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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.

 

Kids Count Project Manager

 Voices for Illinois Children, an independent advocacy organization that champions strong public policies and investments for all children in our state, is seeking a KIDS COUNT Project Manager.  Voices is a member of the KIDS COUNT Network established by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Our KIDS COUNT work involves collecting, analyzing and communicating data on the health, education, and economic well-being of children in Illinois and nationally to help shape public policy debates to improve the lives of children and their families.

The KIDS COUNT Project Manager is responsible for the day-to-day and long-term development, planning and production of the Illinois Kids Count data book, as well as other policy reports, and providing Illinois updates to the KIDS COUNT Data Center. This individual must be a highly proficient analyst experienced in the use of data and research, have a background in public policy and social research, and have strong written and verbal communications skills.

Based in Chicago, the manager will report to the Director of Fiscal and Public Policy. In addition to the primary responsibilities listed below, the manager will also provide assistance to other Voices staff conducting work on state budget, tax, and policy matters impacting children and their families.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Collect, track and analyze relevant data from national organizations, federal agencies, state agencies and other sources to assess trends on the well-being of children.
  • Maintain updates to the KIDS COUNT Data Center by gathering and uploading relevant state, county, and city data.
  • Develop and write Voices’ KIDS COUNT reports and other policy reports.
  • Develop infographics for use in Voices’ KIDS COUNT work.
  • Promote the national KIDS COUNT annual report as well as Voices’ KIDS COUNT reports. This will involve working with Voices’ staff on communications and outreach efforts.
  • Serve as the staff liaison to the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s national KIDS COUNT project.
  • Participate in KIDS COUNT training events.
  • Assist in responding to requests for data and information from policymakers, community organizations, media and the general public.
  • Work with the Director of Development on grant submissions and reports to funders.

Qualifications/Requirements:

  • A. degree required, M.A degree a plus, in public policy, public administration, research, statistics, sociology or related field.
  • 3-5 years of prior work experience.
  • Proficient research analyst experienced in use of data and research.
  • Combination of training, skills and experience in public policy, social research.
  • Strong written and verbal communications
  • Highly organized
  • Knowledge of federal and state statistical sources including data from the U.S. Census Bureau and Department of Labor.
  • Knowledge of issues facing children, families and communities, including family economic security, education, health, demographics and child welfare.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Word, Access, PowerPoint. Ability to use graphic software for data presentations a plus.
  • Work independently and as part of a team.
  • diversity; strong administrative skills.

This is a full-time position.  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 “KIDS COUNT Project Manager 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.

 

Policy Analyst, Fiscal Policy Center

The Fiscal Policy Center at Voices for Illinois Children seeks to hire a Policy Analyst to inform and shape public debates on tax and budget policy in Illinois.

Organization Description

Voices for Illinois Children is an independent advocacy organization that champions strong public policies and investments for all children in our state. Voices’ Fiscal Policy Center (FPC) works 1) to improve Illinois’ tax and budget system so that the state raises adequate and sustainable revenue in an equitable manner to fund essential programs and services, and 2) to strengthen economic security and opportunities for low- and moderate-income individuals and families.

Position Description

The Policy Analyst will both conduct analysis on state fiscal issues and effectively communicate complex issues in a way that advances public policies that will improve the lives of Illinois children, families, and communities. A successful Policy Analyst at the Fiscal Policy Center will help the organization shape policy conversations and drive policy priorities forward. This is a full-time position.

Principal Responsibilities

  • Conduct research and author analysis on state budget and tax policies, with a particular emphasis on the importance of public investments that improve the lives of children, families and communities;
  • Promote research findings through testimony, public presentations, and interviews with the media;
  • Engage a diverse range of audiences, including community groups, advocates, policymakers and the press on the need to create a robust and sustainable tax and budget system that invests in Illinois communities;
  • Increase the FPC’s profile on budget and tax issues, both through rapid response to ongoing policy debates and in-depth analysis that creates the policy space to drive needed change; and
  • Collaborate with partner organizations to develop and advance measures to enhance Illinoisans’ economic security and improve the state’s long-term fiscal outlook.

 Knowledge and Skills Required:

A successful candidate will have at least a four-year degree. An advanced degree in public policy or related field is preferred. Candidates must possess excellent writing skills and the ability to communicate complex issues in a compelling manner that make policy choices clear. Strong data analysis and Excel skills are a must.

In addition, the Policy Analyst should:

  • Be a strong communicator with excellent presentation skills;
  • Have a strong grasp of the political process;
  • Have prior experience in policy analysis and research;
  • Have the ability to quickly research and understand complex issues while not losing sight of the big picture;
  • Have strong project management skills;
  • Be deadline-conscious, results driven and high performing in a fast-paced environment;
  • Work independently and efficiently on multiple projects;
  • Be able to collaborate across cross-functional teams;
  • Have the capacity to development and maintain collaborative relationships with an array of stakeholders including elected officials, journalists, advocacy partners, and the general public; and
  • Have a strong commitment to social and economic justice.

Experience working for an advocacy organization is helpful but not a requirement.

Knowledge of family economic security, race and gender equity, and tax and budget policy a plus; ability and desire to gain such knowledge is a must.

Compensation:

Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. Voices for Illinois Children offers a competitive benefits package, including employer-provided health insurance, generous retirement plan, and paid vacation.

Application:

To apply, email a cover letter, resume, and two writing samples to apply@voices4kids.org with the subject line “Policy Analyst Search.” No phone calls please.

Voices for Illinois Children is an Equal Opportunity Employer that supports equal access for all people, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, age, national origin, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity or expression. We strongly encourage people of color, people with disabilities, women, veterans and LGBTQ candidates to apply.

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.