Since 1900, the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Chicago (“JUF”) has aided the most vulnerable metropolitan Chicago residents of all ages and faiths through a network of more than 70 health and social service agencies. The JUF is the central fundraising arm of Chicago’s Jewish community, allocating more than $190 million annually to local Federation affiliates and agencies overseas, including in Israel. In 2018, more than $400 million in federal, state, and local funding expanded our ability to help many attain, maintain, and regain their well-being.
JUF is hiring a new Assistant Vice President for State Government Affairs (“AVP”). This person is first and foremost JUF’s voice and representative to the various branches of Illinois state government, including the General Assembly, Governor’s Office and State Administrative Agencies. The AVP should have knowledge of and relationships within the legislative, administrative and state agency landscape, as well as with the broad range of other partners and coalitions within the health and human services field. The AVP will be relied upon by JUF and JUF’s network of affiliated agencies (e.g. CJE Senior Life, JCC Chicago, JCFS Chicago, Sinai Health Systems and The ARK) to lead in developing and implementing strategies and tactics for working with all relevant governmental bodies in pursuit of JUF’s and the agencies’ policy priorities.
The AVP is a member of JUF’s Public Affairs Department, which has 10 members divided between two divisions: Government Affairs (AVP’s department) and the Jewish Community Relations Council (“JCRC”). The two divisions work on several related or complimentary issues and are expected to help leverage each other’s expertise in pursuit of their independent and related goals.
On behalf of issues of importance to the Jewish community, the Government Affairs team is a catalyst for change: building relationships with government and civic decision-makers from both parties, engaging the Jewish community to add their voices to the debate, troubleshooting within bureaucracies, and lobbying in Chicago, Springfield, and Washington, D.C.
Lead JUF’s State Government Affairs program, including:
Secure and protect state government funding for JUF and our network of affiliated agencies and other beneficiaries (e.g. Sinai Health System, JCFS Chicago, CJE Senior Life, JCC Chicago and The ARK). Over $400 million in FY19; approximately 75% of which while federally appropriated, is passed through state agencies.
Build relationships with relevant state elected and other government officials, with special attention paid to Jewish members of Illinois’ General Assembly, key House and Senate leadership from both parties, key committee chairs, the Governor’s office, and state agencies. Where appropriate, and in consultation with the Executive Director for Public Affairs, establish relationships with candidates for public office to introduce them to JUF’s work and that of our network of affiliated agencies.
Promote and lobby for public policies, including: strengthening laws protecting philanthropy, improving nonprofit governance, deepening the U.S.-Israel relationship, reducing violence, and improving the delivery of health, education, and human services by the nonprofit sector.
Educate the Jewish community about public policy issues and their impact on the Jewish community, on JUF’s work, and on our network of affiliated agencies.
Introduce and promote JUF’s work and that of our network of affiliated agencies within the Jewish and larger non-Jewish communities, and develop relationships with other civic, health and human service, and religious groups to pursue common policy goals.
Involve the Jewish community, particularly JUF’s Board and volunteers, and the professional leadership and Boards of our network of affiliated agencies, in building relationships with elected and other government officials, and where appropriate and in consultation with the Executive Director for Public Affairs, with candidates for public office.
Promote the Chicago Jewish Community Relations Council’s agenda, both international and domestic, at the state and local levels of government, in consultation and coordination with the JCRC staff.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
Coordinate with JUF’s staff and volunteer leadership and with our network of affiliated agencies to achieve our public policy goals.
Help build strong relationships between JUF’s volunteer and staff leadership and state government officials and civic leaders to gain their support for JUF’s public policy agenda and where appropriate and agreed to, build relationships with candidates for public office.
Develop relationships with key elected and other government decision-makers and civic and community leaders relevant for achieving our public policy objectives. Solicit their participation in JUF activities and their support for our public policy agenda and where appropriate and agreed to, build relationships with candidates for public office.
Promote JUF’s state government public policy agenda and work to the greater Jewish community through social media, JUF News Express, JUF News, monthly updates, and speeches to synagogues, schools, and Jewish civic and cultural groups.
In consultation with JUF staff and lay leadership, as well as with our network of affiliated agencies, set JUF’s state public policy goals, strategies and tactics related to government funding (appropriations, regulations, program design) and to other issues of concern to JUF and our network of affiliated agencies, including nonprofit governance, philanthropy, Israel, and domestic social issues.
Build upon and strengthen the influence and visibility of JUF through work with state-wide coalitions and government affairs committees.
Carry out special assignments as needed, for example, planning annual Springfield Mission of volunteers and staff leaders, yearly Statewide Observance of Yom HaShoah, assisting with JUF Annual Campaign, and national relationship building with other state government affairs/JCRC programs and Jewish state legislators, etc.
Coordinate with JUF’s Federal and Local government affairs professionals to align goals, strategies, tactics and messaging.
Oversee staff, budget, and state-related programs in pursuit of policy objectives.
Directly supports JUF Campaign integration on an ongoing basis in addition to mandatory campaign-related activities.
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in public policy or another related field.
At least 8-10 years’ experience working in politics, state government, public policy, or another related field.
Strong relationships within the Illinois General Assembly, Governor’s office, and administrative agencies, primarily the health and human services area.
Knowledge of and familiarity with the Chicago Jewish community.
Established track record of supporting Israel and the U.S.-Israel relationship.
Excellent public speaking, writing, and research skills.
Proficient in Microsoft Suite.
Must be available for occasional evening and weekend commitments.
Ability to travel to and stay in Springfield when the General Assembly is in session.
Ability to work within a large, integrated community organization.
Highly developed interpersonal skills. Strong ability to form alliances and work with diverse groups.
Self-starter who inspires and motivates others, achieves results fast, works under pressure, juggles several projects simultaneously, meets firm deadlines and works well with multiple partners.
*Please attach a cover letter with your application.*
About Jewish United Fund
JUF amplifies our collective strength to make the world a better place — for everyone.Community powered, we consider the totality of local and global Jewish needs and how to address them. From generation to generation, we help people connect to Jewish life and values, fueling a dynamic, enduring community that comes together for good.