Job posting for the Massachusetts House of Representatives Joint Committee on Public Health: Researcher

Title: Researcher

Organization: Massachusetts House of Representatives, Joint Committee on Public Health

Agency Overview

The Massachusetts House of Representatives (“House”) is comprised of 160 independently elected Members, each representing a district of approximately 43,000 people.   

Committee Overview

The Joint Committee on Public Health (“Committee”) oversees a broad spectrum of health policy issues. During each legislative session the Committee investigates and reports on a large volume of petitions that affect a wide range of health care and public health issues and related state and federal laws and regulations, including, those relating to patient access to health care; health care quality, safety, and transparency; healthcare technology; professional scope of practice, licensing and accreditation; chronic conditions and diseases; food and drug safety; environmental and occupational health and safety; and state, regional and local public health authority and jurisdictional coordination.

Summary of Position

The  Researcher performs research  related to matters that come before the Committee. They interact with legislators, administrative officials, and stakeholders to support Committee legislative priorities. They are responsible for research, communication, general administration and other duties as assigned.  

Reports to:

Reports to the Chair of the Committee and at the discretion of the Chair, to the Staff Director or Research
Director.  

Duties & Responsibilities

The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required. Nothing in this job description restricts the Chair’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time for any reason.

  • Under the direction of the Committee Chair, Staff Director and/or Research Director provides information for public hearings and executive sessions, writes memoranda and prepares research material as required; 
  • Prepares drafts of legislative documents and outgoing communication such as amendments, press releases, hearing notices, letters of testimony, legislation, bills, and talking points; 
  • Analyzes pending legislation, which includes analyzing current law, how pending legislation would change current law, and determining the opinion of various stakeholders; 
  • Assists in coordinating hearings and informational briefings; 
  • Maintains records and compiles background materials and information; 
  • Tracks bills through the legislative process; 
  • Prepares briefing materials and bill summaries; 
  • Responds to inquiries from legislators, staff, agency representatives, constituency groups and/or the general public regarding bill language and/or bill status; 
  • Assists with organizing committee hearings, providing support throughout the hearing process such as recording votes, filing amendments, posting hearing notices, reserving hearing rooms, and obtaining necessary supplies; 
  • Maintains current knowledge of health policy and programs through independent, ongoing research, including knowledge of relevant statutes; 
  • Reviews and analyzes the state public health budget and makes recommendations regarding funding of the various public health program line items, proposed public health budget amendments. Research a variety of current issues, through meeting attendance, review of news and reports, and communications with stakeholders 
  • Attends meetings of state health care agencies, boards, commissions and other state entities dealing with health care, public health and health planning. 
  • Performs various administrative tasks necessary for carrying out legislative functions; 
  • Provides coaching and guidance to Legislative Aides and interns as needed; 
  • Utilizes research data bases; 
  • Utilizes Microsoft Office Suite; 
  • Able to operate in a fast-paced professional office environment; handle or operate standard office equipment, and occasionally lift up to 10 pounds. 

Required Skills

  • Ability to interact and work with different communities and personalities in a professional and helpful manner; 
  • Ability to multi-task effectively, work independently and meet deadlines on short notice; 
  • Experience presenting complex data, analyses and information in easily understood formats; 
  • Excellent research, analytical and interpersonal skills; 
  • Excellent writing and communication skills; 
  • Ability to communicate with members and colleagues effectively and provide and receive feedback professionally; 
  • Able to use standard office equipment and technology; 
  • Ability to follow-up and complete tasks. 

Education/Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree required in relevant field; 
  • Prior legislative or related work experience for elected or appointed officials, advocacy groups or non-profit organizations, particularly in the field of public health, is preferred. 

Expected Hours of Work

This is a full-time, minimum of 37.5 hour per week position. Days of work are typically Monday through Friday. Hours vary and may include evening and weekend work to support the Committee’s legislative or constituent activities. 

Salary Range: low 50k’s

To Apply

To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter, and writing sample via email to Kathleen.Hornby@MAHouse.gov

The Massachusetts House of Representatives is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  

Benefits:

As an employee of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, staff have access to a wide variety of health plans including coverage of health, vision, and dental benefits. Furthermore, retirement benefits are available, depending upon one’s length of employment. 

Disclaimer

This description may not be inclusive of all assigned duties, responsibilities, or aspects of the position described, and may be amended at any time at the sole discretion of the House. 

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