The National Conference of State Legislatures is a bipartisan 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 and other intergovernmental groups 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.
NCSL’s Denver-based Children and Families Program seeks a Program Director with extensive experience managing people and projects in a grant-funded environment. Applicants should have a background in public policy or legislative experience, human services, (preferably child welfare or early care and education) or political science. Professional experience in communications, public affairs or civic engagement is also desired. 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 6-8 times per year. Most trips are for one to three nights. This position is grant-funded and is subject to reduction in percentage of time covered or elimination if grant funding becomes unavailable.
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 organizations.
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 the Children and Families program’s policy products.
Creates and nurtures relationships with private-sector funders, federal agencies, partner organizations and interest groups.
Performs other responsibilities as needed.
This position has direct supervisory responsibilities for 4-5 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. 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.
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.
The following work experience or some equivalent combination is preferred: at least four years of state policy or legislative experience, two years of professional policy experience in the assigned subject area, two years of project or research supervisory experience, and one year of management experience directing and allocating personnel and budgets in multiple projects or activities.
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
Excellence in developing and executing educational/informational initiatives for adults (i.e., legislators, legislative staff and others) and dealing with politically sensitive matters.
Ability to manage multiple projects (i.e., budgets, timelines and relationships) in a fast-paced office environment.
Substantial knowledge of state lawmaking processes and government structures.
Substantial knowledge of human services issues, policies and practices.
Ability to work in a politically neutral manner with legislators and legislative staff and maintain confidentiality when required.
Excellence in fundraising, primarily through philanthropic organizations and federal contracts.
Excellence in staff supervision and development (i.e., delegating, supervising, evaluating work and coaching).
Exceptional writing, speaking, research, analytic, organizational and editing skills.
Ability to clearly and credibly present information to NCSL members, funders and other audiences.
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!
Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume and three writing samples for which they were the primary writer or editor to: https://ncsl.applicantpro.com/jobs no later than Thursday, April 25, 2019.
NCSL IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.
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.