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Policy Analyst

Company: Council of State Governments
Location: Lombard
Posted on: June 8, 2021

Job Description:

The Council of State Governments is the nation's only nonpartisan association of state officials serving all three branches of government in all 50 states and the U.S. territories. CSG is a region-based, national organization that promotes excellence in state government. CSG fosters the interstate exchange of insights and ideas to help state officials shape public policy, and it offers unparalleled regional, national and international opportunities to network, develop leaders, collaborate and create problem-solving partnerships.

CSG Midwest focuses on meeting the needs of state policymakers and leaders in the 11 Midwestern states Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. In addition, four Canadian provinces: Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario and Saskatchewan are members or affiliate members of CSG Midwest's Midwestern Legislative Conference.

CSG Midwest is currently seeking an Policy Analyst for their Chicago-area office.

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, this position will be performed remotely on a temporary basis until CSG deems it appropriate to return to an office setting. At that time, you will be required to perform work from the CSG Midwest office.


As a Policy Analyst at CSG, you will be responsible for providing staff support to designated constituent groups, including one or more committees of the Midwestern Legislative Conference (MLC), as well as the Midwestern Radioactive Materials Transportation Committee and/or other select entities supported by the CSG Midwestern Office. You will write and edit position papers, articles and other documents and correspondence, conduct research, coordinate webinars, contribute to various group projects and team activities, and represent the Midwestern region and Midwestern CSG constituents in external forums. You will also contribute to Midwestern Office publications, online resources and social media efforts.


  • 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 providing a wide range of secretariat services to the Midwestern Legislative Conference Forum on Social Justice and/or other committees and networks of Midwestern state officials supported by the CSG Midwestern Office. Specific duties include providing staff support (project and meeting planning, the preparation of reports and other deliverables, research, communications, etc.) to various committees, task forces and/or other entities.
  • 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.
  • Serves as principal staff liaison to two or more Midwestern states.
  • Plans and facilitates project-specific webinars.
  • Represents Midwestern region and CSG Midwest constituents in external forums (e.g., Midwestern state legislatures, other association meetings, stakeholder events, etc.).
  • Serves as a resource to constituent group members and other state officials on wide range of policy issues.
  • Serves as member of other in-house teams.
  • Participates in/contributes to various CSG-wide activities.


  • Steadfast commitment to providing members with timely, effective customer service.
  • Willingness and ability to: demonstrate cultural competence, including self-awareness, understanding and valuing others; interact effectively with diverse people in different contexts; and foster equity and inclusion.
  • Dedication to public service with an unfailing commitment to act with civility, be non-partisan in performing CSG duties, and be a responsible steward of public funds.
  • 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 office technology skills and familiarity with social media. Experience with MS Office, Adobe Dreamweaver and InDesign a plus.
  • Willingness to travel as needed, typically including 15-20 days per year.


  • 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 $55,000 annually.


Interested candidates must include the following with their application in order to be consider.

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Writing Sample (preferably not more than 3 pages)

All complete applications will receive consideration. We respectfully ask for no phone calls.

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.

Keywords: Council of State Governments, Lombard , Policy Analyst, Other , Lombard, Illinois

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