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 Energy Program at the National Conference of State Legislatures is seeking a Policy Associate to perform legislative research, analysis, writing, and meeting planning. This person will work with the Energy Program staff in providing quality, unbiased information to state legislators and legislative staff through publications, legislative tracking, meetings and other efforts. The Policy Associate will focus on a variety of energy issues, including energy efficiency, renewable energy and carbon policy. The Policy Associate will track, compile and summarize legislation; draft publications; coordinate meetings; and provide research for publications, conferences, and technical assistance. This professional position requires demonstrated competence in research and writing, as well as excellent communication and analytical skills.
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:
Research, analyze, and draft web briefs, reports and magazine articles about emerging energy policy topics, which will include renewable energy, distributed energy resources, energy efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions reduction policies.
Present before legislative committees, on webinars, and at workshops.
Collect and analyze data on legislative actions and state and federal programs, using online resources, available databases, and public and private organizations.
Conduct thorough research and draft presentations for technical assistance. Provide prompt, concise and accurate responses to legislative requests for information.
Research compile and draft background materials for projects, meetings, and conferences.
Provide program support and assistance with workshops, energy institutes, task forces, and other meetings.
Perform other related research and project 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.
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
Excellent written research and writing skills.
Excellent verbal communication skills. Skill and competence in public communication and ability to work effectively with state legislators, legislative staff and project partners.
The ability to work well independently, innovate and problem solve.
Knowledge, experience and demonstrated interest in working in the energy policy arena preferred.
Skill and competence to work effectively with legislators and legislative staff.
Skill and competence to work independently and to handle a variety of tasks and assignments concurrently.
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 Tuesday, June 11, 2019.
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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.