The National Conference of State Legislatures is a bipartisanorganization 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.
NCSL’s Denver-based Employment, Labor & Retirement Program seeks a Program Director with extensive experience managing people and projects in a grant-funded environment to develop and implement a new center on evidence-informed policymaking, that will serve as a resource center and technical assistance provider for policymakers, from both state legislative and executive branches, and local government. Applicants should have a background in public policy, political science, evidence-based policymaking, or legislative experience. Professional experience in program evaluation/assessment and/or outcome monitoring is strongly desired. This position will be responsible for contributing to a culture of program innovation and excellence, developing and maintaining productive funder relationships, supervising and coaching staff, and ensuring NCSL’s work is completed in an objective and nonpartisan manner. This position reports to the Employment, Labor & Retirement group director.
This position requires air travel approximately 6-8 times per year. Most trips are for one to three nights. This position is grant-funded and is subject to reduction in percentage of time covered or elimination if grant funding becomes unavailable.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES:
Organizes, plans, manages and coordinates work across multiple projects, activities and funding streams.
Leads, supports and coaches
Establishes program priorities and plans, develops and manages budgets, allocates resources, and assigns staff to carry out program
Ensures quality standards and contract specifications are
Oversees or completes research and writing tasks, often involving sophisticated analysis, in- depth evaluation and interpretation of political
Manages or coordinates planning of complex meetings, seminars and technical assistance efforts, generally requiring astute political judgments, a high degree of responsiveness to constituents and an understanding of organization priorities and
Identifies and develops resources to carry out the program's activities and functions.
Works with other NCSL units and external partners to develop innovative project
Oversees fundraising efforts and personally handles the most sensitive negotiations and high-level contacts with potential funding Creates and nurtures relationships with private-sector funders, federal agencies, partner organizations and interest groups.
This position has direct supervisory responsibilities of approximately 1-2 staff members.
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. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to sit; stand; walk; open filing cabinets; bend; stoop; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms. The employee may need to lift and carry objects up to 50 lbs. 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 nine years of relevant and progressive work experience OR post- baccalaureate/graduate degree and eight years of
The following work experience or some equivalent combination is preferred: at least four years of state policy or legislative experience, two years of professional policy experience in the assigned subject area, two years of project or research supervisory experience, and one year of management experience directing and allocating personnel and budgets in multiple projects or
Experience working for an organization or agency that performs program evaluation or performance auditing, coupled with a state policy background, a
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Excellence in developing and executing educational/informational initiatives for adults (i.e., legislators, legislative staff and others) and dealing with politically sensitive
Ability to manage multiple projects (i.e., budgets, timelines and relationships) in a fast-paced office environment.
Substantial knowledge of state lawmaking processes and government
Substantial knowledge of program evaluation/management and/or budget development issues, policies and
Ability to work in a politically neutral manner with legislators and legislative staff and maintain confidentiality when
Excellence in fundraising, primarily through philanthropic organizations and federal contracts.
Excellence in staff supervision and development (i.e., delegating, supervising, evaluating work and coaching).
Exceptional writing, speaking, research, analytic, organizational and editing
Ability to clearly and credibly present information to NCSL members, funders and other audiences.
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, resume and one writing samplesfor which they were the primary writer or editor to: https://ncsl.applicantpro.com/jobs no later than Friday, September 13, 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.