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Associate Director - Center for Legislative Strengthening

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JOB TITLE:      Associate Director                

PROGRAM:     Center for Legislative Strengthening                 

LOCATION:     Denver, CO              

SALARY:         $7,641 p/month

STATUS:         Full-time 


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 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. Our success serving NCSL members relies on our team of passionate, dedicated professionals who work diligently to strengthen the legislative institution. Join our team and contribute to this unique, essential mission.


NCSL’s Center for Legislative Strengthening (CLS) seeks an Associate Director. CLS supports and bolsters state legislatures through research, analysis, writing, and consulting projects that focus on the legislative institution – including its operations, processes, and procedures – and those who serve within it.

The Associate Director is a highly responsible professional position requiring expert knowledge of human resources issues, particularly job classification and compensation, and knowledge of state legislatures. The successful candidate will possess excellent communication skills, including writing, public speaking, and presentations; excellent research and analysis skills; and be well-versed in the concepts of representative democracy, separation of powers, and related topics. NCSL seeks a professional who can demonstrate knowledge and success working with, or within, the public sector, with a strong preference toward candidates possessing legislative experience. A demonstrated passion for NCSL's mission to strengthen state legislatures is essential, along with abilities and skills necessary to build relationships and networks of state legislators and legislative staff. This position is partially to fully funded by project-based work and business development is a necessary role for the associate director to continue.

Finally, the successful candidate will have led projects and teams and will work independently and energetically within established program guidelines or project specifications. The position reports to the Director of the Center for Legislative Strengthening.


Serves as coordinator of a team of other professionals on short-term projects. May supervise one other individual on an on-going basis.


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 eight years of work experience with state legislatures, government, business, or other relevant field.
  • Four or more years of increasingly responsible leadership roles that include oversight of multiple functions, strategic planning, project and budget development, and team building.
  • Mastery of and experience working in human resources issues, concepts, and trends, specifically in the fields of job classification and compensation. Demonstrated ability to quickly attain expertise in a new, related topic areas.
  • Exceptional writing, editing and presentation skills and the ability to clearly and credibly communicate information to a variety of audiences.
  • Excellent ability to function as both a member and leader of the team, and the ability to develop a strong and trustworthy relationships with all internal and external teammates.
  • Excellent ability to build and maintain relationships with legislators, legislative staff, public sector, and national partner organizations.
  • Ability to work in a politically neutral manner and maintain confidentiality when required.
  • Excellence in a wide range of analytical skills, policy and legislative including identifying, compiling, interpreting, and communicating data and information.
  • Excellence in project management, including organizing project work; managing deadlines; and completing project tasks. Strong organizational skills, including the ability to plan meetings and manage multiple tasks and deadlines simultaneously.
  • Knowledge of state legislative and political processes and the separation of power between the branches of government.
  • Demonstrated experience in business development or managing public or private grants and contracts and maintaining funder relations.
  • At least three years of experience supervising or managing others. Excellence in staff supervision and development (i.e., delegating, supervising, evaluating work and coaching).
  • Ability to travel by air approximately 8 times per year, as well as work extended hours, possibly evenings and weekends, usually associated with events/travel.
  • Knowledge of laws and regulations as they apply to compensation programs preferred.
  • SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) or Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) and certified compensation professional credentials preferred.
  • Must be a Colorado resident or willing to relocate. 


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 MST on January 28th, 2022. Learn more about working with NCSL by visiting our careers page: 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.

Areas of Responsibility


  • Manages, oversees, and coordinates complex work across multiple consulting or study projects, activities and funding streams for various legislative clients and audiences, ensuring quality standards, contract specifications and deadlines are met.
  • Oversees and reviews the work of other staff on consulting or study projects, while demonstrating an understanding of political context and a high degree of responsiveness to constituents.
  • With support from the director, identifies business development and new funding sources, such as project proposals, new project ideation, proposal writing, budget creating, and legislative client coordination.
  • Leads ongoing client communication, such as project updates, emails, and conference calls.
  • Writes skillfully with minimal need for editing for publications. Reviews, edits, and provides feedback on the substance and quality of writing assignments for other staff.
  • Manages or coordinates planning of consulting efforts for legislators and legislative staff, generally requiring astute political judgments, a high degree of responsiveness to constituents and an understanding of NCSL’s priorities and concerns.
  • Collaborates with other NCSL programs and external partners to develop and implement innovative projects.
  • Develops and implements communication strategies for disseminating and raising the visibility of NCSL’s institution-focused consulting products and services for legislatures.
  • Establishes and maintains subject matter expertise and an extensive network of relationships with legislators, legislative staff, public- and private-sector partners, and interest groups.
  • Travels domestically for project deliverables, meetings, and other project activities as needed.
  • Performs other responsibilities as assigned.
  • Bachelor's degree plus eight years of work experience with state legislatures, government, business, or other relevant field.




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 24-hour fitness memberships and 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 candidates
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