Council of State Governments
  • 13-Jan-2017 to 28-Feb-2017 (EST)
  • CSG-East
  • New York, NY, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Medical, Dental, Vision, Life, Short & Long Term Disability, Retirement, Paid Personal Time, Paid Sick Time, Paid Holidays


The Council of State Governments (CSG) is our 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. 

THE COUNCIL OF STATE GOVERNMENTS-EASTERN REGIONAL CONFERENCE 

The Council of State Governments Eastern Regional Conference (CSG-ERC), 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-ERC 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-ERC 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-ERC staff conducts public policy research and analysis, convenes meetings, and produces publications related to agriculture & rural development, education, environment, energy, health, international trade, transportation, and US-Canada relations. CSG-ERC also provides leadership training for state and provincial officials and advocates on the federal level for policies and programs beneficial to the region.

JOB SUMMARY 

Reporting to the Director of CSG's Eastern Office, the Deputy Director will provide the leadership, strategy and direction necessary to increase CSG-ERC's capacity to engage and serve state and provincial officials in its member jurisdictions, and its many other constituents.  

Helping to oversee a budget of $1.4 million, a full-time policy and administrative staff of six and seven part-time policy consultants, the Deputy Director will have the authority to act as CSG-ERC Director in the Director's absence.  The deputy director will help strengthen the organizational structure, operational processes, and informational backbone necessary to support CSG-ERC's current activities and its future growth.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES 

Strategic Planning and Analysis 

  • Assist the CSG-ERC Director in all phases of long-term strategic planning and institutional administration and inform the design and implementation of new projects.
  • Participate in regular meetings with the CSG-ERC Director to discuss CSG-ERC Committees, projects, budgets, staff performance and operations.
  • Develop written products, including policy briefs, research reports, memos and presentations that concisely and clearly describe complex analyses and policy options for committee members relating to issues facing the CSG-ERC member jurisdictions.

Management and Operations 

  • Directly supervise CSG-ERC staff and assist in recruiting and training CSG-ERC staff. As needed, conduct assessments/evaluations, including a review of job descriptions and functions, performance and productivity.
  • In partnership with the director, evaluate the CSG-ERC organizational structure. Working collaboratively within the organization review all operating, financial, and technological systems and controls, making sure that all are efficient and that they effectively support the organization's programs.
  • Negotiate and prepare contracts with CSG-ERC consultants for review by director and CSG General Counsel.

Constituent Management & External Relations

  • Staff CSG-ERC regional, bi-partisan policy committees or task forces made up of state elected and appointed officials as needed.
  • Represent CSG-ERC on national CSG committees, and at external forums as needed.
  • Meet with senior state officials in state capitols around the Northeast to discuss CSG-ERC programs and services and assure support for CSG dues.
  • Serve as liaison for CSG-ERC with other state, regional and national groups. 

Communications 

  • Write and/or edit research reports, internal/external memoranda, articles for national Capitol Ideas magazine and other products as needed.
  • Along with appropriate staff, work towards the design of a comprehensive and centralized communications platform. Such a system should create a well-integrated approach to the gathering, translation and dissemination of information both internally and externally, and serve as a critical backbone to CSG-ERC's work.  It should allow for:
    • Creating a uniform website used by all staff and consultants.
    • Creating a comprehensive social-media strategy.
    • A cataloguing of state-by-state data relevant to CSG-ERC's policy work.
    • A clear means of translating policy information into active, accessible intelligence to benefit both CSG-ERC's members, and the field-at-large.
    • A clear means of translating CSG-ERC staff's field/experiential knowledge into an accessible directory of information.

IMMEDIATE PRIORITIES 

  • Get to know CSG-ERC member states and Provinces thoroughly including legislative leadership, key staff, executive branch officials, legislative operations, structures, and budget processes.
  • Establish a strong partnership with the CSG-ERC Director built on trust and a shared vision.
  • Forge solid working relationships with CSG-ERC staff and consultants, continuing to bring forth everyone's best thinking and efforts.
  • Build credibility, establish rapport, and maintain communication with CSG-ERC Executive Committee and Policy Committee members, state leaders, and CSG-ERC corporate contributors.
  • Help guide CSG-ERC's policy agenda setting clear priorities.
  • Supervise, motivate and support the CSG-ERC 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.
  • Participate in annual capitol visits to CSG-ERC member jurisdictions to promote organization values and mission, encourage participation in CSG-ERC programs and committees, and secure CSG dues.
  • Conduct capitol visits with policy staff to identify emerging policy issues in the states and provinces that will inform CSG-ERC's policy work.
  • Implement regularly scheduled CSG-ERC (organization-wide) staff meetings to encourage shared learning, improve the flow of internal information, discuss status of projects/deliverables, and forge a better understanding and link between CSG-ERC's policy and administrative functions.
  • Coordinate and integrate communications between staff and consultants.

IDEAL EXPERIENCE 

  • Ten years relevant work experience, with at least 5 years in government or a nonprofit organization.
  • Three years of management experience including direct staff supervision and responsibility for organizational budgets, preferably in a nonprofit or governmental organization.
  • Bachelor's degree in public policy, public administration, law or related field; advanced degree preferred.
  • 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.
  • Superior research, writing and speaking skills.
  • 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.
  • Experience creating constructive partnerships with a highly visible director and board, experience as part of a senior leadership cabinet.
  • Efficient work style with ability to prioritize quickly.
  • Ability to travel considerably is required.

SKILLS & ABILITIES 

The successful candidate should be: 

  • Committed to and enthusiastic about the mission, goals and programs of the CSG-ERC.
  • A dedicated manager who can take charge, build consensus, and work cross-functionally to affect change. Must impart credibility, trust, integrity and enthusiasm.
  • Someone who understands the subtleties of motivating and directing others.
  • A strategic and entrepreneurial thinker adept at both planning and implementing and someone who is able to anticipate opportunities that may enhance CSG-ERC.
  • Able to meet deadlines and possess good project management skills, including handling multiple tasks and responsibilities.
  • Intellectually curious and self-motivated, resourceful, and results-oriented.
  • Able to develop a sense of team spirit and common purpose maintaining an environment where mutual respect, collegiality, and diversity are valued.
  • Service-oriented, open and responsive to the ideas of others, and willing to take responsible risks.
  • Thoughtful, persuasive, and politically savvy with the ability to see all sides of an issue and prioritize and balance competing interests.
  • Energetic and willing to work hands-on in developing and executing a variety of activities ranging from the routine to the highly creative.
  • A decisive and unifying leader who is firm and confident yet flexible.
  • Outgoing with tenacity, pragmatism, and patience.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

All interested candidates must complete the online application and upload cover letter, resume and three professional references.

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

 

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