Senior Community Engagement Associate

  • Full Time
  • Chicago

Advance Illinois

The Senior Community Engagement Associate works collaboratively with the Director of Community Engagement to execute advocacy and outreach strategies to cultivate relationships with diverse stakeholders across Illinois, build coalitions around key priorities, and ensure the perspectives of diverse stakeholders are considered in the policy making process. The Community Engagement team works in close collaboration with policy, government relations, and communications team members to help inform complex issues and execute on advocacy campaigns.

Advance Illinois has offices in both Chicago and Springfield. However, 40 percent of the job will require time on the road traveling around the state of Illinois.

Essential Functions:

  • Represent Advance Illinois with stakeholders and partners across Illinois
  • Develop effective ways to elevate the voices of communities most impacted by education policy
  • Develop and execute on advocacy strategy and tactics in collaboration with other team members
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with key stakeholders in early childhood, K-12, and higher education
  • Mobilize leaders that will advocate for key education issues aligned to organizational priorities (including but not limited to Identify and support key stakeholders to testify, engage in meetings with decision makers, submit op-eds and letters to the editor)
  • Support coalitions, networks, and campaigns by drafting plans, managing logistics, and co-leading meetings
  • Serve as the project manager for Educator Advisory Council experience by maintaining relationships, and coordinating/facilitating ongoing meetings
  • Support the collective impact efforts, and policy engagement with the Illinois 60 by 25 Network
  • Maintain an engagement database tracking system to track qualitative data for the organization

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