Job Opening: Legislative Aide

State Senator Diana DiZoglio is now accepting applications for the position of Legislative Aide in her State House office!

The Legislative Aide provides support to the Senator and staff in a variety of areas, including legislative research and analysis and constituent services. The Legislative Aide helps to maintain the Senator’s schedule. The Legislative Aide monitors issues specific to the Senator’s district and attends pertinent meetings and hearings. The Legislative Aide assists in the drafting of press releases, newsletters, speeches and web content.

Job Responsibilities:

• Reports directly to the Chief of Staff
• Conducts constituent casework
• Assists the Legislative Director in the research and filing of legislation
• Assists the Chief of Staff in the management of interns
• Assists the Chief of Staff in the management of the Senator’s calendar
• Assists the Chief of Staff in the planning and execution of events sponsored by the Senator
• Assists the Chief of Staff in the management of the Senator’s social media accounts
• Ensures the Senator is provided with briefing materials for scheduled meetings and events in the State House
• Maintains up-to-date knowledge on all legislation affecting the district, including legislation on which the Senator is a principal sponsor and legislation on which the Senator is a cosponsor
• Assists in the writing of press releases, speeches, newsletters, columns, web content, citations, resolutions and letters to constituents
• Serve as a point of contact on media inquiries
• Represents the office at events in the State House and district
• Acts as a liaison for constituents and other individuals when they visit the Senator’s Office
• Supports general work of the office such as, but not limited to; answering the phone, greeting visitors and maintaining office supplies and equipment
• Meet with constituents or other office visitors, as necessary
• Meets deadlines as set by the Senator and Chief of Staff
• Meets attendance requirements as established by the office
• Maintains a good working relationship with the Senator, fellow staff and constituents
• Performs other duties as assigned

Preferred Qualifications:

• A bachelor’s degree is preferred. Alternatively, two years of related work experience.
• Knowledge of the 1st Essex District and the cities and town represented by the Senator
• An understanding of the local, state and federal political process
• Strong editing, writing and communication skills
• Bilingual preferred but not required
• Strong organizational and filing skills
• Thoroughness and careful attention to detail
• Temperament to communicate with a variety of personalities in a tactful, pleasant and professional manner
• Ability to work efficiently within time constraints and deadlines
• Willingness to serve the 1st Essex District and its constituents
• Knowledge of office computer applications
• Ability to work extended hours and weekend days on occasion, when needed. Must have transportation to travel to both the State House and Senator’s district.

Applicants should submit via e-mail a resume and cover letter to Senator DiZoglio’s Chief of Staff Andrew Carden: Andrew.Carden@masenate.gov.

DiZoglio Fighting to Reinstate Merrimack River District Commission

In the Fiscal Year 2020 Senate Budget, State Senator Diana DiZoglio (D-Methuen) passed legislation to create a Merrimack River District Commission, an inclusive commission of local stakeholders — from sewage management professionals to environmentalists to elected officials — as well as representatives from state agencies, to assess the current health of the Merrimack and to map out strategies to ensure the health and safety of the river going forward.

Though unanimously passed by the Senate, language to establish the Commission was eliminated after budget negotiations began with the House on the final Conference Committee Report – despite the inclusion in the final report of $50,000 to fund it.

Now, DiZoglio, alongside fellow senators from the Merrimack Valley, is fighting to have the Commission reinstated. She, alongside State Senators Edward J. Kennedy (D-Lowell), Barry R. Finegold (D-Andover), Bruce E. Tarr (R-Gloucester) and James B. Eldridge (D-Acton), penned a joint letter to State Senator Michael J. Rodrigues (D-Westport), chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means, requesting that the legislation be moved to the Senate floor for consideration as soon as possible.

“This commission has been a priority of mine since the start of this legislative session, as I work to bring together stakeholders from all along the Merrimack to address issues around pollution, including discharge from combined sewer overflows (CSOs),” said DiZoglio. “We have never convened a diverse group of experts from various sectors to work together, agree on the basic facts, and advise the legislature on how to proceed to restore our beloved river so that it may be here for future generations to explore and enjoy.”

In June, DiZoglio, alongside the Merrimack Valley Planning Commission, hosted a kick-off of the Merrimack River District Commission that was attended by more than 50 local stakeholders, environmentalists and experts, including the Army Corps of Engineers.

“While this group will be funded, it is imperative that the Commission be established at the state level, as this will formalize the process, requiring that a report be delivered back to the legislature on the Commission’s findings regarding the health of the Merrimack,” said DiZoglio. “This report will help our region identify both short- and long-term solutions.”

“Recent reports have illustrated in stark terms that combined sewer overflows caused by outdated infrastructure pose a pervasive and reoccurring threat to the health of the Merrimack River,” said Kennedy. “The establishment of a Merrimack River District Commission would bring together stakeholders in communities that the river flows through to determine solutions to this issue and to preserve this vital natural resource into the future.”

“I applaud Senator DiZoglio for making the Commission a top priority, and I share her desire to see it reinstated,” said Finegold. “Since taking office in January, I’ve heard from dozens of constituents who are concerned about the river’s health and the impact it has on our community. We need the Commission so that we can bring all the organizations, advocates, and experts together and make the best decisions for the Merrimack River in the years to come.”

“The discharge of pollution is a serious concern made even more so when it is dumped directly into one of New England’s largest public drinking water sources – the Merrimack,” said Tarr. “This commission could bring key stakeholders and resources together to effectively mitigate the impacts from exposure to contaminants, and improve our economy and quality of life.”

While the establishment of the Commission was not included in the final Conference Committee Report, the final budget did include an amendment sponsored by DiZoglio for $100,000 toward a pilot program to notify swimmers and boaters of CSOs in the Merrimack. The program will utilize physical and virtual means to notify residents of potential CSO concerns, in the form of flagging and through a mobile app and website alerts.