PROGRAM: State-Federal Relations - Labor and Economic Development Committee
and Office of the D.C. Director
LOCATION: Washington, D.C.
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 will provide support on labor, economic development, trade and military issues to the State-Federal Division of NCSL and will work under the direction of the Director for the Labor/Economic Development Committee and the D.C. office director. This professional position requires demonstrated competence in research and analytic skills. The successful candidate will not only be able to summarize and describe issues in these areas, but also analyze and explain legislative and administrative facets of these topics. Contact with legislators, legislative staff, and other officials outside of NCSL is extensive, includes face-to-face discussions or presentations at meetings, and involves more than the exchange or provision of information on legislative information requests.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES:
Monitors federal legislative and regulatory initiatives that affects states.
Attends briefings, coalition meetings, hearings, seminars and other meetings on issues pertaining to federal labor, economic development and trade issues;
Conducts outreach to staff of members of Congress and the administration on NCSL policy;
Helps forecast upcoming federal issues that may affect state legislatures (related to the above issue areas);
Prepares written summaries, analyses and other background materials on federal legislative and regulatory initiatives and on meetings attended;
Makes oral presentations to the NCSL Committees on Labor & Economic Development and to other groups as assigned;
Assists in drafting testimony, comments on regulations, letters to Congress and other correspondence related to federal legislative and regulatory initiatives;
Assists with the drafting of the Committee’s newsletters and reports;
Prepares concise and accurate oral/written responses to legislative requests for information as well technical assistance to state legislatures;
Assists with planning and conducting Committee meetings to include speaker outreach, agenda setting, and other logistical details as needed;
Organizes and maintains Committee web-page and the state-federal page in general;
Provides general support to special projects as assigned by the Director of the D.C. office.
This position dos not have supervisory responsibilities at this time but may have a future opportunity to oversee interns.
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.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to sit; stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms. The employee may need to lift and carry objects up to 50 lbs occasionally. 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.
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 Tuesday September 3, 2019.
NCSL IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.
Experience and Education
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. masters degree, professional degree, or doctoral degree) may be substituted for one year of the required work experience.
Subject-specific knowledge or experience may be preferred but not required.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Excellence in writing, speaking, research, analytical and organizational skills.
Competence in the interpersonal skills needed to work effectively with legislators and legislative staff and dealing with politically sensitive constituencies.
Skill and competence in working independently and under pressure on multiple projects.
Able to maintain confidentiality and handle politically sensitive work.
Understanding of Congressional Committees and key players related to their issue areas under the jurisdiction of the respective NCSL Committees
About National Conference of State Legislatures
Since 1975, the National Conference of State Legislatures has been the bipartisan voice of legislators and legislative staff in the states, commonwealths and territories of the U.S. Our mission is to serve state legislatures by providing support, promoting fresh ideas, connecting legislators and staff with experts and each other, and providing a strong, cohesive voice in the federal system.
Legislators and legislative staff turn to us for up-to-date, nonpartisan information on critical state legislative issues, including health care, budgets, elections, transportation, education and more. We work to protect state sovereignty and flexibility, fight against unfunded mandates and oppose unwarranted federal pre-emption of state authority. Our experts and their research are regularly cited by prominent national news outlets, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and NPR.
NCSL’s success depends on its dedicated and talented staff. Our staff serves a diverse community of legislators and legislative staff, and NCSL values a diverse workforce that reflects that community. We strive to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people by valuing their varied skills and ...experiences. 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.