Illinois Collaboration on Youth (ICOY) is a statewide, nonprofit that shapes practice and policies and builds the capacity of member agencies so that children, youth and families are safe, healthy and on the path to maximizing their potential. ICOY aims to lead the way for children and youth services in Illinois, strengthen the network of providers, and improve outcomes for children and youth. ICOY strives to accomplish its mission by developing and advancing effective public policy; helping to transform public systems to be more prevention oriented, results-oriented, and accountable. We work collaboratively with local, state and governmental leadership to create community-based opportunities, needed services and environments to help ensure children and families succeed. ICOY also works in partnership with other national and statewide organizations and foundations to test new ideas and approaches, provide technical assistance, generate new evidence and support innovation.
ICOY seeks a motivated, strategic thinker to join our team as a Policy Analyst to support its work advancing ICOY’s public policy agenda and policy projects. The position offers the opportunity to explore a wide range of policy issues including the impact of government legislation, state regulations, and oversight on the child and youth-serving systems and service providers. The Policy Analyst’s work will support all aspects of ICOY’s policy agenda but candidates with a background in child welfare and Medicaid are preferred. Under the direction of the Director of Policy and Government Affairs, the Policy Analyst will conduct program research, analyze policy, regulations and administrative data sets and contribute to the design and preparation of technical assistance briefs and tools to realize ICOY’s goal to positively influence public policy impacting children and youth and promote 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.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities
Summarize key research findings for internal consumption and prepare 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 organizations
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 that allows for accurate research and policy analysis
Represent ICOY and its members on policy commissions, committees, and various workgroups
Additional duties as needed
If you were working for us, here are some the things you would have done in the last month:
Drafted comments in response to proposed rulemaking for changes to the Department of Children and Family Services
Attended a Child Welfare Advisory Committee meeting and prepared a summarization for publication
Researched federal consent decree requirements for the Department of Healthcare and Family Services
Attended a legislative hearing on the impact of the state’s managed care transition
Provided policy research support on state and federal Medicaid regulations
Attended staff meetings and member provider forums
Provided technical assistance to member organizations on various policy issues
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 Wednesday, January 15, 2020 to
Ms. Denail Timms
Director of Operations
Illinois Collaboration on Youth
No phone calls please.
Required Qualifications, Skills and Experience
The successful candidate will have:
An educational and employment background in public policy or a related field with experience synthesizing data and research. Background working in a complex environment with varying partners is key.
A graduate degree (preferred) in public administration, public policy, social work, human services or law and 2 years of relevant experience.
Preferred candidates will possess experience and expertise in independently analyzing public policy and operations in child and youth-serving systems.
Familiarity and knowledge of the challenging dynamics facing public-private sector relations is preferred.
Outstanding written and oral communication skills.
Ability to present policy, practice and research information to a variety of audiences, including federal, state and local government officials and policymakers.
Ability to work autonomously and as a member of a team.
Flexibility and an ability to work in a dynamic and fast-paced environment
Ability and willingness to travel, work flexible hours, possess a valid driver’s license, reliable transportation and auto insurance as required by ICOY.
Knowledge of computers and technology: proficient in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, SharePoint and audio/visual and conference calling technology.
About Illinois Collaboration on Youth
As a positive force and collective voice, the Illinois Collaboration on Youth keeps children and youth safe, healthy, and on the path to a positive adulthood.