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Job Title: Policy Associate/Policy Specialist
Washington, DC United States
Government and Policy
Policy Associate/Policy Specialist
JOB TITLE: Policy Associate/Policy Specialist
PROGRAM: State-Federal Affairs
LOCATION: Washington, D.C.
SALARY: $4,199-$4,708+/month depending on experience
The National Conference of State Legislatures is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and legislative staff of the nation's 50 states, its commonwealths and territories. NCSL provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues. Our mission is to serve state legislatures and other intergovernmental groups by providing support, promoting fresh ideas, connecting legislators and staff with experts and each other, and provide a strong, cohesive voice in the federal system. Since its founding in 1975, NCSL's staff has grown from 15 employees to over 150 employees in its offices in Denver, CO and Washington, D.C.
The policy associate/policy specialist will provide support on federal telecommunications, finance, cybersecurity, insurance, sports betting, and technology issues as well as assist in staffing the conference’s Cybersecurity Task Force, Insurance Task Force and Communications, Financial Services, and Interstate Commerce Committee. The policy associate/policy specialist will engage in federal advocacy, serve as a liaison between state legislators and the federal government, and support the Committee Director in event planning, information requests, and writing projects.
This position is housed in NCSL’s State-Federal Division and the successful candidate will work under the direction of the Committee Director for the Communications, Financial Services, and Interstate Commerce Committee.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES:
1. Monitors federal legislative and regulatory initiatives that affect states;
2. Attends briefings, congressional hearings, coalition meetings, seminars, and other meetings on issues pertaining to Committee issues;
3. Prepares written summaries, analyses, and other background materials on federal legislative and regulatory initiatives and on meetings attended;
4. Writes periodic memoranda for Committee staff, legislators, and legislative staff on state-federal issues, as directed;
5. Makes oral presentations to the NCSL Communications, Financial Services, and Interstate Commerce Committee, and to other groups as assigned;
6. Assists in drafting testimony, comments on regulations, letters to Congress, and other correspondence related to federal legislative and regulatory initiatives;
7. Provides analytical support and assists with researching, compiling, and drafting background materials for research projects, meetings, conferences, and workshops;
8. Prepares concise and accurate oral/written responses to legislative requests for information as well technical assistance to state legislatures;
9. Assists Committee Director with planning and conducting Committee meetings;
10. Assists with other project and program tasks as assigned.
This position has no direct supervisory responsibilities but does serve as a coach and mentor for other positions in the department.
This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as laptop computers, copy machines, scanners and smartphones.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
This is largely a sedentary position that requires the ability to speak, hear, see, lift small objects up to 50 lbs., open filing cabinets and bend, stoop, or stand on a stool as necessary. Requires the ability to travel locally, regionally and nationally, including overnight and weekends.
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
Qualifications & Requirements
For a Policy Associate:
• Bachelor's degree plus three years of relevant work experience, including at least one year of professional research or public policy experience with NCSL, in state government, or with a public policy organization.
• A post-baccalaureate or graduate degree (i.e. master’s degree, professional degree, or doctoral degree) may be substituted for one year of the required work experience.
• Knowledge or experience in the issue areas covered by the Committee preferred.
• Demonstrated competence in research and analytic skills.
• Ability to summarize and describe issues in the areas covered as well as analyze and explain legislative and administrative facets of a topic.
• Contact with legislators, legislative staff, and other officials outside of NCSL is extensive, and includes face-to-face discussions or presentations at meetings, and involves more than the exchange or provision of information on legislative information requests.
• This class may be used to hire individuals who do not meet the requirements for the position of Policy Specialist.
For a Policy Specialist:
• Bachelor's degree plus five years of relevant and progressive work experience or three years of experience and post-baccalaureate / graduate degree (i.e. masters degree, advanced professional degree or doctoral degree).
• The following work experience or some equivalent combination is preferred: at least one year of professional experience with NCSL or with a state legislature or government, two years of professional public policy experience.
• Knowledge or experience in the issue areas covered by the Committee preferred.
• Requires expertise in research, analysis, and program planning gained through progressively more complex and more in-depth work over several years.
• Handles a diverse range of tasks on a project, committee, or staff section requiring a command of a specialized field.
• May oversee one or two project staff and participates substantially in deciding what, when, and how services are to be provided.
• Frequently, the work requires the employee to make presentations to other groups and to represent NCSL in the assigned area.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities for both Policy Associate and Policy Specialist
1. Knowledge of the legislative process and state government.
2. Skill and competence in a wide range of research skills and tasks.
3. Skill and competence in a variety of written and oral communications.
4. Skill and competence to work effectively with legislators and legislative staff.
5. Skill and competence to work independently and to handle a variety of tasks and assignments concurrently.
6. Able to maintain confidentiality and handle politically sensitive work.
7. Competence in writing and policy research.
8. Competence in the interpersonal skills necessary to work effectively with legislators and legislative staff and dealing with politically sensitive constituencies.
9. Political sensitivity and the ability to work in a bipartisan organization.
10. The ability to work independently and under pressure on multiple projects.
11. Skill and competence in oral communication and presentation.
12. Skill in analyzing and organizing information.
13. Ability to work effectively on a team.
NCSL offers an outstanding benefits package including low cost health, dental and vision coverage, a 401(a)-retirement plan with 10% contribution after 6 months and full vesting, life & disability insurance, 3-weeks paid vacation with 5+ years of paid full-time work experience, paid leave, 35-hour work weeks, telework, pet insurance, discounted bus / train passes, and more!
Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume highlighting skills and qualifications to: https://ncsl.applicantpro.com/jobs no later than February 22, 2019.
NCSL IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.
The National Conference of State Legislatures is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and legislative staff of the nation's 50 states, its commonwealths and territories. NCSL provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues. Our mission is to serve state legislatures by providing support, promoting fresh ideas, connecting legislators and staff with experts and each other, and provide a strong, cohesive voice in the federal system. Since its founding in 1975, NCSL's staff has grown from 15 employees to over 150 employees in its offices in Denver, CO and Washington, D.C. Our growth has been due to the increasing activity and responsibility of the nation's state legislatures and the complexity and diversity of issues that legislators face. Employees work in a challenging, often fast-paced environment where they assist legislators and legislative staff in their work to promote the common good of the citizens of the states.
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