State of Oregon - Oregon Legislature

The State of Oregon has a Citizen Legislature consisting of the Senate, whose 30 members are elected to serve four-year terms, and the House of Representatives, which has 60 members elected for two-year terms. The assembly convenes every two years in regular session on the second Monday in January during odd-numbered years, a date set by statute. Oregon Constitution does not specify a limitation on session length, however most sessions last approximately six months. During the interim, legislators serve on interim committees and task forces that study issues likely to be faced during the next legislative session.

Oregon’s representative form of government is governed by rules, laws, and procedures. Although the process is long, complex and dominated by committees, all laws begin as someone’s idea.

The Legislative Branch is comprised of the Assembly (state elected officials and their staffs) and four legislative service service agencies:

Legislative Administration:
The Legislative Administration Committee is the primary support service arm of the Legislative Assembly. Its executive officer, the Legislative Administrator, oversees the activities of a number of units within Legislative Administration.

The committee, authorized by ORS 173.710, is composed of the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the House, three senators appointed by the President and four representatives appointed by the Speaker.

The committee appoints an executive officer who serves as administrator for Legislative Administration. The administrator's office coordinates and oversees the operation of the following administrative units: Employee Services; Facility Services; Information Systems; Financial Services; and
Committee Services.

Legislative Counsel:
Overseen by the Legislative Counsel Committee, the Office of the Legislative Counsel provides legal and publication services to the Legislative Assembly and its members and other agencies of state government. The office drafts measures and amendments for legislators, legislative committees and state agencies; provides legal advice to legislators and legislative committees; reviews state agency rules for legal sufficiency; prepares indexes and tables for legislative publications; edits, publishes, sells and distributes the Oregon Revised Statutes, the official bound session laws and other print and electronic publications.

Legislative Fiscal:
The Legislative Fiscal Office (LFO) is a permanent, non-partisan legislative service agency. It provides research, analysis, and evaluation of state expenditures, financial affairs, program administration, and agency organization. The LFO also provides fiscal impact statements on legislative measures.

Committees staffed by LFO include the Joint Committee on Ways and Means, the Emergency Board, the Joint Legislative Audit Committee, and the Joint Legislative Committee on Information Management and Technology.

Legislative Revenue:
The Legislative Revenue Office (LRO) is a permanent, non-partisan legislative service agency. It provides research and analysis on tax policy and school finance issues for legislators, legislative committees, and their staffs. The LRO also provides revenue impact statements on legislative measures that affect state or local revenue. Legislative committees staffed by the LRO are the Senate Finance & Revenue Committee, the House Revenue Committee, and the Task Force on Comprehensive Revenue Restructuring.

The office was established in law by the 1975 Legislature. Its authority and functions are specified in ORS 173.800 through ORS 173.850.

State of Oregon - Oregon Legislature Salem, OR, USA
May 23, 2019
A career with the Oregon State Legislature is more than a job.  It’s an opportunity to support the process whereby ideas are crafted into statutes and policies that represent all Oregonians.   It puts you at the heart of state policy making. Oregon’s elected officials need be equipped with accurate and timely research data and analysis to make informed decisions that ultimately chart the course of our state’s history.  Established in 2016, the Legislative Policy and Research Office (LPRO) was charged with building capacity to support policy development for legislators and legislative committees by providing authoritative-level, accurate, nonpartisan research and policy analysis.  The legislative branch is seeking a dynamic leader for this agency.  Is it you? THE TEAM: The LPRO team consists of approximately 30 Legislative Analysts and Assistants, who provide vital policy analysis, research projects, committee administration and other assistance to legislative members, committees, stakeholders and other staff. They are required to create strong partnerships with Legislative Members, other agency staff, and other stakeholders. LPRO staff work collaboratively to support the work of the legislature.  The work is fluid and requires maximum flexibility to accommodate frequent adjustments to meet the demands of the legislature. The team is made up of analysts with varying degrees of issue expertise, education and legislative experience.  They are widely viewed as nonpartisan authorities in their policy issue areas. This group of diverse professionals must prioritize and manage multiple responsibilities within the available time, especially during legislative sessions.  Leadership of the team will require flexibility within consistency and demonstrated commitment in providing professional development and mentorship. THE POSITION: The LPRO Director plays the critical role as manager of the day to day operations of this newly established agency.  They are tasked with the added responsibility of serving as principal staff to the Legislative Policy and Research Committee. This position reports directly to the Legislative Policy and Research Committee and works closely with the offices of the Presiding Officers. Successful leadership of this agency will require: Extensive experience as a team builder. An experienced, change-driven leader willing to take risks to improve the operation of the agency. A seasoned professional in navigating conflict, lead dispute resolution and foster collaboration among diverse groups and individuals. A visionary with the experience to see big picture goals and the ability to chart the course to reach said goals. An expert communicator that can clearly and effectively articulate information especially when disappointing or unpopular. An enjoyment in leading a diverse, confident and well-educated staff and seeing to development of an environment that fosters the success of all. A strong familiarity with the legislative process. Cognizance of the dynamics of operating within a nonpartisan unit as part of a legislative environment. A thorough understanding of principles and processes involved in business and organizational planning, coordination and execution. A manager practiced in budget planning and development. The give and take of feedback to resolve organizational challenges and promote positive change management. Flexibility, especially during priority dates such as legislative session.  The Director will often be on-call and work nights and weekends. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to identify and organize staffing needs to best suit the growing demands of the department.  They will work closely with professional staff to implement office strategies and goals and will continually evaluate the quality of the services provided by the Legislative Policy and Research Office through review of reports; direct outreach with customers; attendance at stakeholder meetings, conferences and forums. A challenging, yet rewarding experience awaits the right individual.  To review the complete position description, click here .