PROGRAM AND COUNSEL – ANALYST
Duties and Responsibilities
Program and Counsel Staff provides policy analysis, in a team setting, to the New York State Assembly. Program and Counsel Staff: (1) works in conjunction with Committee Chairpersons in researching legislation referred to the committees and with developing policy initiatives pertinent to the committees’ jurisdiction; (2) responds to Assembly member requests for information and analysis of the State’s budget, programs and laws; and (3) provides legislative analysis and policy support to members of the New York State Assembly.
The Committee Analyst’s primary responsibility is to be knowledgeable about the legislation and in the policy area of the committee to which he or she is assigned. Toward this end, an analyst:
- Spends considerable amount of time researching and making recommendations on legislation referred to the committee.
- Stays current on the laws and available literature in relevant program areas.
- Knows and stays in contact with legislative, administrative, and intergovernmental staff, as well as industry and public interest groups in the assigned policy area.
The analyst uses this knowledge to:
- Identify and analyze policy issues and priorities to develop options for the New York State Assembly to address these issues. These analyses are contained in legislation memoranda, reports, and public hearings.
- Participate in negotiations on legislation and the annual State Budget.
- Serve as a resource to legislators whenever needed.
Analysts are policy staff, whose work should be objective, analytical, accurate, and thorough. Strong writing skill and effective time management are essential attributes of an analyst.
Applicants must: possess a Bachelors’ degree; have a working knowledge of the legislative process; have strong written and verbal communication skills; be able to think quickly and multi-task; be able to analyze large volumes of material; and, work well with others in a fast-paced and production-oriented environment. The position requires all applicants to have a flexible schedule.