Careers

Here at CHANGE Illinois and the CHANGE Illinois Action Fund, we are committed to a reform agenda to improve our governments and elections. Through public policy, public education, research and coalition-building, we work and advocate for change to create a better democracy for all.

CURRENT OPPORTUNITIES

Community Outreach Director 

CHANGE Illinois (the Coalition for Honest and New Government Ethics) seeks a Community Outreach Director who will lead the nonpartisan organization’s community organizing, outreach and 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 and ethical and accessible elections and governments.

The Community Outreach Director reports to the Executive Director and will work closely with our tight-knit team.

The successful candidate for this position will have community organizing experience. The Community Outreach Director’s primary goal is to build CHANGE Illinois’ people power. This work is done by building relationships and listening to people and communities’ needs. The Community Outreach Director is responsible for creating, growing, organizing and maintaining a statewide network of Illinoisans ready to act to help us improve Illinois. The Community Outreach Director will grow the organizational network to generate engagement in and support for the organization’s policy and project agendas among similar nonprofits, neighborhoods, community groups, block clubs in order to advocate for policy change among elected officials statewide and in Chicago and Cook County.

She/He/They will travel around the state presenting our agenda to community groups and enlisting Illinoisans to help in our efforts at grassroots advocacy with elected officials. In addition to travel, some night and weekend work will be required. 

The Community Outreach Director also will participate in meetings of various good government collaboratives, including Just Democracy Illinois. 

The Director also will assist in helping to grow our Illinois Redistricting Collaborative. This work will include recruiting new members and maintaining relationships with allies in all of Chicago’s wards and in all regions of the state.

The Director will research and present new opportunities to develop allies and help shape the organization’s messaging and marketing strategies. The successful candidate will be someone who understands and values both the census and independent redistricting, as well as the need for voting access, democracy and ethical and efficient government reforms throughout Illinois.

She/He/They will research and write regularly about best practices for ethical and fair elections and government, as well as help develop, recommend and execute the strategies required to achieve it in state and local government. 

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 joins others on staff in developing public policy issue campaigns; manages internal and external relationships; collaborates with allied groups, community organizations, legislators, and other key stakeholders involved with identified issues; and executes advancing and growing support for our policy campaigns, including by leveraging the organization’s digital advocacy tools.

The Community Outreach Director’s work will include periodically publishing articles, op-eds and other pieces (including graphics and data tools) advocating for change with the public and government officials and compelling them to act in favor of good government and politics.

The Community Outreach Director will teach people and diverse community groups about redistricting and community-of-interest mapping. She/He/They will be expected to develop materials and resources to 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. This work is accomplished through digital media, physical meetings and relationship building and organizing 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/he/they publishes is accurate, complete, and clearly communicated to the public. In order to further the mission of the nonprofit, the Community Outreach 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. 

The ideal candidate will have experience in: 

  • Community organizing
  • Project and event and logistics management
  • Building, growing, organizing and maintaining coalitions
  • Managing multiple priorities simultaneously
  • Working independently and taking initiative
  • 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 democracy
  • Working with community leaders, administrators, legislators, lobbyists, and organizational leaders 

Pay will be commensurate with experience, but likely will range between $55,000 and $70,000. CHANGE Illinois offers full medical, dental, retirement, holiday and vacation benefits for this full-time position. We are fully remote, but convene as a team regularly.

CHANGE is an independent, nonpartisan 501(c)3 organization committed to working on a statewide basis with, and in support of, collaborative efforts. Its affiliated CHANGE Illinois Action Fund is a nonpartisan 501(c)4 organization committed to advocating for government reform. CHANGE Illinois is an Equal Opportunity Employer—people of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. 

We are committed to racial equity. CHANGE calls for racial equity to be centered in all of the policy areas for which we advocate, and we acknowledge that we do not have all the answers. We will rely on and work with people in the communities most burdened by unjust policies and practices and will remain steadfast in our commitment to collaboration. 

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