Director, Policy, Advocacy & Legislative Affairs

26 Aug, 2020


Director, Policy, Advocacy & Legislative Affairs

Safer Foundation
Chicago, IL

The Safer Foundation is a social service provider to individuals with arrest and conviction records. Through a full range of services, including case management, educational instruction and advocacy, we focus on preparing individuals for the world of work by helping them find and keep productive and meaningful employment.    

General Summary:

The Director of Policy, Advocacy and Legislative Affairs (referred hereafter as the “Director”) will lead a team of three (3) full-time employees that includes a Public Policy Analyst, Project Manager, and Community Outreach and Organizing Coordinator. The Director is responsible for overseeing, planning, implementing, and directing all aspects of Safer Foundation’s public policy and legislative efforts as well as community engagement and organizing initiatives. The Director will also be responsible drafting, negotiating, and advocating for legislation that creates more opportunities for people impacted by the justice system. The Director will also be overseeing and ensuring the successful completion of a small portfolio of grant deliverables related to the Division’s Advocacy and Organizing work.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Provide leadership, planning and direction in the development and implementation of Safer’s legislative, policy and advocacy agenda, as well as its community engagement and organizing initiatives.
  • Provide direct supervision and support the professional development of three (3) full-time employees.
  • Oversee and facilitate the interdepartmental communication, coordination, and evaluation of Safer’s policy issue identification and action planning processes.
  • Build and nurture an effective statewide Alliance for Reentry, that advocates for effective policies and programs on behalf of people with records.
  • Advance positive narrative change about people with arrest and conviction records.
  • Serve as one of Safer Foundation’s primary spokespersons and thought leaders on issues of reentry, criminal justice reform, and social policy
  • Partner with Safer’s research team to identify, scope out, and execute to refine, assess, advance Safer’s policy agenda.
  • Develop and leverage relationships with stakeholders working in government, business associations, organized labor, other non-profit organizations, foundations, and other organizations to build collaborative partnerships that advance reentry initiatives and criminal justice reform in civil society.
  • Actively participate on Task Forces, Advisory Boards and Coalitions that advance the policies that create opportunities and eliminate barriers for people with arrest and conviction records.
  • Produce and disseminate, precise, fact-based reports to the public, policy analysts, government officials, administrators, prison and advocacy groups, researchers, etc.
  • Maintain relationships with policy funders and provide reports that clearly demonstrate the delivery of all required outcomes.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to supervise and develop employees under this position’s supervision.
  • Excellent advocacy, consensus-building, and leadership skills.
  • High quality written and verbal presentation skills.
  • Exhibit creativity, intellectual curiosity and agility, and the ability to distill complicated concepts into clearly understood materials for policymakers.
  • Broad understanding of issues impacting people with arrest and conviction records.
  • Ability to produce consistent, quality work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Abilities to work collaboratively on teams and independently.
  • Strong project management skills.
  • Abilities to set priorities, manage tasks and deadlines for multiple detail-oriented projects.
  • Perform basic data management and analysis.
  • Abilities to cultivate relationships and exchange information diplomatically and effectively with internal colleagues and outside stakeholders.
  • Exercise familiarity with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and social media tools.
  • Willingness to travel for work, which typically includes occasional travel to Springfield, Illinois for 5 to 10 days per month (when the state legislature is in session) and to Washington, DC as needed.

Education, Experience and Values:

  • A commitment to advancing social and economic justice, racial equity, and justice system reform.
  • Possess academic and professional knowledge in a discipline that is associated with a college degree in social policy, public policy, political science, public administration, law (or pre-law), public health, or a related discipline.
  • Experience managing and developing a team of employees.
  • Demonstrated commitment to community organizing and restorative justice principles.
  • Experience building and leveraging effective partnerships, coalitions, and alliances to advance social change.
  • People directly impacted by the justice system are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application Process: To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, one writing sample, and professional references.

Safer Foundation is a drug-free workplace.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action/Minorities/Females/Veterans

No Phone Calls Please

Job posted: 2020-08-26