The Energy Program at the National Conference of State Legislatures is seeking a Policy Associate to perform legislative research, analysis, writing, and meeting planning. This person will work with the Energy Program staff in providing quality, unbiased information to state legislators and legislative staff through publications, legislative tracking, meetings and other efforts. The Policy Associate will focus on a variety of energy issues, including oil, natural gas and coal policies, as well as renewable energy and critical energy infrastructure. The position will track, compile and summarize legislation; draft publications; coordinate meetings; and provide research for publications, conferences, and technical assistance. This professional position requires demonstrated competence in research, writing, communication and analytical skills.
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:
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Research, analyze, and write about emerging energy policy topics, which will include critical energy infrastructure, renewable energy, and oil, natural gas and coal development.
Assist the energy program in providing quality, unbiased information to state legislators and staff by contributing to publications, legislative tracking, meeting planning and other efforts.
Collect and monitor data on legislative actions and state and federal programs, using online resources, available databases, and public and private organizations.
Prepare prompt, concise and accurate written responses to legislative requests for information.
Research, compile and draft background materials for projects, meetings, technical assistance workshops, and conferences.
Provide logistical support and attend NCSL meetings.
Depending on experience, may prepare and make oral presentations.
Perform other related research and project tasks as assigned.
This position has no direct supervisory responsibilities, but does serve as a coach and mentor for other positions 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 30 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. masters 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.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Excellent written research and writing skills.
Excellent verbal communication skills. Skill and competence in public communication and ability to work effectively with state legislators, legislative staff and project partners.
The ability to work well independently, innovate and problem solve.
Knowledge, experience and demonstrated interest in working in the energy policy arena.
Skill and competence to work effectively with legislators and legislative staff.
Skill and competence to work independently and to handle a variety of tasks and assignments concurrently.
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, telework, pet insurance, discounted bus / train passes, 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, June 22, 2018.
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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.