RECRUITING RANGE: $4,428+/month depending on experience
The policy specialist will provide support on federal civil and criminal justice issues as well as homeland security and emergency management issues for NCSL’s Law, Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee. This position is housed in NCSL’s State-Federal Division and the successful candidate will work under the direction of the Senior Federal Affairs Counsel for Law, Criminal Justice and Public Safety.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES:
Collects information, analyzes data, interprets and identifies legislative policy implications, describes policy options, drafts recommendations for state legislative response or NCSL policy.
Monitors federal legislative and regulatory initiatives that affects states.
Attends briefings, congressional hearings, coalition meetings, seminars and other meetings on issues pertaining to civil justice, criminal justice, homeland security and emergency management issues;
Prepares written summaries, analyses and other background materials on federal legislative and regulatory initiatives and on meetings attended;
Writes periodic memoranda for Committee staff, legislators, and legislative staff on state-federal issues, as directed.
Makes oral presentations to the NCSL Committee on Law, Criminal Justice and Public Safety, and to other groups as assigned;
Assists in drafting testimony, comments on regulations, letters to Congress and other correspondence related to federal legislative and regulatory initiatives; and
Provides analytical support and assists with researching, compiling, and drafting background materials for research projects, meetings, conferences, and workshops.
Conveys detailed and complex information determining the most effective format and using a variety of methods, e.g. verbal presentations, publications, technical assistance workshops, letters, memos, newsletters, and articles.
Prepares concise and accurate oral/written responses to legislative requests for information as well technical assistance to state legislatures.
Assists Senior Federal Affairs Counsel with planning and conducting Committee meetings.
Knowledge of web page posting and management desirable.
Represents NCSL services and activities before other groups.
Assists with other project and program tasks as assigned.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
Bachelor’s Degree plus 5 years of relevant and progressive work experience, including at least one year of professional policy research or public policy experience. The following work experience or some equivalent combination is preferred: two years of professional policy experience with a national association, Capitol Hill, or with a state legislature or government. Post-baccalaureate education is preferred, and up to three years of post-baccalaureate education (i.e. master’s degree, advanced professional degree or doctoral degree) may be substituted for the required work experience.
Skill and competence in a wide range of research skills and tasks.
Excellence in writing, speaking, research, analytical and organizational skills.
Competence in the interpersonal skills needed to work effectively with legislators and legislative staff and dealing with politically sensitive constituencies.
Able to maintain confidentiality and handle politically sensitive work.
Skill and competence in working independently and under pressure on multiple projects.
NCSL offers an outstanding, comprehensive program of benefits to employees and their family. In 2017, NCSL covers 95% of the monthly premium for health insurance and employees pay 5%. In 2018, NCSL will cover 90% of the premium and employees will pay 10%. Employee only Dental plans are covered 100% by NCSL. Additional plans such as life insurance (2x annual salary), disability coverage and employee assistance programs are also provided at no cost. Employees contribute 5% of salary toward the 401(a)-retirement plan and NCSL matches 10% of salary after 6 months with full vesting. NCSL offers a flexible work-life balance with 35-hour work weeks, 3 weeks vacation with 5 years experience and optional holidays.
Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter highlighting skills and qualifications to: https://ncsl.applicantpro.com/jobs no later than Thursday, August 17, 2017.
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.
Le...gislators 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.
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