Director-Governmental Relations

Date Posted: June 14, 2021

The Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB) is seeking applicants for a full-time director to help carry out legislative responsibilities of the Governmental Relations Department and provide membership service and advocacy support to Illinois school boards. This position reports to the Associate Executive Director, Governmental Relations.

The Director position coordinates the Association’s federal advocacy program, including directing Illinois’ participation in the Federal Relations Network; fosters improved relationships with members of Congress, members of the Illinois General Assembly, and school board members and administrators in the suburban Chicago area; and acts as the liaison to the Illinois State Board of Education. The position also provides support to the IASB Resolutions Committee; communicates Association member positions and concerns to the Illinois legislature, Congress, and regulatory agencies; encourages and facilitates school board involvement in the legislative process; and informs understanding of proposed legislation and its impact on local school boards to Association membership.

Requirements for the position include a graduate or undergraduate degree in Political Science, Communications, or related field; a broad understanding of the legislative process in Illinois and legislative processes in the United States Congress; and previous experience working as a lobbyist, legislative staff person, or other position related to legislative or political involvement. Knowledge of the public education system in Illinois is desirable.

IASB has offices located in Springfield and Lombard, Illinois. IASB staff are committed to a workplace that honors and promotes a safe, inclusive environment; respectfully recognizes individual expertise, contributions, and fosters growth; and has open and deliberate collaboration and communication across all departments and offices.

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.
The Illinois Association of School Boards is a voluntary organization of local boards of education dedicated to strengthening public schools through local citizen control. IASB’s vision is excellence in local school district governance supporting quality public education. Although not part of state government, IASB is organized by member school boards as a private not-for-profit corporation under authority granted by Article 23 of The Illinois School Code.