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Policy Analyst - Environment & Natural Resources

Department: Environment, Energy and Transportation
Location: Washington, DC

NGA seeks an outstanding public policy professional to join our team as a policy analyst. This is a full-time position in Washington, D.C. The analyst will provide assistance to governors and their senior staff to develop innovative policies and practices that support their energy, environment, infrastructure and related economic development strategies. The position includes periodic travel to states and U.S. territories.

Founded in 1908, the National Governors Association (NGA) is the nonpartisan organization of the nationís 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.

NGA Solutions: Energy, Infrastructure & Environment (EIE) provides information, research, policy analysis, technical assistance and resource development for governors and their staff in the energy, environment and transportation sectors. The division focuses on several issues, including improving energy efficiency, enhancing the use of traditional and alternative fuels for electricity and transportation, developing a modern electricity grid, expanding economic development opportunities in the energy sector, protecting and cleaning up the environment, exploring innovative financing mechanisms for energy and infrastructure and developing a transportation system that safely and efficiently moves people and goods.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Provide best practice information and technical assistance to governorsí policy advisors; other state policymakers; and NGAís Federal Facilities Task Force, a group of governor-designated state regulators with oversight over cleanup of the nationís defense nuclear waste. Additional duties will include support for a number of other projects, including those focused on energy and environment topics;
  • Establish and maintain relationships with key individuals and groups within and outside NGA to stay current on policy issues and complete projects;
  • Execute on multiple aspects of projects, including with states and external partners;
  • Support the development of and participation in workshops, conferences and seminars, as well as make presentations and facilitate panel discussions, state strategy sessions and other meetings;
  • 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; and
  • Manage and update NGA websites and electronic portals related to relevant issue areas and use web-based communication vehicles.

TRAINING AND QUALIFICATIONS

In this position, NGA is seeking a policy professional with deep expertise in environmental management and cleanup, land and water contamination, water and other natural resource management, energy and related topics. Expertise in cleanup of nuclear waste materials is a bonus.

The preferred candidate will have solid experience and content knowledge related to state-level environmental, natural resources, and energy policies and programs, including cleanup and remediation of contaminated lands and waters, managing water and other natural resources, emissions reduction and climate mitigation strategies, and related topic. Knowledge of nuclear waste management and cleanup is a plus. A degree in public policy, environmental studies, energy or environmental law or relevant disciplines is required, and a masterís degree is strongly preferred. A minimum of two years of demonstrated experience related to the area of state environmental policy is required to be considered for the policy analyst position.

The ideal candidate will also possess:

  • An understanding of state environmental and natural resource policy and policymaking and the role of governors in advancing statesí energy strategies;
  • Ability to identify and track key issues of concern to governors and develop initiatives to address those concerns;
  • Strong research and analytical skills, including the ability to collect, analyze and use data to inform conclusions about policy and program effectiveness, synthesize complex issues into clear and concise language and develop key policy considerations and recommendations for state decision makers;
  • Proven ability to work on multiple projects, work with high-level state policymakers in a variety of settings, and respond effectively to their needs for information and technical assistance;
  • Strong communication skills, including writing, speaking, listening and advising state officials;
  • Interpersonal skills necessary to work effectively with a variety of colleagues, funders and state and federal officials, as well as enthusiasm for collaboration and learning from colleagues;
  • Demonstrated ability to assume responsibility and take independent action and to work in a fast-paced and high-profile policy environment;
  • Commitment to NGAís bipartisan mission and goals to constructively serve the needs of all governors;
  • Competency in the use of relevant software packages: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint, etc. and knowledge of electronic communications; and
  • Ability and willingness to travel up to 20 percent.

PHYSICAL/SENSORY DEMANDS

  • Fast-paced working environment;
  • Extensive computer usage; 
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions; and
  • 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.

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