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Policy Analyst – Transportation & Infrastructure

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

NGA Solutions: Energy, Infrastructure & Environment 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 transportation and infrastructure strategies, and include the intersection with energy and environment. 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 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.  

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 increased electrification of the transportation sectors, enhancing the use of alternative fuels for transportation, expanding connections between land use, economic development and transportation, exploring innovative financing for transportation operations and infrastructure, helping states incorporate new digital and connected technologies, and developing a transportation system that safely and efficiently moves people and goods.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Provide best practice information and technical assistance to governors’ policy advisors and other state policymakers around topics of transportation and infrastructure. Additional duties will include support for a number of other projects, potentially 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

The preferred candidate will have solid experience and content knowledge related to state-level transportation policy, and some experience with other infrastructure areas. A degree in public policy, public administration, government, law or relevant disciplines is required. A minimum of two years of demonstrated experience related to the area of transportation policy is required to be considered for the policy analyst position.

The ideal candidate will also possess:

  • An understanding of state and federal transportation and infrastructure policy and policymaking and the role of governors in funding, financing, and delivering transportation and other infrastructure projects;
  • 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 NGA’s 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

  • This is largely a sedentary position that requires the ability to speak, hear, see, and lift objects up to 10 pounds;
  • Requires the ability to travel locally, regionally and nationally up to 20 percent;
  • Fast-paced working environment; and
  • Extensive computer usage.
  • An NGA employee should expect to travel by air approximately once a month for multiple days to provide services to governors and their staff, and related activities.
  • 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.

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