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.
The NCSL Education program seeks a professional possessing competence in research, writing, analytic skills and interpersonal communication. The position covers a broad range of preschool through third grade education (P-3) policy issues. This individual will conduct research, follow education policy trends, track state legislation, develop web-based material, organize meeting logistics, perform outreach to legislators and legislative staff, develop written analyses and respond to information requests from state legislators, legislative staff, the media and others on a variety of P-3 issues including the long-term effects of preschool, opportunity and achievement gaps, dual language learners, workforce, family engagement, literacy, numeracy, early STEM, school readiness and more.
The position requires 50% time working specifically on issues relating to the opportunity gap and the Every Student Succeeds Act and 50% time on P-3 issues generally, including staffing a working group. This includes recruiting legislators to attend meetings, tracking the status of legislative proposals in the states, summarizing relevant legislation and working with staff on a variety of research and writing projects as assigned.
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:
Collects and monitors data on legislative actions, state and federal programs, using a variety of resources, available databases, and public and private organizations.
Prepares concise and accurate written responses to legislative requests for information on a variety of preschool through third grade education topics.
Provides logistical support and assists with researching, compiling, and drafting background materials for projects, meetings, technical assistance, workshops, and conferences.
Summarizes legislation, tabulates surveys, and describes specific state programs or activities for reports, short publications or articles.
Assists with developing surveys and questionnaires, conducts interviews, analyzes and summarizes survey responses.
May perform related research and project tasks as assigned.
Provides regular updates for NCSL's P-3 websites.
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 or four years of college plus one year of relevant work experience.
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
Basic knowledge of the legislative process and state government.
Competence in writing and basic policy research skills.
Skill and competence in oral communication and interpersonal skills to deal effectively with legislators and legislative staff by phone and in person.
Skill in analyzing and organizing information and solving problems.
Skill in applicable software applications including Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Outlook, Word, PowerPoint).
Able to work independently.
Able to maintain confidentiality and handle politically sensitive work.
Ability to maintain regular and punctual attendance.
Ability to work on tasks requiring meticulous attention to detail.
Ability to work effectively on a team.
Ability to work under pressure on multiple projects or tasks and adapt to changes in workload.
Ability to maintain professional appearance and demeanor.
Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume highlighting skills and qualifications to: https://ncsl.applicantpro.com/jobs no later than Friday, September 14, 2018.
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.