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The City of Harrisburg is currently accepting applications for the position of Research Analyst. The Research Analyst serves as liaison between the public, the City Clerk and Harrisburg City Council. The Research Analyst shall attend legislative sessions, committee meetings and public hearings at the direction of the City Clerk.  The Research Analyst shall take detailed notes at all meetings attended, shall perform research, conduct legislative analysis, and prepare reports and other written correspondence. Work is performed under the direct supervision of the City Clerk. This is a management, FLSA-exempt position.

Qualified applicants must possess a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and five (3) years of professional experience in government-related work or any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities. Post-bachelor’s degree is preferred.  Valid Pennsylvania Driver’s License, Class C, is required.   All other requirements which may be prescribed by law.

COMPENSATION & BENEFITS

The annual salary range for this position is $50,000 – $60,000 depending on experience and qualifications. This full-time position also includes an excellent benefits package: defined pension plan, paid holidays, paid time off (vacation, sick and personal time) and health care benefits (medical, dental, prescription and vision).

The City intends to fill this position as soon as possible. It will remain open until filled.

If interested, please submit a cover letter, your resume, three employment references and salary history to:

[email protected] (electronic submission preferred)

The City of Harrisburg is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Wanda R.D. Williams, Mayor

JOB TITLE:  M-18
Research Analyst

GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES:

The Research Analyst serves as liaison between the public, the City Clerk and Harrisburg City Council.  The Research Analyst shall attend legislative sessions, committee meetings and public hearings at the direction of the City Clerk.  The Research Analyst shall take detailed notes at all meetings attended, shall perform research, conduct legislative analysis, and prepare reports and other written correspondence. Work is performed under the direct supervision of the City Clerk. This is a management, FLSA-exempt position.

JOB LOCATION/ EQUIPMENT:

Work is performed at the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., City Government Center, and may include limited travel to City neighborhoods. Work involves the use of various machines/equipment including recording devices, computer, printer, copier, scanner, facsimile machine, telephone and other technological and research devices.  Duties are typically performed weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; however, significant evening hours are required.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

Work involves but is not limited to the following:  Assists with the processing of constituent inquiries by conducting research, communicating by phone, drafting response letters, etc. on issues. Works closely with Law Bureau by providing a variety of descriptive and background reports, memoranda, and written materials on subjects or legislative matters as it relates to city council committees. Researches and analyzes complex policy issues; prepares and presents confidential material for City Council members and committees; drafts amendments to proposed legislation and prepares written reports, when necessary.  Assists committees, Members, and staff with consideration of legislative issues by providing information and analysis, and applying professional subject-area knowledge.  Serves as a City Council Aide by reviewing and evaluating existing and proposed legislation and making unbiased recommendations that shape policies that may have significant impact on the City’s resources, priorities, and direction.  Acts as a technical expert on the City’s legislative processes by providing guidance to City Council members, city employees, and the public on legislative processes and procedures under the direction of the City Clerk and Council President. Cultivates, fosters, and maintains positive working relationships with constituents, city employees, and City Council members by answering questions in regard to City Council policies and procedures, resolving complex issues presented by city departments/agencies departments/agencies and constituents to City Council.   Manages City Council newsletter, under guidance of City Clerk and Council President.  Performs a variety of professional duties on behalf of City Council to include composing technical work, such as amendments, ordinance drafting, and resolution drafting; and proofing and editing the technical works of others. Maintains regular, punctual and predictable attendance.  Reports to work and remains at work in a productive condition which includes not being under the influence or impaired by the use of alcohol and/or drugs.

NON-ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

Performs other related duties as assigned or required.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Thorough knowledge of the legislative process in a Third-Class City.
  • Excellent personal computer skills in a Windows operating system environment utilizing Microsoft Office, Word, Excel, email and internet.
  • Assist with the design and execution of social media campaigns
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent negotiation skills.
  • Ability to answer general questions regarding legislative issues affecting a Third-Class City.
  • Ability to work directly with the public.
  • Ability to accomplish tasks while under pressure.
  • Ability to meet deadlines (daily).
  • Establishes and maintains an effective working relationship with supervisors, co-workers and the general public.
  • Develop and maintain effective relationships and relate well to others from varied backgrounds and in different situations; showing understanding, courtesy, tact, empathy, concern, and civility.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and five (3) years of professional experience in government-related work or any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities. Post-bachelor’s degree is preferred.  Valid Pennsylvania Driver’s License, Class C, is required.   All other requirements which may be prescribed by law.

To apply for this job please visit laserfiche.harrisburgpa.gov.

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