The District Director oversees all district office(s) operations. This position develops and implements policy objectives, strategies and operating plans for the Congressman’s district office(s) and directs all activities and staff of the district office.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
- Supervisory: Directly supervises up to seven employees; carries out responsibilities in accordance with office policy and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring and training district office employees; planning, assigning and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining district office employees; addressing complaints; and resolving problems.
- Represents the Congressman and/or assigns appropriate staff to do so in the district office(s) as needed;
- Manages district office(s) staff;
- Plans, assigns and evaluates work of employees in district offices;
- Interviews, selects and trains employees of district office(s) and ensures that district office(s) staff complies with office policies, practices, and procedures;
- Conducts district office(s) staff meetings;
- Speaks to local groups when the Congressman is unavailable;
- Maintains close communication with the Washington, D.C. office;
- Travels throughout the district at regular intervals to keep abreast of local concerns;
- Meets with elected officials and representatives of local groups on behalf of the Congressman;
- Schedules meetings with federal and district government agencies as necessary;
- Acts as a liaison to and notifies the appropriate media when the Congressman will be in the liaison’s area and works with the Congressman’s Scheduler and Press Secretary to ensure appropriate media participation;
- Responds to constituent telephone calls and mail;
- Meets attendance requirements as established by the office;
- Maintains a good working relationship with the Congressman, staff, and constituents;
- Works well under pressure and handles stress;
- Accepts performance-based criticism and direction;
- Works a flexible schedule including long hours, nights and weekends; and
- Performs other duties as assigned.
A minimum of a bachelor’s degree in the political science or related field, including strong academic credentials. Alternatively, five-ten years of related experience or training in management and/or legislation or equivalent similar experience.
SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED:
- Thorough knowledge of legislative process and of House organization and procedures;
- Thorough knowledge of the Member’s Congressional Handbook and House Rules;
- Ability to perform essential job functions above;
- Ability to work cooperatively and courteously with others;
- Temperament to communicate with a variety of personalities in a tactful, pleasant, and professional manner;
- Thorough knowledge of local, state and federal agencies and departments;
- An understanding of the district and federal political process;
- Provides necessary organization, supervisory leadership and motivation to manage district office(s);
- Excellent oral and written communication skills;
- Knowledge of the office policies, practices, and procedures;
- Knowledge of office computer applications; and
- Proficiency in word processing.
- Work is mainly performed in an office environment. Noise levels are usually moderate; and
- Ability to work in a small work station without an expectation of privacy.