Session Legislative Assistant

State of Washington House of Representatives - Olympia, WA3.4


The Washington State House of Representatives' Office of Program Research (OPR) in Olympia provides nonpartisan staff support to House committees and members. OPR is seeking candidates for temporary positions as a Session Legislative Assistant. These positions are nonpartisan and exempt from civil service.


Principal duties of a Session Legislative Assistant include:
Providing clerical and administrative support to OPR research staff and the committees;
Preparing official committee meeting materials and records;
Proofreading and/or editing staff documents as requested by OPR research staff;
Operating hearing room audio, video, recording, and sign-in equipment;
Tracking the progress of bills;
Word processing;
Providing information to legislators, staff, lobbyists, media, and the general public; and
As needed, acting as the receptionist, answering telephones, and receiving visitors.


The ideal candidate must be:
Skilled in clerical and administrative procedures;
An excellent proofreader, attentive to detail, and committed to producing high quality documents;
Able to use good judgment and maintain confidentiality;
Proficient with Microsoft Office 2016, including Word, Outlook, and Internet Explorer, and able to quickly learn specialized computer applications designed for committee support;
Able to multi-task and prioritize tasks within competing deadlines, and also willing to work the long, irregular hours that are common during legislative sessions; and
Knowledgeable about state government and the functions and organization of the Legislature.
An undergraduate degree is preferred.


These positions are temporary, from approximately January 2, 2019 through April 28, 2019. These positions are full-time. Please note that all of these positions require some evening and weekend work.


Candidates should complete an online application at and upload the following:
A letter of interest (no more than 1 page);
A resume (no more than 2 pages); and
A list of three professional references.
Candidates are encouraged to submit materials as early as possible for best consideration. Screening and selection will be continuous.

The House of Representatives is committed to maintaining a work environment
where all people are treated, and expected to treat others, with dignity and respect.
Persons requiring reasonable accommodation may call 360-786-7101 or TTY: 1-800-833-6388.
All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.