“Atlanta is a great city with many wonderful people and an inspiring history. But it must become that shining city on a hill once again. Atlanta has to believe that its reach is beyond its current grasp.”

SUMMARY

The Chief of Staff is responsible for the management of the Councilmember’s office operations and staff. This includes analysis and synthesis of legislative policy, office communications, and constituent inreach/outreach.

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Staff & Office Process Management

  • Manage Daily Activities for Office Manager, Director of Constituent Services, and interns
  • Ensure Coverage for phone, email, and in-person visits during office hours
  • Maintains and directs the professional standards of our office communications and decorum to the public and council colleagues.
  • Provide bi-weekly reports on office operations, logging & resolution of constituent concerns, and legislative progress.
  • Manage planning, execution, and review events managed by or attended by the Councilmember and its staff.
  • Direct and primary contact for all staff or office related issues

Legislation Review & Analysis

  • Bi-Weekly Review of 100+ legislative items across the Councilmember’s Committees & Full Council
  • Research and Coordinate Councilmember’s Legislation Initiatives with City Staff, Business & Community Advocates
  • Develop relationships to advance Councilmember’s agenda

Post 3 Representation

  • Represents and supports the councilmember at legislative/agency/committee meetings and briefings that CM attends where written or digital communications are necessary and in CM’s absence
  • Attends relevant community, business, & city stakeholder meetings on behalf of the Councilmember (Ex: Invest Atlanta, MARTA, etc)

General

  • Anticipate the needs of the Councilmember

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably graduate degree in Public Policy, Government Affairs, Law, or Engineering
  • Ability to communicate clearly & effectively. Knows the difference between documentation tools and conversation needs.
  • Demonstrates advanced interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to respectfully challenge conventional wisdom and drive new best practices.
  • Ability to plan multiple initiatives simultaneously.
  • Ability to think critically and solve problems.
  • Ability to exhibit flexibility. The city’s business and its people change often and work slowly or immediately.
  • Ability to manage without direct oversight of personnel.
  • Ability to serve and work with people of ALL types. A public servant’s heart is critical to the success of the Councilmember’s office.

PREFERENCES

  • Strong customer service and business development orientation, technical aptitude, problem-solving skills, ability to operate effectively and efficiently in a city government environment.
  • Excellent writing, verbal communication, and presentation skills.
  • Strong knowledge of computer software and hardware. Especially beneficial computer skills are Web-based applications, data manipulation, data-centric software systems, and mobile applications.

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