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Job Opportunities


Staff Attorney

The Division of Legislative Services, the primary legal and research agency for the General Assembly of Virginia, is seeking a legislative staff attorney. Primary responsibilities of this position include (i) drafting legislative bills, (ii) serving as co-counsel to and staffing the House Appropriations and House Finance Committees, (iii) serving as a legal resource to members of the General Assembly on legislative matters, and (iv) serving as primary staff to legislative commissions and studies.

This is an entry level position. Salary is $60,000. Health insurance, retirement, and other state benefits included.

The successful candidate must be an attorney currently licensed in Virginia. Additional requirements include excellent oral and written communication and legal analysis and research skills. Knowledge of Virginia legislative process is a plus.

To apply, submit a letter of interest, resume, and writing sample to Stephanie Kerns (skerns@dls.virginia.gov). Applications will be received until the position is filled.

Please note: "Staff Attorney Opening" should appear in the subject line of your e-mail.

Regulations Analyst

The Division of Legislative Services, the primary legal and research agency for the General Assembly of Virginia, seeks a Regulations Analyst for the Registrar of Regulations' Office.

Responsibilities include editing state regulations and reviewing regulatory packages filed with the Registrar for publication in the Virginia Register of Regulations; writing policies and procedures, and explaining them to others; providing technical support to users of the web-based application for drafting and filing regulations; and maintaining the Virginia Administrative Code.

Requirements include excellent copy editing, technical writing, analytic, and research skills; solid editorial judgment; effective communications skills; and a high level understanding of Microsoft Word.

Undergraduate degree required; graduate degree strongly preferred. Understanding Virginia's regulatory process preferred.

Health insurance, retirement, and other state benefits included. Salary range: $46,750 to $49,750.

To apply, submit a letter of interest, resume, and writing sample to Karen Perrine (kperrine@dls.virginia.gov). Applications will be received until the position is filled.

Please note: "Regulations Analyst" should appear in the subject line of your e-mail.

Legislative Research Assistant

Full-time summer employment
Hourly position - $15.00 per hour

The Division of Legislative Services, the primary legal and research agency of the Virginia General Assembly, is seeking a law student (2L or 3L) to serve as Legislative Research Assistant for the summer of 2019. The Research Assistant will be assigned to work with the Division's attorneys on a variety of research projects, which may include: criminal and civil procedure, natural resources, education, taxation and public finance, transportation, business and commerce, or general laws. Assignments given to past Research Assistants have been diverse and have included researching and interpreting state and federal law; drafting responses to inquiries from members of the General Assembly regarding legislative matters, historical issues, or public policy; and performing constitutional research and analysis.

Successful candidates must have a strong background in legal research, analysis, and electronic database searching, as well as excellent writing and presentation skills. Applicants should be resourceful, highly self-motivated, and able to meet tight deadlines. Demonstrated interest in the practice of public sector law is highly desirable.

The internship is full-time during the summer months, with the possibility of continuing part-time during the fall and spring. Pay is $15/hour.

To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Stephanie Kerns (skerns@dls.virginia.gov) with "Summer 2019 Intern" in the subject line. The position will remain open until filled.

Seasonal Proofreaders/Editors (Application process for 2019 Session is closed)

Each September the Division of Legislative Services, the primary legal and general research agency of the Virginia General Assembly, accepts applications for temporary, full-time proofreaders to assist with preparation for the next session of the General Assembly. Primary duties of the editing staff include editing and proofreading draft legislation, reports, and other documents and publications prepared by the Division’s legal and research staff.

A bachelor's degree, computer proficiency, and proofreading/editorial experience are required. The preferred candidate will demonstrate command of English grammar, mechanics, and usage; the ability to understand and edit complex legal and technical text, with accuracy and attention to detail on short turnaround; computer proficiency, including advanced knowledge of MS Word 2010 or later; and good communication skills.

Work for the 2019 Session begins October 29, 2018, and ends January 18, 2019, with a possible extension through March. Some evening and weekend overtime is required in December and early January in addition to 40-hour workweeks. Pay is $21/hour.

To apply, submit a resume with cover letter and state application to editor@dls.virginia.gov, with "Proofreader/Editor" in the subject line no later than September 24, 2018. Please address attachments to Lilli Hausenfluck, Chief Editor, Division of Legislative Services, 900 E. Main Street, 8th Floor, Richmond, VA 23219.