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Policy Analyst

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Reform for Illinois
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Published 10 days ago

Organization Overview: Reform for Illinois (RFI) is a research and advocacy organization that empowers the public to participate in government, addresses the role of money in politics, and promotes integrity, accountability, and transparency in our political system. Our vision is a government free of corruption and structural inequities--a government that Illinoisans trust because it serves the people, not just the powerful.

 

RFI was founded in 1997 as the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform (ICPR) by former U.S. Sen Paul Simon (D-IL) and then Lt. Gov. Bob Kustra (R). This bipartisan partnership laid the groundwork for ICPR to become a leading reform voice on Illinois campaign finance law, government ethics, and expanding voter education and engagement.


Our work focuses on three broad issue areas: 


Money in Politics - We advocate for public financing of elections and other campaign finance reforms to open the doors of government to more diverse candidates and to enable officials to represent the people they’re supposed to represent--not special interests or wealthy donors. We also conduct analyses of campaign finance data and policy issues to inform the public about who is funding (and influencing) our public officials, and how that affects our political system. 


Election Reform - We work to empower voters with policies that make it easier to vote and increase the power of their vote. This means exploring innovations like vote by mail, ranked choice voting, and other reforms that could increase voter choice and amplify voters’ voices. 


Corruption Prevention and Oversight - We support measures to improve transparency and ethics oversight over elected officials and to reduce incentives for representatives to put their own private gain over the public good. 


The burdens of corruption, voter disempowerment, and the dominance of wealthy donors in politics fall heaviest on vulnerable and marginalized communities. We view our work through an equity lens and take an inclusive approach to our civic engagement, policy development, and advocacy efforts. 


Position Overview: Reform for Illinois seeks a Policy Analyst to conduct research, policy development, educational, and advocacy efforts of the organization. 

Specific duties include:

  • Authoring reports and articles analyzing specific issues in state and local politics highlighting RFI’s reform goals.
  • Analyzing policy proposals and making recommendations to the Executive Director on specific legislation to support or oppose.
  • Preparing (and potentially delivering) testimony to state or local elected and administrative bodies.
  • Monitoring developments in state and local election and ethics laws and campaign finance disclosures by candidates for office.
  • Maintaining our campaign finance database Illinois Sunshine, including working with our software engineer and the Illinois State Board of Elections to address problems, promoting public use of the database, and answering user questions via phone and email.
  • Engaging and learning from the public on reform issues through preparing and delivering presentations and effectively using social media.
  • Participating in coalition building and grassroots organizing. 
  • Providing support for in-person and/or virtual events, including outreach, administrative planning, and setup.
  • Organizational activities including administrative tasks, fundraising, and event planning.
  • Other duties as assigned.


The Policy Analyst may work remotely for part of the week but would preferably be available for some in-person work in the Chicago area.


Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher. 
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Familiarity with Illinois and Chicago politics is preferred.
  • Passion for our mission of advancing reforms that address structural inequities in our political system.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Experience in policy analysis, particularly regarding campaign finance, and comfort with basic data analysis are preferred. 


To Apply

Please submit a resume, a cover letter, and a brief (2-3 pages) writing sample, preferably one written for a public audience.


Reform for Illinois values a diverse workplace and strongly encourages women, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, people with disabilities, members of ethnic minorities, foreign-born residents, and veterans to apply.

Reform for Illinois is an equal opportunity employer. This organization does not discriminate in employment and personnel practices on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, handicap, religion, national origin or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

Organization Overview: Reform for Illinois (RFI) is a research and advocacy organization that empowers the public to participate in government, addresses the role of money in politics, and promotes integrity, accountability, and…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    August 15, 2021
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional Level
    Professional

Salary

$35,000 - $55,000

Benefits

Health insurance reimbursement where applicable.

RFI is a flexible, informal, fun environment where people are passionate about their work and their mission of making Illinois a better place to live for everyone. We are a small but mighty team offering great opportunities to use and improve a diverse range of skills.

The job will be partially remote/work from home, but some in-person work in the Chicago area will most likely be necessary.

Health insurance reimbursement where applicable.

RFI is a flexible, informal, fun environment where people are passionate about their work and their mission of making Illinois a…

Location

Remote
Work may be performed anywhere in United States
Associated Location
500 North Dearborn Street, Chicago, IL 60654, United States
Suite 518

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