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Public Administration Associate: Research Assistant

The Office of Legislative Oversight (OLO) conducts program evaluations, budget analyses, performance reviews, and other public policy research projects, as requested by the nine members of the Montgomery County Council. Public Administrative Associates (PAAs) serve as project research assistants, with such assignments as: compiling, organizing, and analyzing program and budget data; preparing charts and graphs; and obtaining comparative information from other jurisdictions. Employment is for a one-year term, with the possibility of an extension beyond this initial term. Research Assistant positions are generally filled by students who are recent graduates of a master’s degree program in public policy or related fields.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in public policy, business administration, or related fields (an equivalent combination of education and experience may be substituted).
  • Familiarity with the structure of local government and the ability to rapidly acquire knowledge of governmental laws, regulations, and practices.
  • Knowledge of research techniques, experience completing quantitative and qualitative analysis, and ability to compile and organize large amounts of information. Familiarity with spreadsheet and database applications, such as Microsoft Excel and Access, is preferred.
  • Ability to communicate and write effectively.
  • Ability to deal tactfully with people of varying backgrounds and viewpoints.

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