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City of Memphis: Legislative Research Analyst

JOB TITLE:              Research Analyst

DIVISION:                City Council

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:  Works under the direction of the City Council Administrator to perform research and analysis for legislative consideration. Develops area expertise and responds to information requests from various sources.  Prepares and drafts legislation, resolutions, and amendments as requested.  Provides staff support in varied topic areas and in council processes, procedures, and rules for standing committees during council sessions.  Works with assigned Council member or designees to clarify drafting requests.  Prepares and drafts resolutions in a clear, concise, well-organized, and technically correct manner following the established guidelines.  Works with council members, city management, outside agency representatives, and resolution sponsors to clarify the purposes of amendments.   Investigates information requests and research questions from council members, city management, and the public. Serves as the primary point of contact for assigned public policy areas.  Conducts careful and systematic research and analysis regarding policy issues.  Gathers relevant information in a quick and accurate manner.  Utilizes a variety of research methods, choosing the methods appropriate to a task.  Draws logical conclusions from information gathered and documents the research conducted.  Prepares and drafts reports in a clear, concise, and well-organized style for public distribution.   Advises committee on technical matters, including processes, rules, and procedures.  Maintains confidentiality when reviewing, distributing, and discussing legislative documents. Works as part of a team with the committee chair, committee members, committee secretary, colleagues, and others.  Presents the results of research and other work to committees and other groups by providing logical and comprehensible presentations.  Answers questions in a direct and responsive manner. Creates and prepares a variety of correspondence, memoranda and reports by utilizing various computer applications. Supports distribution of information to the public through interim newsletter, maintaining committee web pages, and handling committee correspondence.

OTHER FUNCTIONS:

  1. Performs additional functions (essential or otherwise) which may be assigned.

 

TYPICAL PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  Must be able to communicate clearly both verbally and in writing with management, staff members, and the public. Requires the ability to operate general office equipment such as a personal computer and telephone.

TYPICAL WORKING CONDITIONS:  Majority of work is performed in an office environment. Work involves contact with the public at times under stressful conditions and may require calming irate customers.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:  Bachelor’s degree in Business or Public Administration or related field and five (5) years administrative research experience and policy development in government legislative environment; or any combination of education and experience which enable one to perform the essential job functions. Working experience in using Microsoft Applications such as Word and Excel preferred.

 

Job Posting Open until September 1, 2019, but early applications are encouraged.

Please send cover letter and resume to Juaness.Keplinger@memphistn.gov

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