Legislative Counsel, DC Council Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety

January 6, 2017

General Description:

DC Councilmember Charles Allen is seeking to hire a Legislative Counsel for the DC Council’s Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety. The Committee oversees the Metropolitan Police Department, Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department, Office of the Attorney General, Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency, Department of Corrections, Board of Elections, Office of Campaign Finance, and others.


The primary responsibilities for Legislative Counsel will be to:

  • Draft, monitor, and analyze legislation;
  • Develop expertise in the activities and budgets of assigned agencies;
  • Staff Councilmember Allen at public hearings;
  • Secure passage of assigned legislation referred to the Committee;
  • Build relationships with District and federal agencies, interest groups, advocates, Council and Executive staff, constituents, and residents;
  • Analyze and review the proposed budgets of the assigned agencies and prepare performance and budget oversight materials for the Chairperson;
  • Suggest topics for oversight hearings and prepare the Councilmember. Develop hearing questions based on expert knowledge of the operations of the particular agency;
  • Prepare committee reports, policy memoranda, written remarks, talking points, and fact sheets on legislation and the budget;
  • Review contracts, budget enhancements, and reprogramming requests during the course of the fiscal year;
  • Ensure agency compliance with legislative mandates;
  • Support communications staff in developing press releases and responding to media inquiries regarding Committee matters and in preparing communications materials;
  • Respond to agency- or issue-related constituent services issues;
  • Attend relevant agency and community meetings;
  • Monitor current events and best practices in local, state, and federal policy within assigned portfolio.


  • Law school graduate.
  • Excellent communications skills, both written and verbal.
  • Team player with ability to balance multiple projects independently.
  • Passion for public service and interest in District matters.
  • Demonstrated experience in multi-tasking, prioritizing, and meeting expectations, goals, and deadlines in fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills; attention to detail.
  • At least one year relevant experience.
  • District of Columbia residency within six months of hiring date.

Councilmember Charles Allen is a progressive Democrat who was appointed Chair of the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety on January 2, 2017. Councilmember Allen has successfully moved several significant pieces of legislation and launched multiple initiatives in his first two years on the Council. He is seeking an individual who can quickly become a member of a high-performing team that is focused on improving public safety, fire and emergency services, campaign finance and elections, and criminal justice reform in the District of Columbia.

Please send a resume, cover letter, and a brief writing sample to:

Laura Marks

Chief of Staff

Office of Councilmember Charles Allen

1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite 110

Washington, DC 20004

Or, by email to lmarks@dccouncil.us.

No phone calls, please.


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