NGA Center for Best Practices seeks a professional to join the Homeland Security and Public Safety Division as a policy analyst to work on a range of issues related to state homeland security and public safety. Those include cybersecurity, prescription drug abuse, sentencing and corrections, public safety communications, and justice information sharing.
• Conduct state policy analysis and provides policymakers at the highest levels of state government with information on best practices, trends, and current research across a range of homeland security and public safety areas.
• Support networks of governors’ advisors for homeland security, criminal justice, and public safety broadband.
• Assist senior staff in project management responsibilities including: adhering to internal and external timelines; ensuring the completion of high quality deliverables; and managing budgets, consultants and sub-contracts with states and external partners.
• Assist senior staff in developing communications products including reports, webcasts and webinars on issues and best practices for an audience of governors and their policy staff on a host of homeland security and public safety issues.
• Work with senior staff to organize and conduct workshops, conferences, and seminars. Makes presentations and facilitates panel discussions, state strategy sessions, and other meetings as required.
• Conduct policy analysis for NGA’s relevant standing committee and work groups as needed. Evaluate policy options with particular emphasis on the implications for states.
• Updates relevant NGA websites and electronic portals as needed.
Master’s degree (preferred) and at least 2 to 3 years of relevant experience. Familiarity with state homeland security and public safety issues. Prior experience with a policy organization is helpful.
The ideal candidate will also have:
• Basic knowledge and understanding of state homeland security and public safety policy issues including issues such as cybersecurity, prescription drug abuse, sentencing and corrections, public safety communications, and justice information sharing.
• Experience working with high-level state policymakers in a variety of settings.
• Experience planning and facilitating large meetings.
• Ability to respond effectively to requests for technical assistance from state policymakers.
• Ability to effectively manage multiple tasks simultaneously within deadlines.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills.
• Ability to synthesize large amounts of information and communicate it effectively in written and verbal forms to policymakers.
• Strong interpersonal skills necessary to effectively work with colleagues, partner organizations and a variety of high-ranking state policymakers.
• Ability and willingness to assume additional responsibility, work independently and collaboratively internally and externally, and mentor staff.
• Commitment to the organization’s mission and goals.
• Competency with basic software applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
•Commitment to the organization’s mission
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