Hiring: Policy Analyst

The Better Government Association (BGA) seeks a full-time Policy Analyst to support the policy advocacy mission of the BGA. This position plays a key role in the development, coordination, and implementation of the BGA’s policy agenda. The Policy Analyst will report to the Policy Director.

The BGA is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that combines investigative journalism, advocacy, and civic engagement to promote good government at the local, county, and state levels in Illinois. Its offices are located in Chicago.

The BGA Policy team is a leading advocate for open records and open government in Illinois. Its policy agenda has included fair maps, pension reform and government consolidation. The BGA Policy team operates completely independent of the BGA’s Investigative team—which conducts deep journalistic investigations of corruption, mismanagement, inefficiency, inequity and lack of transparency. The Policy team at times proposes policy solutions to structural failures uncovered by the BGA’s investigative work.

The Policy Analyst contributes to the advancement of the BGA's legislative agenda in support of government transparency, accountability, ethics, efficiency and oversight in Chicago, Cook County and the State of Illinois through research and analysis of policy initiatives and through work with other reform groups and lawmakers.


  • Conducts original research and analysis of complex policy issues to advance short- and long-term goals of the BGA’s Policy team.
  • Helps determine BGA positions on complex policy issues by efficiently synthesizing and summarizing complex legislation and policies.
  • Prepares articles, policy briefings, research reports, memos, presentations, fact sheets, testimony and other documents that clearly and comprehensively articulate complex analyses and positions for the BGA’s Policy team, lawmakers, and general readership.
  • Reviews and monitors legislation.
  • Advises Policy Director and staff on recommendations for policy positions and advocacy strategies.
  • Serves as a subject matter expert and advocate for BGA policy issues. Supports the BGA’s policy positions in writing, media interviews, on panels, in testimony, and in conversations with policy makers.
  • Manages projects related to advancing BGA policy goals including facilitating inter-organization coalitions, partnerships and workshops as needed and running digital-advocacy efforts, such as email campaigns.


  • The ideal candidate will have a minimum of two years of work experience with a strong emphasis on both legislative advocacy and community organizing, or relevant expertise and experience in government, journalism or a related field.
  • A strong candidate must understand the Illinois, Chicago City Council and Cook County legislative processes, including how to access, read, and analyze legislative documents such as bills, amendments and committee reports; committee testimony, records, debates, and actions; floor debates and actions; and the messages and actions of the governor, City of Chicago mayor and Cook County president.
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills; must be able to analyze budgets, basic datasets, and policy practices from across the country.
  • The successful candidate will protect the BGA’s non-partisan standing while advocating for policy reforms and interacting effectively with partisans from all sides of public policy issues.
  • Experience serving as a spokesperson and prepping talking points/speeches for senior staff is a plus.
  • Experience providing oral and written testimony, and serving as subject matter expert is a plus.
  • Demonstrated history of working with a broad range of stakeholders, including civic groups, religious organizations and social service agencies.

Send cover letter and resume to Ernest Crowder at ecrowder@bettergov.org. No phone calls.

The Better Government Association is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.” All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply, including minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.