PROGRAM: Children & Families – Economic Security, Housing, Child Support
LOCATION: Denver, CO
The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) is the nation’s preeminent bipartisan membership organization for state legislators, legislative staff and other intergovernmental groups in the 50 states, commonwealths and territories and has been since 1975. NCSL provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues. Our mission is to improve the quality and effectiveness of state legislatures; promote policy innovation and communication among state legislatures; and ensure state legislatures a strong, cohesive voice in the federal system. While NCSL is bipartisan in nature, all NCSL staff work is strictly nonpartisan.
NCSL’s Children and Families Program seeks a Program Director with extensive experience managing people and projects. Applicant should have substantial knowledge of one of more of the following policy domains: 1.) family economic security (e.g., Earned Income Tax Credit and other family tax credits, benefits cliffs, barriers to employment, opportunity youth, TANF, SNAP or two-generation strategies), 2.) housing and homelessness, or 3.) child support and family law. This position will be responsible for contributing to a culture of program innovation and excellence, developing and maintaining productive funder relationships, supervising and coaching staff, and ensuring NCSL’s work is completed in an objective and nonpartisan manner. This position reports to the Children and Families group director.
This position requires air travel approximately 10 times per year. Most trips are for one to three nights.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES:
Organizes, plans, manages and coordinates work across multiple projects, activities and funding streams.
Leads, supports and coaches staff.
Establishes program priorities and plans, develops and manages budgets, allocates resources, and assigns staff to carry out program activities.
Ensures quality standards and contract specifications are met.
Oversees or completes research and writing tasks, often involving sophisticated analysis, in-depth evaluation and interpretation of political nuances.
Manages or coordinates planning of complex meetings, seminars and technical assistance efforts, generally requiring astute political judgments, a high degree of responsiveness to constituents and an understanding of organization priorities and concerns.
Identifies and develops resources to carry out the program's activities and functions. Oversees fundraising efforts and personally handles the most sensitive negotiations and high-level contacts with potential funding agencies.
Works with other NCSL units and external partners to develop innovative project proposals.
Develops and implements communication strategies for disseminating and raising the visibility of NCSL’s policy products.
Maintains an extensive network of relationships with federal agencies, funders, private-sector partners and interest groups.
Performs other responsibilities as needed.
This position has direct supervisory responsibilities of approximately 3-4 staff members.
This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as laptop computers, copy machines, scanners and smartphones.
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.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to sit; stand; walk; open filing cabinets; bend; stoop; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms. The employee may need to lift and carry objects up to 50 lbs. Requires the ability to travel locally, regionally and nationally by airplane, including overnight and weekends.
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.
Experience and Education
Bachelor's degree plus nine years of relevant and progressive work experience OR post-baccalaureate / graduate degree and eight years of experience.
Experience working for public affairs or communications firms or civic engagement organizations, coupled with a human services policy background, a plus.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Substantial knowledge of one of more of the following policy domains: 1.) family economic security, 2.) housing and homelessness, or 3.) child support and family law.
Excellence in developing and executing educational/informational products and services for adult learners (i.e., legislators, legislative staff and others).
Substantial knowledge of state lawmaking processes and government structures.
Exceptional writing and editing skills.
Ability to clearly and credibly present information to NCSL members, funders and other audiences.
Ability to work in a politically neutral manner with legislators and legislative staff and maintain confidentiality when required.
Excellence in staff supervision and development (i.e. delegating, supervising, evaluating work and coaching).
Excellence in fundraising, primarily through philanthropic organizations and federal contracts.
Ability to manage multiple projects (including budgets) in a fast-paced office environment.
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, telework, pet insurance, discounted bus / train passes, in-office dry cleaning pick up, access to 24-hour fitness memberships, and more!
Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume highlighting skills and qualifications to: https://ncsl.applicantpro.com/jobs/ no later than Friday, March 20, 2020.
NCSL IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
Internal Number: 1519
About National Conference of State Legislatures
Since 1975, the National Conference of State Legislatures has been the bipartisan voice of legislators and legislative staff in the states, commonwealths and territories of the U.S. Our mission is to serve state legislatures by providing support, promoting fresh ideas, connecting legislators and staff with experts and each other, and providing a strong, cohesive voice in the federal system.
Legislators and legislative staff turn to us for up-to-date, nonpartisan information on critical state legislative issues, including health care, budgets, elections, transportation, education and more. We work to protect state sovereignty and flexibility, fight against unfunded mandates and oppose unwarranted federal pre-emption of state authority. Our experts and their research are regularly cited by prominent national news outlets, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and NPR.
NCSL’s success depends on its dedicated and talented staff. Our staff serves a diverse community of legislators and legislative staff, and NCSL values a diverse workforce that reflects that community. We strive to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people by valuing their varied skills and ...experiences. 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.