Being a Legislative Aide at the Capitol puts you in the middle of the state’s most exciting political action. In the 2019 session, our 41 House Democrats were able to turn many of popular proposals into law, moving forward on measures to lower the cost of health care, invest in education, build a fair economy, address climate change, tackle the opioid crisis, reform our criminal justice system, and help hard-working Coloradans get ahead. A position as a legislative aide often opens the door for other exciting opportunities in politics, government, and public service.
Legislative aides keep the essential day-to-day functions of a legislative office running smoothly. Primary responsibilities include managing the legislator’s calendar, scheduling meetings, responding to constituent emails and phone inquiries, maintaining databases of contacts, drafting and sending newsletters, supporting policy and constituent efforts with social media content, creating fact sheets, conducting research, organizing in-person town halls and other events in the district, and preparing the legislator for bill hearings and meetings with constituents, stakeholders, and lobbyists.
Aides are held to a high level of professional conduct, as they are expected to represent legislators at the Capitol, in their district, and in the broader community.
- Strong verbal and written communication skills
- Highly, highly organized with the ability to balance and track progress on multiple projects at one time under tight deadlines; excellent time management and attention to detail
- Motivated self-starter who can provide high quality work without close day-to-day supervision
- A high level of confidentiality and discretion
- High degree of self-awareness, humility and openness to feedback
- Flexible and adaptable work style; ability to stay calm in a high stress environment
- Eagerness to develop leadership skills; commitment to progressive values and policies
- Copywriting and/or graphic design skills
- Experience with event planning and execution
- Experience and comfort using Google Suites (Docs, Sheets, Slides)
- Experience and comfort managing social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram)
- Knowledge of Colorado government a plus
$15 per hour, up to 40 hours/week, depending on agreement with the legislator. Benefits include a PERA retirement account membership, daily travel stipend (session only), and discounted RTD Flex Passes.
How to Apply:
To apply for this position, please send a resume and cover letter explaining why you are a good candidate for the job to COlegislativeaide@gmail.com. Please put “Legislative Aide Application” in the subject line of your email. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis as openings become available between now and January, and will be filled with qualified applicants along the way.
Start dates depend on the needs of each individual caucus member. Most legislative aides work full-time (40 hours/week) during the legislative session, which begins on January 8, 2020 and ends on May 6, 2020. Many legislators request that their aides also work full-time in the weeks leading up to the session in December 2019 and the weeks immediately following the session in May and June 2020. During the legislative interim (May 2020 – December 2020) there is also a need for part-time legislative aides; hours vary by legislator, but are typically between 15-17 hours/week.
The Colorado House Majority Office is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate against any applicant for employment on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, age, or disability. We are committed to maintaining a diverse and inclusive organization and strongly encourage candidates with diverse backgrounds and identities to apply.