The Better Government Association (BGA) seeks a full-time Policy Analyst to support the policy advocacy mission of the BGA. The BGA is a nonprofit organization that combines investigative journalism, advocacy, and civic engagement to promote good government at the local, county, and state levels in Illinois.
The Policy Analyst contributes to the development of the BGA's legislative agenda through research and analysis of policy initiatives related to government transparency, accountability, ethics, efficiency and oversight, and works with other reform groups and lawmakers to strengthen, adopt and protect good government laws, statutes and ordinances in Chicago, Cook County and the State of Illinois. Depending on the skills and expertise of the analyst and the fit with the fuller team, the BGA will look to create specific focus areas (State/City/County) if possible and most effective.
This position reports to the Policy Manager/Director.
- Conducts original research and analysis of complex policy issues to advance short and long term goals of the BGA’s policy unit.
- Helps determine BGA positions on complex policy issues by efficiently synthesizing and summarizing complex legislation and policy recommendations in written format. Prepares policy briefings, research reports, memos, presentations, fact sheets, testimony and other documents that clearly and comprehensively articulate complex analyses and positions for use by BGA policy unit and other stakeholders. Monitors the status and prospects of legislation, and works for its passage. Advises BGA President and CEO, Policy Manager/Director and staff on recommendations for policy development and improvement.
- Serves as a subject matter expert on BGA policy issues. Represents the BGA in media interviews, on panels and before policy makers. Writes press releases, op-eds, and related materials as needed.
- Manages projects related to advancing BGA policy goals. Fosters the establishment of inter-organization partnerships to develop and execute programs and special initiatives between the BGA and other non-profit organizations as needed to maximize resources and carry out work on identified policy unit issue areas. Coordinates and facilitates meetings, conference calls, conferences, and workshops to execute these programs. Prepares written reports of the results of these partnerships suitable for submission to grantors, the board of directors, and staff.
- Contributes to policy unit’s web presence with unique content, such as issues analyses, legislation briefs, position columns, data-centric features.
- Contributes to the execution of digital-advocacy efforts, either via social media, the website, or by creating, managing and tracking online advocacy campaigns (emails, petitions, public official targeting, etc.) in coordination with the policy team.