Field Coordinator and Policy Specialist


Job Title: Field Coordinator and Policy Specialist

Organization: Responsible Budget Coalition (an initiative led by the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law)


Job Description

Job Announcement –2017

Position Title: RBC Field Coordinator and Policy Specialist

Reports to: Director, Economic Justice

Organizational Description: The Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law (Shriver Center) is a not-for-profit organization that provides national leadership in advancing laws and policies that secure justice and improve the lives and opportunities of people living in poverty. We work directly to win positive change through our specific advocacy initiatives, and we provide a range of professional development resources that build and support the national network of advocates engaged in those efforts. We engage in a broad range of interrelated policy areas and accomplish our mission through programs involving legislative and administrative advocacy and education, policy development, litigation, organizing, communications, and training.

The Shriver Center is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from qualified candidates of all backgrounds.

Position Description: The Responsible Budget Coalition (RBC) is a statewide coalition with the goal of achieving an Illinois state budget as closely aligned to our three guiding principles a possible. The principles are: 1) No cuts to vital services; 2) Adequate revenue to fund vital services and make smart investments; and 3) Fairness in raising revenue. RBC’s Field Coordinator and Policy Specialist will support this statewide network of organizations with a shared vision for Illinois and a focus on fair budget and tax policy. The position will support sustained member engagement in this issue campaign to allow for effective and prompt responses to crises and opportunities as they arise. Alongside other key players, RBC contributes to building a proactive vision for Illinois with the support of a broad base. Understanding the power of coordination between public policy and community organizing for a successful campaign is critical.

• Coordinate “big tent” coalition with statewide cross-sector membership including human services, social justice, healthcare, education, faith, labor, and other community groups.
• Facilitate and support initiatives that move the campaign forward, strengthen the coalition’s base, build skill and capacity of member organizations and empower impacted communities.
• Engage RBC members in advocacy including: in-district meetings, speaking to media and at press conferences, rallies, town halls, and hearings, writing LTE’s, social media, action alerts and lobby days
• Participate at a leadership level in RBC policy development, campaign strategy and messaging choices
• Provide added capacity and support to member organizations in state budget advocacy work including political and policy analysis, presentations on the state budget, drafting and editing talking points, opinion pieces and other written material and support for events, media work and facilitating relationships between members.
• Travel to RBC regional areas to engage RBC member organizations, build relationships around common interests and execute and participate in events.
• Manage a variety of engagement levels of members (leadership, participant, supporter) and variety of advocacy styles of members (direct action, influential relationships with decision makers, etc.)
• Convene field committee meetings and contribute to planning of executive committee meetings
• Contribute to editing of RBC’s weekly newsletter
• Oversee RBC social media and website content, member list and listserv management.
• Other responsibilities as assigned.

Location: Chicago, IL

Job Type: Full Time

These responsibilities listed above describe the general nature of the work to be performed and should not be construed as an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties, and skills required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
• Bachelors degree in related field required. Masters degree preferred.
• At least 2 years experience in public policy, state level advocacy work and community organizing.
• A self-starter with a can-do work ethic. Able to think creatively and problem-solve to reach goals.
• Ability to adapt to change and persevere in a challenging political climate.
• Ability to communicate effectively with people from different perspectives and possess a passion and talent for finding common ground amidst differences.
• A deep commitment to the vision, mission, and values of the Shriver Center, including a core value system of social justice and fairness with a strong belief in the foundational nature of tax structures and state budgets as both expressions and outcomes of a fair and just society.

Education Requirement: Bachelors

How to Apply
Opening/Closing Date: Open immediately; closed when filled.

Applications: Send resume and cover letter to Please send materials as a single and searchable PDF attachment.

Visit for more information about the Shriver Center.

The Shriver Center is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from candidates of all backgrounds.

Last Day to Apply: 04/20/2017

Posted by: Dan Lesser,

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