The Director of Strategic Initiatives & Public Policy position is responsible for the vision, strategy, program planning, development, delivery, policy, and evaluation of the Network’s strategic response work. S/he will engage in the planning, organizing and implementation of the Network’s policy and advocacy agenda including legislative, healthcare, legal, faith-based, and service provision initiatives.
PROGRAM MANAGEMENT (approximately 95% of the position)
Direct program vision, strategy, program planning, and policy for the Network’s strategic response work including development of goals & objectives and monitoring and evaluating program effectiveness.
Grow our strategic alliances/memberships with social justice activists and advocates.
Respond to emerging social and public policy issues that affect the Network’s mission.
Build partnerships and develop strategies to work across disciplines to promote collaborations that improve the community’s response to domestic violence.
Research and develop policy, advocacy and strategic initiatives in the area of domestic violence and prevention.
Develop and implement the Network’s legislative agenda and initiate legislative action in conjunction with the membership, staff, and Executive Director.
Represent the Network in public policy, advocacy and strategic initiatives.
Participate in relevant committees, commissions and task forces.
Conduct analyses of programs and methodologies to promote effective cross-collaborative efforts to respond to domestic violence.
Work with the Network staff to support its members and their community stakeholders in building their capacity to participate in cross-sector collaborations and in the Network’s strategic response agenda.
Provide training and technical assistance to members on public policy, advocacy and legislative issues.
Organize and present testimony to legislative committees and governmental agencies.
Stay current on domestic violence related trends, laws, policy, and practice.
Prepare annual budget for the program and monitor income and expenses.
Work with the Executive and Development Directors to secure funding for the programs, including assisting in private funding grant submissions and reports.
Write position descriptions and engage interns to assist with projects.
Conduct supervision and prepare evaluations for all interns. Provide ongoing mentoring including strategic growth for interns, and the development and monitoring of individual work plans.
COMMUNICATIONS (approximately 3% of the position)
Develop a communication plan to pro-actively engage with traditional and online media (op-ed pieces, letters to the editor, blog entries, Twitter, Facebook, etc.) to convey the Network’s policy agenda to the public.
Prepare and manage the weekly Network newsletter to members.
OTHER (approximately 2% of the position)
Attend and actively participate in departmental and staff meetings.
Protect The Network’s value by keeping information confidential.
Update knowledge by participating in educational opportunities; maintaining networks; participating in professional organizations.
Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor.
Minimum 5 years’ progressively responsible experience in policy and advocacy initiatives, project coordination, program and staff management, and fundraising with violence against women issues from a social justice perspective.
J.D. or Master degree strongly preferred.
Experience negotiating and building partnerships required.
Previous experience building a team required.
Previous experience working with people from diverse backgrounds required.
Strong presentation, networking, project management, organization, and program development skills required.
Some direct service experience in crisis intervention or harm reduction work preferred.
Knowledge of domestic violence and/or women’s issues and strong commitment to social justice and ability to create and manage social justice work.
Strong writing and platform skills for both online and traditional media.
Practice in appropriate conflict resolution methods leading to positive solutions.
Experience with developing and monitoring a budget preferred.
Excellent interpersonal, public speaking, and written communication skills.
Excellent verbal and written communications skills.
Must have an understanding and commitment to the mission and philosophy of The Network.
40-Hour Domestic Violence Training required (must have within six months of hire).
Status as an Illinois Certified Domestic Violence Professional or eligibility for Illinois Certified Domestic Violence Professional status preferred.
Computer and software knowledge
PC literate with strong skills in experience in MS Office (Word, Excel), and donor software (Donor Perfect Installed) required. Publication/graphic design and Constant Contact knowledge highly preferred.
About Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women's Network
Since 1980, the Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network (The Network) has been dedicated to serving the needs of domestic violence survivors throughout metropolitan Chicago. Over the years, The Network’s membership has grown into a chain of nearly 50 organizations and individuals whose shared expertise has strengthened our collective voice. Through centralized resources, such as advocacy, e...ducation, and community outreach, every link in The Network’s chain plays a vital role in bringing an end to society’s tolerance of domestic violence in metropolitan Chicago.
The Network's mission as a collaborative membership organization is dedicated to improving the lives of those impacted by domestic violence through education, public policy and advocacy, and the connection of community members to direct service providers.