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California Policy Analyst

National Skills Coalition
California, United States
$60,000.00 - $85,000.00
Closing date
Nov 23, 2021

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Position Type
Programs, Community Outreach, Government Relations and Advocacy, Other Programs, Program Administration and Management
Salary Band
$70,000 - $89,999
Employment Type
Full Time
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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.



The policy analyst will engage in efforts to advance NSC’s policy issues in states with a primary emphasis on NSC’s work in California. Policy priorities include those that build an inclusive economy and increase racial equity through high-quality skills training, cross-system collaboration, digital inclusion, industry partnerships, and workforce development system investments. Policy issues and solutions are shaped by the expertise and voices of workers, businesses, and the organizations that support them. 

The Policy Analyst will principally be responsible for conducting research and analysis related to workforce policies, funding, and systems at the state and local levels in California and other Western states, including public policies that address employment, labor and workforce development, postsecondary career and technical education, and social and human services, with a specific emphasis on equity.


 The Policy Analyst will:

  • Conduct qualitative and quantitative research in support of policy analysis, development, systems change, and advocacy
  • Monitor policy development in California and other Western states, and provide in-depth written analyses of both proposed and existing state workforce policies
  • Assist state and local leaders in understanding NSC’s California policy issues, in coordination with NSC network and communications staff 
  • Collaborate with other NSC staff, especially policy analysts, to deepen content knowledge and analysis
  • Assist state officials and stakeholders in adopting and implementing policies.      
  • In performing these duties, the Policy Analyst will support NSC staff in creating cross-state learning, particularly between California partners and other states. The Policy Analyst will conduct research to support topical briefs, blogs, memos and/or reports that address the issues, trends and challenges as appropriate.   




  • Policy Analysis: Analyze specific existing and proposed state policies and systems in states, particularly California, with an emphasis on equity. 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. Synthesize and integrate feedback from practitioners
  • Policy Development: Assist in the development of  policy frameworks and proposals, especially in California, integrating network feedback.
  • Policy Adoption and Implementation: Assist state and local officials and network partners in the adoption and implementation of policies.   
  • Advocacy

  • Policymaker Engagement: Support education and advocacy of NSC’s policy platform with governors, legislators, and agency administrators, in collaboration with other NSC staff.
  • Policy Advocacy: Support the development of NSC’s 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, collaborating effectively and integrating feedback into policy analysis and advocacy
  • Member Support: Collaborate with network staff to respond to technical questions regarding specific policies from NSC partners and funders and to support outreach and engagement of the CA network, including e-news, blogs, and database management.
  • Public Education: Promote NSC and its agenda to potential allies and the larger public through presentations  


  • Analytical Skills: The ability to tackle a problem by using a logical, systematic, sequential approach.
  • Project Management: Plans and organizes tasks and work responsibilities to achieve objectives, as well as allocating and using resources properly.
  • Technical Expertise: Demonstrated depth of knowledge and skill in a technical area
  • Organizational Awareness: Using knowledge of the organization and the organization’s business environment to turn data into insight.


  • Interpersonal skills: Exhibits respect and understanding of others to maintain professional relationship.
  • 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 analytical skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to independently manage tasks and projects and meet deadlines
  • Proactive, problem-solving orientation
  • Strong interpersonal and collaborative skills
  • 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 apply.

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