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Government Operations Evaluator - Office of the Senate Majority Leader

Company: State of North Carolina
Location: Raleigh
Posted on: June 13, 2021

Job Description:

Description of Work

The Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations (Gov Ops) was created to provide ongoing legislative examination and review of public polices, expenditures, and reorganization implementation. Oversight is crucial in making sure laws are administered in an effective, efficient, and economical manner. The Commission's oversight functions include evaluation of program costs and benefits, managerial effectiveness, internal control, and compliance. The new Government Operations Evaluation Team within the Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations (Gov Ops) will focus heavily on oversight and return on state taxpayer investment.

A fundamental objective of the Gov Ops team will be to assist Members, committees, and legislative staff in carrying out the vital legislative functions. The Team will focus heavily on the review, monitoring, and supervision of state agencies and institutions, programs, activities, and policy implementation. The Team will determine if recommendations and programs established by the Gov Ops Committee have been implemented by agencies or if further action is needed by the General Assembly. Team duties will include investigation of state agencies and offices, and oversight and analysis of executive branch activities.

Gov Ops analysts are partisan legislative staff and report to the Senate Majority Staff Director. Ideal members of the Gov Ops team are dynamic individuals who possess strong quantitative skills, the ability to handle multiple assignments with a high degree of accuracy, and are able to meet tight deadlines, particularly during the legislative session. Excellent writing and communication skills are essential.

Government Operations Evaluator Job Duties:

* Plan and conduct complex and diverse evaluations of state government programs using a wide range of research methods. * Utilize quantitative and qualitative analytical skills to study performance impact and outcomes of state programs including performance measurement, financing, and operational procedures. * Observe and analyze trends, patterns, and possible failures to meet statutory or other required standards, policies, procedures, and best practices. * Monitor agency actions to ensure compliance with statutory requirement and legislative intent. * Research and develop options to improve program and/or agency efficiency and effectiveness. * Interview public officials and stakeholders, inspect facilities, review records, compile and analyze data. * Prepare and present final report or parts of reports, including key findings and recommendations. * Serve as an expert witness, deliver presentations, and answer legislators' questions in public committee meetings. * Provide accurate and reliable data and analysis to legislators, leadership, colleagues, and the general public. * Verifying the accuracy of analysis performed by other evaluators. * Adhere to strict confidentiality requirements.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies

To meet the duties outlined above, candidates should be flexible, highly motivated thinkers and communicators. In addition, the following specific attributes are sought:

* Knowledge of the principles, techniques, and procedures of public policy evaluation, performance auditing, or financial/economic analysis. * Ability to work cooperatively and maintain composure under pressure with legislators, legislative staff, colleagues, and the public on a daily basis. * Clear and concise oral, written, and presentation skills. * Demonstrated aptitude for providing high-quality program development and advice. * Willingness and ability to work extended schedules as needed to meet deadlines. * Comfort and proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint or similar products.

Desired Qualifications:

* An active license to practice law in North Carolina or completion of doctoral program in preferred field of study. * Experience conducting program evaluations or audits at the state and/or federal level. * Creative problem solver. * Skilled at quantitative analysis. * Excellent writer. * Capable of successfully working independently or in a team environment. * Proficient public speaker.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

* Education & Experience: We will only consider candidates with: * A bachelor's degree in Political Science, Economics, Public Policy, or other related field of study plus three years' experience performing and presenting analyses, preferably in a public policy-related setting; or, * A master's degree in Public Administration, Political Science, Public Policy, Economics, or an educational equivalent in a Ph.D. program, J.D., L.L.M. in Business, plus one year of experience performing and presenting analyses, preferably in a public policy-related setting. * Work experience (internships, client projects, etc.) accumulated while in an academic setting can be applied to meet the experience requirements. Candidates anticipating the completion of a relevant master's degree by August 2021 are encouraged to apply, provided that they meet all other requirements.

* Public Policy Background:Candidates are expected to have a working knowledge of government functions and experience performing programmatic analyses. * Computer Skills: Candidates will be expected to demonstrate Microsoft Excel and Word proficiency in any potential in-person interview.

Supplemental and Contact Information

* NC General Assembly positions are NOT Subject to the State Human Resources Act (G.S. 126).*

Applicant Instructions:

To apply for this position, submit the North Carolina General Assembly application packet through the NC General Assembly website:https://careers.ncleg.net/

To be considered for this posting, applicantsmust submit the following materials in the application packet:

* A fully completed North Carolina General Assembly Application * A detailed cover letter, in which the applicant must address:a) All the requirements, preferences and competencies listed above; b) Employment and/or educational experience relevant to the position; andc) Why the applicant is interested in joining the Gov Ops team. * A current rsum (maximum length - 2 pages) * Unofficial copy of transcripts showing highest degree(s) completed.

All applicant materials will be carefully reviewed for content and completeness.

To be considered for this position, all applicants must submit the General Assembly application packet by 5:00 p.m. onMonday,June 10, 2021.

Agency Contact Information:

For additional information or questions about this vacancy announcement, please contact:

Derrick Welch, Sen. Majority Staff Director

Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations

(919) 301-1392

* Due to the high volume of applications received, we are unable to provide information regarding the status of your application.*

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