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LSC Career Opportunities

Overview

The Ohio Legislative Service Commission (LSC) was created by law in 1953. The members of the Commission, who are legislators, appoint LSC's Director. The Director is responsible for hiring the LSC staff and ensuring that it provides nonpartisan drafting, fiscal, research, training, and other services to all members of the General Assembly.

The LSC staff consists of attorneys, research associates, budget analysts, economists, librarians, and others and is organized into research, fiscal, support, and administrative divisions. (See Staff Roles.) The research staff is divided into groups according to subject matter, while fiscal staff groups generally are organized by agency. A division chief oversees each group and reviews the work of all group members.

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Current Openings

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Benefits

LSC employees are unclassified state employees, meaning that they are not in the state classified civil service system. Employees are eligible for the standard benefits available to unclassified state employees, including the following:

  • Membership in the Public Employees Retirement System
  • Health insurance
  • Vision and dental insurance after one year of employment
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • Life insurance

Additionally, LSC periodically conducts in house professional development seminars, and staff members also have the opportunity to interact with national legislative organizations, serve on their committees, and attend their conferences.

Restrictions

As a nonpartisan agency, the LSC staff is responsible for serving all members of the General Assembly. Therefore, LSC employees must agree to certain restrictions, such as not engaging in partisan political activities or issue advocacy during the period of their employment. Because LSC is nonpartisan, change in political control of the General Assembly have not affected its employees.

Application Procedures

LSC job openings are posted on the State of Ohio employment website and on this website under Employment Overview. To apply for an open position, a person must complete the application on the state website. Those seeking a position on the research or fiscal staff also must provide a cover letter, résumé, college transcripts, and a legal brief or research paper as a writing sample.

As part of the application, all applicants must execute an agreement that permits LSC to conduct a background check. This check typically involves reviewing court and law enforcement records and contacting personal references, previous employers, and educational institutions attended.

Those applicants who appear to have the best qualifications will be requested to visit the LSC office to complete a set of written exercises. Based on general qualifications and a review of the exercises, some applicants will be requested to participate in one or more personal interviews with senior staff and the LSC staff director.

Address all inquiries regarding employment to:

Stefanie Thurman
Ohio Legislative Service Commission
(614) 466-3615.

The Ohio Legislative Service Commission is an equal opportunity employer.

Staff Roles

The LSC staff is organized into research, fiscal, support, and administrative divisions. The links below describe the various staff roles within each of those divisions.

  • Research - Attorneys, research associates, resolution drafters, and library staff
  • Fiscal - Budget analysts and economists
  • Support - Information Technology, Legal Review & Technical Services, and Document Processing
  • Administrative - Fiscal officer, personnel officer, and Administrative Rules Unit

Research Staff

The research staff is organized into divisions by subject matter – for example, Human Services, Education, and Judiciary – and each division is supervised by a division chief. Each attorney or research associate is assigned to one of LSC’s several divisions and has responsibility for staffing at least one of the General Assembly's standing committees or subcommittees.

Duties

LSC attorneys' and research associates' responsibilities include:

  • Drafting and analyzing legislation
  • Conducting research on legislative matters
  • Staffing legislative committees
  • Promptly responding to General Assembly members' requests, being available when needed, meeting all deadlines, preparing high quality documents, and conducting one's self in a professional manner.
Qualifications

Major qualifications for employment for attorneys and research associates include:

  • A J.D. or graduate degree
  • A strong interest in public service
  • An ability to provide nonbiased, accurate information to all members of the General Assembly on a timely basis
  • A willingness to work more than 40 hours per week when necessary and the ability to adjust personal schedules to changing legislative priorities
  • An ability to work with a variety of personalities
  • An ability to work under pressure and perform multiple tasks
  • Superior analytical, writing, and research skills
  • An ability to communicate in a concise and effective manner
Careers

LSC attorneys and research associates have the opportunity to develop unique and specialized careers in public service. Research staff interact directly with legislators and the General Assembly’s partisan legislative staff. New staff members receive training conducted by senior staff members and work with a mentor to learn the nuances of working in a legislative environment.

During their tenure at LSC, research staff members develop research and technical bill drafting skills needed to translate legislators’ bill ideas into clearly written legislation that may become law. Successful staff members become experts in specific subject areas of Ohio law and are given assignments with increasing levels of complexity. In time, attorneys and research associates may be asked to review the work of less experienced staff.

Staff promotions to higher responsibility levels and salary grades are based on performance. When openings occur, senior staff members may apply for supervisory or project coordinator positions that require coordinating and reviewing the work of several staff members. Senior staff members who are not interested in pursuing a management role may mentor less experienced staff members, advise group leaders, and serve as in-house experts on a variety of subject areas. When positions become available, staff may transfer to another division within the office.

Application

Persons seeking employment with the LSC research staff must complete the application on the State of Ohio employment website and must provide a cover letter, résumé, college transcripts, and a research paper as a writing sample.

More information about LSC's application procedure is available here.

The role of a resolution drafter is to serve the General Assembly by drafting descriptive and emotive language appropriate for letters of commendations, letters of condolence, and resolutions. A resolution drafting staff member works under the direction and supervision of the Resolution Drafting Administrator.

Duties

LSC resolution drafters' responsibilities include the following, as well as other duties that a drafter may be requested to perform when the need arises:

  • Drafting, modifying, and peer-editing descriptive and emotive language appropriate for letters of commendations, letters of condolence, and resolutions requested by members of the General Assembly
  • Writing and editing all products using office preferences for style and format
  • Evaluating the eligibility of requests against established standards and processing accordingly, including computer data entry in a web-based application
  • Analyzing the intent of each request to ensure each final product responds to the request specifically and uniquely, and, if necessary, contacting legislative offices and conducting internet research
  • Attending to multiple details to ensure the accuracy of each final product
  • Working independently and as a team member in a nonpartisan, research-oriented office setting
  • Establishing and maintaining professional rapport with peers, supervisors, legislative aides, and members of the General Assembly
  • Adhering to a standard work week and overtime as required by the demands of the General Assembly
Qualifications

Major qualifications for employment for resolution drafters include the ability and willingness to do the following:

  • Carry out detailed written and oral instructions
  • Provide excellent customer service when communicating orally and in writing with legislative offices about complex, detailed, and relationally sensitive matters related to requests
  • Process, write, edit, and proofread, proficiently and flexibly, hundreds of documents each week in a fast-paced setting with multiple, changeable priorities and with multiple, often tight, deadlines
  • Conduct oneself in a nonpartisan manner during work and outside of work

The librarians and staff of the LSC Library provide information and research services to the members of the General Assembly and their staff using a collection of Ohio and federal legal and legislative materials. The library acts as the repository for an extensive archive of state legislative documents, state and federal agency reports, and periodicals and books on subjects of legislative interest. Through the Legislative Information Line, staff responds to inquiries from legislative constituents who call with bill status or scheduling questions, or who seek to leave messages for their legislators.

Fiscal Staff

Duties

LSC's budget analysts' and economists' responsibilities include the following:

  • Serving the General Assembly by providing well-researched, clearly-communicated, objective, and nonpartisan fiscal information
  • Analyzing the fiscal effects of legislation and preparing fiscal notes
  • Conducting research for all members and staff of the General Assembly while maintaining the confidentiality of the requestor
  • Preparing various budget documents to assist the General Assembly in enacting state budgets
  • Communicating results of research and analysis orally and in writing in a clear and concise manner
  • Becoming an expert on the budgets of assigned state agencies and on assigned subject areas
Qualifications

Employment qualifications for fiscal staff include the following:

  • A graduate degree in public policy, public administration, economics, or a related field
  • Superior writing, research, analytical, and quantitative skills
  • An ability to communicate in a concise and effective manner
  • Demonstrated ability to use Microsoft Excel
  • A strong interest in public service
  • An ability to provide nonbiased, accurate information to all members of the General Assembly on a timely basis
  • Willingness to work more than 40 hours per week when necessary and to adjust personal schedules to changing legislative priorities
  • An ability to work collaboratively
  • An ability to work under pressure and perform multiple tasks
Careers

Successful fiscal staff members are given assignments with increasing levels of complexity and, in time, may be asked to review the work of less experienced staff. Staff promotions to higher responsibility levels and salary grades are based on performance. When openings occur, senior staff members may apply for supervisory or project coordinator positions that require coordinating and reviewing the work of several staff members.

Senior staff members who are not interested in pursuing a management role may mentor less experienced staff members, advise group leaders, and serve as in-house experts on a variety of subject areas. When positions become available, fiscal staff may transfer to another division within the office.

Support Staff

The Information Technology staff provides custom application development and network services for the LSC staff. The I.T. staff also maintains LSC’s computer equipment and the LSC website and provides user support through the LSC I.T. helpdesk.

The Legal Review and Technical Services staff performs technical review of bills, amendments, and certain resolutions. The staff consists of several technical reviewers and a technical support person.

Technical Reviewers

Technical reviewers oversee and maintain the text and orderliness of Ohio's statutes (Revised Code) and Constitution, both during and after the law-making process, so that the Ohio legislature and all others know what law is current. Technical reviewers largely work independently, but also are part of a team of technical reviewers, a team supervisor, and an attorney advisor.

During the legislative process, technical reviewers examine and edit bills, bill components, amendments, and resolutions drafted by LSC research and fiscal staff by doing all of the following:

  • Applying correct word usage, spelling, grammar, and punctuation, and established style preferences, to the text of proposed law
  • Applying the required format and language to ensure each document will operate as intended in the legislative process
  • Analyzing each document using multiple computerized databases to determine whether current law is being amended, cross-reference changes are cared for, and new law is numbered correctly and to record results of this analysis
  • Consulting LSC drafters about edits and requester intent
  • Considering multiple details, priorities, and deadlines to ensure the quality and timeliness of each document.

After a bill or resolution becomes law, technical reviewers examine and prepare the newly enacted or amended law for use in future bills, bill components, amendments, and resolutions by doing all of the following:

  • Calculating effective dates for each act and section of law for in-house use
  • Examining acts for the LSC Director to identify and make any needed codification number changes prior to the Director's signature on each act
  • Analyzing and processing gubernatorial vetoes of acts or parts of acts
  • Analyzing sections where amendments from multiple acts need to be merged or otherwise dealt with so as to determine the resulting text of each section
  • Recording pertinent information on each section of law and otherwise finalizing them for updating in LSC's two repositories of Ohio Law

Additionally, for the major state biennial budget bills and other extraordinarily large bills, technical reviewers assemble the initial versions of these bills and engross the amendments to subsequent versions at each stage of the legislative process. Technical reviewers also advise and assist LSC drafters regarding specialized technical requirements for unusual situations in bills, bill components, amendments, and resolutions.

Technical Support

The technical support person provides data entry and administrative support to the technical and legal review team. On acts, the technical support person monitors dates of enactment and gubernatorial actions, and retrieves from and delivers to the Secretary of State acts that the Governor files with the Secretary of State. The technical support person also initiates, and verifies the work of, the LSC attorney who drafts the short titles of all bills and resolutions introduced in each General Assembly, and monitors the legislative websites where these titles appear.

Under the direction of the Support Staff Administrator, the Document Processing staff processes, duplicates, and distributes documents and assists with assignment intake, answering telephone calls, and other administrative tasks.

Staff Roles

The Document Processing staff is divided into the following groups:

  • Bill Preparation – Proofreads and processes bills and certain resolutions
  • Resolution Processing – Proofreads and processes honorary resolutions and commendation letters
  • General Processing/Administrative Assistants – Proofreads and processes research and fiscal documents and publications
  • Assignment Clerks/Directors' Assistants – Assists with assignment intake, tracks assignments for legislators, and assists the directors in fulfilling their administrative tasks
  • Copy Room – Duplicates and distributes documents, orders supplies, and maintains office equipment
  • Receptionists – Answers telephone calls and greets visitors
Qualifications

Qualifications for employment include the following:

  • A strong interest in public service
  • An ability to provide nonbiased, accurate information to all members of the General Assembly on a timely basis
  • A willingness to work more than 40 hours per week when necessary and the ability to adjust personal schedules to changing legislative priorities
  • An ability to work collaboratively
  • An ability to work under pressure and perform multiple tasks
  • Exceptional spelling and grammatical skills
  • An ability to produce high quality work with a high level of attention to detail and, for some positions, accurate typing skills
Careers

LSC Document Processing staff members have the opportunity to assume more responsibility as positions become available. They may seek supervisory roles among the document processing and document distribution staff or may transfer to or take on additional duties as assistants within the administrative or legal and technical review divisions of the agency.

Administrative Staff

Fiscal Officer

The LSC fiscal officer provides bookkeeping services for LSC and other legislative agencies and assists in conducting the day-to-day operations of the agency.

Personnel Officer

The LSC personnel officer provides personnel services for LSC and other legislative agencies.

Rules Codification

The LSC Rules Codification division reviews and codifies rules adopted by state agencies and provides administrative support to state agency staff members to assist in the rule filing process. The division operates the Register of Ohio website to make the rules, and notices and documents related to the rules, available to the public.