Director of Policy, Common Cause Illinois

Monday, Aug 1 2016

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Lead policy, advocacy, and lobbying functions for Common Cause Illinois.


  • Develop strategies and oversee the implementation of CCIL’s legislative and public policy agenda at the state, city, and county levels, with a focus on specific priority areas;
  • Identify, track and analyze all legislation before the state legislature that is consistent with our mission to hold power accountable;
  • Lobby Illinois elected officials and identify opportunities for bipartisan support on CCIL’s priority issues;
  • Cultivate relationships with key elected and appointed officials, staff, policy makers and related governmental bodies and leaders;
  • Work in partnership with organizations and build coalitions to further CCIL’s legislative and public policy agenda
  • Prepare policy and advocacy materials including action alerts, talking points, issue briefs, policy papers, letters, press statements, opinion editorials, website updates and legislative and public policy reports;
  • Prepare policy analyses designed to effect change by state and local policymakers.
  • Work with the national office of Common Cause and other Common Cause state organizations to advance national democracy campaigns;
  • Identify and draft legislative proposals that are consistent with our mission and strategic public policy strategic direction;
  • Coordinate the CCIL Policy Committee and work with specific board members on our policy and advocacy initiatives;
  • Represent the organization’s interests at coalition meetings, public meetings and other public forums.


  • B.A. required, a J.D. or graduate level degree in Public Policy is strongly preferred;
  • At least five years of substantial legislative, political or policy experience, ideally including the development and coordination of successful legislative, political, or organizing campaigns, preferably in Illinois;
  • Demonstrated commitment to advancing CCIL’s values, mission, and goals, with an understanding of our democracy issues;
  • Ability to understand complex issues and communicate them effectively to diverse audiences, including: members, elected officials, advocates, impacted communities, supporters and the general public;
  • Experience working in communities directly impacted by racial discrimination and income inequality;
  • Exceptional strategic planning, analytical, research, writing and oral advocacy skills;
  • Exceptional initiative, vision and ability to develop and implement short and long-term integrated legislative and advocacy strategies;
  • Ability to work independently and keep organized in a fast-paced environment, manage several projects simultaneously, and adjust strategy to frequently changing demands;
  • Ability to work effectively and collaboratively with diverse staff including remote colleagues, coalitions and community groups, motivate volunteers, work across the political spectrum, and value differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstance;
  • Willingness and ability to travel throughout the state;
  • Experience and relationships in the Illinois legislative arena especially valued;
  • Commitment to political reform and social and economic justice.
  • Willingness to work flexible hours—including occasional weeknights and weekends
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and current social media platforms required.  Strong background with Luminate (or mastery of a similar web-based CRM platform) is a plus.
  • Fluency in Spanish a plus

TO APPLY:  Please submit resume, cover letter and salary requirements to Director of Human Resources at and include Director of Policy – Common Cause Illinois in the subject line. No phone calls please. Applicants are encouraged to respond as soon as possible. 

Common Cause is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, creed, color, religion, ethnicity, national origin, party or political affiliation, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any illegal or prohibited factor.

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