The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) is a nonpartisan 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 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. Our growth has been due to the increasing activity and responsibility of the nation's state legislatures and the complexity and diversity of issues that legislators face. 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. We look forward to your contributions to our mission in the Health program.
NCSL is seeking an individual to provide leadership for the Health Program in our Denver office. NCSL’s Health program conducts policy research and provides support to state legislators and legislative staff in all 50 states and the territories on many health policy issues such as health insurance, Medicaid, public health and prevention, health care access, primary care, maternal and child health, long-term care, prescription drugs, behavioral health, and many other topics. The Group Director is responsible for administering and directing all activities and personnel, overseeing project budgets, fundraising, establishing program priorities, and specifying and ensuring the quality of the work. The Group Director should have expertise in a range of health policy issues important to states. A significant role of the Group Director is to maintain and expand external funding for the program. In addition, the Group Director may co-staff and provide support for NCSL’s national committee that deals with Health and Human Services in collaboration with other NCSL staff.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES:
Supervises, plans, assigns, oversees and reviews the work of program staff involved in multiple projects or activities. Makes recommendations for personnel actions (e.g., hiring, salary, evaluations, promotions, dismissal).
Fundraises to meet the established priorities of the program, as well as manages, directs, and oversees the fundraising efforts of program staff. Maintains an extensive network of federal agency, foundation, private sector, and interest group relationships with personal contacts at the highest level.
Establishes program priorities, develops budgets, allocates resources, and assigns staff to carry out program activities.
Advises senior management on programmatic and administrative matters.
Establishes and defines standards of quality in program activities and products and ensures that all standards, deadlines, and contract specifications are met.
Possesses significant knowledge of state health policies and is expected to be an expert on at least one of these issues. Independently anticipates and interprets emerging health policy issues and assigns research, technical assistance or other appropriate program efforts in response.
Manages, delegates or personally handles a wide range of policy research and writing tasks and reviews, edits, and critiques the substance and quality of publications and web documents produced by subordinate staff.
Manages, delegates or personally handles the planning and implementation of complex meetings and technical assistance efforts, sometimes requiring sensitive political judgments, a high degree of responsiveness to constituents, and an understanding of NCSL.
This position has direct supervisory responsibilities of approximately 15 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 ten years of relevant and progressive work experience. The following work experience or some equivalent combination is preferred: four years of state policy or legislative experience, four years of professional experience in the assigned subject area, two years of project or research supervisory experience, and two years of management experience directing and allocating personnel and budgets in multiple projects or activities.
Post-baccalaureate education is preferred, and up to three years of graduate education (i.e. masters degree, professional degree, or doctoral degree) may be substituted for the required work experience.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Excellence in developing funding partners and writing grants.
Excellence in personnel supervision and budget/project management.
Substantial knowledge and expertise in health- related state policy.
Substantial knowledge and understanding of state legislatures as well as excellence in working with legislators and legislative staff.
Exceptional writing, public speaking, research, analytic and organizational skills.
Skill and competence in managing multiple projects in a diverse environment.
Able to maintain confidentiality and handle politically sensitive work.
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.