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JOB TITLE: Associate Director
PROGRAM: Center for Legislative Strengthening
LOCATION: Denver, CO
SALARY: $7,641 p/month
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.
ABOUT THE ROLE:
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.
SHARE YOUR KNOWLEDGE:
Serves as coordinator of a team of other professionals on short-term projects. May supervise one other individual on an on-going basis.
THE WORK ENVIRONMENT:
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.
QUALIFICATIONS FOR SUCCESS:
- 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.
HOW TO JOIN OUR TEAM:
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: https://www.ncsl.org/research/about-state-legislatures/ncsl-careers.aspx. 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.