Legislative Director – Health and Human Services Policy

15 Dec, 2021


Legislative Director – Health and Human Services Policy

National Conference of State Legislatures
Washington, DC


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 the NCSL 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. To successfully serve its members, NCSL relies on a team of passionate, dedicated professionals who work diligently to strengthen the legislative institution. Join the team and contribute to this unique, essential mission.


The Legislative Director—Health and Human Services Policy is the lead staff person in the D.C. office working on state-federal HHS policy. This includes but is not limited to co-staffing NCSL’s Health and Human Services Committee, whose members are legislators and legislative staff, and leading the development of the organization’s state-federal policy statements on HHS-related issues and lobbying Congress and the administration based on those policies; developing and executing HHS virtual and in-person programming for the committee; writing for committee newsletters and the NCSL blog; and responding to federal HHS-related questions from state legislators and legislative staff. This individual serves as NCSL’s main point of contact with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and will interact with other key stakeholders in the HHS policy world. The position works closely with NCSL’s Denver HHS team and the other members of the D.C. state-federal team. In general, work is performed independently; however, political and policy strategies are developed in close consultation with the director of the D.C. office.


  1. Identifies, monitors, analyzes and interprets the full range of congressional and federal agency actions and policies that affect state governments and develops information to alert legislators and legislative staff about the potential policy, fiscal and program implications.
  2. Writes clear, appropriate, accurate and effective informational and lobbying documents (e.g., testimony, action alerts, information briefs, amendments, background memoranda and policy papers) for the full range of audiences, including state legislators and legislative staff and congressional and agency policymakers, with understanding and an accurate exposition of the state legislative perspective.
  3. Provides information and assistance to state legislators and legislative staff within assigned policy area.
  4. Develops, plans and coordinates balanced programs for the NCSL Health and Human Services Committee and effectively manages committee activities, including guiding the policy process within the committee and aiding legislators in identifying and setting priorities, as well as developing policy.
  5. Maintains an extensive and expanding network of contacts in the states, among state legislators, at the committee and subcommittee level in Congress, and within other public interest groups, the private sector and federal agencies.
  6. Works effectively in coalitions, helping to promote NCSL positions and enhance opportunities for implementation of state legislative concerns.
  7. Develops lobbying strategies and identifies opportunities for NCSL to affect its policy positions. Articulates and interprets NCSL policy in negotiations with other groups and represents state legislative concerns in a variety of forums.
  8. Coordinates work with other NCSL staff and assists in identifying opportunities for new products, services or funding opportunities.
  9. Performs other responsibilities as needed.


This position has direct supervisory responsibilities of one to two staff members.


This position is a mostly performed in an office environment, on or off-site, with prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer. Team members utilize standard office equipment such as copy machines, laptops, printers, scanners, and smartphones. Expand your horizons with travel opportunities to network with lawmakers and staff across the country (includes overnights and weekends by airplane). Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Bachelor’s degree plus six years of work experience with state legislatures, government, public policy, government relations or other relevant field.
  • Must be able to build a knowledge base to serve as a subject matter expert in the policy arena in which the position is focused and demonstrate general competency in policy processes.
  • Strong writing, editing and presentation skills and the ability to clearly and credibly communicate information to a variety of audiences, including authoring multiple styles of publications and delivering presentations in a variety of formats and to a variety of audiences.
  • Proven ability to build and maintain relationships with legislators, legislative staff, federal agency and congressional staff, national experts working in a specific policy arena, task force funders and others, without supervision.
  • Ability to work in an independent fashion, managing multiple tasks and deadlines simultaneously and adapt to changes in workload. Independently plans in-person meetings and produces virtual content for members.
  • The ability to supervise and lead others.
  • Ability to work in a politically neutral manner and maintain confidentiality when required.
  • Ability to travel by air, with most trips being one to three nights, as well as work extended hours, possibly evenings and weekends, usually associated with events/travel.
  • Must be a D.C., Virginia, or Maryland resident.


Our employees are the foundation to our success, so we are committed to offering a full range of benefits for you and your eligible family members, including domestic partners. Striking a healthy balance between work and personal life is important. Our total rewards package includes resources to support well-being and no cost benefits to help make life a little bit easier.

  • Flexible, remote work options including the ability to telework up to 4 days a week
  • Health insurance (HMO 90% covered by NCSL), Dental insurance (Employee only covered 100%), Low cost vision benefits
  • 401(a)-retirement plan with 10% employer contribution after 6 months and full vesting plus 457b retirement plans with pre and post-tax options
  • 3-weeks paid vacation with 5+ years of paid full-time work experience with another employer and generous sick leave
  • Paid holidays including 4 additional days per year to use at your preference
  • Paid family and parental leave
  • FSA and Dependent Care Accounts
  • Professional development through LinkedIn Learning
  • Paid time off to volunteer
  • Aflac hospital advantage, critical illness, and accident plans
  • Discounted RTD / Metro bus & train passes
  • Pet insurance with multiple options to fit your budget
  • Benefits provided at no cost:
    • 2x annual salary life insurance and long term disability
    • Employee Assistance Program provides confidential, 24/7 support for employees and dependents
    • Health Advocate for employees and their family members to simplify the healthcare experience including resources to support your health and well-being
    • IDX Identity Theft and Privacy Protection (Employee only covered with options to add dependents)
    • Benefit Hub: discover local savings from merchants in your neighborhood, including movie tickets, hotels, restaurants, shops, and more
  • Relocation assistance provided for out-of-state candidate


A career with NCSL offers exciting opportunities to grow your career in line with your aspirations. We gladly invite you to apply online for this role by including a resume and cover letter, before 5pm EST on January 7, 2022. Learn more about working with NCSL by visiting our careers page: https://www.ncsl.org/research/about-state-legislatures/ncsl-careers.aspx. 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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Job posted: 2021-12-15