Mission: ICOY is a collective voice for young people and community-based providers. By building the capacity of agencies that serve youth, we keep young people safe and healthy.
ICOY is seeking a motivated, strategic thinker to join our public policy team as a Policy Analyst. The public policy team is responsible for determining the impact of government legislation, regulations, and oversight on the child and youth-serving systems and service providers; cultivating strategic partnerships; and, pursuing advocacy initiatives to improve youth outcomes and strengthen the network of providers. Under the direction of the Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs, the Policy Analyst will engage stakeholders and analyze research to realize ICOY’s goal to positively influence public policy impacting children and young adults in Illinois. The Analyst assists the Director through policy research, data collection and analysis, position recommendations and presentation, developing initiatives, and promoting member advocacy. Policy issues include an array of topics, but typically concentrate on forming state-level policy recommendations for child welfare, juvenile justice, children’s behavioral health, homeless youth, community-based investments, multi-system collaboration, and to address Racial and Ethnic Disparities (RED) across systems.
Job Responsibilities include:
Summarize key research findings for internal consumption and polished presentation materials appropriately tailored for targeted audiences
Develop written recommendations pertaining to proposed policies, public hearing testimony and regulatory comment submissions, legislative initiatives, and position papers through qualitative research and outreach to providers, members, state agencies, and other advocacy organization
Serve as the content contributor for communications and policy education resource development including, but not limited to the assigned policy areas
Serve as a subject-matter resource in the areas of child welfare and multisystem-involved youth, including maintaining effective relationships with youth-serving system stakeholders, building coalitions, and staying abreast of state and federal policies in the form of law, rules and guidance in a way that allows for accurate research and policy analysis
Coordinate convening of ICOY’s policy team events and the Policy Advisory Board for development of legislative agendas, campaigns, and positions
Represent ICOY and its members on policy commissions, committees, and workgroups including, but not limited to the Child Welfare Advisory Council and the Residential Providers group.
Perform all other duties as assigned.
The ideal candidate will have an educational and employment background in public policy or a related field with experience synthesizing data and research to produce effective and clear written materials useful to policymakers and/or the public. Background working in a complex environment with varying partners is key along with extensive analysis, writing, and informal/formal presentation skills. Familiarity with state or federal budget processes and knowledge of the challenging dynamics facing public-private sector relations is preferred.
An advanced degree in public policy, public administration, or law preferred. Minimally required: a Bachelor’s degree in public policy or public administration; a Bachelor’s or advanced degree in social work, psychology, human services, education, or a related field.
1-2 years post-Masters or 3 years post-Bachelor’s specialized work experience, which equips the candidate with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform job duties. Preferred candidates will possess field experience in child and youth-serving systems, expertise in independently analyzing public policy and operations in child and youth-serving systems.
A candidate must be able to demonstrate the following competencies:
Knowledge of: federal and state law governing the operations and programs of state agencies in the assigned program areas; policy research methods, techniques, sources, databases, and other resource tools; state government operations, including legislative, and budgetary processes; proficiency in Microsoft Office products, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint required.
Skills: conduct research of legal and policy issues; breakdown broad policy questions into measurable lines of inquiry and detect important nuances and anomalies in data; identify policy options from research; monitor and provide strategic analysis of policy issues as they proceed through the executive and legislative branches; plan and facilitate the decision-making process by a group; present information to small and large groups; and collect and analyze information for statewide youth programs.
Ability to: express complex concepts in a clear and concise manner; communicate both orally and in writing; plan, develop, and execute an effective strategy for facilitating the decision making process; organize work; set priorities; establish a systematic course of action to simultaneously advance several projects with overlapping deadlines, move complex projects forward, and ensure project completion with a high degree of independence; follow up on assignments with minimum direction; adjust to changing circumstances while remaining attentive to details and exercising sound judgment; work with a team and independently; travel, work flexible hours, and possess a valid driver’s license, reliable automobile, clean driving record, and auto insurance as required by ICOY.
The Illinois Collaboration on Youth is an equal opportunity employer.
Interested candidates should email their resumes, two 1-2 page writing samples with at least one related to public policy analysis, three references, and cover letter by July 31, 2017 to: