Job: Legislative Aide - District 4

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Job Title:Legislative Aide - District 4
Closing Date/Time:Wed. 01/03/18 11:59 PM Pacific Time
Salary:$37.17 - $46.47 Hourly
$6,442.80 - $8,054.80 Monthly
$77,313.60 - $96,657.60 Annually
Job Type:Full-Time
Location:San Mateo County, California
The Office of Warren Slocum, San Mateo County Supervisor for District 4, is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Legislative Aide.  Currently, Supervisor Slocum has one vacancy in his office. 

Supervisor Slocum is looking for hard-working, committed individuals that will share his vision of making government more efficient and effective. 
In general, a Legislative Aide will assist Mr. Slocum in performing his duties as an elected official including:
  • Serving as liaison, coordinator, and representative with individuals and groups
  • Conducting detailed research and analysis on a wide variety of topics
  • Assisting constituents and others in finding solutions to problems
  • Planning, coordinating, and implementing programs and events
  • Preparing related reports and materials
  • Providing other administrative support as needed
Because of the importance of listening to and communicating with the public, bilingual Spanish/English language skills are highly desired.  The candidate should possess a demonstrated ability to work with multicultural constituents and groups.
In addition to these desired qualifications, the ideal candidate will:
  • Be passionate, dedicated, and enthusiastic about the important work at hand
  • Have knowledge and understanding of the issues facing and the needs of the Fourth District, which includes Belle Haven, East Palo Alto, North Fair Oaks, and Redwood City
  • Be "tech savvy" with knowledge of software and website applications that streamline processes
  • Possess extensive knowledge of all forms of social media applications that will better engage the customer (in this case the public), enhance communication, and make business functions more accessible and interactive
  • Have strong public speaking skills, including comfort and ease in the public spot light when representing the Supervisor at public engagements
  • Possess superior writing, editing, and oral communication skills
  • Have excellent research and analytical skills
Additionally, the ideal candidate will:
  • Possess a strong work ethic
  • Work well with others
  • Be extremely professional, courteous, and punctual
  • Have demonstrated diplomacy skills
  • Possess a successful work history in government, working with elected officials, department leaders, staff, and other Supervisorial Aides
  • Take direction well, and execute accordingly with little oversight
  • Be self-motivated
  • Demonstrate absolute discretion in all matters
  • Serve with integrity and a commitment to public service
  • Possess a demonstrated history or interest in issues relevant to the needs of District 4 constituents
  • Have a demonstrated history of success working in a fast-paced environment and managing multiple tasks and projects simultaneously
Basic characteristics that are critical to the position include:
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Curiosity about the political process
  • The ability to engage in teamwork and an eagerness to contribute to a well-functioning office
  • Adeptness at energetically handling the "behind the scenes" details
  • Skill at coordinating community events
  • Sustained organization in the face of shifting demands and fast-paced activities
  • Prior knowledge of District 4

 Examples Of Duties:
Primary Tasks and Responsibilities:
  • Answer and respond to incoming telephone calls to the main line of the Supervisor's Office (e.g., calls from elected officials, department leadership, community-based organizations, allies, and constituents calling to share concerns)
  • Open and manage incoming correspondence and other materials received 
  • Draft relevant communications pieces (e.g., press releases, letters on behalf of the Supervisor, monthly e-newsletter, Op-Eds) 
  • Manage and filter online communications received by the Supervisor and District 4.
  • Organize and prepare meetings/agenda packets for the Supervisor (relevant to committees, subcommittees, etc.)
  • Respond to constituents' concerns in a timely and professional manner
  • Draft outgoing responses and correspondence on behalf of the Supervisor
  • Draft talking points and speeches for the Supervisor's events and relevant meetings
  • Review press publications and media reports and ensure timely delivery of information to the Supervisor and relevant staff
  • Interface with the community
  • Attend/staff District 4 events and other events as needed
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Secondary Responsibilities:
  • Develop or format reports, fact sheets, and other relevant publications in partnership with the Chief Legislative Aide
  • Support outreach activities of District 4
  • Provide planning and organizing support for District 4 events
  • Attend events (may be weekend and evenings) on behalf of the Supervisor and District 4
  • Provide research and analysis of relevant issues and topics
  • Provide project management support when necessary

The Legislative Aide position is a full-time, unclassified position.  This unique opportunity will allow highly qualified individuals to contribute their experience and expertise to the political process in San Mateo County. 

Knowledge of:
  • Purpose and structure of County government
  • Current issues affecting the public and County government
  • Legislative processes affecting local government
Skill/Ability to:
  • Research and analyze complex information
  • Interact with a wide variety of people
  • Listen sensitively and accurately; exercise tact, patience, and diplomacy
  • Develop, coordinate, and implement plans and programs
  • Utilize the appropriate interpersonal style and methods of communication to gain acceptance, cooperation, or agreement of a plan, activity, and/or program idea
  • Prepare narrative and statistical reports
  • Represent the Supervisor under diverse circumstances and prepare and deliver oral presentations to small and large groups
  • Be flexible and adaptable
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • Explain and interpret policies, laws and procedures
  • Establish and maintain effective work relationships with those contacted in the performance of required duties
  • Lift and carry heavy items (such as boxes of materials or equipment) to and from events
Education and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate will have a combination of education and experience that will provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position.  Typical ways to qualify could include at least three years of previous work experience in a non-profit organization, campaign setting, relevant business setting, and/or governmental, political or legislative organization.  Research, program planning, and project management experience are critical.  A relevant educational background could be substituted for some of the work experience.   
San Mateo County Supervisor Warren Slocum
was elected to the Board in November 2012. He represents the vibrant and culturally and socio-economically diverse communities of the 4th District, which include East Palo Alto, east Menlo Park, Redwood City, and the unincorporated community of North Fair Oaks. With a passion for public service and an entrepreneurial spirit, Warren's life has been spent in service to others. Since his election to the Board, his focus has been aimed at improving the quality of life for all people on the Peninsula.
He is focused on the issues of transportation, housing, veterans, and youth, and he is committed to transparency and accountability in government. He is a Vietnam veteran, earned his degree from San Diego State University on the GI Bill, and as the former Chief Elections Officer, is proud to have served as an Election Observer in Albania. He and his wife, Maria Diaz-Slocum, a Redwood City School District Trustee, and family call Redwood City home.  Warren is a technology enthusiast, an amateur photographer, and a hack golfer who loves the outdoors and dogs and is always in search of a great cup of coffee.
In brief, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors:
  • Sets legislative policy for the efficient administration of County government and the delivery of services to the residents of San Mateo County 
  • Exercises legislative and quasi-judicial authority to promote and protect the public health, welfare and safety of the residents of the County
  • Serves as the governing body for the Housing Authority and 47 Special Districts; and consists of five members who are elected to four-year terms, who may serve a maximum of three consecutive elected terms
Life in San Mateo County provides a picturesque setting, combined with an incredible array of activities which truly represent the California lifestyle at its finest. Bordered on the west by the majestic Pacific Ocean, to the north by San Francisco, to the east by the scenic San Francisco Bay, and to the south by world-famous Silicon Valley, San Mateo County offers a wide range of recreation, economic opportunities and attractions. The 750,000 residents of the County enjoy a diverse, multicultural population, cosmopolitan ambiance, temperate climate, clean air, rural open space, and a geographic location in the heart of the San Francisco Peninsula. San Mateo County government provides a full range of services with a workforce of approximately 5600 employees in 22 agencies and departments, and a budget of $2.2 billion.
Anyone may apply.  It is important to note again this is a full-time, unclassified, at-will position. This position will not lead to full-time, permanent (classified) employment with the County.  Ideally, the person hired for this position will work with the Supervisor throughout his tenure with the County. 

Applications for this position will only be accepted online through the San Mateo County website. 
The application packet will consist of these four items:
  • The San Mateo County employment application
  • Responses to the Supplemental Questions
  • A cover letter (please attach this to the application)
  • Your resume (please, also attach this to the application)

If you are currently on the Human Resources webpage you may click the 'Apply' button to complete the application process.  Otherwise, please go to to apply.
The examination will consist of an application screening followed by a panel interview.  Those applicants deemed well-qualified based on the content of their application will be invited to interview for the position.  Depending on the number of applicants, an application appraisal of education and experience may be used in place of other examinations or a screening committee may select those applicants whose education and/or experience appear to best meet the needs of the position based solely on the information provided in the application documents. 

All applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through any subsequent phase of the examination.  Only the most highly qualified candidates, as determined by the initial screening process, will be invited to participate in the interview selection process. 
Those selected to participate in the interview process will be notified of the date, time and place of the subsequent phases of the selection process.  Interviews will be conducted in San Mateo County, California and applicants must participate at their own expense.
Final Closing Date:  January 3, 2017
Screening (Tentative):  January 8, 2018
Panel Interviews (Tentative):  Mid-January (exact date to-be-determined)

County of San Mateo is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Analyst: Chet Overstreet (Legislative Aide - Unclassified - B074) (120717)

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