Staff Aide

Location
Fairfax, Virginia
Salary
$44,000.00 - $59,000.00 Annually
Posted
Nov 21, 2020
Closes
Dec 03, 2020
Ref
20-01898
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Job Announcement

Northern Virginia local government official seeks a highly motivated individual for the position of Staff Aide. The Staff Aide supports the Board of Supervisors Member’s efforts to serve as an advocate for the jurisdiction’s neighborhoods, solve problems for constituents, develop policy initiatives, and effectively manage county government.

The Staff Aide helps constituents by facilitating their access to services, ensuring that issues are resolved by the appropriate office, acting as a liaison to government offices and organizations, or locating requested information. This position will include a focus on working with neighborhoods and community associations. The applicant must be willing to attend public meetings on behalf of the elected official (COVID-19 precautions will be observed) and develop relationships with homeowners associations, civic associations, and community groups.

Experience with public service, previous work in the community, and ties to Fairfax County are highly desirable.

Responsibilities include responding to constituent requests, managing a portfolio of issue areas, interacting with state and county agencies and organizations, and more. Ability to listen to constituents’ concerns and ascertain their needs, and to work diligently to resolve issues, is essential.

While expertise in these areas is not a prerequisite, the position may include work on issues such as compliance with county code, roads and traffic, public works, schools, and public safety.

Salary: $44,000-$59,000 Annually, negotiable and commensurate with education and experience.

TO APPLY: Please send your resume and cover letter outlining your education, experience, and availability to novagovtjob@gmail.com and include "20-01898 Staff Aide" in the subject line.

This position is listed as "continuous." Interested applicants are advised to submit their applications as soon as possible. Applications will be reviewed and qualified applicants referred on a continuous basis. Interviews will be conducted on a regular basis throughout the recruitment with candidates whose qualifications best fit our needs. If your application is received later in the recruitment process, it may not be reviewed or considered. The application process will close when the position(s) have been filled or when a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received.

Illustrative Duties

  • Responds to constituent concerns by connecting constituent with the appropriate office or resource;
  • Builds and maintains relationships with neighborhood and community organizations as well as county staff;
  • Provides administrative and technical support to board member and staff;
  • Researches, organizes and maintains legislative and other materials for board member and staff;
  • Drafts and/or edits written materials, such as correspondence and summaries of information for public dissemination;
  • Assists in planning various aspects of special projects and essential programs, to include coordinating meetings;
  • Sets up, monitors, records, and provides staff assistance for meetings, including some evening and weekend meetings;
  • Tracks issues of concern and provides updates to board member and staff.


Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of techniques and practices of research methodology, data collection, and preliminary analysis; report and memorandum writing; application and use of basic statistics; and interview techniques sufficient to obtain information related to administrative matters.

Must demonstrate interpersonal skills.

Ability to collect, compile and analyze data; understand and explain laws, regulations and policies governing program operations; communicate effectively orally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships with management, staff, and constituents; understand program objectives in relation to departmental goals and procedures; organize and prioritize work assignments; use and understand common database, spreadsheet and word processing applications.

Employment Standards

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to a bachelor's degree in political science, public policy, public administration, business administration, English, communications, or a related field.

CERTIFICATES AND LICENSES REQUIRED:
Must possess, or be able to obtain, a Virginia driver's license.
Must possess, or be able to obtain, a notary public license from the Commonwealth of Virginia.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
The successful candidate must be familiar with local government and the legislative process, and possess exceptional written and verbal communications skills. Ability to multitask, work independently and quickly change priorities. Advanced skills in Microsoft Office Suite applications to include Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
Due to the scope and responsibilities associated with the position, the appointee must be willing and able to work occasional evening and weekend hours.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
This position is primarily sedentary; may require lifting up to 15 pounds. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

SELECTION PROCEDURE:
Panel interview.

Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or status as a veteran in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.

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