The Office of Legislative Services (OLS) operates under the jurisdiction of the Legislative Services Commission, a 16-member bipartisan panel with equal representation from each of the two Houses of the Legislature. The Commission establishes general operating and budgetary policies for OLS, appoints its primary officers (Executive Director, Legislative Counsel, Legislative Budget and Finance Officer, and Director of Public Information), and delegates authority for day-to-day operations and personnel actions to the Executive Director. The OLS consists of the following units: Administrative, Central Management, Data Management, Human Resources, Legislative Budget and Finance Office, Legislative Counsel, Public Information, and the State Auditor.
As non-partisan employees of the Legislature, members of the OLS staff are prohibited from engaging in political activity or taking a public position with regard to any matter before the Legislature.
Description: Provides professional services for legislators, legislative staff, and legislative committees and commissions after an initial period of instruction to obtain a working knowledge of legislative operations, OLS policies, manuals, and procedures. Works under the direct supervision of a section chief or higher-titled staff. Conducts research and provides analysis on issues and policy matters of legislative concern. Drafts, reviews, and analyzes legislation. Provides research, drafting, and administrative support to legislative committees and commissions. Communicates with legislators, legislative staff, and superiors, both in private and in a public setting, and with State and local officials and public and private representatives. Fiscal Analysts also review, analyze, and report on budget requests of State agencies; identify fiscal issues and prepare background papers on issues or budget alternatives. Prepare fiscal notes and estimates. Review, analyze, and recommend action on requests for transfers of appropriations. Maintain accessible fiscal reference data and files required for performance of assigned work. Deputy Counsels also conduct legal research and write legal opinions.
- Education: Assistant Research Analyst and Assistant Fiscal Analyst titles: a minimum of a Master’s degree in public policy, public or business administration, economics, finance, accounting or a related field.
- Deputy Counsel title: graduation from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association and admission to the New Jersey Bar
- Experience: This is an entry-level position.