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Policy Associate - Energy Program

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JOB TITLE:                           Policy Associate         

PROGRAM:                          Energy Program

LOCATION:                          Denver, CO

SALARY:                               $4,199 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.



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 and collaboratively across the Energy, Environment and Transportation Group to provide quality, unbiased information to state legislators and legislative staff through publications, legislative tracking, meetings and other efforts. The Policy Associate will have the opportunity to work on a variety of energy issues, including clean energy, energy efficiency, oil and natural gas infrastructure and/or energy security, among other topics. The Policy Associate will track and summarize legislation; draft publications; coordinate educational meetings for state legislators; and provide research for publications, presentations and assistance to state legislatures. This position requires demonstrated competence in legislative, statutory and regulatory research and analysis, as well as excellent communication and analytical skills. NCSL’s Energy Program is dynamic and enterprising, responsible for keeping state legislators and legislative staff apprised of the shifts taking place across the nation’s energy systems. This includes providing analysis and expertise on a wide range of energy policies that span legislative and executive action across the country. NCSL and the Energy Program offer opportunities for professional growth and development to foster the energy policy expertise and nonpartisan delivery of research and analysis for state legislators and staff.


This position is a mostly performed in an office environment with prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer.  The person hired will utilize standard office equipment such as filing cabinets, copy machines, laptops, printers, scanners, and smartphones. Travel by airplane including overnights and weekends required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.



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. Responsibilities, expectations, and activities may change at any time with or without notice. 


  • 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 in energy is preferred but not required.
  • Excellent written research and writing skills, especially the ability to accurately synthesize and summarize complex concepts in order to make them more accessible for state policymakers.
  • 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 problem-solve.
  • Knowledge, experience and demonstrated interest in working in the energy policy arena.
  • Skill and competence to work effectively with state legislators and legislative staff in a bipartisan manner.
  • Skill and competence to work independently and to handle a variety of tasks and assignments concurrently.
  • Able to maintain confidentiality when required and handle politically sensitive work.
  • Skill and competence in working cooperatively and professionally with a variety of people, internally and externally, often under pressure.


Interested candidates should apply online and include a cover letter and resume highlighting skills and qualifications no later than April 30, 2021 by 5pm MST.


NCSL is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and is committed to developing a diverse, dynamic team and inclusive workplace. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, disability, or any other status protected by law or regulation.

Areas of Responsibility


  1. Research, analyze, and draft web briefs, reports and magazine articles about emerging energy policy topics, which may include clean energy, energy efficiency, oil and natural gas infrastructure or energy security, among other topics.
  2. Present before legislative committees, on webinars or at workshops.
  3. Collect and analyze legislative actions and information related to state and federal programs using online resources, legislative databases, and other resources provided by public and private organizations.
  4. Conduct thorough research and provide prompt, unbiased and accurate responses to legislative requests for information.
  5. Research and draft background materials for projects, meetings, and conferences.
  6. Track relevant state legislation for the NCSL’s Energy Legislative Database and Energy Storage Database.
  7. Assist in the planning and development of in-person and virtual energy meetings or workshops with some travel required.
  8. 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.

  • 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. 




NCSL offers an outstanding benefits package including low-cost health, dental and vision coverage, a 401(a)-retirement plan with 10% employer contribution after 6 months and full vesting, life & disability insurance, 3-weeks paid vacation with 5+ years of paid full-time work experience, paid family leave, telework, pet insurance, discounted bus / train passes, in-office dry cleaning pick up, access to 24-hour fitness memberships, and more! Relocation assistance provided for out-of-state candidates.

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