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Senior Policy Analyst (Homeland Security)

Department: Center for Best Practices
Location: Washington, DC

TITLE: Senior Policy Analyst (Homeland Security)
ORGANIZATION: National Governors Association
LOCATION: Washington, DC
COMPENSATION: A competitive compensation package will be made to the qualified candidate
REPORTS TO: Program Director, Homeland Security

Founded in 1908, the National Governors Association is a bipartisan organization of Governors from the 55 states, territories and commonwealths whose mission is to share best practices, speak with an informed voice on national policy and develop innovative solutions to improve citizensí lives through state government and support the principles of federalism.  

Through NGA, Governors identify priority issues and deal with matters of public policy and governance at the state and national levels. Our policy and research arm, the NGA Center for Best Practices, helps Governors find collective answers to common issues and assists in developing and implementing innovative solutions to public policy challenges. Our Government Relations team ensures that Governors are a strong voice in Washington, DC. NGA also provides total consultative services, including management and technical assistance to both new and incumbent Governors, their senior executive staff, and their trusted advisors.

NGA is looking to add a bright, resourceful, and organized Senior Policy Analyst to our Center of Best Practices team. The Senior Policy Analystís primary responsibilities will be to support Governors on a range of homeland security policies as it relates to preventing targeted violence, public health preparedness, information and intelligence sharing, critical infrastructure protection, utilization of the National Guard, and state/federal homeland security grant programs, and other issues that may evolve as the needs of Governors and interests of funders varies over time.

Other important responsibilities of the Senior Policy Analyst include:

  • Lead the development of virtual (and eventually hybrid) events to include: workshops, seminars, meetings, and presentations. Facilitate panel discussions, state strategy sessions, and other events for governors, senior state policy staff, and key stakeholders on program and policy issues areas; 
  • Provide Ďbest practiceí and state technical assistance to governorís policy advisors, other state policymakers, NGA committees, task forces, and other workgroups;  
  • Establish and maintain relationships with key individuals and groups within and outside NGA to support successful program and policy issues;
  • Maintain topical experience in state and federal program and policy issues; 
  • Manage ongoing projects and new project development; including contributing to new project development, drafting grant proposals, engaging with partners and funders, working with sub-contracts and consultants, and ensuring the timely completion of deliverables
  • Gather and write reports, articles, issue briefs, case studies, guides, tools, and memoranda on program and policy issues and best practices of relevance to Governors and their policy staffs and other state policymakers; 
  • Manage and update NGA websites and electronic portals related to relevant issue programs and utilize web-based communication vehicles; 
  • Demonstrating a commitment to NGAís mission and goals to constructively serve the needs of all Governors; and
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor, Deputy Director, and Director, Center for Best Practices.

Candidates should have a bachelorís degree, preferable in public policy or a related field. Five plus years working in areas of policies and program that are within the portfolio of Homeland Security, including state and local emergency preparedness, information and intelligence sharing, critical infrastructure security, public health preparedness, and preventing targeted violence. 

Knowledge and expertise could include a spectrum of policies and programs to help governors and their staff design and implement policies to focus on outcome. Experience working with Governors, working in federal or state agencies or non-profit organizations is preferred.

The ideal candidate will have demonstrated ability to: 

  • Have foundational content knowledge and experience related to federal and state policy related to healthcare delivery including healthcare workforce, health equity, disabilities, rural health, telehealth, healthcare cost and coverage (including Medicaid, Medicare, and private coverage), and other issues    Understand state policy and policy making and the role of Governors in advancing specific policies; 
  • Identify and track key issues of concern to Governors and develop initiatives to address those concerns; 
  • Proven ability to communicate effectively in verbal forms and facilitate meetings, with particular emphasis on the ability to communicate with policy-making audiences; 
  • Have strong research, analytical skills including ability to synthesize complex issues into audience-appropriate policy considerations and recommendations; 
  • Manage multiple projects, work with high-level state policymakers in a variety of settings, and respond effectively to their needs for information and technical assistance;
  • Customer-service orientation with strong interpersonal skills including the skills necessary to effectively work with colleagues, partner organizations and a variety of high-ranking state policymakers as well as enthusiasm for collaboration with colleagues;
  • Strong analytical skills and experience interpreting and re-purposing research and best practices for policymakers in a timely and effective manner; 
  • Proven ability to communicate effectively in verbal forms, with particular emphasis on the ability to communicate with policymaking audiences; 
  • Ability and willingness to work independently and take a proactive approach to problem-solving; 
  • Conduct qualitative evaluations of projects and produce subsequent reports; 
  • Prepare grant applications and reports on grant progress; 
  • Be flexible and adaptable to working in multiple programs and policy issues; 
  • Have knowledge and understanding of MS Office suite and web tools; and 
  • Travel, as necessary.

Interested candidates should apply online through NGAís career site. NGA uses Clear Company and all information is kept strictly confidential. An application is considered when all required fields are completed. Please include:

  • Your resume highlighting your education, experience, and direct transferable skills
  • A portfolio of your best work (attach to your candidate profile via Clear Company) 

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. 

NGA staff proudly serve our nationís Governors daily and itís our mission to ensure we offer a comprehensive, competitive benefits package designed to support the needs of NGA employees.

NGA is an Equal Opportunity Employer (M/D/F/V). NGA is committed to fostering an energetic, collaborative, diverse and inclusive workforce. We promote diversity and provide equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, or any other legally protected factor. We encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply.

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