Financial Policy Analyst

The Better Government Association seeks a full-time Financial Policy Analyst to support the advocacy mission of the BGA. This position plays a key role in the development, coordination and implementation of the BGA’s policy agenda. The Financial Policy Analyst contributes to the advancement of the BGA's agenda in Chicago, Cook County and the State of Illinois through research and analysis of financial policy including but not limited to property tax, state and local pensions, budgets, appropriations and Tax Increment Financing and other policy initiatives that have financial impacts on the residents of Illinois. The BGA policy team is a leading advocate for open records and open government in Illinois. Its policy agenda has included fair redistricting, ethics reforms, safe and accessible elections and consolidation of local governments.  

About the BGA

The BGA produces in-depth investigations focused on structural failings in government, with an emphasis on equity, integrity and accountability. Founded in 1923, the BGA currently has a 10-person investigative team, two of them Pulitzer winners. The BGA also is comprised of four other departments: audience engagement, development, operations and policy. The BGA’s policy team operates independently of the newsroom, advocates for accountable and transparent government, and pursues a legal strategy to defend and expand access to public records and open meetings. We have received a multi-year commitment for new funding that will fuel a major expansion of our investigative team and other departments. The BGA offers a collaborative and positive work environment. Our team embraces diversity, growth, and new ideas.

Reports to the director of policy

Major responsibilities

  • Conducts original research and analysis of 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 analyses and positions for the BGA’s policy team, public officials and general readership.  
  • Reviews and monitors legislation. 
  • Advises Director of Policy 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.

Job requirements

The ideal candidate will have:

  • at least two years’ experience with a strong emphasis on legislative advocacy or relevant expertise and experience in government, journalism or a related field. 
  • a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university.
  • understanding of the Illinois, Chicago 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 elected officials. 
  • excellent analytical and writing skills; be able to analyze budgets, basic datasets and policy practices from across the country.
  • understanding how to protect the BGA’s non-partisan standing while advocating for policy reforms and interacting with partisans from all sides of public policy issues.
  • the ability to serve as a spokesperson and prep talking points/speeches for senior staff; the ability to provide oral and written testimony and serve as subject matter expert.
  • a history of working with a broad range of stakeholders (internal and external).

Compensation and Benefits

Salary for this full-time position starts at $55,000 and may be negotiable for candidates with exceptional experience and qualifications. Position also includes medical, dental, and vision insurance; a comprehensive paid time off package; and a 401(k) with an employer match.

How to Apply

Submit your cover letter and resume to We will begin reviewing submissions immediately and we will consider applicants while the posting remains on our website.

We encourage individuals from traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, including people of color, LGBTQ people and people with disabilities. The Better Government Association is an equal opportunity employer. We’re committed to cultivating and preserving a culture of inclusion and connectedness for all employees. We welcome the unique contributions that you can bring in terms of education, opinions, culture, ethnicity, race, sex, gender identity and expression, nation of origin, age, languages spoken, veteran’s status, color, religion, disability, sexual orientation and beliefs.