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Policy Analyst - Fiscal Affairs

Job Description
Organization: 
NCSL
Organization Type: 
501(c)(3)
Job Location: 
Denver Metro
Type of Job: 
Full-time
Job Category: 
Finance | Other
Job Description: 

JOB TITLE:      Policy Analyst                   

PROGRAM:      Fiscal                

LOCATION:     Denver, CO              

SALARY:         $3,706  p/month

STATUS:          Full-time 

ABOUT NCSL: 

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: 

State fiscal issues are complex and wide ranging, influencing many different policy areas with tremendous implications for our daily lives and long-term success. Join NCSL’s Fiscal Affairs Program to deepen your knowledge and experience in fiscal policy while contributing to a strong team and assisting state legislators and legislative staff nationwide. The Denver-based Fiscal Affairs Program is a group of motivated, nonpartisan, fun and flexible individuals dedicated to tracking state policy developments, strengthening their expertise on evolving topics, and supporting state legislators and staff around complicated budget and tax policy topics.

We are seeking a policy analyst to perform legislative research, analysis, and writing. A policy analyst is an entry-level position that works on a variety of fiscal topics and contributes to a range of projects across the team.  This position will focus primarily on state budget and tax policy issues.  In addition, you may be asked to help organize meeting logistics, perform outreach to legislators and legislative staff, develop written analyses, contribute to written publications and respond to information requests from state legislators, legislative staff, the media and others on a variety of fiscal issues. 

The Fiscal Program’s work is nonpartisan and nonadvocacy. If you have interest in state fiscal policy, natural curiosity, a strong desire to learn and grow, and excellent communication skills and initiative, consider applying for this opportunity.  

You will report to the director of the Fiscal Program and work with several other policy staff on tasks or projects.

SHARE YOUR KNOWLEDGE: 

This position has no direct supervisory responsibilities

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. Degree in public policy, political science, economics or general business is preferred.
  • Ability to communicate information, in writing and verbally, in a clear and credible way to a variety of audiences. Written communication includes the ability to summarize research findings into a database, contribute to policy publications as well as write memos and emails.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with others as part of a team and ability to work independently and be self-directed.
  • Ability to work in a politically neutral manner and maintain confidentiality when required.
  • Skill and competence in basic policy research sills and tasks requiring attention to detail, including internet searches; accessing and analyzing government, public and private policy documents, white papers and other resources; and analyzing and synthesizing other research and legislation.
  • Organizational skills, including the ability to manage multiple tasks and deadlines simultaneously. Ability to work under deadline pressure and adapt to changes in workload.
  • Knowledge of state legislative and political processes and the separation of power between the branches of government.
  • Knowledge of and/or experience with state budget policy issues preferred.
  • Ability to maintain professionalism, including maintaining professional appearance and demeanor as well as regular and punctual attendance.
  • Ability to travel by air up to 8 times per year, with most trips being 1-3 nights, as well as work extended hours, possibly evenings and weekends, usually associated with events/travel.
  • 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 21, 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.

Areas of Responsibility

WHAT YOU’LL DO: 

  1. Collect and monitor data on legislative actions, state and federal programs, using the internet, available state legislative databases, public and private organizations, and other trusted resources.
  2. Prepare concise, accurate and nonpartisan written responses to legislative requests for information. Policy analysts respond to a variety of general policy research requests received daily and weekly from NCSL’s members. Responses are written memos that typically incorporate research, state examples, and legislative summaries and tables.
  3. Track state legislation in assigned policy areas. Policy analysts track state legislation in 1-2 externally facing databases on a weekly or biweekly basis and maintain internal tracking on a number of other issues to stay up-to-date on state action.
  4. Maintain and update webpages with new research, data and policy information. Policy analysts are expected to independently monitor policy areas and initiate updates as needed into an internal database (2-3 times weekly). Create new webpages based on emerging policy areas, or as assigned.
  5. Contribute to written publications. Policy analysts are expected to summarize legislation, describe specific state programs or activities, and provide other research for reports, short publications or articles. Policy analysts may independently author shorter publications such as blogs and two-page LegisBriefs.
  6. Provide logistical support and assistance with meetings and other convenings for NCSL’s members. The Fiscal Affairs program hosts more than a dozen in-person and virtual meetings, as well as webinars, on policy topics for small groups of fiscal-focused state legislators and staff. Policy analysts may contribute to planning tasks, such as research, background information, and speaker identification, as well as agenda development and on-site support.
  7. Contribute to presentations and technical assistance workshops. Policy analysts may provide research, state examples, background material and other information for slides and presentations. Depending on the candidate, research analysts may have the opportunity to provide some public speaking/presentations with oversight by senior staff.
  8. May travel to assist with NCSL meeting and other professional development opportunities.
  9. Performs other responsibilities as needed.
Requirements/Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree. Degree in public policy, political science, economics or general business is preferred.
Compensation/Benefits
Compensation: 

$3,706/Monthly 

Benefits: 

YOUR BENEFITS AT A GLANCE: 

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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