Council of State Governments
  • 29-Jul-2022 to 15-Aug-2022 (EST)
  • HQ-Center of Innovation
  • Lexington, KY, USA
  • 58000-68000 per year
  • 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 Senior Research Analyst at our Lexington, KY national headquarters office.

This opportunity is based in our Lexington, KY office but offers flexibility to work from home part of the work week.


A policy and project research position within the CSG Lexington-based Center of Innovation. The Senior Research Analyst manages policy research projects including conducting or assisting with data analysis, developing and conducting surveys of state policy, responding to research inquiries from state officials and writing research based policy briefs and research reports for a diverse state audience of elected officials and policymakers. This particular position is for a Senior Research Analyst who will lead work on the CSG Book of the States. The Book of the States is a reference tool that has been published since 1935 that provides relevant, accurate and timely information, answers and comparisons for all 56 states, commonwealths and territories of the United States. This position will be responsible for coordinating data collection and the transition of the Book of the States to an online platform for state policymakers. Learn more about the CSG Book of the States at

The Senior Research Analyst will work with elected leaders, agency officials, researchers, and a variety of other stakeholders while having the opportunity to use a skillset focused on acquisition and analysis of key data to help assess current policy and practice, design and implement new approaches, and develop estimates of impact relating to the various changes proposed. The Senior Research Analyst also provides support to the Director of Research for the development of new strategies to provide relevant policy research to state policymakers.


Specific responsibilities of the Senior Research Analyst include, but are not limited to, the following:

Data Collection and Research

  • Assist the Director of Research in the coordination of research, analysis and dissemination of policy information and secondary data.
  • Ensure CSG projects are evidence based by directly contributing to and helping coordinate the development of CSG reports and other work products.
  • Serve as the project lead for legislative and policy research.
  • Identify new and emerging policy trends impacting the states.
  • Serve as the project lead for technical assistance to state and local governments through the collection and analysis of data, identification of trends and determining where opportunities might exist for policymakers to improve and make public programs more efficient.
  • Design and conduct surveys to collect and analyze primary data to support CSG projects.
  • Assist policy staff in collecting and analyzing data on a per project basis.
  • Support the COI Director of Research to develop and execute an organization-wide research agenda.

Publications and Writing

  • Support the research team in synthesizing, visualizing, and communicating data and research for a non-technical audience.
  • Help coordinate the development of reports and other research products that are highly relevant to policy deliberations and easily understood by the public, media and policymakers, often in collaboration with CSG Communications staff, external writers and other consultants.


  • Serve as the project lead for collaborative research projects aimed at addressing issues of top concern to state officials in one or more states.
  • Assist the Director of Research in the coordination of staff responsibilities and capacities.
  • Function as the point of contact with national organizations, researchers and national policy experts in carrying out work on collaborative projects.
  • Foster new and maintain existing relationships and coordinate closely with external partners, such as funders, consultants, and state and local leaders to advance project goals.
  • Support the strategic development of new initiatives to provide timely policy research to state policymakers, including proposal development, funder and partner outreach and management, and the development and refinement of project descriptions, work-plans, and communication materials.
  • Promote coordination and collaboration among the policy team and other departments of CSG.


  • Strong research skills and knowledge of scientific research methods, principles, and techniques.
  • Knowledge of statistical concepts, methods, and application to data analysis.
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully translate data and research into practical and policymaker-relevant insights in ways that are clear, concise, compelling and actionable.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel and preferably at least one other advanced statistical software (e.g. Stata, R, SQL, or Python) and able to learn additional software programs (developed in-house or off-the-shelf, such as survey evaluation tools or data presentation programs) and new evaluation/analysis techniques.
  • Strong writing skills, including research reports and analysis as well as more general writing such as correspondence, memos and articles.
  • Able to maintain confidentiality and handle politically sensitive work.
  • Strong customer service-oriented commitment.
  • Demonstrated project management skills including effective project team leadership.
  • Knowledge of state government, policy issues and programming as well as the state policy development process preferred.
  • Strong oral communication skills, including the ability to effectively present complex information in a concise way.
  • Efficient, organized work style, an ability to prioritize quickly and confidently
  • Entrepreneurial mindset that seeks opportunities to develop and further advance the services of the organization within the are of policy research expertise.
  • Willingness to travel.
  • 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.


  • Bachelors degree in mathematics, economics, data science, public policy, or related social science or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Three years' work experience in statistics, data analysis, and/or research.
  • Experience using statistical tools to interpret data sets, including descriptive and diagnostic analytics.
  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge of conducting policy relevant research.
  • Superior research, writing, and editing skills demonstrated by authorship or joint authorship in research reports.
  • Experience working with leading experts in the state government field including researchers, policy experts, and program providers.
  • Experience with project management and coordination of a variety of tasks and assignments concurrently while adhering to specific instructions, technical direction and deadlines.
  • Experience in providing guidance and mentorship to peers on research methods and analysis.
  • Experience working collaboratively with multiple partners.


CSG believes that pay equity and pay transparency advance workplace fairness. Compensation will be equitable and based on experience. The salary range for this position, based in Lexington, KY is $58,000 to $68,000. This salary range is subject to change based on work location and market conditions.


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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