Council of State Governments
  • 12-Sep-2018 to 30-Sep-2018 (EST)
  • CSG-Midwest
  • Lombard, IL, USA
  • Full Time

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

The Council of State Governments is a national, nonprofit, nonpartisan association of state officials representing all three branches of state government and serving all 50 states and the U.S. territories.  For more than 80 years, CSG has facilitated the exchange of information, ideas and best practices among state leaders while assisting states in their efforts to cooperate in addressing common problems.  CSG's Midwestern Office, located in Lombard, Illinois, provides staff support and a variety of services to state officials representing the Midwestern states.  It is currently seeking applicants for the position of Policy Analyst.


The Policy Analyst is responsible for providing staff support to designated constituent groups, including one or more committees of the Midwestern Legislative Conference, as well as the Midwestern Radioactive Materials Transportation Committee and/or select entities supported by the Council of State Governments (CSG) Midwestern Office as part of its Midwestern Radioactive Materials Transportation Project.  The Policy Analyst writes and edits position papers, articles and other documents and correspondence, conducts research, coordinates webinars, contributes to various group projects and team activities as directed, and represents the Midwestern region and Midwestern CSG constituents in external forums as appropriate.  The Policy Analyst also contributes to Midwestern Office publications, online resources and social media efforts as directed.


  • Provides lead staff support to one or more committees of the Midwestern Legislative Conference, including initially the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee. Specific duties include working with committee officers and members to identify, prioritize and pursue all committee objectives, including the development and production of committee workplans, meeting agendas, events and other deliverables.
  • Assists in staffing the Midwestern Radioactive Materials Transportation Project (MRMTP). Specific duties include providing staff support (project and meeting planning, the preparation of reports and other deliverables, research, communications, etc.) to the Midwestern Radioactive Materials Transportation Committee and to various constituent groups created or supported by the Committee (e.g., the National Transportation Stakeholders Forum and its working groups) as directed.
  • Monitors relevant policy developments at the state, federal and international levels (related to the interests and objectives of the various constituent groups supported by the Policy Analyst).
  • Conducts research; analyzes policy issues, writes/edits position papers, articles, reports and other documents and correspondence.
  • Contributes to Midwestern Office publications, web-based resources and social media efforts as directed.
  • Serves as principal staff liaison to two or more Midwestern states.
  • Plans and facilitates project-specific webinars as appropriate (including opportunity to become lead webinar coordinator for Midwestern Office).
  • Provides secretariat and staff support services to other designated constituent groups as assigned.
  • Serves as member of other in-house teams as assigned.
  • Participates in/contributes to various CSG-wide activities.
  • Other substantive and administrative tasks as assigned.
  • Represents Midwestern region and CSG Midwest constituents in external forums (e.g., Midwestern state legislatures, other association meetings, stakeholder events, etc.) as appropriate.
  • Serves as a resource to constituent group members and other state officials on wide range of policy issues.


  • Steadfast commitment to providing members with timely, effective customer service.
  • Working knowledge of public policy and the role of states within the federal system.
  • Strong organizational, analytical, administrative, communication (both oral and written) and interpersonal skills.
  • Reliable self-starter; effective time and project manager.
  • Positive team player with a professional work ethic.
  • Ability to work well both independently and as part of a team.
  • Flexibility and willingness to take on new tasks as necessary to meet evolving needs and objectives of organization and its members.
  • Strong computer skills and familiarity with social media. Experience with Adobe Dreamweaver and InDesign a plus.
  • Willingness to travel as needed.


  • Bachelors or advanced degree in public policy, political science or related field (additional relevant experience may be substituted for education requirement).
  • Two years' experience in state government, association management or related field.
  • Research, writing and policy analysis experience preferred.


The starting salary for this position is $52,000 per year.  A comprehensive package of benefits is also provided.  Telecommuting is not permitted.  Interested individuals should complete the online application and upload the following documents in PDF format:

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. Writing sample (no more than three pages)

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

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