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Director of Fiscal and Public Policy

Voices for Illinois Children is an independent advocacy organization that champions strong public policies and investments for all children in our state. In 1987, a dedicated group of civic, business, community, academic, and philanthropic leaders established Voices for Illinois Children to develop and promote strategies that improve conditions for all children throughout the state. As a privately funded organization, Voices for Illinois Children seeks to educate opinion leaders and policymakers on issues facing children and families.

Over the last 30 years, Voices has grown into a powerful and well-respected advocate. Voices unites community leaders and people who care passionately about children into a statewide network that helps establish new policies and implements innovative programs to improve the education, health care, and economics of children and their families.

Voices is seeking a new Director of Fiscal and Public Policy to manage its Fiscal and Public Policy Center. The ideal person will work collaboratively with a broad range of local and national coalitions and community partners to ensure that Illinois makes sound budget and tax policies as well as effective, public policies in children and families and their communities. This role reports directly to the President of Voices.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Lead the FPPC staff in collecting/compiling and analyzing data and nonpartisan research for review of fiscal and public policy that will the improve the well-being of Illinois children and families.
  • Oversee the Kids Count
  • Manage the development and production of policy briefs, facts sheets, blog entries, reports and other research products.
  • Work closely with Voices’ staff to develop an effective communications strategy that includes the use of social media.
  • Work in conjunction with the Director of Development to write grants and secure funding to support FPPC’s work plan and strategies.
  • Work with outreach staff to develop and leverage advocacy efforts, strategies and resources that will broaden the reach of the FPPC’s work.
  • Serve as the liaison to the State Priorities Partnership.
  • Cultivate and steward relationships with legislative leadership, Governor’s office, and other key policymakers and stakeholders.
  • Staff the Board of Director’s Policy Committee.
  • Other duties as assigned by Voices’ President.

Qualifications/Requirements

  • Advance degree required or equivalent experience preferably in economics, finance, public administration, public policy, law, or a related field.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to communicate complex or technical information clearly to a range of audiences in writing, through public speaking, and to the media. Strong tax policy and budget analysis skills and deep understanding of fiscal issues is required.
  • Minimum ten years of experience in public policy analysis; demonstrated capacity to work with policymakers, advocates, the news media, and constituent groups to think strategically about opportunities to influence public policy in a nonpartisan manner is required. Knowledge of the state legislative and budget process in Illinois or in another state is desirable.
  • Commitment to social and economic justice; strategic thinker with strong leadership skills; commitment to excellence; understanding and valuing of diversity; strong administrative skills.

This is a full-time position. Applicants must be committed to working in a fast-paced environment. Salary and benefits will be commensurate with skills and experience.

Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled. To apply, submit a resume, salary requirements, two writing samples, and a cover letter specifically addressing your interest in and qualifications for this position apply@voices4kids.org with the subject line “Director of Fiscal and Public Policy Search.” No phone calls please.

Voices for Illinois Children is an equal opportunity employer, and as such takes affirmative action to ensure that discrimination does not occur on the basis of race, creed, color, age, sex, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious or political affiliation, disability, or any other classification considered discriminatory under applicable law.

Internship Positions

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.