Founded in 1987, Voices for Illinois Children is a statewide, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization driven by research, data and best practices. As a privately funded organization, Voices seeks to educate opinion leaders and policymakers on issues facing children and families. Over the past twenty-seven years, Voices has grown into a well-respected advocate for children by uniting community leaders and people who care passionately about children to establish new policies and implement innovative programs to improve education, health care and family economic security.
Voices has long been a successful advocate and driving force behind the positive changes in the Illinois world of early childhood. Voices Fiscal Policy Center is also a leading voice on the urgent need for Illinois to enact sound tax and budget policies that raise the resources necessary to strengthen economic security and create opportunities for low- and moderate-income families.
Reporting to the Board of Directors, the President is responsible for all facets of administration including strategic planning, program direction, policies and procedures, resource development, community relations, financial management, information technology and human resources.
We seek a proven leader with a passion and demonstrated interest in improving the lives of children and families. This person will bring a courageous vision to Voices as well as the ability to lead and execute strategic plans that impact public policy. The ideal candidate will possess extraordinary interpersonal skills demonstrated by an ability to easily connect with others and build lasting relationships. Comfort with and readiness to actively cultivate relationships at the top levels of legislative and administrative leadership is a must.
The qualified candidate must demonstrate success in reaching out to and proactively engaging donors and funders. A knowledge of the political landscape of Illinois would be very helpful, but it is not required. We seek a leader who has hired, developed, and led a talented professional employee group with an open and empowering management approach. An understanding of nonprofit governance is essential, including effective board-staff collaboration in the work of the organization. The ideal candidate will have a clear understanding of the legislative process.
As the key spokesperson for the organization, this person must be able to speak extemporaneously and enthusiastically on any number of children’s issues, with clarity and accuracy, particularly with representatives of the print and television media.
High integrity and sound judgment are essential to success in this role. We seek a person whose strength of character is well demonstrated, who is composed and unflappable and who is open and accessible. A proven ability to direct and manage the finances, budget processes, grants, and internal operations is expected.
Qualified candidates may come from any of the non-profit, business or public sectors. A master’s degree from an accredited academic institution in a related field is preferred but not required. A minimum of ten years of managerial-level organizational responsibility, or the equivalent, is required.
Applications for the position are being received exclusively by Kittleman & Associates, LLC. Please send a letter of introduction and a current resume to: email@example.com.
Part-Time Policy Analyst
The Fiscal Policy Center at Voices for Illinois Children seeks a part-time policy analyst (which could potentially become full time) to help the Fiscal Policy Center analyze and create public materials on both Illinois’ fiscal and juvenile justice policies.
- Conduct research and analysis on both state fiscal and juvenile justice policy.
- Analyze data on the fiscal and economic benefits of reducing juvenile incarceration.
- Write policy reports, issue briefs, fact sheets, and other related materials.
- Engage diverse audiences using a range of outreach and communications strategies.
- Strong analytical skills, including conceptualizing issues, using relevant information and data, and evaluating policy options.
- Excellent writing and other communication skills, including ability to discuss public policy issues in clear, concise, and cogent language.
- Demonstrated interest in and knowledge of public policy generally and juvenile justice issues specifically.
- Demonstrated ability to gather and analyze data on the fiscal and economic costs of juvenile incarceration.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Experience with WordPress a plus.
- Bachelor’s degree required.
Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. Voices for Illinois Children offers a generous benefits package. Voices for Illinois Children is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, citizenship, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, veteran status, or any other grounds prohibited by law. Voices for Illinois Children welcomes applications from applicants of all backgrounds.
Please send cover letter, resume, and 2-3 writing samples via email to:
Fiscal Policy Center at Voices for Illinois Children
The Voices Internship Program provides interns in communications, development, policy, and public awareness (see listings below) with valuable experience and networking opportunities with a leading advocacy organization in the state of Illinois. Voices for Illinois Children provides a flexible work schedule and a relaxed, friendly atmosphere for students to polish their skills and advance their career goals.
- There are no open internship positions at this time.