Council of State Governments
  • 15-Oct-2020 to Until Filled (EST)
  • Executive Recruiter-CSG East
  • New York, NY, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time

The Council of State Governments (CSG) is our nation's only national, non-partisan organization serving all three branches of state government. CSG is a region-based forum that fosters the exchange of insights and ideas to help state officials shape public policy. CSG offers unparalleled regional, national and international opportunities for state officials to network, collaborate and create problem-solving partnerships.  Through its many training programs, CSG also develops state officials' leadership skills to strengthen the functioning of states in our federal system.

THE COUNCIL OF STATE GOVERNMENTS EASTERN OFFICE 

The Council of State Governments has four regional offices.  The CSG Eastern Office, based in New York City since 1937, serves 11 member states (from Maine to Maryland), the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the Territory of the US Virgin Islands.  Five Eastern Canadian Provinces (Quebec, New Brunswick, Ontario, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island) are international Associate members of CSG-ERC.

CSG-East seeks to educate public officials about the unique problems and challenges facing the CSG Eastern Region and promotes multi-state or region-wide problem solving. Through its committees, annual meeting, webinars, seminars, publications, and other means, CSG-East facilitates the exchange of ideas and information among state policymakers, business leaders and the academic community throughout its 18-member jurisdictions.  

In pursuit of its mission, CSG-East staff conducts public policy research and analysis, convenes meetings, and produces publications related to agriculture & rural development, education, environment, energy, health, international trade, military & veterans affairs, transportation, and US-Canada and US/Territorial relations. CSG-East also provides leadership training for state and provincial officials and advocates on the federal level for policies and programs beneficial to the region.

THE POSITION

CSG-East seeks a visionary and resourceful leader to serve as its next Director.  Reporting to the CSG-East Executive Committee, she/he/they will provide the strategy and direction necessary to increase CSG-East's capacity to engage and serve state, territorial and provincial officials in its member jurisdictions, and among its associate member Canadian Provinces.   

The Director will refine and retool CSG-East's strategic framework and project portfolio, as necessary, in order to keep the organization's work relevant to its members, and to both current and prospective external stakeholders.

Overseeing a budget of $1.4 million and team of 14 staff and consultants, the Director will ensure that the organization is fiscally and operationally sound, and has the human resources, structure, processes, and informational backbone necessary to support CSG-East's current activities and promote its future growth.

Additionally, as CSG-East's chief advocate and fundraiser, the Director will work to identify and engage both institutional  and individual partners to help develop resources to further CSG-East's bold agenda.

It is expected that the Director will immediately:

  • Get to know CSG-East member states and provinces thoroughly, including legislative leadership, judicial officials, executive branch officials, key staff, legislative operations, structures, and budget processes;
  • Forge solid working relationships with CSG-East staff and consultants, continuing to bring forth everyone's best thinking and efforts;
  • Build credibility, establish rapport, and maintain communication with CSG-East Executive Committee and Policy Committee members, state leaders, and CSG-East corporate contributors;
  • Examine opportunities to conduct virtual outreach and promote CSG-East, in place of in-person capitol visits, which have been suspended due to Covid-19, to maintain CSG visibility in the member states, territories and provinces and to inform CSG-East's policy work.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES 

It is further expected that the Director will have specific ongoing responsibility to:

Strategic Planning and Analysis

  • Working closely with CSG-East state leaders and CSG staff, guide all phases of long-term strategic planning and institutional administration to ensure CSG-East programs are meeting the needs of its member jurisdictions. Inform the design and implementation of new projects;
  • Participate in regular meetings with the CSG-East Executive Committee, Budget Committee, Strategic Planning Committee and Annual Meeting Committee to discuss and assess CSG-East Policy Committee work, projects, budgets, staff performance and operations;
  • Develop written products, including regular progress reports, for the CSG-East Executive Committee, write Director's message and other pieces for CSG-East publications, and provide regular oral presentations to keep Executive Committee and the general membership apprised of CSG-East programs and services and continually demonstrate CSG-East's value proposition to its state, territorial and provincial member jurisdictions;

Management and Operations

  • Supervise, motivate and support the CSG-East policy team (staff and consultants). Help inform the design and implementation of new projects and assist CSG-ERC policy staff in developing committee work plans with measurable results;
  • Encourage shared learning, maintain the flow of internal information, discuss status of projects/deliverables, and maintain a strong link between CSG-East's policy and administrative functions;
  • Directly supervise, and recruit, as necessary, CSG-East Deputy Director, policy and consultant staff. Annually conduct job assessments/evaluations, including a review of job descriptions and functions, performance and productivity;
  • In partnership with the appropriate CSG-East Officers and committee chairs, evaluate the CSG-East organizational structure; working collaboratively within the national CSG organization and with other regional directors, review all operating, financial, and technological systems and controls, making sure that all are efficient and that they effectively support the organization's programs and overall mission;
  • Oversee and negotiate as needed, contracts with CSG-East consultants for review by CSG General Counsel.

Constituent Management, Fundraising & External Relations

  • Annually secure state appropriations (established by formula) from each member state, territory and provincial associate member in the CSG eastern region. Funding for the regional office is almost entirely dependent on annual membership dues, which are shared with the CSG National Office and are necessary to support the organization.   To this end, meet with senior state officials including governors, legislative leaders, and executive branch officials in all 13 member state capitols around the CSG eastern region annually, or as often as needed (and when feasible due to Covid-19 travel restrictions) to promote organization values, mission, and services, encourage participation in CSG-East programs and committees, and secure CSG dues;
  • Strategically work to diversify and expand CSG-East's funding base. In partnership with appropriate staff and members, explore new revenue opportunities (earned and contributed) aimed at ensuring long-term financial sustainability;
  • Serve as principal staff to the CSG-East Executive Committee; serve as staff to other bi-partisan policy or administrative committees made up of state officials from the region, as needed, or as directed by the CSG-East Executive Committee;
  • Serve as part of the national CSG senior management team which meets regularly to examine financial, operational and other CSG-wide program issues; represent CSG-East on national CSG committees and at external forums, as needed;
  • Serve as liaison for CSG-East with other state, regional and national public and private sector groups;

 Communications

  • Write research reports, internal/external memoranda, articles for national Capitol Ideas magazine and other products;
  • Oversee, as needed, staff and consultants tasked with developing and maintaining a comprehensive and centralized communications platform, including such systems as are necessary to creating a well-integrated approach to the gathering, translation and dissemination of information both internally and externally, which serves as a critical backbone for CSG-East's policy work and programs.

IDEAL EXPERIENCE

 The ideal candidate should have: 

  • A minimum of ten years relevant work experience, with at least 5 years in government or a nonprofit organization;
  • Excellent working knowledge of state government;
  • Experience in a sophisticated policy-oriented environment, or in a political, advocacy, or issue-driven environment is strongly preferred;
  • Senior-level leadership responsibility with an institution known for quality and excellence; a record of success managing people, operations and fiscal affairs;
  • Bachelor's degree in public policy, public administration, law or related field; advanced degree preferred;
  • Superior research skills, and an ability to communicate effectively, in writing and verbally, with diverse audiences, internally and externally;
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with, and gain the respect and support of, highly accomplished leadership and staff; experience developing plans that benefit an entire organization;
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal, and analytical skills, including keen judgment and ability to work with people from a wide array of backgrounds and political perspectives;
  • Ability to travel considerably is required, occasionally on short notice.

PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS

 The successful candidate should be:

  •  Committed to, and enthusiastic about, the mission, goals and programs of CSG-East;
  • A trust-worthy leader, who can listen to the needs of members and translates them into action plans; able to build personal relationships among state leaders without regard to partisan affiliation, forge consensus and work cross-functionally to affect positive change. Must impart credibility, integrity and enthusiasm;
  • Able to develop a sense of team spirit and common purpose, maintaining an environment where mutual respect, collegiality, and diversity are valued;
  • Thoughtful, persuasive, and politically savvy with the ability to see all sides of an issue and prioritize and balance competing interests;
  • Service-oriented, open and responsive to the ideas of others; willing to take responsible risks;
  • A decisive and unifying leader who is firm and confident yet flexible and capable of listening to the needs and aspirations of staff;
  • Quickly adaptable and able to thrive in a fast-paced institutional environment; highly motivated, resourceful, and able to anticipate and act on events which might create opportunities for CSG-East;
  • Outgoing with a passion for public service, possessing an acute understanding of the role of staffing elected officials; willing to bring diverse people together to accomplish CSG's mission of service to its member jurisdictions and promote excellence in state government.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

Interested applicants must complete the online application and include a resume as well as a substantive cover letter outlining your interests and qualifications.

CSG is an Equal Opportunity Employer (Minorities/Females/Veterans/Disabled)

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