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Research & Advocacy Director

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Alternatives, Inc.
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Research & Advocacy Director

Direct Report: Executive Director

Full-time; Exempt


Alternatives Inc. Overview

Since 1971, Alternatives has been a leading provider of youth development programs, social justice initiatives, and school and community-based clinical services. Our mission is to inspire young people to create a just future through practices that heal individuals, restore communities, and transform systems. We serve youth in some of Chicago’s most vulnerable communities on the far north and south sides. Our highly trained staff foster resilience, insight, and self-advocacy in the youth in our care through a comprehensive approach of crisis management, behavioral therapy, and youth development.

Alternatives provides emergency response for youth in crisis, at all hours of every day, mediating familial conflict and relocating vulnerable children to a safe environment. We work with Chicago Public Schools to provide behavioral health and restorative justice programming, a practice that we pioneered more than 20 years ago, facilitating the very first high school peer jury in 1996. Our Behavioral Health team offers school based clinical hours helping youth develop healthy habits while addressing substance abuse and other destructive behavior. We also provide youth programming during the summer and after school including social justice program, Girl World, and career training throughout summer internship program.

We create culturally responsive environments in which young people build knowledge, skills, and abilities through positive youth development, trauma-informed counseling, leadership development, and community-based healing.

The Research & Advocacy Director (RAD), in collaboration with the Executive Director and Executive Team, will help to develop innovative, community responsive programming, enhance our research capacity, and develop our advocacy platform.

Responsibilities

Perform the following from a racial, gender, sexuality, and ability equity lens:

  • Develops the organization’s capacity to identify social and economic solutions that measurably advance social change through research and evaluation, data analytics, innovation, policy and advocacy, and/or technical assistance and field building.
  • Works collaboratively with and guides company-level Executive Director and Executive Team at Alternatives to advance policy and systems change that positively impacts the lives of program participants and those who have been historically marginalized.
  • Serves as an external and internal ambassador and advocates to position Alternatives as a research, policy, and systems change thought leader within our identified issue area priorities.
  • Works collaboratively with Program directors to enhance data capacity at Alternatives.
  • Pursues and shapes bold, innovative funding and partnership opportunities that further the organization’s strategic vision.
  • Presents at and/or participates in Board meetings and Committees, as needed
  • Collects reviews and submits to the Executive Director all monthly, quarterly, general and statistical reports as required for compliance with various grants.
  • Develop new initiatives to support the strategic direction of the organization.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.


Qualifications

  1. Bachelor’s degree in social sciences, public policy, economics, or related field required. Master’s preferred.
  2. At least 3 years of experience research & advocacy. Senior Management experience preferred.
  3. Advanced knowledge of Chicago’s political climate and policy issues impacting our communities.
  4. Demonstrated success evaluating services and successfully operationalizing innovative programs
  5. Proficiency in Microsoft Office is essential
  6. Must work effectively with agency staff, board members, funders, donors and volunteers
  7. Must be driven to succeed, organized, proactive, innovative, responsible, and assertive, possess integrity and the ability to motivate others.
  8. Strong project management skills working with multifaceted and complex programs
  9. Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  10. Deep commitment to building a diverse staff engaged in significant work with youth and their families at a community-level Flexible nights and weekends as needed

Alternatives, Incorporated is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer. 


Research & Advocacy Director

Direct Report: Executive Director

Full-time; Exempt


Alternatives Inc. Overview

Since 1971, Alternatives has been a leading provider of youth development programs, social justice initiatives, and school…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    May 3, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    April 30, 2021
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional Level
    Professional

Salary

$70,000 - $75,000

Benefits

Medical , Dental, Vision, 403(b), Life Insurance, Short Term & Long Term Disability.

Medical , Dental, Vision, 403(b), Life Insurance, Short Term & Long Term Disability.

Level of Language Proficiency

English

English

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Chicago, IL
Associated Location
Chicago, IL

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