State Policy & Advocacy Manager – Illinois

29 Dec, 2021


State Policy & Advocacy Manager – Illinois

Susan G Komen
Remote/Chicago, IL

This remote position must be based in the Springfield, IL Market for consideration.

Empowered by our expansive grassroots network, Susan G. Komen’s Center for Public Policy is leading the fight for those impacted by breast cancer locally, in our states and in Washington, D.C. Komen’s Center for Public Policy works to identify, through a transparent and broad-based, intensive vetting and selection process, the advocacy issues that have the greatest potential impact on Komen’s mission.

The State Policy and Advocacy Manager (Illinois) will support and promote Susan G. Komen’s public policy & advocacy initiatives related to breast cancer and public health policy in the state of Illinois. This individual will be responsible for the direct day-to-day policy and advocacy engagement in Illinois, building and maintaining relationships with state legislators and their staff in Springfield, building a statewide policy collaborative; tracking and monitoring state legislation; and budget for issues impacting the Center for Public Policy’s priority issues.

Primary Responsibilities: 

Serves as subject matter expert and on the ground representative for public policy and advocacy efforts in the assigned state(s).

Builds and maintains relationships with state legislators, executives and their staff, and provide day-to-day support for state advocacy activities.

Tracks, reviews, assesses and reports on legislation, budget and breast health programs in assigned state(s).

Assist in the development of talking points, fact sheets, testimony, letters of support, action alerts and other communications in support of public policy and advocacy efforts.

Leads the planning, organizing and execution of training and events in assigned state(s).

Lead the development for state-specific advocacy strategies in support of Komen’s Public Policy and Advocacy Priorities.

Develop external relationships and participate with statewide policy collaboratives, coalitions, patient advocacy organizations, healthcare associations and industry partners to identify areas for collaboration.

Represent Komen’s Center for Public Policy externally with legislative offices, state government, stakeholders, media, donors.

Promote an organizational culture that values trust, commitment to the mission, scientific integrity, and professional and organizational growth.

Minimum Experience Required:

Bachelor’s degree in public policy, public administration, political science, government affairs, communications or other relevant field and 3-5 years of directly related experience.

Experience working with state legislatures and agencies in the assigned state(s).

Proven ability to work independently and creatively, meeting strict deadlines, in a fast-paced environment.

Solid organizational skills and high-level proficiency with MS Office products.

Proven ability to compile, analyze and interpret legislation, budgets and data.

Strong verbal communication and interpersonal skills are required for effective interaction with volunteers, elected officials, legislative staff and other high-profile persons.

Preferred Experience:

Master’s degree in public policy, public administration, political science, government affairs, communications or other relevant field.

Working knowledge of the breast cancer public policy and advocacy environment.

Work Experience:   3 – 5 years

Education: Bachelor’s Degree: Public Policy, Public Administration, Political Science, Government Affairs

Travel required:  25% – Annual all staff meeting, local travel within assigned state(s) for advocate trainings, Annual Summit in D.C.



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Job posted: 2021-12-29