Senior Policy Analyst (Legislative Strategy)

Council of State Governments
Washington, DC
Apr 06, 2021
Apr 22, 2021
Full Time
Who we are: is a national nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that combines the power of a membership association, representing state officials in all three branches of government, with policy and research expertise to develop strategies that increase public safety and strengthen communities. We help achieve those results by:Bringing people together from both sides of the aisle to foster collaborationDriving the criminal justice field forward with original researchBuilding momentum for policy change at the state and local levelsProviding expert assistance to translate the latest research into policy and practiceThe CSG Justice Center is one of the most robust criminal justice organizations in the country, composed of approximately 120 with decades of experience in law enforcement, community corrections, court administration, housing, mental health and addiction services, state prisons, local jails, juvenile justice, education, workforce development, and victim advocacy. Staff here have served governors, state legislators, and members of Congress on both sides of the political spectrum. What bonds us together is a shared commitment to our , to a common set of values, and to the national, bipartisan that guides our work. at the CSG Justice Center.How you'll fit in: The senior policy analyst will play an integral role in designing and executing state legislative initiatives that reduce barriers to employment for people with criminal records. Primarily, the senior policy analyst will lead policy change in 1014 states to improve access to occupational licensing and other economic opportunities for justice-impacted people. The senior policy analyst will collaborate with the program director on legislative strategy and is responsible for cultivating relationships with legislatures, executive agencies, and stakeholder groups in individual states. This position reports to the program director but will be in regular communication with the division director, deputy division director, deputy program director, and division staff; policy, communications, and administration staff from across the Justice Center. The position requires travel when it is safe to do so. What you'll do:Specific responsibilities of the senior policy analyst include the following:Develop and execute legislative change strategies in collaboration with the program director.Assess opportunities for economic justice initiatives in individual states.Engage state lawmakers, executive agencies, stakeholders, and communities regarding policy changes. Represent the organization in meetings with lawmakers and other high-level policy officials and their staff.Translate complicated policy analysis into compelling concepts for multiple audiences.Participate in the development of messaging, talking points, and other support material.Monitor project timelines, budgets, and deliverables to ensure that responsibilities to funders are met in assigned project areas.What you'll bring:At least five years of relevant work experienceA track record of guiding legislative strategy either within government, on behalf of a policy advocacy organization, or bothUnderstanding of processes and tactics for achieving legislative goalsAbility to manage multiple projects with competing deadlines Strong strategic thinking, writing and oral communication skills, including the ability to effectively distill and present complex information in a concise, accessible wayExcellent interpersonal skills, including maturity and an ability to work independently and in a team settingA bachelor's degreeHow you apply:If you're interested in helping us drive change across the country, you should upload the following elements with your application:Cover letter with salary expectationsResumeWriting SampleAt least three professional referencesQualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to characteristics including but not limited to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.

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