The Better Government Association (BGA) seeks a full-time Policy Manager/Director. This position plays a lead role in the development, coordination, and implementation of the BGA’s policy agenda. The Policy Manager/Director will report directly to the BGA’s President & CEO.
The BGA is a nonprofit organization that combines investigative journalism, advocacy, and civic engagement to promote good government at the local, county, and state levels in Illinois. Its offices are located in Chicago.
The Policy Manager/Director will represent and facilitate the BGA’s strategies to inform and influence local and state decision-making on public policies affecting the delivery of good government.
Either through its independent policy agenda, or by building on the original work of the BGA’s Investigative Team (which conducts deep journalistic investigations of corruption, mismanagement, inefficiency, inequality and lack of transparency at all levels of government), the Policy Manager/Director will initiate policy campaigns, monitor and analyze policy proposals, research best practices, and support ally organizations, BGA staff and volunteers in planning and executing sound policy advocacy.
The Policy Manager/Director is directly involved in the management and coordination of multi?issue campaigns that involve players from multiple sectors, which include community and labor organizations, governmental officials, and academia.
The Policy Manager/Director will handle government relations and public policy issues; collaborate with allied groups; conduct education and training events; schedule and facilitate meetings with legislators, civic leaders, and other key stakeholders involved with identified issues; and leverage BGA’s suite of digital advocacy tools (Website, online targeting of public officials, social media) to execute campaigns.
The position also includes robust communication of the BGA’s Policy positions on TV, radio, in print, on-line and through public appearances.
The successful candidate must have a minimum of four years of advocacy experience with a strong emphasis on both legislative advocacy and community organizing.
A strong candidate must understand the Illinois legislative process including how to read and analyze legislative documents such as bills, adopted amendments, defeated amendments, and conference committee reports; committee testimony, records, debates, and actions; floor debates and actions; and the Governor's messages and actions.
A leading candidate will have strong skills in community organizing using effective tactics—in-person and online—to inform the general public of the issues being addressed and expose or pressure the decision-makers through a variety of responsible actions. The BGA is committed to working both with grass-roots organizations and in coalition.
A strong candidate must possess strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated success with campaign activities.
Additionally the successful applicant must be an effective public speaker and possess excellent speaking, writing and editing skills.
The successful candidate also will have a track record for open and effective internal and external communication, and a flexible and collaborative working style.
The ideal candidate will have good judgment and excellent analytical and strategic thinking capabilities; the ability to work quickly and effectively under pressure; the capacity to pay close attention to detail while working in a fast?paced environment and juggling multiple tasks; and the ability to effectively work independently as well as part of a team made up of people from diverse backgrounds and in partnership with other organizations.
Highly motivated, enthusiastic, personable, hard?working and committed individual.
May need to work weekends and perhaps some evenings.
Will be expected to travel to Springfield and other parts of the state on occasion.
The Better Government Association is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.” All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply, including minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.
The BGA works for integrity, transparency, and accountability in government by exposing corruption and inefficiency; identifying and advocating effective public policy; and engaging and mobilizing the electorate to achieve authentic and responsible reform.