Director, Governmental Relations

12 Sep, 2022


Director, Governmental Relations

Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB)
Springfield, IL/Lombard, IL

Position Summary
The Director coordinates the Association’s federal advocacy program, including
directing Illinois’ participation in the Federal Relations Network; fosters improved
relationships with members of Congress, members of the Illinois General
Assembly, and school board members and administrators in the suburban
Chicago area; acts as the liaison to the Illinois State Board of Education; assists
in providing support to the IASB Resolutions Committee; communicates
Association member positions and concerns to the legislature, Congress, State
and federal regulatory agencies; encourages and facilitates school board
involvement in all aspects of the legislative process; provides information
necessary to give full understanding of proposed legislation and its impact on
local school boards to Association membership; and provides staff support for
Association programs and activities as directed.
Essential Functions
Legislative Responsibilities
• Directs the Association’s federal advocacy initiatives, including monitoring
federal legislation, coordinating the Federal Relations Network, actively
participating in the Conference of State Association Legislative Staff, and
writing and editing federal legislative reports
• Works with the Illinois State Board of Education by attending board
meetings, participating in committees as directed by the Executive
Director and/or Deputy Executive Director
• Creates and maintains relationships with Congressional members, State
legislators, and school boards/administrators in the suburban Chicago
• Advocates for local school board positions before the Illinois General
Assembly, the United States Congress, the Illinois State Board of
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Education, Office of the Governor, and other state and federal policymaking entities as needed
• Assists in the development of the Association’s legislative priorities and
lobbying strategies for each legislative session
• As needed, attends sessions of the Illinois General Assembly when the
legislature is in session and develops working relationships with members
of the General Assembly and legislative staff
• Assists with the research, development, and drafting of legislation,
position papers, and legislative publications
• Attends meetings of legislative committees, commissions and task forces
• Monitors legislation, rules, and regulations
• Testifies before legislative committees
• Assists with writing and editing of detailed analyses of legislation
• Assists with writing and editing legislative reports, end of session reports,
and other Association legislative publications
• Performs other duties as assigned
Membership Service
• Responds directly and promptly to school board member requests for
legislative information
• Provides service directly to local school boards as necessary
• Provides staff support to the Resolutions Committee and Delegate
• Researches issues regarding resolutions submitted by Association
• Makes presentations at Association division meetings, member school
districts, groups of school leaders in a legislative district, or other
organizations upon request
• Attends annual conference of the Association, including coordinating
panel presentations, providing service at the legislative booth, and serving
at the Delegate Assembly
• Writes and edits for Association publications regarding resolutions,
position statements, school calendars, and others as necessary
• Participates in appropriate professional development offerings as needed
• Attends frequent meetings outside the office that may require overnight
• Practices reliable and consistent attendance and punctuality
• Performs other duties that may be assigned
Education and/or Experience Requirements
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Graduate or undergraduate degree in Political Science, Communications, or
related field; broad understanding of the legislative process in Illinois and
legislative processes in the United States Congress, previous experience
working as a lobbyist, legislative staff person, or other position related to
legislative or political involvement. Knowledge of the public education system in
Illinois is desirable.
Required Competencies
• Superior skills in writing and public speaking
• Ability to comfortably deliver oral presentations before large audiences
• Excellent interpersonal skills
• Excellent problem solving skills and organizational skills
• High degree of self-motivation and skill with time management
• Proficiency in the use of the Legislative Information Service and Illinois
General Assembly website
• Proficiency in word processing and basic knowledge of data bases, charts,
and graphs, and PowerPoint
Special Conditions of Employment
The employee must have a valid Illinois driver’s license. Mileage and reasonable
travel reimbursement is provided.
Physical Demands
This position requires the employee to be able to lift, move and safely handle
boxes and materials up to 25 pounds; to be able to occasionally stand for
extended periods of time; and to be able to hear and speak as necessary to
perform the functions of the position.
Conduct Standards
The highest of moral and ethical standards is demanded in accordance with the
IASB Staff Standards and Staff Core Values. Employee conduct standards and
other aspects of employment are addressed in the IASB Employment Handbook.
This job description may be changed at any time and is not a contract with the
individual employee(s). IASB retains its right to change this job description and
assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

To apply, submit an IASB Application for Employment, resume, and letter of interest indicating why you believe you are qualified for this position to:

Hiring Manager
Illinois Association of School Boards

Job posted: 2022-09-12