MISSION OF NATIONAL SKILLS COALITION
National Skills Coalition is a broad-based
coalition working toward a vision of an America that grows its economy by
investing in its people, so that every worker and every industry has the skills
to compete and prosper. We engage in organizing, advocacy and communications to
advance state and federal policies that support these goals – polices that are
based on the on-the-ground expertise of our members and allies.
In collaboration with the Managing Director of State
Strategies and other NSC staff, engage in efforts to advance NSC’s policy
platform within states. The State Policy Analyst will principally be responsible
for conducting discrete policy research and advocacy as requested by state
partners, as well as conducting policy research and analysis in support of
cross-state policy issues.
The State Policy Analyst will:
- Respond to questions
regarding specific federal and state policies from NSC members;
- Monitor policy
development in the states and provide in-depth analyses of both proposed and
existing state workforce policies;
- Conduct qualitative
and quantitative research in support of policy development and advocacy,
including research addressing cross-state policy issues;
- Assist state and
local leaders in advocacy on NSC issues in states, in coordination with NSC
network and communications staff; and
- Assist state
officials and stakeholders in adopting and implementing policies.
In performing these
duties, the State Policy Analyst will assist the Managing Director of State
Strategies, NSC’s state team and other NSC staff in identifying common policy
issues, trends, and challenges across states. The State Policy Analyst will
conduct research to support topical briefs, blogs, and/or reports that address
the issues, trends and challenges as appropriate.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Policy Analysis:
Analyze specific state policies, both existing and proposed. Collect, analyze
and provide data for use in policy development and advocacy. Develop, write,
and contribute to a variety of products such as reports, policy briefs, memos,
and blog posts.
- Policy Development:
Develop policy frameworks, templates, and proposals. Work with state and
federal policy staff to align state and federal policy proposals.
- Policy Adoption and
Implementation: Assist state and local officials and network partners in the
adoption and implementation of policies advocated by NSC.
Engagement: Advocate for NSC’s policy platform with governors, legislators, and
- Policy Advocacy: Help
develop NSC’s state advocacy strategies, in collaboration with NSC network and communications
staff, as well as state network members.
Outreach & Communications
- Network Development:
Represent NSC in state network meetings and peer-learning work groups that
address state policy.
- Member Support:
Collaborate with network staff to respond to technical questions regarding
specific federal and state policies from NSC members, partners, and funders.
- Public Education:
Promote NSC and its agenda to potential allies and the larger public through
presentations, press engagement, etc.
To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the
- Analytical Skills: The ability to tackle a problem by using a
logical, systematic, sequential approach.
- Technical Expertise: Demonstrated depth of knowledge and skill in
a technical area
- Project Management: Plans and organizes tasks and work
responsibilities to achieve objectives, as well as allocating and using
- Organizational Awareness: Using knowledge of the organization and the organization’s
business environment to turn data into insight.
ORGANIZATIONAL CORE COMPETENCIES
- Interpersonal skills: Exhibits respect and understanding of others to maintain professional
- Problem Solving: Solves problems while ensuring rules and directives are followed.
- Communication Skills: Ability to effectively engage and communicate with target audiences.
- Initiative: Takes independent action, seeks out new responsibilities, acts on
opportunities, generates new ideas, practices self-development.
- Attention to Detail: Committed to accuracy and excellence, looks for improvements
continuously, monitors quality levels, finds/owns/acts on quality problems.
QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform
each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are
representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
Education & Experience:
- Knowledge of postsecondary and
workforce development policy and policymaking
- Written communication (ability to
effectively communicate to target audiences)
- Public speaking (ability to
effectively engage and communicate with target audiences)
- Qualitative and quantitative
- Attention to detail
- Ability to independently manage
tasks and projects and meet deadlines
- Proactive, problem-solving
- Strong interpersonal and collaborative
- Effectively uses technology to
communicate/collaborate with colleagues and manage work
COMPENSATION: Salary range for this position is $60,000-$85,000;
salary depends on relevant experience and new staff rarely start at the top of the
range. Excellent benefits package, including employer-paid health and dental,
retirement plan, life and disability insurance and generous vacation policy.
National Skills Coalition is an Equal
Opportunity Employer. Women and people of color are strongly encouraged to