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Senior Policy Analyst

Council of State Governments

This is a Full-time position in Lexington, AL posted November 21, 2021.

The Council of State Governments (CSG) 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 our website at .

We are currently seeking a Senior Policy Analyst at our Lexington, KY national headquarters office.


  • Develop a deep understanding of the relevant policy area(s), anticipate trends, and identify areas of potential growth for CSG services.
  • Serve as the project lead for technical assistance initiatives and ensure timeliness and high quality of deliverables.
  • Assist the program manager or director in the coordination of staff responsibilities and capacities.
  • Monitor timelines, and deliverables to ensure that funder and project reporting requirements are met.
  • Function as the point of contact for high level officials, partners, funders, state and local agencies and provide advice, guidance, resources, and connections to national experts and peers to facilitate system improvements.
  • Foster new and maintain existing relationships and coordinate closely with external partners, such as funders, consultants, and state and local leaders to advance project goals.
  • Support the strategic development of new and current technical assistance initiatives, including proposal development, funder and partner outreach and management, and the development and refinement of project descriptions, work-plans, and communication materials.
  • Lead the development, writing, editing, and dissemination of research and technical assistance products and tools that highlight strategies, lessons learned, and examples from the field.
  • Ensure that senior staff and, when applicable, CSG colleagues, consultants, and funders are aware of relevant project developments and that other work in the field is leveraged for the advancement of project goals.
  • Promote coordination and collaboration among the policy team and other departments of CSG.
  • Contribute to the development of CSG website content.


  • Proficiency in required skills and abilities of Policy Analyst.

    Demonstrated success working in the relevant policy, research or technical assistance area.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to analyze, assess, and present complex information in a concise manner.
  • Ability to edit the work of others.
  • Demonstrated project management skills including effective project team leadership.
  • Efficient, organized work style, with the ability to prioritize quickly and confidently and to manage multiple deliverables with varying deadlines.
  • Strength in relationship development and management.
  • Ability to organize and facilitate high level meetings that foster collaboration among diverse stakeholders.
  • Entrepreneurial mindset that seeks opportunities to develop and further advance the services of the organization within the area of policy expertise.
  • Ability to interact effectively with diverse people in different contexts and foster equity and inclusion through self-awareness, cultural sensitivity, and valuing others.
  • Dedication to public service with an unfailing commitment to act with civility, be nonpartisan in performing CSG duties, and be a responsible steward of member and donor funds.
  • Willingness to travel.


  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, public policy, political science, education, business administration or in a field of study related to specific policy focus.
  • Graduate or other advanced degree preferred.
  • Three years of technical assistance, project management, policy analysis, or operational experience in public policy or a related field.
  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge of general state government public policy, policy issues and programming.
  • In depth knowledge of the legislative process.
  • Experience in relationship management
  • Experience working with public officials.
  • Experience working collaboratively with multiple partners.
  • Experience with proposal development and grant writing.


Interested candidates must complete the online application and include their resume, cover letter and a writing sample.

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to characteristics including but not limited to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.

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