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Job Title: Research Analyst I - Education Program
Location: Denver, CO United States
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 08/31/2018
Expire Date: 10/31/2018
Job Categories: Government and Policy
Job Description
Research Analyst I - Education Program
JOB TITLE: Research Analyst I
PROGRAM: Education
LOCATION: Denver, CO
SALARY: $3,384+/month depending on experience

ABOUT NCSL:
The National Conference of State Legislatures 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.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:
The NCSL Education program seeks a professional possessing competence in research, writing, analytic skills and interpersonal communication. The position covers a broad range of preschool through third grade education (P-3) policy issues. This individual will conduct research, follow education policy trends, track state legislation, develop web-based material, organize meeting logistics, perform outreach to legislators and legislative staff, develop written analyses and respond to information requests from state legislators, legislative staff, the media and others on a variety of P-3 issues including the long-term effects of preschool, opportunity and achievement gaps, dual language learners, workforce, family engagement, literacy, numeracy, early STEM, school readiness and more.

The position requires 50% time working specifically on issues relating to the opportunity gap and the Every Student Succeeds Act and 50% time on P-3 issues generally, including staffing a working group. This includes recruiting legislators to attend meetings, tracking the status of legislative proposals in the states, summarizing relevant legislation and working with staff on a variety of research and writing projects as assigned.
This position is grant-funded and is subject to reduction in percentage of time covered or elimination if grant funding becomes unavailable.

RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES:
1. Collects and monitors data on legislative actions, state and federal programs, using a variety of resources, available databases, and public and private organizations.
2. Prepares concise and accurate written responses to legislative requests for information on a variety of preschool through third grade education topics.
3. Provides logistical support and assists with researching, compiling, and drafting background materials for projects, meetings, technical assistance, workshops, and conferences.
4. Summarizes legislation, tabulates surveys, and describes specific state programs or activities for reports, short publications or articles.
5. Assists with developing surveys and questionnaires, conducts interviews, analyzes and summarizes survey responses.
6. May perform related research and project tasks as assigned.
7. Provides regular updates for NCSL's P-3 websites.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:
This position has no direct supervisory responsibilities but does serve as a coach and mentor for other positions in the department.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:
This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as laptop computers, copy machines, scanners and smartphones.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
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.

OTHER DUTIES:
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.
Qualifications & Requirements
QUALIFICATIONS:
Experience and Education
Bachelor's degree or four years of college plus one year of relevant work experience.
A post-baccalaureate or graduate degree (i.e. masters degree, professional degree, or doctoral degree) may be substituted for one year of the required work experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Basic knowledge of the legislative process and state government.
Competence in writing and basic policy research skills.
Skill and competence in oral communication and interpersonal skills to deal effectively with legislators and legislative staff by phone and in person.
Skill in analyzing and organizing information and solving problems.
Skill in applicable software applications including Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Outlook, Word, PowerPoint).
Able to work independently.
Able to maintain confidentiality and handle politically sensitive work.
Ability to maintain regular and punctual attendance.
Ability to work on tasks requiring meticulous attention to detail.
Ability to work effectively on a team.
Ability to work under pressure on multiple projects or tasks and adapt to changes in workload.
Ability to maintain professional appearance and demeanor.

BENEFITS:
NCSL offers an outstanding benefits package including low cost health, dental and vision coverage, a 401(a)-retirement plan with 10% contribution after 6 months and full vesting, life & disability insurance, 3-weeks paid vacation with 5+ years of paid full-time work experience, paid leave, 35-hour work weeks, telework, pet insurance, discounted bus / train passes, in-office dry cleaning pick up, access to 24-hour fitness memberships, and more!

TO APPLY:
Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume highlighting skills and qualifications to: https://ncsl.applicantpro.com/jobs no later than Friday, September 14, 2018.

NCSL IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.


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The National Conference of State Legislatures is a bipartisan 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.
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