The Maryland General Assembly (MGA) offers exciting and challenging opportunities to work directly with legislators. The legislative environment can be fast-paced and dynamic. Staff must be able to adapt to the changing needs and priorities of the General Assembly, while providing the highest quality of staff support. Additionally, the legislative work environment is unique; the General Assembly never closes for the 90 days that it is in session. Typically, staff can expect to work longer than the normal 8-hour workday and on weekends.
The Human Resources Office is responsible for staffing and overseeing personnel operations for MGA administrative, leadership, and member offices. Members of the General Assembly may request assistance from the Human Resources Office in hiring staff, or they may hire staff directly. MGA employees perform administrative and support functions, working directly for an individual member or in a delegation office (group of members by district), standing committee, or leadership office. Positions include:
- legislative clerk;
- legislative secretary;
- legislative assistant;
- administrative assistant.
Functions performed by employees in these positions vary but may include:
- answering and directing telephone calls;
- assisting callers and visitors by supplying legislative information;
- maintaining a member's calendar;
- data entry;
- maintaining a filing system;
- composing correspondence;
- preparing other types of legislative documents.
In addition, administrative assistants may supervise clerical staff, arrange legislative meetings and hearings, prepare legislation, attend hearings, and provide guidance to members on legislative issues.
Testing for administrative positions for the legislative session occur prior to the convening of the General Assembly each January.