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Senior Policy Analyst - Environment, Energy & Transportation

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

The NGA Center for Best Practices seeks an outstanding public policy professional to join the Environment, Energy & Transportation Division as a Senior Policy Analyst supporting the energy team. This is a full-time position in Washington, D.C. The Analyst will aid governors and their senior staff in developing innovative policies and practices. The position includes periodic travel to states and the U.S. territories. 

NGA is the bipartisan organization of the nationís governors. Through NGA, governors share best practices, speak with a collective voice on national policy and develop 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. 

The NGA Center for Best Practices Environment, Energy & Transportation Division (EET) provides governors state-based energy, environment and infrastructure solutions that enhance economic development, mobility, sustainability, resiliency, health and safety. The division focuses on several issues, including: developing a modern, efficient and reliable electricity grid; ensuring a secure energy system; supporting smarter state solutions involving connected technologies; exploring state transportation solutions involving new technologies such as autonomous vehicles, drones, ride-hailing and electrification; managing the use of water resources including addressing the water-energy nexus; enhancing the resiliency of critical infrastructure including in the energy, water, transportation and housing sectors; cleaning up the nuclear weapons waste complex and exploring innovative financing mechanisms for energy and infrastructure.



  • Provide "best practice" information and technical assistance to governors' policy advisors, other state policymakers, and to NGA committees, task forces, and other work groups. Establish and maintain relationships with key individuals and groups within and outside NGA to stay current on policy issues and complete projects. 


  • Manage projects and fundraise, including writing proposals, developing project budgets, developing and managing relationships with funders, working with sub-contracts and consultants, and ensuring the timely production of deliverables. 


  • Lead the development of meetings and facilitate panels at workshops, conferences, and seminars; make presentations and facilitate panel discussions, state strategy sessions, and other meetings.  
  • Gather data and write reports, articles, issue briefs, case studies, guides, and memoranda on policy issues and best practices of relevance to governors and their policy staffs and other state policymakers; and   


  • Manage and update NGA websites and electronic portals related to relevant issue areas and utilize web-based communication vehicles.  



The preferred candidate will have solid experience and content knowledge related to state-level energy policies and programs including regulation of the utility industry. A degree in public policy, environmental studies, energy or environmental law or relevant disciplines is required and a masterís degree is strongly preferred; also required is a minimum of 3 years of demonstrated experience related to the area of state energy policy (for instance at a state or federal agency, policy development organization, company or business entity).  


The ideal candidate will also possess: 


  • An understanding of state policy and policy making and the role of governors in advancing statesí energy strategies including with respect to energy security and resiliency, cyber risks and responses; 


  • Ability to identify and track key issues of concern to governors and develop initiatives to address those concerns; 


  • Strong research, analytical and skills, including the ability to collect, analyze and use data to inform conclusions about policy and program effectiveness, to synthesize complex issues into clear and concise language, and to 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 bi-partisan 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 25 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.


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