National Conference of State Legislatures
  • 14-Sep-2018 to 28-Sep-2018 (MST)
  • Washington, DC, USA
  • Full Time

JOB TITLE:                            Committee / Policy Director Financial Services & Interstate Commerce

PROGRAM:                          State Federal Relations

LOCATION:                          Washington, D.C.

SALARY:                               $6,500+/month depending on experience



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. 



The committee/policy director is the lead staff person working with state legislators to develop policy on state-federal matters regarding financial services, including insurance; electronic commerce; sports betting; and, interstate commerce.  The committee/policy director is responsible for developing and carrying out lobbying strategies to advocate on behalf of state legislatures on the issues within the committee's purview before Congress and the administration.  The work is performed independently, however, political and policy strategies are developed in close consultation with the Director of State-Federal Relations.



  1. Identifies, monitors, analyzes, and interprets the full range of congressional and federal agency actions and policies that affect state governments and develops information alerts for legislators and legislative staff about the potential policy, fiscal, and program implications.
  2. Writes clear, appropriate, accurate and effective informational and advocacy documents (e.g. letters, testimony, action alerts, information briefs, amendments, background memoranda, and policy papers) for a full range of audiences including state legislators and legislative staff, and congressional and agency policymakers.
  3. Prepares analysis of regulatory, congressional, and budget proposals with an understanding and accurate explanation of the state legislative perspective.
  4. Provides information and assistance to state legislators and legislative staff in policy and program areas within assigned policy area.
  5. Maintains an extensive and expanding network of contacts in the states (including state legislators), at the committee and subcommittee level in Congress, and within other public interest groups, the private sector, and federal agencies.
  6. Develops advocacy strategies and implements those strategies before Congress and the administration.
  7. Works effectively in coalitions, helping to promote NCSL positions and enhance opportunities for implementation of state legislative concerns.
  8. Articulates and can interpret NCSL policy in negotiations with other groups and represents state legislative concerns in a variety of forums.
  9. Develops, plans, and coordinates balanced relevant programs for the committee and effectively manages committee activities.
  10. Coordinates and guides the policy process within the committee and helps state legislators identify and set priorities and develop policy.
  11. Maintains effective working relations with the committee officers and key members of the committee.
  12. Independently assesses current policy issues in terms of their priority to state legislators and directs committee efforts and one's own time accordingly.
  13. Works to increase participation of legislators and legislative staff in committee activities.
  14. Coordinates work with other NCSL staff and assists in identifying opportunities for new products or services.
  15. Plays a leadership role on internal task forces or working groups to help coordinate NCSL programs and activities.



May supervise one or two professional staff on an ongoing basis or serve as coordinator of a team of other professionals on a short-term project.



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



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.


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. 



Experience and Education

  • Bachelor's degree plus five years of relevant and progressive work experience.
  • The following work experience or some equivalent combination is preferred: at least one year of professional experience with a state legislature or government, two years of professional public policy experience.
  • Post-baccalaureate education (i.e. master's degree, advanced professional degree or doctoral degree) may be substituted for up to three years of required work experience.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Subject-specific knowledge and state-federal policy expertise in the issues listed above or related experience preferred.
  • An understanding of intergovernmental policy processes and an understanding of the key organizations and stakeholders in the policy arena in Washington D.C. preferred.
  • Member association and advocacy experience preferred.
  • Skill and competence in a wide range of research skills and tasks.
  • Skill and competence in a variety of written and oral communications.
  • Competence in the interpersonal skills needed to work effectively with legislators and legislative staff.
  • Skill and competence in working independently and under pressure on multiple projects.
  • Able to maintain confidentiality and handle politically sensitive work.
  • The ability to supervise and lead others.



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, and more!



Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume highlighting skills and qualifications to: no later than September 28, 2018.



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