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Policy Analyst/Senior Policy Analyst-Postsecondary Education

Department: Economic Opportunity
Location: Washington, DC


The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) seeks an experienced professional to join the Economic Opportunity (EO) Division as a policy analyst or senior policy analyst. This position will support the Divisionís work on postsecondary education policy issues. The NGA Center is the nationís only dedicated consulting firm for governors and their key policy staff. Its mission is to assist governors to develop and implement innovative solutions to public policy challenges. NGA is the nonpartisan organization of the nationís 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 EO Division provides information, research, policy analysis, technical assistance and resource development for governors and their staff across a range of policy issues. The Division covers postsecondary education focused on increasing credential attainment and expanding access; economic development and innovation; workforce development focused on industry-based strategies and pathways to employment for populations with special needs; and human services for children, youth, low-income families and people with disabilities. 


  • Work effectively as part of a team on projects related to advancing promising state policies and practices, including writing concept papers, working with sub-contractors and consultants and contributing to the timely production of project deliverables.
  • Provide best practice information and technical assistance to governorsí policy advisors and other state policymakers, as well as to NGA committees, task forces and other work groups on an occasional basis.
  • Assist in the design, collection and analysis of information needed to provide high-quality technical assistance to states and produce quality publications.
  • 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.
  • Design, organize, participate in, and conduct workshops, seminars, conferences and presentations and facilitate panel discussions, state strategy sessions and other meetings.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with key individuals and groups within and outside NGA to stay current on policy issues and complete projects.
  • Update and maintain relevant NGA websites and electronic portals related to issue areas and use web-based communication vehicles. 


The preferred candidate will have experience and content knowledge related to policies and programs that fall within the portfolio of the Economic Opportunity Division with specific expertise related to postsecondary education. Postsecondary education knowledge and expertise could include the broad spectrum of policies and programs to help governors and their staff design and implement policies to focus on outcomes and effective and efficient use of state funds to finance postsecondary education in their states to ensure access, equity, and credential attainment leading to a successful career. A masterís degree in public policy, public administration, education or other relevant discipline is preferred along with a minimum of 3 to 5 years of demonstrated experience related to postsecondary education policy. Experience at the state or institutional level is a plus.  

The ideal candidate will also possess:

  •  A commitment to NGAís nonpartisan mission and goals;
  •  An understanding of state policy and policymaking and the role of governors in postsecondary education;  
  •  Proven ability to work on multiple projects and with diverse state policymakers in a variety of settings responding effectively to their information requests and technical assistance needs;
  •  Knowledge of state and federal higher education policy;
  •  Strong research and analytical skills;
  •  Ability and desire to work across NGA Center policy areas to provide a postsecondary perspective;
  •  Strong communication skills, including writing, speaking, listening and advising customers;
  •  Ability to collect, analyze and use data to inform states on relevant policy and practices;
  •  Ability to identify and track key issues of concern to governors and develop promising initiatives to address these concerns;
  •  Strong organizational and project team skills;
  •  Interpersonal skills necessary to work effectively with a variety of colleagues, funders and state and federal officials;
  •  Ability to assume responsibility and take independent action;
  •  Competency in the use of relevant software packages, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint, Survey Monkey or similar vehicles and knowledge of electronic communications; and
  •  The ability and willingness to travel up to 15 percent.


  •  Fast-paced working environment, 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.


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