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Council Policy & Legis Alyst U

Company: City of San Jose, CA
Location: San Jose
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

The Office of Councilmember Magdalena Carraso, of Council District 5, is recruiting for a full-time Council Policy and Legislative Analyst. Under the direction of the Councilmember, the position provides services in connection with policy analysis, research, communications, event planning, community outreach, and other related matters as needed and requested. The position requires an employee with strong and effective organizational skills; ability to handle multiple assignments; excellent written and oral communications skills, and the ability to develop and maintain effective and collaborative working relationships with community members and neighborhood organizations, key stakeholders, and City staff. Candidates must be willing to work evenings and weekends as needed, and as exempt management employees, are not eligible for overtime compensation.

Employees in this classification are not members of the classified civil service and are appointed "at will." Each

appointment is for a specified period-of-time to be determined by the appointing Councilmember and does not extend past the end of the elected official's or appointing authority's term. This unclassified position requires a disclosure of outside investments, real property interest, income, and business positions.

Typical Duties:

The Council Policy & Legislative Analyst will be primarily responsible for the following tasks:

  • Gathering background information relative to issues pending before the City Council
  • Analyzing a wide variety of materials on assigned projects, programs and topics
  • Drafting resolutions, requests, memoranda or other materials to be placed on the City Council agenda
  • Preparation or assisting in preparation of speeches, articles or other communications for the Council Member; Preparation of news releases and setting up press conferences
  • Answering inquiries, resolving complaints, and interpreting operating policies for residents of the community and other interested parties
  • Attending City-related meetings and activities, meeting with governmental agencies, private industry and related meetings
  • Coordinating arrangements for meetings, programs, and other civic functions with concerned individuals, organizations and other parties
  • Performing shared office duties including constituent database maintenance and constituent recognition
  • Facilitating the City Councilmember's attendance at community events
  • Performs other duties of a similar nature or level as required

Minimum Qualifications

Any combination of training and experience equivalent that provides the knowledge, skills and abilities to advice the Council Member on matters of public policy, democratic processes, constituent service or citizen involvement.


The ideal candidate will possess the most desirable combination of training, skills and experience, which will allow him or her to serve as a member of the City Council District 5 Team. Desirable experience, knowledge and skills for this position include:

  • A BA/BS in Communications, Public Policy or Business Administration or closely related field is highly desirable.

  • Knowledge of Public Administration; management and administrative methods; budgeting, land use, housing, public relations, customer/constituent relations, etc. Ability to apply public administration principles and methods to develop and implement solutions to complex problems. Ability to interpret and apply instructions, rules, regulations, policies and procedures.

  • Proficiency in the use of software applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher; web posting or equivalent.

  • Proficiency in the development, maintenance and use of database management systems using software such Filemaker Pro and Access.

  • Ability to effectively plan workflow and manage multiple projects to deliver quality products in a timely manner evidenced by through strong organizational, administration, and management skills.

  • Ability to express themselves clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing (email, letters, report writing and editing).

  • Skill in research techniques and applications - collecting, compiling, analyzing, and interpreting data.

  • Ability to communicate effectively with others and facilitate groups to achieve common objectives; understand and identify key issues and make recommendations in complex situations.

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with others and to provide excellent service to internal and external customers, stakeholders and colleagues.

Selection Process

The selection process will consist of an evaluation of the applicant's training and experience based on the application, resume and answers to the job-specific questions. Only those candidates whose backgrounds best match the position will be invited to interview. You will be prompted to answer the following job-specific questions in the online application process:

You will be prompted to answer the following job-specific questions during the online application process:

  • Please describe your work style and the techniques you use to manage your responsibilities.
  • Please describe a specific example of a successful team experience, your role and responsibilities, and the techniques you used to develop and maintain excellent working relationships, which resulted in the timely and effective delivery of a project, product, or service.

You must answer all job-specific questions in order to be considered for this vacancy or your application will be deemed incomplete and withheld from further consideration.

If you have questions about the duties of these positions, the selection or hiring processes, please contact

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