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Workforce Policy Analyst-Economic Opportunity

National Governors Association – Washington, DC

JOB DESCRIPTION

The National Governors Association seeks an experienced workforce professional to join the NGA Economic Opportunity team within NGA Solutions: The Center for Best Practices. This position will be part of the workforce team that focuses on state policies and programs to develop the skilled and knowledgeable workforce required for states to be economically competitive in the global economy.

Founded in 1908, the National Governors Association is the voice of the nations governors and one of the most respected public policy organizations in the country. The associations members are the governors of the 55 states, territories and commonwealths. Members come to the association from across the political spectrum, but NGA itself is boldly nonpartisan. Because of that, governors can share best practices, speak with an informed voice on national policy and develop innovative solutions that improve citizens lives through state government and support the principles of federalism. Through NGA, governors identify priority issues and deal with matters of public policy and governance at the state, national and global levels. Our research arm, NGA Solutions, helps in developing and implementing innovative solutions to public policy challenges.

NGA Economic Opportunity provides information, research, policy analysis, technical assistance and resource development for governors and their staff across a range of policy issues. The division covers economic development and innovation; workforce development focused on pathways to employment and industry-based strategies; human services for children, youth, and low-income families; and postsecondary education focused on access, equity, completion and employment.

DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Support the projects related to advancing promising state policy and practice, developing and maintaining positive relationships with funders, working with sub-contractors and consultants, and ensuring the timely production of deliverables;
  • Design, organize, participate in and conduct workshops, seminars, meetings and deliver presentations and facilitate panel discussions, and state strategy sessions;
  • Work effectively as part of a team on multiple projects related to advancing promising state policies and practices, including working with sub-contractors and consultants and contributing to the timely production of project deliverables;
  • Assist in the design, collection and analysis of information needed to provide high-quality technical assistance to states and produce quality publications;
  • Write reports, articles, issue briefs, case studies, guides and memoranda on policy issues and best practices of relevance to governors and their policy staff and other state policymakers;
  • Provide best practice information and technical assistance to governors policy advisors and other state policymakers, as well as task forces and other work groups on an occasional basis;
  • Establish and maintain relationships with key individuals and groups within and outside NGA to stay current on policy issues and complete projects; and
  • Update and maintain relevant NGA websites and electronic portals related to issue areas and use web-based communication vehicles.

QUALIFICATIONS

The preferred candidate will have experience and content knowledge related to policies and programs that fall within the portfolio of NGA Economic Opportunity with specific expertise related to workforce development issues. Workforce development knowledge and expertise could include the public workforce system, education and training to work, including credential attainment, work-based learning, apprenticeship and occupational licensing; industry engagement and partnership strategies; and the future of work and on-demand/gig workforce, A masters degree in public policy, public administration, political science or other relevant disciplines is preferred, along with a minimum of 2-3 years of demonstrated experience related to workforce policy analysis.

The ideal candidate will also possess:

  • A commitment to NGAs nonpartisan mission and goals;
  • Proven ability to work on multiple projects and with diverse state policymakers in a variety of settings, responding effectively to their information requests and technical assistance needs;
  • Knowledge of state and federal government policy;
  • Strong communication skills, including writing, speaking, listening and advising customers;
  • Solid research and analytical skills;
  • Ability to collect, analyze and use data to inform states on relevant policy and practices;
  • Ability to identify and track key issues of concern to governors and develop promising initiatives to address these concerns;
  • Strong organizational and project team skills;
  • Interpersonal skills necessary to work effectively with a variety of colleagues, and state and federal officials;
  • Ability to assume responsibility and take independent action;
  • Competency in the use of relevant software packages, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint, Survey Monkey or similar vehicles and knowledge of electronic communications; and
  • The ability and willingness to travel, up to 20 percent.

PHYSICAL/SENSORY DEMANDS

  • Fast-paced working environment,
  • Extensive computer usage, and
  • Open-office environment.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

NGA is committed to providing a productive and safe environment. To achieve that goal, we conduct background and reference check investigations for all final applicants being considered for employment.

Equal Opportunity Employment M/D/F/V

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