Policy & Advocacy Director

02 Jan, 2022


Policy & Advocacy Director

Alternatives Inc.
Chicago, IL

Alternatives Inc. Overview
Our mission is to inspire young people to create a just future through practices that heal individuals, restore
communities, and transform systems. Since 1971, Alternatives has modeled innovative alternatives to the status quo in
Chicago’s youth services field. Our school and community-based therapy, prevention and leadership development
programs support young people to individually and collectively address causes of substance abuse, grief and trauma
while building social-emotional, career and social change skills. In addition to working directly with young people, we
train, coach and advocate for youth-serving institutions like Chicago Public Schools to be restorative and traumainformed.
We create culturally responsive environments in which young people build knowledge, skills, and abilities through
positive youth development, trauma-informed counseling, leadership development, and community-based healing.
The Policy & Advocacy Director (PAD), in collaboration with the Executive Director and Executive Team, will help to
develop innovative, community responsive programming, and develop our policy & advocacy platform. As a member of
the Executive Team, this position will work collaboratively with the team to set strategic direction, build annual budget,
participate in fundraising initiatives, set the organization culture, and assist in making decisions that impact the overall
organization. Given that the position and program are both new to the organization, the position may evolve as we learn
more about this area.
Perform the following from a racial, gender, sexuality, and ability equity lens:
 Develops the organization’s capacity to identify social and economic solutions that measurably advance social
change through research and evaluation, data analytics, innovation, policy and advocacy, and/or technical
assistance and field building.
 Works collaboratively with and guides company-level Executive Director and Executive Team at Alternatives to
advance policy and systems change that positively impacts the lives of program participants and those who have
been historically marginalized.
 Recruits, hires, supervises, trains, supports, and evaluates, directly or indirectly, a multilevel staff and makes
recommendations on agency personnel practices and policies.
 Serves as an external and internal ambassador and advocates to position Alternatives as a research, policy, and
systems change thought leader within our identified issue area priorities.
 Works collaboratively with Program directors to enhance data capacity at Alternatives.
 Pursues and shapes bold, innovative funding and partnership opportunities that further the organization’s
strategic vision.
 Presents at and/or participates in Board meetings and Committees, as needed
 Collects reviews and submits to the Executive Director all monthly, quarterly, general and statistical reports as
required for compliance with various grants.
 Develop new initiatives to support the strategic direction of the organization.
 Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.
1. Bachelor’s degree in social sciences, public policy, economics, or related field required. Master’s preferred.
2. At least 3 years of experience research & advocacy. Senior Management experience preferred.
3. Advanced knowledge of Chicago’s political climate and policy issues impacting our communities.
4. Demonstrated success evaluating services and successfully operationalizing innovative programs
5. Proficiency in Microsoft Office is essential
6. Must work effectively with agency staff, board members, funders, donors and volunteers
7. Must be driven to succeed, organized, proactive, flexible,innovative, responsible, and assertive, possess integrity
and the ability to motivate others.
8. Strong project management skills working with multifaceted and complex programs
9. Excellent verbal and written communication skills
10. Deep commitment to building a diverse staff engaged in significant work with youth and their families at a
11. Flexible nights and weekends as needed
12. The COVID vaccine is mandatory for all employees to the full extent permissible under applicable law.
Alternatives, Incorporated is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer.

How to Apply

If you are interested applying for any of our open positions, email your resume and cover letter in pdf format to careers@alternativesyouth.org. No phone calls, please.

Job posted: 2022-01-02