National Conference of State Legislatures
JOB TITLE: Research Analyst II/Policy Associate
PROGRAM: Environment, Energy and Transportation Program (EET)
SALARY: $3,245-3,667 per month depending on qualifications
FUNDING: 100 percent grant funds
NCSL’s Transportation Program is seeking a Research Analyst II or a Policy Associate to perform
legislative research, analysis, writing and program planning. This person will assist with providing
quality, unbiased information to state legislators and legislative staff through publications, legislative
tracking, meetings and other efforts. The Research Analyst II/ Policy Associate will answer information
requests from state legislators, legislative staff and other policy stakeholders on transportation issues
such as revenues for infrastructure, public transportation, aviation, ports and waterways, driver’s
licensing, commercial vehicles, traffic safety and other transportation topics.
The Research Analyst II/Policy Associate will also update online bill-tracking databases, draft
publications, coordinate meetings, give presentations, compile and summarize legislation, and
complete research for program projects including publications, NCSL meetings and off-site trainings
and presentations . This professional position requires demonstrated competence in research, writing,
communication, public policy and analytical skills.
This position is funded for one year from outside grants and contracts and continuation of the position
is subject to the acquisition of additional grant and contract funding.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND EXPECTATIONS
Typical duties may include some or most of the following:
1. Collects, monitors and analyzes data on legislative actions and state and federal programs using
a range of research skills including legal research, original surveys, in-depth interviews and
specialized library resources.
2. Prepares prompt, concise and accurate written responses to legislative requests for information.
3. Under supervision, plans programs and organizes background materials in closely related
subject areas for research projects, meetings, conferences and technical assistance workshops.
4. Plans, researches and writes for newsletters, issue briefs, short research reports or articles
though most written products are subject to close review and editing by more senior staff.
5. Provides substantial content management and data entry support to the NCSL Transportation
Funding and Finance Database, the NCSL Transportation Access and Mobility Database and/or
other bill-tracking databases.
6. Develops and delivers presentations to a variety of audiences based on original research on
transportation policy topics.
7. Undertakes research and writing for grant and contract proposals.
8. Under supervision, may interact directly with grant and contact project officers and undertake
some project management responsibilities.
9. Assist as required with the staffing of relevant NCSL committees, task forces and meetings.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED
• Bachelor’s degree plus three years of relevant work experience, including at least one year of
general policy research, legislative or state government experience. Relevant professional level
work experience or graduate level can be substituted on a year-for-year basis. An advanced
degree is preferred but not required.
• Skill and competence in a range of research skills and tasks.
• Experience with state transportation policy research and analysis.
• Skill and competence in writing clearly and communicating orally.
• Skill and competence to work effectively with legislators and legislative staff.
• Skill and competence to work independently and to manage multiple tasks and deadlines. This
includes the ability to balance and prioritize numerous projects at once, to meet deadlines and
to effectively communicate how this is happening to supervisors of said projects.
• Able to maintain bi-partisanship, confidentiality and handle politically sensitive work.
• Skill and competence in working cooperatively and professionally with a variety of people, often
• The willingness and desire to learn from multiple supervisors.
• Attention to detail and the ability to problem solve and think critically is essential.
• Is well-organized, efficient, flexible and a team player with a positive attitude.
Send cover letter and resume by Friday, January 3, 2014, to:
National Conference of State Legislatures
7700 East First Place
Denver, CO 80230
NCSL is an equal opportunity employer.