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Public Policy and Advocacy Director

Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation


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Published 27 days ago

$73,000 - $73,000

About CAASE

Mission and Vision

CAASE envisions a community free from all forms of sexual exploitation, including sexual assault and the commercial sex trade. CAASE addresses the culture, institutions, and individuals that perpetrate, profit from, or support sexual exploitation. Our work includes prevention, policy reform, community engagement, and legal services.

Values

Social and institutional systems do not adequately serve survivors of sexual violation. Sexual violation disproportionately harms people from marginalized communities, including girls and women, people of color, LGBTQ people, people with disabilities, people living in poverty, and immigrants and undocumented people. To best support survivors, CAASE confronts the inequities that fuel or intersect with sexual harm. Our dedication to this work is reflected in our values.  

  • Dignity - We respect the inherent humanity of all people and strive to expand opportunities for personal autonomy.
  • Accountability - We answer to survivors and collaborate with allies as we seek to hold those responsible for harm accountable.
  • Progress - We create individual, institutional and cultural change by using innovative approaches to ending sexual harm. 
  • Equity - We commit to building a world where every person, with consideration for their intersecting identities and unique circumstances, has the same access to opportunity and power.

CAASE does not discriminate against job applicants or employees on the basis of race, color, age, order of protection status, physical or mental disability, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ancestry, marital status, military status, or unfavorable discharge from military services. CAASE supports a person’s full access to reproductive health information and services.

About the Opportunity

CAASE Public Policy and Advocacy Department

The Policy Department at CAASE focuses on transforming system’ responses to sexual harm and promoting broad community support for services and resources for survivors. The Policy Department advocates for local and statewide policies and legislation that expand options for survivors of sexual harm, hold perpetrators and systems accountable, curtail the criminalization of trauma behaviors, and prevent sexual violation. CAASE supports systemic solutions that prevent sexual violence by breaking down the intersecting layers of oppression that increase the likelihood of victimization, including sexism, racism, classism, ableism, heterosexism, transphobia, and xenophobia, among others. 


Position Overview

The Policy Director leads the creation, development, and implementation of CAASE’s strategic policy and advocacy agenda in order to most effectively and equitably serve survivors of sexual harm and exploitation. This position is responsible for building and maintaining relationships with stakeholders in public, private and governmental contexts as well as regular engagement with various coalitions, both as a member and a leader.  The Policy Director must maintain a commitment to furthering all of the organization’s work, including legal services, prevention education, and community engagement efforts and goals through close collaboration with organizational leaders.


Job Duties

     Policy Agenda and Campaign Leadership

  • Cultivate individual, departmental and organizational relationships with and accountability to survivors of sexual harm and exploitation. 
  • Proactively engage in close communication and collaboration with departmental and organizational leaders at CAASE.
  • Monitor and identify emerging issues relevant to CAASE’s mission, vision, values and goals.
  • Maintain a deep understanding of the evolving policy and political landscape of Chicago, Cook County, and Illinois.
  • Lead the development of strategic priorities for the Policy Department at CAASE, based primarily on the responsibility to survivors, relationships with leadership, issue spotting, and policy understanding described above. 
  • Develop, plan, and implement campaign activities that serve Policy Department priorities such as lobbying and advocacy, training and education, research, forums, press conferences and media relations.
  • Oversee End Demand Illinois implementation project including justice system education awareness and training program. 

     Relationship Cultivation

  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with elected officials, policymakers, law enforcement, community groups, partner organizations, and other non-traditional individuals and organizations focusing on work that aligns with CAASE’s goals.
  • Develop mutually beneficial partnerships with organizations working on policy campaigns; collecting information, tracking policy efforts, and sharing advocacy and education strategies.
  • Build and nurture effective multi-organizational coalitions and alliances; forging partnerships, actively participating, building consensus, steering coalition members to meet campaign goals, keeping parties engaged.

     External Communications

  • Work with the Communications Department to ensure high quality, strategic external communication to inform and engage various communities about CAASE Policy work; including specific research, reports, and legislation and policy ideas. 
  • Communicate directly with the media regarding CAASE policy issues, as managed by the Communications Department.
  • Provide presentations to community groups about CAASE policy priorities and campaigns.
  • Represent CAASE at local, state, and national convenings, meetings, and events.

     Department Leadership

  • Keep all CAASE staff updated on Policy priorities and campaigns, specifically highlighting work that may require their engagement. 
  • Participate in and provide leadership as part of the CAASE Departmental Leadership Team, contributing to interdepartmental projects and initiatives.
  • Create and maintain Policy Department annual plans which serve CAASE’s Strategic Plan, organizational goals and have measurable objectives and outcomes.
  • In order to maintain and increase the capacity of the Policy Department, collaboratively work with the Development Department in participating in fundraising activities and events, managing relationships with department funders, preparing grant applications, crafting department goals for specific funders, upholding funder required internal policies, and ensuring timely completion of grant reporting requirements.
  • Work closely with members of the Administrative Team to draft the Policy Department budget and monitor expenses throughout the year ensuring adherence to the budget.
  • Maintain documentation of lobbying activities for funding reports and organizational records. 
  • Supervise Policy staff and interns in all Policy Department activities and professional management and development. 
  • Other duties as assigned.

Status Full Time, Exempt

Reports to Executive Director

Supervises Policy Manager

Experience

  • 5+ years of leadership experience in policy, government or advocacy
  • A Master’s degree in Public Policy or Law is a plus

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Thorough understanding of governmental and legislative processes. 
  • Substantive expertise related to all forms of sexual harm, including but not limited to sexual assault and commercial sexual exploitation.
  • Nuanced understanding of all forms and manifestations of inequality and oppression and a commitment to promoting equity through an intersectional lens.
  • Commitment to supporting and promoting leadership by survivors of sexual assault and commercial sexual exploitation. 
  • Ability to work collaboratively with, teach, and be taught by others.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; including but not limited to advanced active listening skills and strong ability to communicate and engage with individuals of varying levels of experience, familiarity, and expertise.
  • Ability to understand and navigate complex issues and competing priorities.
  • Creative and innovative problem solving skills. 
  • Exemplary research, writing, and public speaking skills.
  • Ability to work independently and self-direct. 
  • Spanish or other language skills a plus.
  • Demonstrated commitment to working against all forms of sexual harm through innovative legal and policy responses to harm for survivors, regardless of race, color, age, order of protection status, physical or mental disability, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, economic circumstances, ancestry, marital status, military status, or unfavorable discharge from military services. 

This position will be funded as part of CAASE’s work on the Victims’ Rights Enforcement Project. The Victims’ Rights Enforcement Project–also known as Rights In Systems Enforced Project (“RISE Project”) is a project of the National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI).  Funded by a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), award number 2018-V3-GX-K018, the RISE Project is funding six legal Clinics to provide crime victims with access to legal representation to assert and seek enforcement of their rights throughout criminal justice processes, increase awareness of victims’ rights and increase victim access to no cost legal services through an expanded body of attorneys knowledgeable about rights assertion and enforcement in criminal trial and appellate courts.

About CAASE

Mission and Vision

CAASE envisions a community free from all forms of sexual exploitation, including sexual assault and the commercial sex trade. CAASE addresses the culture, institutions, and individuals that perpetrate…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • Managerial

Benefits

Salary and Benefits: CAASE provides a competitive benefits package, including health, dental, vision, and short term disability insurance, retirement contributions and generous paid time off. 

Salary and Benefits: CAASE provides a competitive benefits package, including health, dental, vision, and short term disability insurance, retirement contributions and generous…

Location

307 N Michigan Ave., Suite 1818, Chicago, IL 60601

How to Apply

How to Apply: ​Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. To apply, send a substantive cover letter and resume via email to hr@caase.org. No phone calls please.

How to Apply: ​Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. To apply, send a substantive cover letter and resume via email to hr@caase.org. No phone calls please.

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