PROGRAM: Children & Families – Economic Security, Housing, Child Support
LOCATION: Denver, CO
The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) is the nation’s pre-eminent bipartisan membership organization for state legislators, legislative staff and other intergovernmental groups in the 50 states, commonwealths and territories and has been since 1975. NCSL provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues. Our mission is to improve the quality and effectiveness of state legislatures; promote policy innovation and communication among state legislatures; and ensure state legislatures a strong, cohesive voice in the federal system. While NCSL is bipartisan in nature, all NCSL staff work is strictly non-partisan.
NCSL’s Denver-based Children and Families Program seeks a Senior Policy Specialist with expertise in one or more of the following policy domains: 1.) family economic security (e.g., Earned Income Tax Credit and other family tax credits, benefits cliffs, barriers to employment, opportunity youth, TANF, SNAP or two-generation strategies), 2.) housing and homelessness, or 3.) child support and family law. Applicants should have a background in public policy, human services, secondary research or political science. Professional experience in communications, public affairs or civic engagement is also desired. This position will be responsible for contributing to a culture of program innovation and excellence and ensuring NCSL’s work is completed in an objective and nonpartisan manner. This position reports to the program director responsible for family economic security, housing and homelessness, and child support and family law.
This position requires air travel approximately 8 times per year. Most trips are for one to three nights.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES:
Anticipate emerging issues of importance to state legislatures and initiate research, technical assistance, or educational programs in response.
Conduct complex translational research with an understanding of political context, and provide substantive policy interpretations, guidance and support to legislators and legislative staff.
Write skillfully and with minimal need for editing for a range of publications, including reports, newsletters, blogs and magazine articles.
Develop and maintain relationships with state, federal and other governmental officials, public interest group and private-sector organizations.
Represent NCSL in substantive discussions and explain and interpret NCSL programs and policies.
Plan, organize and conduct comprehensive and politically neutral technical assistance programs, conferences, webinars and other educational events.
Manage projects on time and on budget, ensuring outputs are relevant to NCSL’s members, politically neutral and of high quality.
Assist with developing new project concepts and supporting grant-writing and funder relations.
May manage and staff a committee, task force, staff section, subcommittee, advisory group or ongoing working group.
Perform other responsibilities as needed.
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.
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; open filing cabinets; bend; stoop; 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. Requires the ability to travel locally, regionally and nationally by airplane, 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 six years of relevant and progressive work experience. The following work experience or some equivalent combination is preferred: two years of professional experience at the level of a policy specialist with NCSL or another organization, two years of state or federal legislative or government experience, and two years of professional experience in the assigned subject area. Post-baccalaureate education is preferred, and up to three years of post-baccalaureate education may be substituted for some of the required work experience.
Experience working for public affairs or communications firms or civic engagement organizations, coupled with a relevant policy background, a plus.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Working knowledge of and technical expertise in policies and practices related to family economic security, housing and homelessness, or child support and family law.
Excellent research, analytical and organizational skills. Candidates will have experience gathering and analyzing information, identifying patterns in data and synthesizing large volumes of information.
Exceptional writing and editing skills. Candidates must have substantial experience writing concise and compelling policy documents and editing the work of others.
Substantial knowledge of state lawmaking processes and government structures.
Excellence in developing and executing educational/informational products and services for adult learners (i.e., legislators, legislative staff and others).
Ability to manage multiple projects (i.e., budgets, timelines and relationships) in a fast-paced office environment.
Ability to work in a politically neutral manner with legislators and legislative staff and maintain confidentiality when required.
Ability to clearly and credibly present information in front of legislators, legislative staff, funders and other audiences.
Ability to know when and how to work independently and with others.
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, 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 Friday, March 20, 2020.
NCSL IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
Internal Number: 1520
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.