PROGRAM: Environment, Energy and Transportation Program (EET)
LOCATION: Denver, CO
SALARY: $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.
NCSL is seeking a Tribal Working Group Specialist to provide research and support of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) funded Nuclear Energy Tribal Working Group (NETWG) and the Tribal Radioactive Materials Transportation Committee (TRMTC). Generally, NETWG focuses on nuclear energy activities while TRMTC’s emphasis is on the transportation and management of radioactive materials. NCSL’s work assists state and tribal governments affected by DOE nuclear energy activities, the cleanup of former weapons production facilities, and/or shipments of hazardous and radioactive materials throughout the United States.
This full-time professional position provides leadership and assistance in supporting these groups as part of an NCSL team responsible for implementing work products funded by grants from the U.S. DOE. The Tribal Working Group Specialist’s responsibilities include planning and coordinating meetings, facilitating conference calls and webinars, managing and tracking working group projects, distributing relevant updates and information to the working groups and working with individual tribal members to resolve issues and move projects forward. The position also performs research, analysis and writing on these issues and other environment, energy, and transportation issues.
This position is grant-funded and is subject to reduction in percentage of time covered or elimination if grant funding becomes unavailable.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES:
Plan, coordinate, attend and provide staff and organizational support of NETWG and TRMTC at least eight working group/committee meetings per year at various locations throughout the United States in coordination with EET colleagues and NCSL meeting planning staff. (40 percent)
Organize and participate in conference calls, webinars and other related activities at the direction of NCSL and as recommended by the working groups.
Promote productive working relationships and maintain frequent and consistent communication with working group members and other attendees on a regular basis.
Compile meeting summaries, presentations and associated documentation on a timely basis, including managing webpage content.
Interface with the tribal working group and committee members on a frequent and consistent basis to build strong working relationships and promote collaboration.
Respond to research requests in a prompt and comprehensive manner.
Participate in professional development and skills enhancement training as required or identified by NCSL and/or recommended by the tribal working group/committees.
Research, analyze and compile information on topics being addressed by the working groups, including relevant federal, state and tribal regulations, for use at meetings, and in support of working group activities. (35 percent)
Support NCSL’s Environment, Energy and Transportation Program by developing high quality, unbiased, nonpartisan publications and research request responses pertaining to energy, environment and transportation topics, including particularly, nuclear energy technologies, radioactive materials transportation policy issues, and emergency management activities. (15 percent)
Track relevant state and federal regulations and examine and analyze existing or proposed rules and laws relating to the working group’s focus for the development of reports, publications or articles. (10 percent)
This position reports to the Environment Program Director and works collaboratively with EET program staff and other NCSL staff in executing the duties and responsibilities of the position. 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.
Experience and Education
Bachelor's degree plus five years of relevant and progressive work experience, or three years of experience and a post-baccalaureate graduate degree (i.e. master’s degree, advanced professional degree or doctoral degree).
The following work experience or equivalent combination is preferred: At least one-year of professional experience with NCSL or with a state legislature or government, and two years of public policy experience.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Professional experience with a tribal or federal government position with similar responsibilities and associated tasks is preferred.
Skill and competence in a wide-range of research skills and tasks.
Skill and competence in written communications and public policy research.
Excellent interpersonal and problem-solving skills.
Competence in planning, coordinating, executing and facilitating meetings as part of a team including outreach, agenda and meeting content development, speaker invitations, meeting site coordination, on-site hospitality, interaction with attendees, and required meeting follow-up.
Ability to travel by plane to a minimum of 8 meetings per year, over night and on weekends, to various locations throughout the United States. (Estimate of travel time commitment is 20 percent.)
Skill and competence in oral communication with the ability to deal effectively with tribal leadership, working group members, elected officials and federal and state partners.
Ability to work in a fast-paced, professional environment with multiple team members while maintaining flexibility and adaptability in evolving situations.
Experience with federal-tribal and tribal-state interrelations and knowledge of Native American tribal governance is preferred.
Knowledge of emerging spent nuclear fuel issues, radioactive materials transportation policy issues, nuclear energy public policies, familiarity with tribal emergency management, and a broad understanding of tribal, federal and state interactions relating to nuclear technology, including energy development and transportation and storage activities is preferred.
Demonstrates composure, confidence and respect in working effectively with tribal leaders and designated representatives, federal government officials, state representatives and subject-matter experts.
Ability to work independently and manage multiple tasks with corresponding deadlines.
Possesses the ability to balance and prioritize concurrent projects and meet stringent deadlines while fostering effective communications with NCSL staff and tribal working group members.
Must be well-organized, detail-oriented and work well under pressure and tight deadlines.
Maintains confidentiality and handles politically sensitive work on an ongoing basis.
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, in-office dry cleaning pick up, access to 24-hour fitness memberships, and more!
Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume highlighting skills and qualifications to: https://ncsl.applicantpro.com/jobs no later than Thursday, March 7, 2019.
NCSL IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.
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.