PROGRAM: Environment, Energy and Transportation Program (EET)
LOCATION: Denver, CO
SALARY: $3,634/month depending on experience
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 NCSL’s Environment, Energy and Transportation Program seeks a qualified individual to serve as a generalist covering a range of environment, transportation and agriculture policy topics. This position will provide research and project coordination in support of a multi-year state-tribal cooperative agreement along with research and projects related to transportation, traffic safety, agriculture and/or environmental policy. This position is non-partisan and non-advocacy.
Specifically, this position will support the State and Tribal Government Working Group (STGWG) by responding to member requests, drafting written products (i.e., letters, fact sheets, short reports, meeting summaries and call summaries), supporting the planning and facilitation of meetings, and conducting research. Additionally, this position will spend approximately 25 percent of their time working on transportation and traffic safety policy topics. Lastly, the position will assist with a range of other policy topics, such as environmental cleanup, water, and agriculture.
This position requires a detail-oriented person with exceptional interpersonal, organizational and problem-solving skills and the ability to work in a fast-paced, professional environment cooperatively with multiple team members. The ideal candidate will have experience or an interest in state-tribal relations, state legislatures and understanding public policies related to environment and/or transportation. The ideal candidate will have experience handling multiple projects and politically sensitive matters. The ability to write clearly, concisely and professionally is required. Candidates must be highly organized while maintaining flexibility and adaptability in evolving situations.
This full-time position is grant-funded and is subject to reduction in percentage of time covered or elimination if grant funding becomes unavailable.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES:
This position works collaboratively with multiple EET program staff in performing the duties and responsibilities of the position. Research, analysis and writing are key duties for each of these responsibilities. Primary responsibilities include:
Providing substantial support to the State and Tribal Government Working Group (STGWG) through research and meeting-related tasks and assisting with other Department of Energy (DOE) project related tasks.
Assisting the NCSL’s transportation policy work through tracking legislation, research, meeting-related tasks and other projects. Policy work includes a variety of topics, such as freight, traffic safety and autonomous vehicles.
Assisting NCSL’s policy work on environment and agriculture as a generalist, including research, meeting-related tasks and other projects. Policy work may include a variety of topics, such as environmental cleanup, natural resources, industrial hemp, water resources, and water quality.
The position will perform most or all of the following duties:
Collect and monitor data on state, tribal and federal programs and legislative actions, using a variety of resources, available databases, and public and private organizations.
Prepare prompt, concise and accurate written responses to legislative and working group member requests for information.
Write summaries, short reports, NCSL blogs, or short pieces for State Legislatures magazine and the website. (Writing assignments may also include drafting letters, compiling meeting summaries, creating fact sheets, and summarizing legislation for 50-state reports.)
Assist with developing surveys and questionnaires; conducting interviews; analyzing and summarizing survey responses.
Organize and participate in conference calls, webinars and other activities, and compile call summaries and conduct follow-up activities as needed.
Interact with state and tribal government leaders, state and tribal departmental staff, federal government officials, state legislators, legislative staff, industry and other stakeholders. (This includes interfacing with STGWG members on a frequent and consistent basis to build strong working relationships and assist with member outreach.)
Research compile and draft background materials for presentations or NCSL meetings.
Provide logistical planning and on-site support for meetings, presentations, and other technical assistance events (may require travel and/or overnight stays, approximately 3-6 times per year); conduct appropriate follow-up actions.
Perform other duties, including research, administrative and other project tasks, as assigned. SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: WORK ENVIRONMENT: 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.
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 position has no direct supervisory responsibilities.
Experience and Education
Bachelor's degree plus two years of relevant work experience, including at least one year of general policy research, legislative or state and/or tribal government experience.
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 is preferred but not required.
Experience with or interest in state-tribal relations and state legislatures is preferred. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Knowledge of environmental and transportation issues, such as environmental cleanup, cultural resources, traffic safety and agriculture, preferred.
Strong skills and competence in writing and policy research.
Strong skills in analyzing and organizing information and strong problem-solving abilities.
Skill and competence in oral communication to deal effectively with working group members, legislators and legislative staff by phone and in other settings.
Excellent organizational skills and the ability to manage multiple tasks at once.
Ability to maintain confidentiality and handle politically sensitive work.
Ability to work independently and efficiently in a fast-paced environment.
Ability to work under deadline pressure and adapt to changes in workload.
Competence using software applications, including Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) and other applications.
Ability to travel out of state by airplane and be away from home for overnight stays, sometimes including weekends. 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, in-office dry cleaning pick up, access to 24-hour fitness memberships, and more!
Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume highlighting skills and qualifications to: https://ncsl.applicantpro.com/jobs no later than Friday, April 5, 2019.
NCSL IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.
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.