Financial Policy Analyst

Position Summary

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 BGA is a nonpartisan, nonprofit watchdog organization that produces in-depth investigations focused on corruption, waste and inequity, exposing structural failings in government and advancing conditions for reform. Founded in 1923, the BGA has a 10-person investigative team, two of them Pulitzer winners, and is growing its news, policy and civic engagement teams. The BGA’s policy team operates independently of the newsroom, advocates for equitable and accountable government and litigates to expand access to public records and open meetings. Through civic engagement and partnerships, we expand the impact of our work, particularly in communities disproportionately affected by the failings of government.

Reports to director of policy

Key collaborative relationships: policy analyst, marketing manager, manager of partnerships and local content

About the Position

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  

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.

Qualifications

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).

Application Process

Please send the following to sgonzalez@bettergov.org using this subject line “Policy Analyst- Finance”: 

  • Cover letter

  • Resume

  • A writing sample that demonstrates analytic and research skills, and reflects independent analysis and writing  

  • 2 to 3 references

Salary Range: $55,000 - $60,000, commensurate with experience

The BGA is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace and strongly encourage applicants of color, LGBTQ, women, people with disabilities, veterans and/or those from immigrant backgrounds to apply for this position.

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