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Legislative Coordinator I  Chicago, IL  Posted: 6/9/2022
Job Description

Job ID#:

51828

Job Category:

Legal

Position Type:

Associate - W2


To apply please submit a cover letter and resume to:  Shakmanexemptapplications@cookcountyil.gov

 

The Cook County Bureau of Administration is seeking a Legislative Coordinator to join our team.

 

General Overview

Serves as the Department government affairs representative and legislative advisor. Engages in research and advisory functions related to improving the respective Department and will assist the Department/Bureau Head and President or his/her designee in responding to legislative initiatives and fostering relationships with units of local government and elected officials. Recommends and provides information to the Department/Bureau Head and the President or his/her designee to assist him/her in setting policy and making decisions concerning legislative, policy or grant initiatives. Reviews State, Federal and local legislative issues as directed that may have a budgetary or operational impact for the County relative to such legislation and provides responsive information to the Department/Bureau Head and President or his/her designee. May assist in conducting research regarding available State and Federal funding for programs that Cook County may be eligible to apply for and advises the Department/Bureau Head and the President of potentially innovative programs that may improve the respective Department/Bureau Head or County initiative. Serves as the Department's liaison to the various Federal, State or local elected officials and offices. Assists the Department and President or his/her designee in coordinating and advancing legislative and policy positions. 

May collaborate with and support other departments in Offices under the President concerning legislative matters as it relates to Cook County Government operations. At the direction of the Department/Bureau Head and the President or his/her designee, may also serve as a government affairs representative and legislative advisor to other departments in Offices under the President as needed. Is privy to information of a sensitive and confidential nature, necessary to complete assignments for the department. 

Key Responsibilities and Duties

Monitors and tracks proposed legislation introduced at the County which may impact the Department or County, as well as works with the President's legislative team as directed to review, research and/or track legislation at the local, State and Federal level.

Engages in research and legislative analysis for proposed legislation regarding bills that may affect the respective Department/Bureau or the County; advises the Department/Bureau Head and the President or his/her designee on how the proposed legislation may impact the Department/Bureau or County including any legal or budgetary issues posed by the proposed legislation in order for the County to arrive at a position relative to such legislation. 

Works with staff from the Bureau of Finance to obtain fiscal analysis with supporting data and to analyze budgetary, policy or operational impacts that proposed legislation may have upon the County.

May review Federal and State legislation and programs to research availability of grant programs that may be of interest to the County in terms of innovative programs to improve the respective Department.

Research various legislative initiatives at the direction of the Department/Bureau Head and the President or his/her designee for their review. 

Participates and assists in the development of other confidential papers and reports as directed by the Department/Bureau Head and the President or his/her designee.

Assists in the development, passage and implementation of legislative initiatives and policies as needed by the Department/Bureau and as requested by the President or his/her designee. 

Serves as legislative and government affairs liaison for the Department and or President or his/her designee as directed.

Assists in the coordination of communications and interactions with the Cook County Board of 

Commissioners, other elected officials, and units of local government on behalf of the 

Department/Bureau or County in collaboration with the Department/Bureau Head or President or his/her designee as directed. 

Represent the Department before legislative tribunals as directed by the President or his/her designee.

Work in tandem or report to the President's Special Assistants for Governmental and Legislative Affairs, Director of Government and Legislative Affairs and Special Assistants for Legal Affairs.

Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Ability to converse knowledgeably and communicate effectively in writing on related matters and address complex legislative questions and issues.

Ability to work with others; excellent interpersonal skills in dealing with numerous individuals from various agencies as well as co-workers.

Ability to lead and cooperate on team projects.

Ability to analyze legislation and case law and accurately assess the potential impact of legislation upon the county and its fiscal budget.

Skill in legislative writing and analysis as well as ability to engage in grant research and writing.

Ability to read and analyze a large volume of bills and resolutions.

Knowledge of political processes in State and County government.

Experience in dealing with legislators and elected officials.

 
Job Requirements

 

Minimum Qualifications 

Possession of a high school diploma or GED certificate PLUS three (3) years of experience working for a governmental authority OR graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree. 

Ability to utilize Microsoft Word, Excel and Power Point.

Preferred Qualifications

One or more years of work experience analyzing, drafting or researching legislation or working with or lobbying on behalf of or before a governmental agency. 

Ability to read and analyze a large volume of bills and resolutions.

Knowledge of political processes in State and County government.

Physical Requirements

Sedentary Work

Sedentary Work involves exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally or a negligible amount of force frequently to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects. Sedentary work involves 

sitting most of the time, but may involve walking or standing for brief periods of time. 

The duties listed are not set forth for purposes of limiting the assignment of work. They are

not to be construed as a complete list of the many duties normally to be performed under a

job title or those to be performed temporarily outside an employee's normal line of work.

 

To apply please submit a cover letter and resume to:  Shakmanexemptapplications@cookcountyil.gov.

 

Equal Opportunity Employer

 

 




 

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