysts, along with other General Assembly nonpartisan staff, have a unique opportunity to provide counsel to policymakers and participate directly in the policy development process.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Working directly with legislators to develop the State’s budget and other legislation.
- Analyzing and presenting information on existing and/or proposed programs and policies.
- Providing accurate and reliable data and analysis.
- Making presentations and answering legislators’ questions in public committee meetings.
- Developing options to improve program efficiency and effectiveness.
- Composing analyses on the fiscal impact of proposed legislation.
- Collaborating closely with teammates and colleagues to support the legislative process.
- Monitoring agency actions to ensure compliance with legislative intent.
- Working objectively and impartially and adhering to strict confidentiality requirements.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
To meet the duties outlined above, candidates should be flexible, highly-motivated thinkers and communicators. In addition, the following specific attributes are sought:
- Ability to work cooperatively and maintain composure under pressure with legislators, legislative staff, colleagues, and the public on a daily basis.
- Clear and concise oral and written presentation skills.
- Demonstrated aptitude for providing high-quality program development and advice.
- Willingness and ability to work extended schedules and to provide on-call support.
- Comfort and proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint or similar products.
Management prefers individuals who are:
- Energized about public policy and delivering nonpartisan objective analysis
- Creative problem solvers
- Skilled at quantitative analysis
- Excellent writers
- Equally capable of successfully working independently or in a team environment.
- Proficient public speakers
Education & Experience
We will only consider candidates with either:
- A bachelor’s degree plus three years’ experience performing and presenting analyses, preferably in a public policy-related setting; or
- A master’s degree plus one year of experience performing and presenting analyses, preferably in a public policy-related setting.
Work experience (internships, client projects, etc.) accumulated while in an academic setting can be applied to meet the experience requirements. Candidates anticipating the completion of a relevant master’s degree by May 2020 are encouraged to apply, provided that they meet all other requirements.
Public Policy Background
Candidates are expected to have a working knowledge of government functions and experience performing programmatic analyses.
Candidates will be expected to demonstrate Microsoft Excel and Word proficiency in any potential in-person interview.