Job Title: Senior Program Manager
Type of Company: The lower house (Assembly) of New York State legislature.
Education: BA, Political Science, Johns Hopkins University MA, doctoral studies, University of Pittsburgh (ABD)
Previous Experience: I did research in university setting, then worked in County and City government before moving to the state level.
Job Tasks: My primary responsibility is to manage the legislative agendas for four different legislative groups (two commissions, one committee and one task force.) I direct a small staff that helps research issues and develops legislation for introduction, and, we hope, enactment into law by the State of New York.
We may hold a public hearing or roundtable discussion to get input from experts and the general public. We also look at developments in other states, the federal government and research by scholars to help gather background material. We look at economic statistics, agency documents and published reports or conduct a survey. My job is to direct the other staff in their research efforts, to translate our findings into a product that can be readily used by the legislators, and to work with the legislators to help define their priorities.
Our group also works on projects at the request of the house leadership. Our products may be a short memo, a long research report or proposed legislation. Projects may need to be completed right away or may extend over several months or more depending upon the issue. Two of the entities that I work with are involved in technology-based economic development. We often travel to universities or high tech companies to discuss how the State can help their efforts and to see how successful state investments have been in creating jobs and economic growth.
Best and Worst Parts of the Job: For me, there are two very positive aspects of the job: the variety of work and the sense of public service. We often look for the "best practice" in public policy and then try to find the way for the state to adopt this approach. This often means learning new things and then, ideally, seeing your research applied to a real problem that will help the state's citizens.
The most difficult part is often there are too many demands at the same time, and it is hard to plan long-term.
Job Tips: Balance your studies. Technical knowledge is very helpful, but the ability to communicate that knowledge is just as important. Still, a field of expertise in science, law, or finance is essential.
Work on team projects. There are too many situations that require a collective effort and collective knowledge.
Additional Thoughts: I initially saw this job as a temporary position, and that I would eventually take an academic teaching position. However, I'm still here and I'm not bored. I've developed expertise and I continue to find new things that are interesting and important.
I never completed my Ph.D, which I regret. If I had to do everything over, I would still work for the legislature, but I would have pursued a degree in either business or legal studies instead of earning academic credentials.
The most important personal quality is the ability to be flexible. Legislators are very diverse; so are their staffs and so are the issues.
Click the Visit School Site buttons to go directly to a school's website and learn more about the school and programs it has to offer. School website will open in a new tab. .
Click the Request Info buttons to request more information from a representative at the school
Pursue your education at Ohio Christian University.
Recognized by the U.S. News and World Report for: Best Online Programs, Bachelor’s 2017, Best Online Programs, Grad Education 2017 and Best Online Programs, Bachelor’s for Veterans 2017
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota's Online Master's Programs
At Saint Mary's, we take pride in offering online graduate degrees designed to complement the schedules of working adults like you. Get an affordable, convenient education from a top-ranked university that's grounded in real-world applications.
Welcome to Argosy University
Argosy University offers doctoral, master's, and bachelor's degree programs to students through its eight colleges: College of Behavioral Sciences, Graduate School of Business and Management, College of Education, College of Health Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Creative Arts and Design, College of Clinical Psychology and Western State College of Law at Argosy University as well as certificate programs in many areas.
Founded in 1766, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is a leading national public research university and the state’s preeminent, comprehensive public institution of higher learning.
Syracuse's Master's in Library and Information Science (MLIS) curriculum prepares students for careers in a broad range of settings, including academic institutions, public libraries, corporations, government agencies, and cultural institutions.
Pursue a certificate, master, or doctorate degree in Psychology at The Chicago School for Professional Psychology
Join the community of thought leaders at University of the Rockies. Pursue your graduate degree from the University’s School of Professional Psychology or School of Organizational Leadership.
The MSW@USC is the first top-ranked MSW program offered nationally. Many online programs are limited to certain geographic areas or the availability of courses, making it necessary to travel to campus. Our program can be completed from virtually anywhere without the need to relocate to Southern California.
Are you ready to advance or start your career inspiring minds and changing lives? Apply to join GCU's prestigious teaching community.
The inside stories from people actually working in the field.
Click a story title to show the story, and click the title again to hide it.
Career Stories are concise, real-world career overviews written by people relating their personal career experiences and wisdom. They provide invaluable insights and mentoring advice to students and career changers.
Most stories include:
Please also see our detailed information about Political Scientists, including: