Deputy Director

About IEC

Since 1975, the Illinois Environmental Council has worked to safeguard Illinois—its people, its plants and animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends by building power for people and the environment. Representing over 100 environmental organizations and over 500 individuals in the state, IEC carries out its mission to advance public policies that create healthy environments across Illinois through education, advocacy and movement building.

IEC advances sound environmental laws and policies at all levels of government by bringing together the Illinois environmental community to influence decision makers and ensure clean air, clean water and healthy communities. From lobbying at the State Capitol to building consensus around an annual environmental agenda, IEC takes pride in leading our environmental movement in Illinois. We coordinate our affiliate member organizations to share resources, mobilize supporters and respond quickly to the most pressing issues facing the environment in Illinois.

IEC also supports environmental activists across the state, building programs to cultivate the next generation of environmental leadership, such as our Young Professionals Board, Community Council, annual environmental scorecards and other educational programs like our Civics for Environmentalists and Lunch & Learn series.

About the Position

The Illinois Environmental Council Education Fund is hiring a deputy director to replace an outstanding former deputy director who held the position for four years.

The deputy director is part of our leadership team, working closely with the executive director to ensure we enact a robust strategy for the organization in order to achieve our vision and goals. The deputy director will directly oversee our city, state, and federal staff leads as well as our program work, with a team of seven. This position will require excellent organization skills and robust staff management experience. The deputy director works with the executive director to ensure that the overall operations and vision of IEC are successful.

IEC’s deputy director creates and supports informed decision makers and environmental champions through policy education and facilitates robust policy development for maximum environmental protection. They coordinate and advance our legislative agenda by lobbying decision makers, motivating grassroots activism and holding elected officials accountable for their votes. The director also ensures that IEC has a consistent presence at the state capitol, Chicago City Hall and all other important venues so that no environmental issue is advanced without the advice or consent of environmental interests.

This position may be located in Chicago or Springfield, IL. The position is full-time and may include evening and weekend work, and occasional travel between Chicago and Springfield.

About You

We are a small, dynamic team that relies on each other to produce high-quality work. As such, we’re looking for someone self-motivated, who is excited to build the Illinois Environmental Council and be a leader in Illinois’ environmental community.

You are passionate about our work at the intersection of environmental issues and political power building but are also excited by organizational and staff management. You should have excellent organizational and communications skills with excellent attention to detail. You enjoy building, executing and evaluating strong programs. If that sounds like you, then you might just be the perfect fit!
We strongly encourage candidates of all backgrounds and identities to apply. Each new hire is an opportunity for us to bring in a different perspective, and we are always eager to further diversify our organization. IEC/IECEF is committed to building an inclusive, supportive place for you to do the best and most rewarding work of your career.


  • Support the executive director in leading the organization, especially the enactment of the organization’s legislative strategy and educational programming.
  • Manage IEC’s policy and legislative team of seven people.
  • Develop and enact strategies for building the environmental community’s power through coalition building and relationship building.
  • Assist in the drafting and review of grant proposals for the organization in coordination with the executive director and development team.
  • Connect interested stakeholders to giving opportunities.


  • Develop meaningful relationships with state officials and city council members.
  • Organize workflow to accomplish established objectives.  
  • Delegate responsibility, train key staff and evaluate staff effectiveness.
  • Perform effectively in environments with frequent workload changes and competing demands. Perform with frequent interruptions and/or distractions.
  • Set priorities that accurately reflect the relative importance of job responsibilities and complete work in a timely manner.
  • Write concise, logical, grammatically correct routine business correspondence.
  • Discuss job-related topics on short or no notice to a large variety of audiences while handling rapid changes or difficult questions in conversation.


  • Extensive experience with managing staff and teams.
  • Experience with non-profit organizations.
  • Experience with the Illinois political system, political campaigns, and organizing.
    Excellent leadership and collaboration skills.
  • Excellent communication skills including written and verbal.
  • Genuine enthusiasm for environmental issues.
  • Knowledge of the latest nonprofit management and fundraising trends.
  • Computer skills, including proficiency in Microsoft and Google software suites.
  • Ability to work with diverse groups and people.
  • Highly organized.
  • Ability to coordinate multiple tasks and work independently.

About Our Pay and Benefits

The deputy director is a full-time permanent position located in Chicago or Springfield Illinois. Benefits include health insurance, dental insurance, vision, life and disability insurance, a 401(k) plan, and vacation, sick, and personal time off. Salary range is $80,000-100,000, but we would consider excellent candidates above this range commensurate with experience. Cover letter MUST include salary requirements.

If you want to join Jen, Lindsay, Eliot, Jeff, Iyana, Tucker, Crystal, Aly, Paloma, Tonyisha, Ariel, Ben, Brian and Dany in making Illinois a better place to live, work and recreate, please apply!

Equal Opportunity Employer

IEC/IECEF is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex, gender expression or identity, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, marital status, protective order status, veteran status, sexual orientation, citizenship status, genetic information, ancestry, religion, pregnancy, certain arrest or criminal history records, homelessness and use of lawful products outside of work during non-working hours or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state, or local laws.

Equity, Allyship and Powerbuilding Values

IEC/IECEF is working always to ensure that everyone on our team feels engaged and supported in all areas of the organization’s operations as we work to become a fully inclusive, multi-cultural and anti-racist organization.

We are only as powerful as the people in our movement and those we serve. Building power for people and our environment in Illinois requires us to actively combat social and political power dynamics that disenfranchise marginalized communities across a broad range of issues beyond those that fall squarely within traditional environmental policy. When marginalized communities are empowered, environmental protections become more possible. Thus we are called to stand in solidarity as allies with those fighting for justice and to strengthen our democratic institutions where power drives policy change.

How to Apply

Introduce yourself to us as a colleague. Show us your future here and let us know what you’d bring to our organization! We value great writers, so be yourself, be creative, and take your time with the application.

Applications must be received by 11/15/2021

To apply please send a cover letter with salary requirements and resume to:
Jen Walling, Executive Director
By email to:
Please direct all questions to Jen Walling via email.

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