The Office of City Councilmember Helen Gym, a progressive champion whose work moves at the local and national level, seeks a motivated individual who is committed to public service to serve as Legislative Aide.
The Legislative Aide furthers the work of the Councilmember through legislative and policy initiatives, often in coordination with movement organizing and coalitions. Typical work includes: conceiving, drafting, and advancing bills and policy reforms; tracking and analyzing pending legislation; and representing the Councilmember in a range of settings. The Legislative Aide works closely with communications and community outreach staff to develop and disseminate the office’s legislative and political messages to a broad range of audiences. This is a fast-paced, prolific office.
Requirements for the position include: attention to detail; passion for using law and policy to intended to increase equity, justice, and progressive social change; excellent writing and communications skills; commitment to racial and economic justice; understanding of key policy issues at the local and national level, in particular public education policy. Education or professional work as an attorney is beneficial but not required.
- Develop and research potential legislation, work with legal staff to analyze and draft bills and resolutions, and meet with relevant stakeholders to promote passage.
- Research and write reports and policy briefs as assigned.
- Assist in preparation of public explanatory materials for legislative/policy initiatives and advocacy campaigns.
- Assist with talking points, floor speeches, and external speeches relating to policy.
- Attend all weekly City Council sessions and committee hearings assigned to the Councilmember, as well as additional hearings and briefings as assigned.
- Provide support for all hearings under the Councilmember’s committee(s), including managing the agenda, Council attendance and notice, and providing support for review and distribution of written testimony.
- Produce weekly reports summarizing upcoming legislation scheduled in relevant committees and the Thursday Council calendar.
- Track major legislation from other Council offices and keep Councilmember and Chief of Staff apprised of relevant updates.
- Monitor relevant state and federal legislation, especially related to immigration, (state) preemption, education/school funding, and taxation.
- Coordinate honorary resolution writing and presentations.
Legislative Engagement and Outreach
- Work to advance and advocate for policy initiatives, including meeting with relevant stakeholders.
- Develop and maintain relationships with stakeholders, both inside and outside government, to identify priority policy issues and potential legislation.
- Provide messaging support and planning before meetings with key officials.
- Formally represent the Councilmember on various committees, task forces, etc. as assigned.
- Liaise with legislative staff from all Council offices on Councilmember’s legislation, sponsorship opportunities, and other pending legislation.
General office responsibilities
- Complete weekly written reports summarizing meetings attended, pending legislation, major constituent cases and/or issues, ongoing projects, and upcoming meetings or events.
- Assist in answering general telephone calls and receiving walk-in constituents.
- Handle constituent cases as needed or assigned.
- Work collaboratively with other office staff to support office events and projects.
- Provide support for volunteers and the intern program as needed.
- Represent the Councilmember at occasional monthly evening events as assigned.
- Maintain a clean and attractive office space to welcome the public.
- Attend Board of Education meetings, review agenda in advance and take detailed notes on key items and testimony
- Experience in law, policy, and/or local government
- Ability to attend night and weekend events
- Driver’s license strongly preferred
- Successful candidate must be a City of Philadelphia resident within six months of hire.
Submit a resume and a 500-word statement detailing how your personal philosophy, skills, and goals will advance the mission of the office via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
People of color, women, LBGT people, formerly incarcerated people and differently-abled people are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.