Policy Associate

15 May, 2019


Policy Associate

National Conference of State Legislatures
Washington, DC

The National Conference of State Legislatures is a bipartisan 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 and other intergovernmental groups 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.
The policy associate will provide support on federal education policy, including early childhood
education, elementary and secondary, higher education and career and technical education, as well as
provide administrative and staffing support to the conference’s Education Committee. The policy
associate will engage in federal advocacy, serve as a liaison between state legislators and the federal
government, and support the Senior Federal Affairs Counsel in event planning, information requests,
meeting scheduling and writing projects.
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 the Education Committee.
1. Monitors federal legislative and regulatory initiatives that affect states;
2. Attends briefings, congressional hearings, coalition meetings, seminars, and other meetings on
issues pertaining to Committee issues;
3. Prepares written summaries, analyses, and other background materials on federal legislative and
regulatory initiatives and on meetings attended;
4. Writes periodic memoranda for Committee staff, legislators, and legislative staff on state-federal
issues, as directed;
5. Makes oral presentations to the NCSL Education Communication and to other groups as
6. Assists in drafting testimony, comments on regulations, letters to Congress, and other
correspondence related to federal legislative and regulatory initiatives;
7. Provide administrative support and assist with researching, compiling, and drafting background
materials for research projects, meetings, conferences, and workshops;
8. Prepares concise and accurate oral/written responses to legislative requests for information as
well technical assistance to state legislatures;
9. Assists Senior Federal Affairs Counsel with planning and conducting Committee meetings,
including the NCSL Summit and NCSL Forum;
10. Assists with other project and program tasks as assigned.
This position has no direct supervisory responsibilities 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 plus three years of relevant work experience, including at least one year of
professional research or public policy experience with NCSL, in state government, or with a public
policy organization.
• A post-baccalaureate or graduate degree (i.e. master’s degree, professional degree, or doctoral
degree) may be substituted for one year of the required work experience.
• Subject-specific knowledge or experience may be preferred but not required.
• Skill and competence in a wide range of research skills and tasks.
• Skill and competence in a variety of written and oral communications and presentation.
• Skill and competence to work effectively with legislators and legislative staff.
• Skill and competence to work independently, under pressure, and to handle a variety of tasks and
assignments concurrently.
• Able to maintain confidentiality and handle politically sensitive work.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
• Knowledge of the federal legislative process and state government.
• Knowledge of the issue areas covered by the Committee preferred.
• Competence in writing and policy research.
• Competence in the interpersonal skills necessary to work effectively with legislators and
legislative staff and dealing with politically sensitive constituencies.
• Political sensitivity and the ability to work in a bipartisan organization.
• Skill in analyzing and organizing information.
• Ability to work effectively on a team.
NCSL offers an outstanding benefits package including 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, paid leave, 35-hour work weeks,
telework, pet insurance, discounted bus / train passes, and more!
Interested candidates should send a cover letter including why you are interested in working on
Federal Education Policy at NCSL and resume highlighting skills and qualifications to:
https://ncsl.applicantpro.com/jobs no later than Friday, May 24, 2019.

Job posted: 2019-05-15