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Senior Policy Analyst- Social Emotional Learning & Whole Child (Education)

Department: Education
Location: Washington, DC


The NGA Center for Best Practices seeks an experienced professional to join the Education Division as a senior policy analyst who will focus on policy issues related to Social Emotional Learning & Whole Child.

The division is focused on helping governors develop and enact effective education policy and support its implementation. To do this, the education division provides information, research, policy analysis and technical assistance to governors and their staff in the areas of early childhood, K-12 and higher education. The division also helps governors bridge the system divides among the early childhood, K-12, higher education and workforce training systems.




  •  Conduct state policy analysis and provide high-ranking policymakers with information on best practices, trends in state policymaking, and current research.
  •  Provide ongoing, individualized and collective technical assistance to governors’ staff.
  •  Manage multiple projects simultaneously and sometimes independently, including budgets, consultants and sub-contracts with states and external partners.
  •  Establish and maintain relationships with individuals and groups externally and internally for the purpose of forming partnerships that benefit our constituents and highlight the important role governor play in state policymaking.
  •  Organize, participate in and conduct workshops, conferences, and seminars. Make presentations and facilitate panel discussions, state strategy sessions, and other meetings
  •  Write reports, articles, issue briefs, and memoranda on state policy issues and best practices.
  •  Assist fund raising efforts by writing concept papers and proposals to create new scopes of work to ensure the delivery of relevant and timely expertise to governors and their staff.
  •  Update relevant NGA websites and electronic portals as needed.




The preferred candidate will have an advance degree and solid experience and content knowledge related to education policies and programs as it relates to Social Emotional Learning at all levels (early childhood through K-12 education).


  •  Experience working with high-level state policy makers in a variety of settings.


  •  Proven ability to communicate effectively in written and verbal forms, with special emphasis on the ability to communicate with policymaking audiences.


  •  Strong analytical skills and experience interpreting and re-purposing research and best practices for policymakers in a timely and effective manner.


  •  Proven ability to effectively manage multiple projects simultaneously within deadlines.


  •  Strong interpersonal skills necessary to effectively work with colleagues, partner organizations and a variety of high-ranking state policymakers.


  •  Ability and willingness to assume additional responsibilities and work independently and collaboratively internally and externally.


  •  Competency in the use of relevant software packages (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.) and electronic communications.


  •  Commitment to NGA’s bi-partisan mission and goals.


  •  Ability and willingness to travel up to 20 percent.




  • Fast-paced working environment; and
  • Extensive computer usage.

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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