Policy Director

CHANGE Illinois Seeks a Policy Director

CHANGE Illinois (the Coalition for Honest and New Government Ethics) seeks a Policy Director who will lead the nonpartisan organization’s legislative policy development and advocacy strategy as well as help lead civic engagement activities.

CHANGE Illinois is a coalition that works to achieve an Illinois with ethical, efficient governments and fair, vibrant elections. We seek an Illinois that is a model for honest government and politics. We educate and engage residents to join us in working for an Illinois with fair political maps, elections and governments.

The Director reports to the Executive Director and will work closely with the Communications and Engagement Director.

The Policy Director will lead advocacy efforts in Springfield, Chicago and Cook County. The successful candidate will research and write regularly about best practices for ethical and fair elections and government, as well as develop, recommend and execute the strategies required to achieve it in state and local government.

CHANGE’s Policy Director will conduct research and outreach and build upon it, as well as upon the published work of others, to set and pursue ethical government and election policy agendas on the state and local levels. She or he will help lead the Illinois Redistricting Collaborative and the organization’s efforts on behalf of redistricting reform, as well as represent the organization at several other good government collaborations.

The Policy Director will lead the initiation and management of policy campaigns and research. The Director also will monitor major policy proposals and participate in multi-issue campaigns that involve players from multiple sectors, including community organizations, governmental officials, and academia.

The Director handles government relations and public policy issue campaigns; manages internal and external relationships; collaborates with allied groups, legislators, civic leaders, and other key stakeholders involved with identified issues; and executes policy campaigns, including by leveraging the organization’s digital advocacy tools working with the Communications & Engagement Director.

The policy director’s work will include regularly publishing articles, op-eds and other pieces (including graphics and data tools), advocating for change with government officials and participating in several coalitions to push for good government. This policy work serves to engage both the public and lawmakers, compelling them to act in favor of good government and politics.

CHANGE Illinois aims to become a go-to democracy hub that serves the public with useful information. We will drive public education, engagement and activism, which further empowers us to push for and achieve policies that lead to fair, efficient, accountable, and transparent government and politics.

CHANGE’s civic engagement work focuses on educating and engaging the Illinois public about good government. This work is accomplished through digital media as well as physical events that may include podcasts, forums, trainings and explanatory and analytical website pieces.

The Director maintains a working knowledge of the media landscape and legislative activities on state, county, and city levels with an in-depth knowledge of ethical government, fair redistricting and elections. The Director ensures that all material she or he publishes is accurate, complete, and clearly communicated to the public. In order to further the mission of the nonprofit, the Policy Director will be called upon to represent CHANGE Illinois in public meetings with various stakeholders, on TV, radio, print, and other mediums on an as-needed basis. She or he will be required to regularly travel to Springfield and some night and weekend work will be required.

The successful candidate will be an effective strategist and communicator who will build productive relationships with local and state lawmakers and fellow policy advocates. She or he should have a track record of achieving policy change in government.

The idea candidate will have experience in:

  • Working with administrators, legislators, lobbyists, and organizational leaders
  • Project management
  • Building and maintaining coalitions
  • Managing multiple priorities simultaneously
  • Working independently 
  • Managing vendors
  • Election administration, census and voter registration processes
  • Engaging youth and immigrant communities, communities of color, low-income communities, and other populations that historically are underrepresented in elections
  • Public speaking and working with media and editorial boards

CHANGE is an independent, nonpartisan 501(c)3 organization committed to working on a statewide basis with, and in support of, collaborative efforts. CHANGE Illinois is an Equal Opportunity Employer —people of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Interested candidates should email a resume, cover letter and no more than three writing samples to: info@changeil.org