Council of State Governments
  • 10-Mar-2017 to 31-Mar-2017 (EST)
  • HQ-Policy
  • Lexington, KY, USA
  • Full Time

Medical, Dental, Vision, Life, Disability, Paid Holidays, Paid Personal Time, Paid Sick Time, Paid Parental Leave


The Council of State Governments (CSG), a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization, 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 us at www.csg.org

CSG is seeking a Manager for the National Center for Interstate Compacts at our national headquarters located in Lexington, KY.

SUMMARY

The Manager of CSG's National Center for Interstate Compacts provides project management and oversight of programs and services in the Compact Center's portfolio.  This includes development; project management; member outreach and coordination; supervision of other staff (when applicable); and fulfillment of the Center's work plan.  The Manager works under the direction of, and in cooperation with, CSG's policy and executive management teams as well as with regional offices, affiliates and members to support, monitor, and improve state utilization and understanding of the interstate compact mechanism. 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Works with states in the assessment of existing compact agreements and compact mechanisms.
  • Works 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 interstate compact projects and consulting relationships and seeks, with member and management guidance, to create new programs, partnerships and relationships.
  • Staffs the National Center's Advisory Group and coordinates the activities of all project specific committees and working groups.
  • Collects, monitors and analyzes data on state legislative, executive and judicial actions as well as state and federal programs and the resultant impacts on states.
  • Helps to develop and manages collaborative projects aimed at addressing public policy issues of concern to state officials in two or more states.
  • Conducts research and policy analysis on federal and state issues relating to or impacting existing or potential interstate compacts.
  • Performs project proposal research, writing, grants management, budget oversight and financial reporting.
  • Works with compact officials to develop training and technical assistance programs for states on compact and interstate agreement issues.
  • Manages the active content of the NCIC's Internet website, 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.
  • Solicits articles from external authors and experts for CSG publications focused on compacts and compact-related activities.
  • Assists CSG-related compact commissions and associations with project, policy and management activities, when requested and where appropriate.
  • Develops and coordinates interstate compact programming to be held in conjunction with CSG national, regional and affiliate meetings, where appropriate.
  • Participates in other CSG national, regional and affiliate meetings and programs as necessary.
  • Interacts with national organizations, researchers and policy experts in carrying out work on collaborative projects.
  • Conducts outreach to state officials, participates in identifying and supporting policymakers interested in interstate compact policies and programs.
  • Conducts relationship management with state officials and policymakers, including legislative and other governmental contacts in all 50 states, DC and the US Territories.
  • Shares expertise with CSG's regional offices and affiliate groups as requested and provides direct outreach to CSG members on interstate compact issues.
  • Collaborates with regional staff as appropriate to provide CSG members with meaningful insights and information about interstate compact issues.
  • Prepares concise and accurate written responses to requests for information.
  • Prepares and make presentations to policymakers, other national organizations or other forums.
  • Participates in efforts to provide timely interstate compact policy information to state policymakers, such as online webinars, state visits or through other forums.
  • Plans, organizes, and conducts meetings by arranging for speakers, identifying topics, supporting logistical planning, and preparing information.
  • Ensures that policy and executive management and colleagues, consultants, and/or funders are aware of relevant project developments and that other work in the field is leveraged for the advancement of project goals.
  • Develops and expands a knowledge base on interstate compact issues, processes and programming, and other relevant policy topics and best practices.
  • Supervises additional policy and administrative staff as necessary and applicable.
  • Participates actively in staff discussions and strategic planning meetings, assist with other project or program tasks and perform other organizational duties as assigned.

 

SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • Knowledge of state and federal policy issues and programming.
  • Understanding of state and federal policy development processes.
  • 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 private sector representatives.
  • Strong research skills including internet research and personal interviews.
  • Strong writing skills, preferably including policy description and analysis as well as more general writing such as correspondence, memos and articles.
  • Knowledge of general state and federal government policy, with specific emphasis on interstate cooperation.
  • Knowledge of CSG's accounting and budgeting system and the processing/approval of member expenses.
  • Skill and competence to work independently and to handle a variety of tasks and assignments concurrently.
  • Able to maintain confidentiality and handle politically sensitive work.
  • Self-motivated, able to take initiative and see complex tasks through to completion.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with multiple internal and external partners. 

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

  • Bachelor's Degree in political science, economics, communications, public administration, public policy, public finance, international affairs or a related field. Advanced degree preferred.
  • Minimum of five years of relevant and progressive work experience in state government or with a public policy organization and/or membership association.
  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge of state and federal general policy issues with specific emphasis on interstate cooperation, interstate compacts, uniform state laws and general state government public policy. 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS ESSENTIAL TO PERFORM THE DUTIES OF THE JOB 

  • Frequently communicates with internal and external coworkers and customers.
  • Frequently operates a computer to perform administrative duties such as drafting reports, letters, and documents.
  • Frequently remains in a sitting position to perform desk duties.
  • Frequently uses the computer with fingers and hands.
  • Frequently works in a well-lit, tempered room.
  • Occasionally walks throughout office to communicate to employees regarding company policies and standards.
  • Seldom lifts objects such as with weight up to 25 pounds such as personnel files or paper boxes.
  • Frequent business travel by car and/or airplane.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

  • Interested candidates must complete an online application and include the following: cover letter, resume and three references. 

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

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