National Governors Association Center for Best Practices seeks a policy analyst interested in all aspects of domestic policy to assist the Center director. The NGA Center for Best Practices helps governors and their key policy advisors develop and implement innovative solutions to challenges facing states through direct consultation, specialized forums, and publications. This position will focus on (1) organizing, editing, and publishing a weekly electronic newsletter distributed nationwide to governors staff; (2) working with the Center director to provide technical assistance and research to governors’ offices on a range of domestic policy issues; (3) assisting the Center director in planning and organizing certain Center events; and (4) assisting in organizing reports on Center activities in states.
Duties and responsibilities:
• Conducting research through telephone interviews and literature reviews in policy areas requested by the Center director and state clients;
• Summarizing research in clear and concise way for governors and their senior staff by drafting correspondence and briefs;
• Providing editorial oversight of the maintenance of the Front & Center weekly electronic newsletter, including contributing stories and preparing the newsletter for the web; and
• Completing other special projects, such as assisting in the preparation and delivery of special reports, meetings, and on-site consultations, as needed
QUALIFICATIONS: Minimum: Bachelor's degree and work experience in a member or client services environment. Candidates with an understanding of governmental processes (especially on a state level) are preferred.
• General knowledge of public administration and government;
• Political sensitivity and customer-focused mindset;
• Strong writing and editing skills.
• Strong research and analytical skills.
• Demonstrated ability for independent action and to assume responsibility.
• Interpersonal skills necessary to coordinate and manage project activities, and to work as a team member in a diverse environment.
• Technology: Proficiency in word processing and spreadsheet software programs such as Microsoft Word and Excel. Must be comfortable with conducting research on the Internet. Experience with Microsoft Access or other database software is a plus;
Salary to mid forties and excellent benefits.