Division of Research Career Opportunities

The Division of Research provides nonpartisan research, legal, and other legislative services to the General Assembly.

If you are interested in joining a team dedicated to nonpartisan legislative service, please feel free to contact us about future opportunities with the Division at the following addresses or apply for current vacancies listed below:

ATTN: Office Manager
Division of Research
Legislative Hall
411 Legislative Avenue
Dover, DE 19904
E-mail: legislative.council@delaware.gov

Legislative Research Analyst

The Division is seeking applicants for a vacancy as a Legislative Research Analyst. 

As a Legislative Research Analyst you will conduct research and provide analysis to respond to requests by legislators and staff for policy analysis, conduct independent research and prepare briefs and reports on topics of general interest to legislators and staff, and assist the Division with drafting and proofreading legislation and other documents. 

Specifically, you will perform the following functions:

  • Prepare prompt, concise, and accurate written responses for legislators and staff regarding requests for information or policy analysis.
  • Prepare written bill analyses, issue briefs, and reports analyzing issues before the General Assembly. 
  • Provide research and other staffing support to standing, joint, or interim committees or task forces created by the General Assembly.
  • Create and maintain an interim research program by surveying legislators to identify priority issues facing the General Assembly and prepare written reports on the top priority issues in advance of the start of the next session.
  • Assist with planning and implementing seminars and other training for legislators and staff. 
  • Assist with drafting and proofreading legislation and other documents.

The Legislative Research Analyst must work in a nonpartisan manner in a partisan environment and provide objective information regardless of the issue or personal opinions.

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Application materials must be completed by October 26, 2021, using the State of Delaware employment application available on the job announcement page.

Legislative Attorney (Contract Position)

The Division is seeking applications for a limited-term contract position as a Legislative Attorney. The contract is for the period from the date of hire until December 31, 2021, consists of a maximum of 20 hours of work each week, and pays at a rate corresponding to the applicant’s experience.

As a Legislative Attorney you will perform the following functions:

  • Act as nonpartisan legal staff to the General Assembly.
  • Draft legislation and amendments to legislation.
  • Proofread drafted legislation and identify technical or substantive errors or oversights.
  • Research and analyze legislation.
  • Perform legal and general research and draft legal and research memoranda.
  • Provide the legal expertise to analyze complex, technical legislation and determine constitutionality of the legislation.

The Legislative Attorney must have education, training, or experience demonstrating competence in all of the following areas:

  • Possession of a Juris Doctor.
  • Possession of a valid license to practice law.
  • Three years of experience in researching and interpreting regulations, constitutions, statutes, and case law.
  • Three years of experience in analyzing and evaluating public policies and making recommendations based on findings.
  • Six months experience in narrative report writing.
  • Proficiency using technology such as Microsoft Office products and video conferencing, and an ability to quickly learn new technological applications.

The Legislative Attorney must work in a nonpartisan manner in a partisan environment and must provide objective information regardless of the issue or personal opinions.

Throughout the contract period, the Division will be a hybrid work environment, allowing up to 3 days per week for remote working.

To apply, please submit all of the following:

  • A current resume.
  • A writing sample not more than 5 pages in length.
  • A cover letter that includes all of the following:
    • A description of your reason for interest.
    • An explanation of how you meet each of the education, training, or experience requirements for this position.
    • Relevant legislative or legislative drafting experience.

Send all application materials by electronic mail to legislative.council@delaware.gov by October 29, 2021.

Please note, a writing exercise will be given at the time of the interview.