Voices for Illinois Children, an independent advocacy organization that champions strong public policies and investments for all children in our state, is seeking a KIDS COUNT Project Manager. Voices is a member of the KIDS COUNT Network established by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Our KIDS COUNT work involves collecting, analyzing and communicating data on the health, education, and economic well-being of children in Illinois and nationally to help shape public policy debates to improve the lives of children and their families.
The KIDS COUNT Project Manager is responsible for the day-to-day and long-term development, planning and production of the Illinois Kids Count data book, as well as other policy reports, and providing Illinois updates to the KIDS COUNT Data Center. This individual must be a highly proficient analyst experienced in the use of data and research, have a background in public policy and social research, and have strong written and verbal communications skills.
Based in Chicago, the manager will report to the Director of Fiscal and Public Policy. In addition to the primary responsibilities listed below, the manager will also provide assistance to other Voices staff conducting work on state budget, tax, and policy matters impacting children and their families.
• Collect, track and analyze relevant data from national organizations, federal agencies, state agencies and other sources to assess trends on the well-being of children.
• Maintain updates to the KIDS COUNT Data Center by gathering and uploading relevant state, county, and city data.
• Develop and write Voices’ KIDS COUNT reports and other policy reports.
• Develop infographics for use in Voices’ KIDS COUNT work.
• Promote the national KIDS COUNT annual report as well as Voices’ KIDS COUNT reports. This will involve working with Voices’ staff on communications and outreach efforts.
• Serve as the staff liaison to the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s national KIDS COUNT project.
• Participate in KIDS COUNT training events.
• Assist in responding to requests for data and information from policymakers, community organizations, media and the general public.
• Work with the Director of Development on grant submissions and reports to funders.
• B.A. degree required, M.A degree a plus, in public policy, public administration, research, statistics, sociology or related field.
• 3-5 years of prior work experience.
• Proficient research analyst experienced in use of data and research.
• Combination of training, skills and experience in public policy, social research.
• Strong written and verbal communications
• Highly organized
• Knowledge of federal and state statistical sources including data from the U.S. Census Bureau and Department of Labor.
• Knowledge of issues facing children, families and communities, including family economic security, education, health, demographics and child welfare.
• Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Word, Access, PowerPoint. Ability to use graphic software for data presentations a plus.
• Work independently and as part of a team.
• diversity; strong administrative skills.
This is a full-time position. Salary and benefits will be commensurate with skills and experience.
Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled. To apply, submit a resume, salary requirements, two writing samples, and a cover letter specifically addressing your interest in and qualifications for this position firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “KIDS COUNT Project Manager Search.” No phone calls please.
Voices for Illinois Children is an equal opportunity employer, and as such takes affirmative action to ensure that discrimination does not occur on the basis of race, creed, color, age, sex, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious or political affiliation, disability, or any other classification considered discriminatory under applicable law.