Nonpartisan Policy Analyst

Legislative Services Division/State of Montana

Helena, Montana

Date Posted June 01, 2021
Industry Government
Specialty Not Specified
Required Education Bachelor's Degree
Job Status Full-time
Salary Promotions available


Tired of being tied to the police scanner? Looking to balance work and life? Want to keep your objectivity? Research analysts for the Montana Legislature are nonpartisan critical thinkers who deal well with all types of people and are never beat by a deadline. Must learn quickly and write succinctly. Experience in data analysis and visual presentation is welcome.

Analysts are generalists but develop expertise in an assigned area. Session duties include drafting legislation, providing research and guidance, working with committee members, lobbyists, and the public, and being well-versed in legislative process and rules. Between sessions, analysts are project managers for interim committees that undertake policy studies, conduct agency oversight, review administrative rules, and prepare recommendations for legislation. Analysts work closely with committee leadership, an attorney, a secretary and administrative staff.  Public speaking and a willingness to creatively present information is required.

The Montana Legislature meets every other year for about four months. Researchers work long days during session and accrue comp time in addition to vacation time. The best season in Montana is vacation, no matter when it occurs. Hundreds of miles of mountain trails are five minutes from the capitol. The Missouri River is in the backyard.