The National Conference of State Legislatures is a nonpartisan 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. We look forward to your contributions to our mission in the Employment, Labor & Retirement program.
This professional position will assist the Program Director with activities under a new grant from the US Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration to work on labor and occupational licensure issues. A significant portion of the work will require extensive data collection, research and writing as well as facilitation of state teams. The position also involves managing an online database, collaborating with other national organizations, assisting in implementing a project timeline and meeting planning, among other things. This Research Analyst II will operate directly under the Program Director and under the mentorship of a Group Director.
This full-time position is funded through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor and is subject to reduction in percentage of time covered or elimination if grant funding becomes unavailable. Grants that support the position require successful completion of work products, such as research, publications, invitational meetings, educational presentations, individual state technical assistance programs, web pages, webinars, and responding to information requests.
Experience and Education
Bachelor's degree plus two years of relevant work experience, including at least one year of general policy research, legislative or state government experience. One year of NCSL experience is strongly preferred.
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.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Competence in writing and basic policy research skills.
Excellent verbal communication skills.
Skill and competence in public communication and ability to work effectively with state legislators, legislative staff and project partner.
State legislative experience and/or background in the areas of labor, workforce and/or occupational licensing are a plus.
Able to maintain confidentiality and handle politically sensitive work.
The ability to work independently, innovate and problem solve.
The position will require out-of-state travel to meetings and to individual states to provide technical assistance.
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.