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 bi-partisan in nature, all NCSL staff work is strictly non-partisan.
NCSL is seeking a highly motivated individual to join the Legislative Training Program as a Senior Training Specialist. The successful candidate will possess expertise across a broad field of training and learning with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of state legislatures. Candidates should demonstrate the ability to motivate, educate, and train individuals in an engaging manner and display a high degree of competence in the principles of adult learning. The position is distinguished by a consistently high level of performance, initiative, complexity and diversity of assignments. The Senior Training Specialist produces high quality work that does not require close continuing review and operates effectively and skillfully in virtually any NCSL forum. The successful candidate can handle projects / presentations independently and with a high degree of competence. The candidate should have experience working in environments that require the highest standards of professional conduct and dependability under pressure and unanticipated situations. The successful candidate will enjoy a high degree of autonomy in making decisions and is expected to promote an environment of collaboration, support, and shared leadership across the organization.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES:
Customize and deliver high quality training experiences to bipartisan legislative and legislative staff audiences.
In conjunction with the training team, develop and maintain professional development modules that meet the needs of legislators and legislative staff.
Contribute written articles and blog posts on skills strengthening and professional development topics.
Assist with development and delivery of internal training and professional development programs.
Assist in conducting surveys of legislators and legislative staff to determine training needs.
Identify opportunities and initiate ideas for presentations, publications, workshops, and articles.
Work with legislative professionals who coordinate training programs to promote NCSL’s offerings.
Collaborate with the training team by constructively reviewing your own products and presentations as well as other team members’ products.
Critically reviews one's own work and independently initiates improvements or refinements.
Use process improvement techniques to develop, evaluate, propose and implement modifications to existing development initiatives and program.
Performs other responsibilities as needed.
This position has no direct supervisory responsibilities.
This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as laptop computers, copy machines, scanners and smartphones. This job requires travel at least 50% of the time including overnight and occasional weekends.
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.
Graduation from a regionally accredited college/university with a bachelor’s degree in a related field.
6 years of relevant and progressive professional work experience including at least 4 years in a training environment delivering and evaluating training programs for internal and external audiences.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Excellent communication, research, analytic and organizational skills.
Excellence in working effectively and professionally with legislators and legislative staff and dealing with politically sensitive constituencies.
Excellent facilitation skills and training in facilitation.
Ability to maintain a nonpartisan demeanor in all circumstances.
Excellence in working independently and under pressure on multiple projects.
Substantial knowledge, technical expertise and mastery of adult learning and training theories, techniques and best practices.
Knowledge of state legislatures and state-federal issues is strongly preferred.
Able to maintain confidentiality and handle politically sensitive work.
Graduation from a regionally accredited college/university with a master’s/advanced professional degree in a related field.
Developed national network of professional contacts in the field.
Affiliation with a training-related association or organization (such as ASAE or ATD or regional version).
Ongoing education to continually hone training/speaking skills.
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.