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About The Role

NCSL has an incredible opportunity for a policy professional with comprehensive knowledge of child and family well-being, coupled with specific expertise in early childhood and child care programs, systems, governance, workforce and financing.

We’re looking for someone who excels in policy research, analysis, and writing. In this role, you’ll produce policy-oriented publications, lead the planning and execution meetings and educational events, and provide direct assistance to state legislators and legislative staff.

As a valued member of the Children and Families team, you will play a significant role in fostering a culture of program innovation and excellence. In addition, NCSL does not advocate for or against any state legislation, therefore your work must always be policy neutral and nonpartisan.

This position reports to an associate director of the Children and Families Program. No supervisory duties are expected at this time.

What You’ll Do

  • Maintains subject matter expertise on one or more issues related to early childhood, child care, and child and family well-being and assist legislators and legislative staff with their research and information needs.
  • Anticipates emerging issues of importance to state legislatures and responds with research, analysis and training.
  • Assists with the development of a plan to disseminate that work, including but not limited to technical assistance, webinars, meetings, web pages, reports, blogs and others.
  • Help develop plans to promote and disseminate work products.
  • Conducts complex legislative research projects with an understanding of their political context and can provide substantive analysis and policy interpretations to legislators and legislative staff.
  • Adept at research on federal, state and local actions that impact the work of legislatures, such as, executive and administrative actions and intergovernmental actions.
  • Independently plans, organizes and conducts nonpartisan technical assistance programs, meetings and educational sessions at larger meetings.
  • Creates substantive, engaging and interactive presentations or trainings for legislators, legislative staff and others on state or federal topics with the ability to respond to questions.
  • Maintain respectful and professional relationships with legislators and legislative staff.
  • May coordinate, manage and facilitate the work of a standing committee, task force, professional staff association, or subcommittees and maintains effective relations with key legislators and legislative staff involved as needed.
  • May assist the Director and Associate Director of the program with fundraising and development of new projects, such as assisting with grant reporting and writing concept papers, grant applications and proposals.
  • May assist with funder relations and completes high-quality, timely assigned project deliverables, under the direction of supervisor.
  • Writes skillfully and with minimal need for editing for a full range of publications and participates in peer review editing of colleagues’ work as needed.
  • Travels domestically for meetings, technical assistance and other project activities as needed.
  • Performs other responsibilities as needed.

Supervisor/Management Responsibilities
May supervise one professional staff or serve as coordinator of a team of other professionals on a short-term project.

  • Qualifications
    Bachelor’s degree plus five years of work experience with state legislatures, government, public policy or other relevant field.
  • Subject-matter expertise in early childhood issues, policies and practices, such as child care; pre-kindergarten; home visiting; parenting; systems; governance; workforce and financing.
  • Strong writing, editing and presentation skills and the ability to communicate information clearly and credibly to a variety of audiences.
  • Aptitude at working both collaboratively with others and independently.
  • Proven ability to independently build and maintain relationships with legislators, legislative staff, national experts and others. May assist directors with funder relationships.
  • Ability to work in a politically neutral manner and maintain confidentiality when required.
  • Strong research and analysis skills, including accessing and assessing a variety of resources and research; synthesizing data and legislation; and analyzing and summarizing policy options and legislative activities.
  • Strong organizational skills, including the ability to plan meetings manage multiple tasks and deadlines simultaneously.  Ability to independently work under deadline pressure and adapt to changes in workload.
  • Strong knowledge of state legislative and political processes and the separation of power between the branches of government.
  • Ability to travel by air up to 6-8 times per year, with most trips being 1-3 nights, as well as work extended hours, possibly evenings and weekends, usually associated with events/travel.

Work Environment
This full-time position is mostly performed in an office environment, on or off-site, with prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer. NCSL provides a unique hybrid remote work policy with the requirement that staff travel on their own fare to the NCSL office once a month for team meetings and professional development. Employees routinely use standard office equipment such as laptops, printers, scanners, copy machines, and smartphones. Occasional travel by airplane, including overnights and weekends, is required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

NCSL has a flexible remote work policy.  Building and maintaining our organizational culture is critical and we do so by bringing staff together, in person, for four days each month.  The remote work policy provides the freedom to work from anywhere with the requirement that staff travel on their own fare to the NCSL office once a month for team meetings and professional development.  We are committed to offering a full range of other benefits for you and your eligible family members, including domestic partners.

Your total compensation goes beyond the number on your paycheck. Our outstanding benefits include 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, generous time off plans and paid family leave, floating holidays, identity theft protection, employee assistance programs, pet insurance, paid time off to volunteer, and more! Relocation assistance provided for out-of-state candidates.

About the Organization
Are you ready to join an organization with an extraordinary mission? The National Conference of State Legislatures offers careers where you can use your skills, knowledge, and experience to truly make a difference. NCSL’s mission is purposeful – strengthening the legislative institution. From informing effective policies and promoting communication among state legislatures, to ensuring states have a strong, cohesive voice in the federal system, our team works in service of legislatures. And, with a commitment to constantly innovating all resources and services to meet the evolving needs of members, NCSL has earned the reputation as the nation’s most trusted bipartisan membership organization for legislators and legislative staff. Our success serving NCSL members relies on our team of passionate, dedicated professionals who work diligently to strengthen the legislative institution. Join our team and contribute to this unique, essential mission. NCSL has a flexible remote work policy.  Building and maintaining our organizational culture is critical and we do so by bringing staff together, in person, for four days each month.  The remote work policy provides the freedom to work from anywhere with the requirement that staff travel on their own fare to the NCSL office once a month for team meetings and professional development.

How to Apply
If you are a purpose-driven, dedicated professional looking to give as much as you get – submit your resume and cover letter by 11:59 PM MT, March 8, 2024 for best consideration. Learn more about working with NCSL by visiting our careers page. We are looking forward to receiving your application!

NCSL is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and is committed to developing a diverse, dynamic team and inclusive workplace. NCSL does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, disability, or any other status protected by law or regulation.

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