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Research Analyst II

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National Conference of State Legislatures
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JOB TITLE:                          Research Analyst II

PROGRAM:                          Family Economic Success  

LOCATION:                         Denver

RECRUITING RANGE:      $3,486+/month depending on experience

This professional position will assist the Program Manager with activities under projects funded by foundation grants. This individual will conduct research, organize meeting logistics, outreach to legislators, develop and update web materials, develop written analyses and respond to information requests. This individual will recruit legislators to attend meetings, track status of legislative activity, summarize relevant legislation and work with staff on a variety of research and writing projects as assigned. This individual will work on the family economic success project, the quad caucus project and other projects as assigned.

This full-time position is funded through a grant and is subject to reduction in percentage of time covered or elimination if grant funding becomes unavailable. 


Areas of Responsibility

Typical duties may include some or most of the following:

  1. Collects, monitors and analyzes data on legislative actions using a range of research skills including bill tracking, surveys and other resources.
  2. Prepares concise and accurate written responses to legislative requests for information.
  3. Provides logistical support and assists with researching, compiling, and drafting background materials for projects, meetings, technical assistance workshops, and conferences.
  4. Summarizes legislation, develops and tabulates surveys, and describes specific state programs or activities for reports, short publications or articles.
  5. Provides regular updates to web materials.
  6. Recruits legislators for meetings and provides follow-up before and after the meeting on logistics.
  7. Writes analyses or short reports and develops charts or tables on discrete legislative issues; such writing assignments involve describing programs, summarizing legislation, formatting and reporting 50-state practices and actions.
  8. May provide research and writing for grant and contract proposals.
  9. May perform related research and project tasks as assigned.
  • Bachelor's degree plus two years of relevant work experience, including at least one year of general policy research, legislative or state government experience.
  • One year of NCSL experience is strongly preferred.
  • Relevant professional level work experience or college courses at the undergraduate or graduate level can be substituted on a year-for-year basis.
  • Competence in writing and basic policy research skills.
  • Skill and competence in oral communication to deal effectively with legislators and legislative staff by phone.
  • Able to maintain confidentiality and handle politically sensitive work.
  • The ability to work independently.
  • Must be able to travel including out-of-area and overnight.
  • This position requires skill and competency with the Microsoft Office suite applications.

NCSL offers an outstanding, comprehensive program of benefits to employees and their family at low cost.  In 2017, NCSL covers 95% of the monthly premium for health insurance and employees pay 5%.  Employee only Dental plans are covered 100% by NCSL or NCSL will provide $49.30 toward the dependent premium. Other plans such as life insurance (2x annual salary), disability coverage and employee assistance programs are provided at no cost. 


Employees contribute 5% of salary toward the 401(a)-retirement plan and NCSL matches 10% of salary after 6 months with full vesting.   In addition, NCSL offers a flexible work-life balance with 35-hour work weeks, 3 weeks vacation with 5 years experience and optional holidays.  NCSL also provides discounted ancillary benefits employees can take advantage of such as 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, September 27, 2017.



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