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Policy Analyst - Homeland Security, Emergency Management & Resilience Program

Department: Homeland Security and Public Safety
Location: Washington, DC

Job Description

The National Governors Association (NGA) Solutions: The Center for Best Practices seeks an experienced professional to join the Homeland Security and Public Safety Division in the Homeland Security, Emergency Management & Resilience Program as a policy analyst to work on a range of projects including public health preparedness, disaster resilience, energy assurance, interoperable communications, and emerging homeland security issues.

Founded in 1908, The National Governors Association (NGA) is the nonpartisan organization of the nation's 55 governors. Through NGA, governors share best practices, address issues of national and state interest and share innovative solutions that improve state government and support the principles of federalism. The NGA Center develops innovative solutions to today's most pressing public policy challenges and directly serves governors and their key policy staff.



  • Provide policy analysis and technical assistance for networks of governorsí policy advisors and homeland security executives on a range of homeland security issues; 
  • Give presentations before senior state executives, draft white papers on best practices, and facilitate panel discussions, state strategy sessions, and other convening's; 
  • Work with senior staff to organize and conduct workshops, conferences, and webinars; 
  • Help draft weekly newsletters profiling state best practices, and draft, edit, and proofread correspondence, documents, and reports;
  • Assist senior staff in project management responsibilities including: adhering to internal and external timelines; ensuring the completion of high-quality deliverables; and managing budgets, consultants and subcontracts with states and external partners; 
  • Assist senior staff in developing new project concepts; and 
  • Update relevant NGA websites and electronic portals as needed. 


Masterís or other graduate-level degree with at least 1-2 years of relevant experience is highly preferred. Basic knowledge and understanding of state homeland security policy issues, including incident management and governance strategies, state homeland security structures, and emergency management planning frameworks. Knowledge about public health issues is a plus, and prior experience with a policy organization or state is helpful.

The ideal candidate will also have:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills. 
  • Strong interpersonal skills necessary to effectively work with colleagues, partner organizations, and a variety of high-ranking state policymakers in a fast-paced environment.
  • Strong organizational and project management skills, and ability to effectively manage multiple tasks simultaneously within deadlines.
  • Ability and willingness to assume additional responsibility, work independently and collaboratively, and mentor staff.
  • Experience working with high-level state policymakers in a variety of settings.
  • Experience planning and facilitating large meetings.
  • Commitment to the organizationís mission and goals.
  • Competency with basic software applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. 



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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