JOB TITLE: Committee Director - Education
PROGRAM: State-Federal Relations
LOCATION: Washington, DC
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.
The Committee Director is the lead staff person working with state legislators to develop policy on state-federal matters regarding education policy at all levels of the education system (early education, K-12, and postsecondary). The Committee Director is responsible for developing and carrying out lobbying strategies to advocate on behalf of state legislatures on the issues within the committee’s purview before Congress and the administration. The position requires substantial knowledge and state-federal policy expertise in the issues listed above; an understanding of intergovernmental policy processes; and an understanding of the key organizations and stakeholders in this policy arena in Washington D.C. The work is performed independently, however, political and policy strategies are developed in close consultation with the Director of D.C. office.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES:
- Identifies, monitors, analyzes, and interprets the full range of congressional and federal agency actions and policies that affect state governments and develops information alerts for legislators and legislative staff about the potential policy, fiscal, and program implications.
- Writes clear, appropriate, accurate and effective informational and advocacy documents (e.g. letters, testimony, action alerts, information briefs, amendments, background memoranda, and policy papers) for a full range of audiences including state legislators and legislative staff, and congressional and agency policymakers.
- Prepares analysis of regulatory, congressional, and budget proposals with an understanding and accurate explanation of the state legislative perspective.
- Provides information and assistance to state legislators and legislative staff in policy and program areas within assigned policy area concerning the implications of federal education legislation and regulations.
- Maintains an extensive and expanding network of contacts in the states (including state legislators), at the committee and subcommittee level in Congress, and within other public interest groups, the private sector, and federal agencies.
- Develops advocacy strategies and implements those strategies before Congress and the administration.
- Works effectively in coalitions, helping to promote NCSL positions and enhance opportunities for implementation of state legislative concerns.
- Articulates and can interpret NCSL policy in negotiations with other groups and represents state legislative concerns in a variety of forums.
- Develops, plans, and coordinates balanced relevant programs for the committee and effectively manages committee activities.
- Coordinates and guides the policy process within the committee and helps state legislators identify and set priorities and develop policy.
- Maintains effective working relations with the committee officers and key members of the committee.
- Independently assesses current policy issues in terms of their priority to state legislators and directs committee efforts and one's own time accordingly.
- Works to increase participation of legislators and legislative staff in committee activities.
This position has direct supervisory responsibilities of approximately one staff member.
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; 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 occasionally. 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.