The NGA Center for Best Practices seeks an experienced professional to join the Education Division as a senior policy analyst who will focus on issues related to postsecondary education (higher education and workforce training) and its connections to the workforce. The senior policy analyst will focus on policy issues related to postsecondary access, success, quality and productivity. Specifically, the position involves helping governors increase postsecondary degree and workforce certification attainment with existing resources and strengthening linkages among state-level education, workforce and economic development agencies to improve results.
The Education Division provides information, research, policy analysis, and technical assistance to governors and their staff in the areas of early childhood, K-12, and postsecondary education. The division is focused on key policy issues relevant to governors’ efforts to develop and implement policy.
• Conduct state policy analysis and provide high-ranking state government policymakers with information on best practices, trends in state policymaking, and current research.
• Provide ongoing, individualized and collective technical assistance to governors’ staff.
• Manage multiple projects simultaneously and sometimes, independently, including budgets, consultants and sub-contracts with states and external partners.
• Establish and maintain relationships with individuals and groups externally and internally for the purpose of forming partnerships that benefit our constituents and highlight the important role governors play in state policymaking.
• Organize, participate in and conduct workshops, conferences, and seminars. Make presentations and facilitate panel discussions, state strategy sessions, and other meetings.
• Write reports, articles, issue briefs, and memoranda on state policy issues and best practices.
• Assist fund raising efforts by writing concept papers and proposals to create new scopes of work to ensure the delivery of relevant and timely expertise to governors and their staff.
• Update relevant NGA websites and electronic portals as needed.
• Master’s degree strongly preferred and at least 5 years of state-level education policy experience.
• Substantive knowledge and understanding of state policy as it relates to postsecondary education, particularly at the sub-baccalaureate level, as well as workforce training and credentialing.
• Experience working with high-level state policymakers in a variety of settings.
• Strong analytical skills and experience interpreting and re-purposing research and best practices for policymakers in a timely and effective manner.
• Proven ability to effectively manage multiple projects simultaneously within deadlines.
• Proven ability to communicate effectively in written and verbal forms, with special emphasis on the ability to communicate with policy-making audiences.
• 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 responsibilities, and work independently and collaboratively internally and externally.
• Competency in the use of relevant software packages (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.) and electronic communications.
• Commitment to NGA’s mission and goals.
NGA offers a competitive benefits package. The salary range for this position is low-to mid-eighties.
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