Legislative Aide
Description

SUMMARY 

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) seeks a Legislative Aide for the Western Regional Office (WRO). The Legislative Aide will work closely with the Executive Director of Western States Policy and Outreach, assisting and advancing HACU’s legislative affairs and supporting outreach to Hispanic Serving Institutions. The Legislative Aide will monitor state legislation and ongoing advocacy efforts in the HACU western region, including Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington State. The Legislative Aide will collaborate with other HACU staff to develop and enhance relationships with HACU member institutions. The Legislative Aide will lead in planning WRO events and support existing programming. Additionally, the Legislative Aide will oversee the WRO social media accounts and website updates. 

 

HACU'S MISSION:

To Champion Hispanic Success in Higher Education

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities fulfills its mission by:

  • promoting the development of member colleges and universities;
  • improving access to and the quality of post-secondary educational opportunities for Hispanic students; and
  • meeting the needs of business, industry and government through the development and sharing of resources, information and expertise.

  

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE 

  • Bachelor’s degree required with emphasis in political science, public policy, or related field.
  • 1-3 years of legislative experience or proficiency required.
  • Proficiency with Word, Excel, and PowerPoint Microsoft Office products is required. 
  • Proficiency with social media and websites.
  • Must be able to learn HACU specific computer programs. 
  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent, and to draw and interpret bar graphs.
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, governmental regulations, or legislative material. 
  • Ability to draft reports, legislative/business correspondence, and procedure manuals. 
  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES 

The Legislative Aide will provide supervisory support to additional staff when the Executive Director is traveling or off-site. 



Requirements

  

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

(Other duties may be assigned)

  • Assists in monitoring legislative proceedings in the five states covered by the office.
  • Assists in the preparation of advocacy and other related publications for use in work with Legislature, Governor, and member institutions.
  • Assists in visits to Gubernatorial and Legislative offices during legislative sessions.
  • Conducts and assists in research related to education and other policy areas for use in advocacy efforts.
  • Attends meetings, hearings, and briefings convened by Gubernatorial and Legislative offices, education associations and other interest groups when needed. 
  • Responsible for drafting, emailing, and filing legislative and routine correspondence and other records.
  • Schedules meetings/appointments and coordinates dedicated events, including conferences, workshops, and member visits. 
  • Compiles statistical reports and develops and maintains database files.
  • Assists with the development and dissemination of mass mail outs (Action Alerts, WRO Updates).
  • Updates our legislative and HACU social media accounts and website. Will be required to learn our website software.
  • Conduct recruitment presentations at Colleges and Universities in the region for the HACU Internship Program and other HACU Programs.
  • Identify and outreach to academic departments across regional Colleges and Universities for the HACU Internship Program and other HACU Programs.
  • Attend regional events and conferences to recruit for the HACU Internship Program and other HACU Programs.
  • Provide office coverage when the Executive Director is traveling.
  • Provide supervisory support to additional staff when the Executive Director is not on site. 


PHYSICAL DEMANDS & WORK ENVIRONMENT

  • Working conditions are in an office environment
  • Must have own transportation for work-related travel
  • Occasionally moves items weighing up to 10 pounds
  • Occasionally move about the office
  • Constantly operates a computer and other office productivity machinery
  • Positions self to perform essential functions of the job in an office setting
  • Must be able to remain in a stationary position
  • Maintains and ensures security of HACU-issued equipment, software, data, and supplies

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION

In accordance with the ADA and other applicable laws, reasonable accommodations will be made to enable a qualified individual with a disability to perform the essential functions of the job.


Relocation assistance is not available for this position.

 

BENEFITS

  • HACU offers a friendly work environment and a generous company-paid benefits plan. Compensation is commensurate with qualifications and experience. 
  • Salary Range: $53,000 - $57,000
  • 15 company paid holidays
  • Employer-paid Group-Term Life, AD&D, Long-Term and Short-Term Disability benefits
  • Generous employer-paid contributions toward healthcare plan expense
  • 403(b), employer contributions (no match required) starting at six months of service
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Optional Dental, Vision, Legal and Identity protection, and optional Accident, Cancer, Hospital Indemnity, and Dependent Life Insurance plans.

EEO STATEMENT

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) believes that equal opportunity for all employees and applicants is important for the continuing success of our organization. As an equal opportunity employer, HACU is committed to a policy that provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, pregnancy, medical condition including genetic characteristics, physical or mental disability, veteran status, gender identification and expression, sexual orientation, and to make all employment decisions so as to further this principle of equal employment opportunity. HACU will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, pregnancy, medical condition including genetic characteristics, physical or mental disability, veteran status, gender identification and expression, sexual orientation, and will take affirmative action to ensure that applicants are offered employment and employees are treated during employment without regard to these characteristics. For more information regarding Equal Employment Opportunity, click here.


ADA STATEMENT

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. 

Consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the HACU will provide reasonable accommodation when requested by a qualified applicant or employee, unless such accommodation would cause an undue hardship. The policy regarding requests for reasonable accommodation applies to all aspects of employment, including the application process. If reasonable accommodation is needed during the application process, please email jobs@hacu.net. For more information regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act, click here.


HACU COMMITMENT TO HEALTH AND SAFETY POLICY

Per the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) Commitment to Health and Safety Policy, effective August 2021, it is a condition of employment for all employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, unless they are granted a reasonable accommodation under applicable state law. Employees will need to provide proof of full vaccination prior to their start date or apply for an exemption/accommodation within three business days after their start date.  Depending on the circumstances, new hires who do not comply with this Policy, or who cannot be reasonably accommodated, will either have their employment suspended or terminated. Candidates who are non-compliant will have their offers rescinded. If reasonable accommodation is needed during the application process, please email jobs@hacu.net.