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NC - Government Operations Investigative Analyst

  • 1.  NC - Government Operations Investigative Analyst

    Posted 26 days ago


    *** Recruitment Range: $50,000 - $65,000 Annually ***

    The Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations (Gov Ops) was created to provide ongoing legislative examination and review of public polices, expenditures, and reorganization implementation. Oversight is crucial in making sure laws are administered in an effective, efficient, and economical manner. The Commission's oversight functions include evaluation of program costs and benefits, managerial effectiveness, internal control, and compliance. The new Government Operations Evaluation Team within the Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations (Gov Ops) will focus heavily on oversight and return on state taxpayer investment.

    A fundamental objective of the Gov Ops team will be to assist Members, committees, and legislative staff in carrying out the vital legislative functions. The Team will focus heavily on the review, monitoring, and supervision of state agencies and institutions, programs, activities, and policy implementation. The Team will determine if recommendations and programs established by the Gov Ops Committee have been implemented by agencies or if further action is needed by the General Assembly. Team duties will include investigation of state agencies and offices, and oversight and analysis of executive branch activities.

    Gov Ops staff are partisan legislative staff and report to the House Majority Staff Director. Ideal members of the Gov Ops team are dynamic individuals who possess strong quantitative skills, the ability to handle multiple assignments with a high degree of accuracy, and are able to meet tight deadlines, particularly during the legislative session. Excellent writing and communication skills are essential.

    Investigative Analyst Job Duties:

    • Develop work priorities, methods, and assignments at the request of or in consultation with legislators, supervisors, or other staff and then work to complete tasks.
    • Summarize and analyze detailed documents, legislation, periodicals, and other written material.
    • Write issue memoranda, briefing papers, and other documents on selected topics.
    • Work collaboratively within a team to examine data, financial and management reports, policies, and practices affecting the financial and operational performance of state agencies and programs.
    • Observe and analyze agency or program budgets for trends, patterns, and possible failures to meet statutory or other required standards, policies, procedures, and best practices.
    • Produce neat, concise, logical, and well-supported working papers.
    • Produce high quality work and take ownership of assigned tasks and projects.
    • Use Excel, analytical software, and databases for cost-benefit and other methods of analysis
    • Provide technical assistance and recommendations to improve programs, services, processes, and performance standards.
    • Monitor agency actions to ensure compliance with statutory requirement and legislative intent.
    • Research and develop options to improve program and/or agency efficiency and effectiveness.
    • Interview public officials and stakeholders, inspect facilities, review records, compile and analyze data.
    • Prepare reports or parts of reports, including key findings and recommendations.
    • Prepare senior staff and legislators for public hearings.
    • Supply accurate and reliable data and analysis as requested.
    • Adhere to strict confidentiality requirements.


    To meet the duties outlined above, candidates should be flexible, highly motivated thinkers and communicators. In addition, the following specific attributes are sought:

    • Ability to work collaboratively and effectively within a team of highly qualified professionals to produce reports relevant to the committees' current objectives.
    • Ability to maintain composure under pressure with legislators, legislative staff, colleagues, and the public daily.
    • Advanced data analysis ability with Excel, R, Python, or similar.
    • Clear and concise oral, written, and presentation skills.
    • Demonstrated aptitude for providing high-quality program development and advice.
    • Willingness and ability to work extended schedules as needed to meet deadlines.


    • Advanced degree in relevant field
    • Creative problem solver
    • Experience writing for online or print publication
    • Capable of successfully working independently or in a team environment
    • Proper understanding of the Oxford comma
    • Discretion and discernment


    • Education & Experience: Bachelor's degree in relevant field or equivalent work experience


    ***NC General Assembly positions are NOT Subject to the State Human Resources Act (G.S. 126).***

    Applicant Instructions:

    To apply for the Investigative Analyst position, submit the North Carolina General Assembly application packet through the NC General Assembly website:


    To be considered for this posting, applicants must submit the following materials in the application packet:

    1. A fully completed North Carolina General Assembly Application.
    2. A detailed cover letter demonstrating the candidate's understanding of the position, how the candidate's experience and education are relevant, and why the candidate is interested in the position.
    3. A current résumé (maximum length – 2 pages).
    4. Two writing samples (maximum length per sample – 1,000 words).

    All applicant materials will be carefully reviewed for content and completeness.

    To be considered for the Investigative Analyst position, all applicants must submit the General Assembly application packet by 5:00 p.m. on MondayJuly 19, 2021.

    Agency Contact Information:
    For additional information or questions about this vacancy announcement, please contact:

    Joe Coletti, House Majority Staff Director

    Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations

    (919) 831-4261
    ***Due to the high volume of applications received, we are unable to provide information regarding the status of your application.***

    Shelby Holland
    Human Resources Generalist
    North Carolina General Assembly
    Raleigh NC