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Research Analyst II - Health

Job Description
Organization: 
National Conference of State Legislatures
Organization Type: 
Government agency
Job Location: 
Denver Metro
Type of Job: 
Full-time
Job Category: 
Health & Mental Health
Job Description: 

 

JOB TITLE:                             Research Analyst II

PROGRAM:                            Health Program

LOCATION:                           Denver, CO    

SALARY:                                $3,486+/month depending on experience

 

ABOUT NCSL: 

The National Conference of State Legislatures is a nonpartisan organization that serves the legislators and legislative staff of the nation's 50 states, its commonwealths and territories. NCSL provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues.  Our mission is to serve state legislatures by providing support, promoting fresh ideas, connecting legislators and staff with experts and each other, and provide a strong, cohesive voice in the federal system.   

 

Since its founding in 1975, NCSL's staff has grown from 15 employees to over 150 employees in its offices in Denver, CO and Washington, D.C. Our growth has been due to the increasing activity and responsibility of the nation's state legislatures and the complexity and diversity of issues that legislators face.  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. 

 

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: 

This professional health policy position will focus on a variety of state policies across domains such as primary care and rural health, health insurance and costs, prescription drug pricing, public health, maternal and child health. The position is non-partisan and non-advocacy.

 

The individual will have responsibility for tracking state legislative bills, analyzing and reporting on legislation, performing policy research, responding to requests for information, assisting with planning and conducting meetings for legislators, writing policy publications, collecting information about current events related to assigned topics, creating and updating user-friendly webpages, collaborating with other NCSL staff and staff from other national organizations, and other duties as assigned.

 

This position will cover a range of health policy topics and requires a person who is able to juggle multiple tasks and topics efficiently. It also requires good team work across projects and program areas within NCSL, as well as excellent written and oral communication skills to interact with a wide variety of audiences. This position primarily focuses on writing policy analysis memos, web content and policy briefs, conducting research, and assisting with meeting planning as well as creating, updating and managing numerous web resources, and participating in fundraising and administrative tasks related to grant management. This position will require independent work under the mentorship and direction of senior staff.

This position is grant-funded and is subject to reduction in percentage of time covered or elimination if grant funding becomes unavailable.   

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: 

This position has no direct supervisory responsibilities but does serve as a coach and mentor for other positions in the department.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: 

This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as laptop computers, copy machines, scanners and smartphones.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

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 50 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.

OTHER DUTIES:

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. 

Areas of Responsibility

RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES:

  1. Researches, collects, tracks, summarizes and analyzes health legislation.
  2. Collects and synthesizes information for reports, short publications or articles, and develops 50-state charts and tables on discrete legislative actions.
  3. Researches and writes web content, brief policy publications and other documents in related topical areas.
  4. Prepares concise and accurate oral and written responses to legislative requests for information.
  5. Researches, creates and updates web-based resources that may include health legislation tracking, and preparing reports, maps, news items, charts, pictures and other digital information resources.
  6. Collects, monitors and analyzes data/information from a variety of sources regarding health policy issues, legislative actions and state and federal programs.
  7. Collaborates with other NCSL staff and staff from other organizations to plan, prepare materials for, and attend relevant meetings and seminars. Out of state travel may be required several times per year (likely 4-8 times per year), which may involve some weekend travel and work.
  8. Provides assistance with research and writing support on grant proposals.
  9. Attends health program and other NCSL internal meetings, participates in conference calls and other communications with NCSL constituents, all in a timely manner.
  10. Other duties, project or program tasks, as assigned.
     
Requirements/Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree plus two years of relevant work experience, including at least one year of general policy research, legislative or state government experience.
  • 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.
  • One year of NCSL experience or direct legislative or health policy experience is strongly preferred.
  • Experience with health policy topics strongly preferred.
  • Must demonstrate skill and competence in a range of research skills and tasks.
  • Must demonstrate effective oral communication skills
  • Must have strong writing skills.
  • Must have computer skills, including Microsoft Word and web-based research. Experience with Excel preferred. A majority of this position’s time will require computer-based work.
  • Experience in preparing web documents is also beneficial, but not required.
  • Must be able to work independently and work well with others.
  • Must be able to handle a variety of tasks, assignments and projects concurrently.
  • Must present a professional demeanor in representing NCSL with legislative and other constituents, public and private organizations that fund NCSL’s work, and members of the public who may contact NCSL for information.
  • Must be able to maintain confidentiality in a professional manner, and handle politically sensitive work with non-partisan balance.
  • Must be able to travel out-of-state by plane several times per year (up to 6-10 trips ranging in length from two to five days).
  • Must have the ability to take supervision from multiple people, and effectively receive and integrate feedback.
Compensation/Benefits

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, 35-hour work weeks, telework, pet insurance, discounted bus / train passes, in-office dry cleaning pick up, access to 24-hour fitness memberships, and more!

 

How To Apply

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume highlighting skills and qualifications to: https://ncsl.applicantpro.com/jobs no later than Tuesday, September 25, 2018.

NCSL IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.

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