City of Boston

Senior Legislative Assistant & Budget Analyst (City Council)

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Boston City Council
Regular Full-Time
Cco City Council Employees
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The Senior Legislative Assistant will support Central Staff with the administrative and legislative support of the Boston City Council, the legislative body for the City of Boston. 


Under the supervision of the Staff Director, the Senior Legislative Assistant will be responsible for:


  • Working in a legislative team environment to ensure adequate coverage and support services to legislative committees as assigned, including scheduling and staffing, hearings, filing and posting notices, preparing background and discussion points, and drafting minutes and committee reports under tight deadlines.

  • Maintaining accurate and complete hearing files and preparing the same for permanent archiving.

  • Tracking and researching information relative to issues before the City Council, including legislation from federal, state, and other municipal governments and bureaucratic agencies, interdepartmental changes, news/media sources and reports, and scholarly research.

  • Drafting resolutions, orders, ordinances, home rule petitions, and policy reports for Councilors and Committees.

  • Working with Staff Counsel to conduct legal research and analysis for Councilors and Committees.

  • Providing analysis of pending ordinances, orders, and home rule petitions submitted by the Mayor, and pending state and federal legislation, to determine the impact on the City of Boston.

  • Reviewing legislation filed by Councilors to ensure proper form and compliance with the Boston City Charter and other other relevant law.

  • Supporting the general administration and operations of the City Council as part of the Central Staff team.

  • Assisting and acting in a confidential capacity to City Councilors and the Staff Director.

  • Performing other duties and special projects as assigned.

Minimum Entrance Qualifications:

  • Four (4) or more years of legislative, legal, or related experience.

  • Juris Doctor (JD) strongly preferred.

  • Demonstrated oral and written communication skills.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to work independently and in a collaborative team environment, and with a diverse array of constituents and staff.

  • Ability to follow directions and focus on detail.

  • Ability to exercise good judgment, juggle competing interests, and maintain confidentiality.

  • Ability to prioritize, multitask, and meet deadlines.

  • Familiarity with Boston neighborhoods and issues impacting residents.

  • Working knowledge of Open Meeting Law, Massachusetts General Laws, City of Boston charter provisions relating to City Council and Mayoral powers and duties, City of Boston Ordinances and zoning regulations is preferred.

  • Experience with public policy and legal research tools and software, including LexisNexis.




Union/Salary/Grade: Non-union/$74,000-$96,000

Hours per week: 35


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