Council of State Governments
  • 19-Jul-2021 to 18-Aug-2021 (EST)
  • NEMA
  • Washington, DC, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time

The National Emergency Management Association (NEMA) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c)(3) association dedicated to enhancing public safety by improving the nation's ability to prepare for, respond to, and recover from all emergencies, disasters, and threats to our nation's security. NEMA is the professional association of and for emergency management directors from all 50 states, eight U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia. NEMA provides national leadership and expertise in comprehensive emergency management; serves as a vital emergency management information and assistance resource; and advances continuous improvement in emergency management through strategic partnerships, innovative programs, and collaborative policy positions. Learn more about NEMA at NEMA is an affiliate of The Council of State Governments.


Provide legislative, policy, and program support for a national association of state government officials with emphasis on emergency management.


  • Track, analyze, and report on federal and state legislative and regulatory issues.
  • Conduct research, analyze results, and write reports, newsletters, or informational letters as required.
  • Assist with national surveys, analyze data, identify trends and best practices in emergency management policies and programs and report.
  • Conduct intergovernmental relations with federal agencies, Congress, and partner organizations.
  • Communicate information to membership on national policy issues and activities.
  • Staff NEMA's policy committees comprised of state emergency management directors as well as subcommittees.
  • Represent the association and states' viewpoints and positions to the Federal government and external stakeholders.
  • Assist in developing and writing national reports, articles and other written products that are highly relevant to policy deliberations and easily understood by the public, media, and policymakers.
  • Populate and maintain website policy document library and manage social media content of the Washington, D.C. office.
  • Assist with national conference programs and meetings.
  • Provide supplemental staff support for grant related projects.


  • Demonstrated proficiency in written and oral communications.
  • Working knowledge of Congress and legislative process.
  • Ability to communicate with executive-level officials.
  • Ability to prioritize in a complex environment and to organize work load independently.
  • Possesses strong computer skills, specifically Microsoft Office.
  • Must be highly proficient with Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) and internet applications.
  • 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.


  • Two (2) years of relevant and progressive work experience with Congress, in state government or with a public policy organization, membership association or public university.
  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge of local, state and federal public policy-making and regulatory processes and state-federal relations.
  • Bachelor's degree in Communications, Journalism, Public Administration, Political Science or related field.


Interested applicants must complete the online application and upload the following:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Resume
  3. 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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