The Hawai‘i State Senate is now accepting applications for a variety of positions for the 2021 legislative session! If you are interested in serving your community, learning more about the legislative process, and working in a dynamic environment, please consider joining our team.
General descriptions of the types of positions available are listed below. They are temporary, 4-6 month, jobs starting in December 2020 or January 2021. The specific position duties and requirements may vary depending on the office, and additional details will be provided if you are contacted for an interview.
COMMITTEE CLERK: Attention to detail and strong organizational skills to support Senate committee operations, including managing public hearing schedules, measure tracking, and review and analysis of legislative documents. Excellent communication skills for interaction with elected officials, constituents, and other legislative staff. Knowledge of Hawai‘i state government operations, familiarity with Hawai‘i state statutes, and prior legislative or public policy experience preferred. Bachelor's degree and proficiency in Microsoft Office programs required. Ref#21-01
LEGISLATIVE ASSISTANT: Strong organizational and communication skills to support general office operations which may include answering telephones, managing e-mail accounts, maintaining paper and electronic files, responding to constituent requests, and drafting correspondence, newsletters, and social media posts. Prior experience in an office environment preferred. Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs required. Bachelor's degree desirable. Ref#21-02
BUDGET ANALYST: Strong analytical and research skills to review funding requests and fiscal legislation and effectively communicate findings. Position requires the ability to multitask and meet deadlines, attention to detail, and discretion. Bachelor’s degree and proficiency with Microsoft Office required. Applicants must be able to work extended hours, including weekends and holidays. Ref#21-03
LEGISLATIVE RESEARCHER: Successful applicants will have strong reading comprehension, analytical, research, and writing skills to draft legislative bills, resolutions, committee reports, and research memoranda. Requires the ability to grasp and explain complex issues; listen well and follow conversations during lengthy meetings; maintain confidentiality; communicate clearly, concisely, and effectively; and cultivate strong professional relationships with office co-workers, elected officials, and their staff, all under the strict time constraints of the legislative session. Must have the ability to prioritize multiple tasks; work efficiently within deadlines; and work evenings, weekends, and holidays. Strong typing skills, extensive experience with Microsoft Word, and a working knowledge of Microsoft Office 365 and other internet applications is required. A bachelor’s degree is a minimum requirement. A graduate degree and/or familiarity with Hawai'i law, state and local government structure, and/or the legislative process is preferred. Candidates who are licensed attorneys in another state may be considered for this position. Ref#21-04
LEGISLATIVE RESEARCH ATTORNEY: Same duties and requirements as the Legislative Researcher position above (Ref#21-04), but with the following additional duties and requirements: Membership in good standing with the Hawaii State Bar Association is required. May be asked to perform legal research and draft legal memoranda or opinions in response to questions from legislators or their staff. Candidates who are licensed attorneys in another state should apply for the Legislative Researcher position (Ref#21-04). Ref#21-05
DATA-ENTRY CLERK/OFFICE ASSISTANT: Applicant must be organized, have excellent computer skills, meticulous attention to detail, accuracy, efficient work habits, and the ability to learn quickly. Primary responsibility is to support the intake and processing of legislative documents. Daily tasks include answering phone calls, data-entry, document intake, proofreading, formatting documents, and miscellaneous office support. Applicants must be able to work extended hours on most legislative deadlines. Prior experience in a customer service-oriented office environment preferred. Proficiency in Microsoft Office required. Bachelor’s degree desirable. Ref#21-06
REMOTE MEETING SUPPORT STAFF: Individuals with strong computer skills and extensive experience with online video conferencing are needed to support remote participation for public hearings and control live streaming to YouTube and/or Facebook. Applicants must also demonstrate the ability to multitask, learn new applications and procedures quickly, and communicate clearly and professionally with a wide variety of people, including elected officials, other legislative staff, and the public. Prior experience with legislative hearings, IT support, and/or multi-camera video production is desirable. This position will be required to report to work at the Hawaii State Capitol in downtown Honolulu. Please do not apply if you are only interested in working remotely. Ref#21-07
To apply, please email cover letter (with Ref#) and résumé to:
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