JOB TITLE: Policy Analyst
PROGRAM: Center for Results-Driven Governing
LOCATION: Denver, Colorado – Hybrid
SALARY: $4,014 p/month
Are you ready to join an organization with an extraordinary mission? The National Conference of State Legislatures offers careers where you can use your skills, knowledge and experience to truly make a difference. NCSL’s mission is purposeful – strengthening the legislative institution. From informing effective policies and promoting communication among state legislatures, to ensuring states have a strong, cohesive voice in the federal system, our team works in service of legislatures. And, with a commitment to constantly innovating all resources and services to meet the evolving needs of members, NCSL has earned the reputation as the nation’s most trusted bipartisan membership organization for legislators and legislative staff. Our success serving NCSL members relies on our team of passionate, dedicated professionals who work diligently to strengthen the legislative institution. Join our team and contribute to this unique, essential mission.
NCSL has a flexible remote work policy. Building and maintaining our organizational culture is critical and we do so by bringing staff together, in person, for four days each month. The remote work policy provides the freedom to work from anywhere with the requirement that staff come to the NCSL office once a month for team meetings and professional development.
ABOUT THE ROLE:
A Policy Analyst is an entry-level position that may work on a variety of policy and legislative topics and contribute to a range of tasks and projects. The position operates under the close supervision of others and has no supervisory responsibilities. Employees are assigned discrete tasks (e.g., tracking legislation in databases, answering research requests from members, contributing research to publications and presentations, providing research or state examples for a presentation) in support of projects and/or other professional staff in a project or program. Employees have an opportunity to begin to develop knowledge in a specific subject area(s).
NCSL’s Center for Results-Driven Governing team tracks state legislative interests and actions and provides learning and networking opportunities to legislators and legislative staff on issues related to evidence- and performance-based budgeting and policymaking. This position reports to the director of the team, while also working in collaboration with other professional project staff. As a critical team member, you will organize meeting logistics, conduct outreach to state legislators and legislative staff, develop written analyses, write publications, and respond to research requests on various evidence-based policymaking issues.
WHAT YOU’LL DO:
- Collects and monitors data on legislative and executive branch actions and programs related to science policy and evidence-based policymaking, using a variety of resources, including state legislative databases, public and private organizations, and others.
- Prepares prompt, concise, accurate and nonpartisan responses to legislative research requests. Responses may be oral or written and could include background research, state examples, and legislative summaries and tables.
- Maintains and updates webpages with new research, data, policy, and legislative information. May create new webpages based on emerging policies and practices.
- Provides logistical support for meetings, conferences, and other NCSL convenings. May contribute to planning tasks, such as research, background information, and speaker identification, as well as agenda development and on-site support.
- Contributes to written publications. May summarize legislation, tabulate surveys, research specific state programs or activities, and provide other research for reports, short publications, or articles. May author shorter publications.
- Contributes to presentations and technical assistance workshops. May have the opportunity to provide public speaking/presentations with oversight by their supervisor or senior staff.
- Collaborates with NCSL staff in other issue areas that overlap with the Center for Results-Driven Governing.
- Will travel to assist with NCSL meetings and other professional development activities.
- Performs other responsibilities as needed.
THE WORK ENVIRONMENT:
This position is mostly performed in an office environment, on or off-site, with prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer. Employees routinely use standard office equipment such as laptops, printers, scanners, copy machines, and smartphones. Occasional travel by airplane, including overnights and weekends, is required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
QUALIFICATIONS FOR SUCCESS:
- Bachelor's degree.
- Ability to communicate information, in writing and verbally, in a clear and credible way to a variety of audiences.
- Ability to work collaboratively with others and work independently.
- Ability to work in a politically neutral manner and maintain confidentiality when required.
- Skill and competence in basic research skills and tasks requiring attention to detail, including internet searches; accessing and analyzing government, public, and private policy documents, white papers, and other resources; and analyzing and synthesizing research and legislation.
- Organizational skills, including the ability to manage multiple tasks and deadlines simultaneously. Ability to work under deadline pressure and adapt to changes in workload.
- Knowledge of state legislative and political processes and the separation of power between the branches of government.
- Proficiency with simultaneously managing multiple tasks and deadlines.
- Competency in working under deadline pressure and adapting to changes in workloads.
- Creative thinking and problem-solving skills.
- Ability to travel by air up to 3-5 times per year, with most trips being 1-3 nights, as well as work extended hours, possibly evenings and weekends, usually associated with events/travel.
YOUR BENEFITS AT A GLANCE:
NCSL has a flexible remote work policy. Building and maintaining our organizational culture is critical and we do so by bringing staff together, in person, for four days each month. The remote work policy provides the freedom to work from anywhere with the requirement that staff come to the NCSL office once a month for team meetings and professional development. We are committed to offering a full range of other benefits for you and your eligible family members, including domestic partners.
Your total compensation goes beyond the number on your paycheck. Our outstanding benefits include 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, generous time off plans and paid family leave, floating holidays, identity theft protection, employee assistance programs, pet insurance, paid time off the volunteer, and more! Relocation assistance is provided for out-of-state candidates.
HOW TO JOIN OUR TEAM:
If you are a purpose-driven, dedicated professional looking to give as much as you get – submit your resume and cover letter by 11:59 PM MT, November 30, 2022. Learn more about working with NCSL by visiting our careers page: https://www.ncsl.org/research/about-state-legislatures/ncsl-careers.aspx. We are looking forward to receiving your application!
NCSL is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and is committed to developing a diverse, dynamic team and inclusive workplace. NCSL does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, disability, or any other status protected by law or regulation.