Associate Executive Director, Governmental Relations

Date posted: September 20, 2022

The Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB) is seeking applicants for a full-time associate executive director to serve as head of the Governmental Relations Department in the IASB Springfield office. This position reports to the IASB Executive Director.

The Associate Executive Director serves as head of the Governmental Relations department with the department’s staff reporting directly to the Associate Executive Director. Responsibilities include ensuring that the Association positions and concerns are communicated to the Illinois General Assembly, appropriate state regulatory agencies, and the United States Congress. The Associate Executive Director is responsible for supervision of the coalition with other school management organizations that jointly advocate with the Association. The Governmental Relations Department is responsible for the operation and staffing of the Association’s resolutions process and annual Delegate Assembly.
Functions of the job include supervising lobbying activities of the Governmental Relations Department, including establishing legislative priorities and development and implementation of lobbying strategies for each legislative session; supervising and directing advocacy for local school board positions before the Illinois General Assembly, U.S. Congress, Illinois State Board of Education, Office of the Governor, and other state and federal policy making entities; and providing strategic direction on statewide grassroots efforts and school board member involvement. Other duties include presentations regarding legislative programs for Association division meetings, member school districts, groups of school leaders in a legislative district, and other organizations as necessary.
View the Associate Executive Director, Governmental Relations job description for a detailed listing of essential job functions and responsibilities, education and experience requirements, and required competencies for the position.
Requirements for the position include a graduate or undergraduate degree in Political Science, Communications, or related field; extensive experience in association management and/or business management; extensive knowledge of the Illinois public education system; broad understanding of the legislative process in Illinois; and significant previous experience working as a lobbyist, legislative staff person, or other position related to legislative or political involvement, including supervisory duties.
Some evening and weekend work is expected.
This position requires the employee to be able to lift, move, and safely handle boxes and materials up to 25 pounds; repetitive motion of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers; and to be able to see, hear, and speak as necessary to perform the functions of the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions of the position.

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
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.