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Director of Leaders Services and Legislator Training

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National Conference of State Legislatures
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JOB TITLE:                          Director of Leaders Services and Legislator Training


PROGRAM:                         Leader Services


LOCATION:                         Denver


RECRUITING RANGE:     $7,084+/month depending on experience



The Director of Leaders Services and Legislator Training administers and directs all NCSL programs and activities for legislative leaders. The director also oversees the development, strategy, coordination and delivery of training and professional development programs for legislative leaders and state legislators. The director conducts research and compiles data on legislative leaders and leadership issues. The director explores the latest in leadership theories and uses knowledge gained to develop and deliver top level products to leaders, legislators and legislative staff. The director tracks and enhances legislative leaders’ knowledge and understanding of NCSL’s activities and services. The director is responsible for managing the program’s budget and priorities, and insuring the quality of the work performed.  The director operates within broad organizational policies and program goals under the supervision of a Division Director.

Areas of Responsibility


Typical duties include most of the following:


Management and Coordination

  1. Organizes, plans, manages, and coordinates work of staff across multiple projects, activities and functions.
  2. Establishes program plans and priorities, develops and manages program budget, allocates resources, and assigns staff to carry out program activities.
  3. Interviews, screens, selects and recommends applicants for vacant positions within the program; evaluates employee performance and makes recommendations for promotions, performance increases or disciplinary action to senior management.
  4. Advises senior management on programmatic and administrative matters.
  5. Organizes, allocates, and manages program resources and recommends and oversees consultant subcontracts, or other external commitments of the organization's resources.
  6. Establishes and defines standards of quality in program activities and products and ensures that all standards, deadlines, and contract specifications are met.
  7. Acts on the management and personnel recommendations of subordinate managers.


Research, Writing and Information Dissemination

  1. Independently anticipates emerging issues and interprets unusual policy developments, assesses their importance to the states and legislatures, and initiates research, technical assistance or other appropriate program efforts in response.
  2. Reviews, edits, and critiques the substance and quality of research and writing assignments of subordinate staff.
  3. Manages, delegates or personally handles a wide range of research and writing tasks often involving sophisticated analysis, in-depth evaluation, and interpretation of political nuances. 
  4. Builds and maintains effective professional relationships with legislative leaders.
  5. Advises the Executive Director and senior management at NCSL on trends and developments in leadership offices.
  6. Identifies and recommends strategies for improving products and services.


Meetings, Seminars, and Technical Assistance

  1. Manages, delegates and personally handles the most complex meetings and seminars and coordinates the work of subordinate professional staff.
  2. Conducts sophisticated professional development programs for legislators, legislative staff and legislative leaders.
  3. Participates in and may lead technical assistance efforts, sometimes requiring sensitive political judgments, a high degree of responsiveness to constituents, and a mature sense of organization priorities and concerns.

    Organizational Support

  4. Assigns, trains, directs, and manages the work of program staff.
  5. Identifies and develops resources to carry out the program's activities and functions.
  6. Coordinates with other program units and other organizations to develop proposals and demonstration projects to carry out crosscutting activities.
  7. Manages, directs, and oversees the fundraising efforts of program staff and personally handles most sensitive negotiations and high-level contacts with potential funding sources.
  8. Maintains an extensive network of the most senior state legislators, staff, foundation, private sector, and interest group relationships maintaining personal contacts at the highest levels.
  9. Performs other responsibilities as needed.


    On a continuing basis, plans, assigns and reviews the work of managerial, supervisory, professional, and support staff involved in multiple projects or activities.  Makes recommendations for personnel actions (i.e. hiring, salary, promotions, and dismissal) to the Director of State Services or to another appropriate NCSL Division Director.


  • Bachelor's degree plus ten years of relevant and progressive work experience.
  • Post-baccalaureate education is preferred, and up to three years of graduate education (i.e. master’s degree, professional degree, or doctoral degree) may be substituted for the required work experience.
  • Excellence in developing program initiatives, project ideas and new services, funding opportunities, and new resources.
  • Excellence in personnel supervision skills (i.e. planning, assigning, reviewing, and evaluating work) and budget and project management.
  • Substantial knowledge and technical expertise in most areas of a program and mastery of major policy fields within the program or substantial knowledge and technical expertise in state legislatures and intergovernmental policy processes.
  • Exceptional writing, speaking, research, analytic and organizational skills.
  • Excellence in working effectively with legislators and legislative staff and dealing with politically sensitive constituencies.
  • In depth knowledge of learning practices and theories as well as leadership practices and theories.
  • Skill and competence in managing multiple projects and functions in a diverse environment.
  • Able to maintain confidentiality and handle politically sensitive work.
  • Must be able to travel including out-of-area and overnight.
  1. 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 experience, paid leave, in-office dry cleaning pick up, pet insurance, 24-hour fitness memberships, bus / train passes, and more!
How To Apply

Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter highlighting skills and qualifications to: no later than Wednesday, February 21, 2018.



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