Council of State Governments
  • 21-Jun-2021 to 31-Jul-2021 (EST)
  • HQ-Center of Innovation
  • Lexington, KY, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time

The Council of State Governments (CSG) is the nation's only 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. This offers unparalleled regional, national and international opportunities to network, develop leaders, collaborate and create problem-solving partnerships. To learn more about CSG please visit our website at We are currently seeking a Deputy Division Director at our Lexington, KY national headquarters office.

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, this position has an option to be remote on a temporary basis until CSG deems it appropriate to require the return to an office setting. At that time, the incumbent for this position will be required to perform work from an assigned office.


The Deputy Division Director of the CSG National Center for Interstate Compacts provides supervision, project management and oversight of programs and services. This includes development; project management; member outreach and coordination; supervision of staff and fulfillment of the Center's work plan. The Deputy Division Director works within the CSG Center of Innovation and in cooperation with CSG staff, executive management team, regional offices, affiliates and members to support, monitor, and improve state utilization and understanding of the interstate compact mechanism and workforce priorities.


  • Work with states and national policy experts to assess the need for new interstate compact agreements and to build coalitions of support for developing and implementing new and revised compacts.
  • Manages the National Center Advisory Committee and coordinates the activities of all project specific committees and working groups under the direction of the Director.
  • Manage interstate compact projects and consulting relationships and seeks, with member and management guidance, to create new programs, partnerships and relationships.
  • Manage projects to achieve promised outcomes in a timely manner with a strong and unwavering commitment to integrity and excellence in every aspect of the work.
  • Manage the portfolio of the occupational licensure grant projects including financial budget tracking, technical assistance and database oversight.
  • Assists in the development of research methodology in support of CSG mission and members.
  • Ensures all project deliverables reflect quality and are delivered on-time according to project timelines.
  • Manages the day-to-day operations of existing compact agreements, including project contractors.
  • Develops and disseminates other policy research deliverables, programming, initiatives and meetings in support of the mission of CSG.
  • Communicate effectively with colleagues, funders, board members, consultants, and partner organizations and other stakeholders.
  • Adhere to all requirements imposed by law and funders to assure full compliance with all laws, regulations, contractual terms and CSG policies and procedures.
  • Forge effective partnerships to enhance the impact and success of the center.
  • Performs project proposal research, writing, grants management, budget oversight and financial reporting.
  • Oversees the active content of the NCIC and Occupational Licensure webpages, including news updates on compact-related events, legislative tracking of compact-related bills at the state and federal levels, management of an online resource library, project information and interstate compacts database.
  • Prepare concise and accurate written responses to requests for information.
  • Prepare and make presentations to policymakers, other national organizations or other forums.
  • Plan, organize, and conduct meetings by arranging for speakers, identifying topics, supporting logistical planning, and preparing information.


  • Knowledge of general state and federal government policy, with specific emphasis on interstate cooperation.
  • Demonstrated success working in the policy arena in policy formulation, analysis, advocacy, and/or research.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively manage and coach a team
  • Skill and competence to work effectively with a myriad of state officials, including high level executive, legislative and judicial officials.
  • Ability to work with leading experts in the field of state policy, including researchers, policy experts, program providers and professional associations.
  • Strong writing skills, preferably including policy description and analysis as well as more general writing such as correspondence, memos and articles.
  • Knowledge and demonstration understanding of financial management and budgeting systems including guidelines associated with federal grant and contract work.
  • Knowledge of CSG
  • accounting and budgeting system and the processing/approval of member expenses.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with multiple internal and external partners.
  • Ability to address issues in nonpartisan and non-polarizing ways.
  • Advanced ability and competence to work independently and to handle multiple complex tasks and assignments concurrently.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality and handle politically sensitive work.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively present complex information in a concise way.
  • Commitment to advancing the values, mission, goals, and programs of CSG.
  • Well-organized, clear-thinking, energetic, and decisive; able to take initiative, handle and prioritize multiple activities and responsibilities; and see through to completion.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize quickly, efficiently and confidently.
  • Willingness to travel frequently.
  • Ability to interact effectively with diverse people in different contexts and foster equity and inclusion through self-awareness, cultural sensitivity, and valuing others.
  • Dedication to public service with an unfailing commitment to act with civility, be nonpartisan in performing CSG duties, and be a responsible steward of member and donor funds.


  • Bachelor's degree in public administration, public policy, policy management, public finance, political science, political communications, or related field(s). Master's or advanced degree preferred.
  • Five (5) years of relevant and progressive work experience in state or federal government or with a public policy organization and/or membership association preferred.
  • Three (3) years directly supervising and managing staff required.
  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge of state and federal general policy issues.
  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge of personnel and budget management.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing, implementing and managing externally supported policy projects and programming.
  • Experience delivering technical assistance.


Interested candidates must complete the online application and include their resume, cover letter and a writing sample.

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to characteristics including but not limited to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.

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