Policy Program Manager

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 (IECEF) is looking for a self-motivated and experienced individual for the role of Policy Program Manager. The manager will oversee initiatives as part of the Climate and Equitable Jobs Act workforce programs and transportation equity in Chicago.

This position is located in Chicago, IL. The position is full-time and may include evening and weekend work and occasional travel within Illinois.

About You

We’re looking for a self-motivated individual who is excited by the challenge of addressing the biggest challenges facing Illinois. You should be a stellar communicator with excellent attention to detail who enjoys building, executing, and evaluating strong programs and activities.

We are a small, dynamic team that relies on each other to produce high-quality work.

We strongly encourage candidates of all different 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.


  • Track, analyze and support the implementation of the Climate & Equitable Jobs Act (CEJA).  In particular, track the implementation of the jobs and economic justice and just transition portions of CEJA for the Chicagoland hubs.
  • Work with the Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition and, in particular, members of the Jobs and Economic Justice implementation subcommittee to create a campaign plan for implementation, including advocacy points and opportunities for public comment.
  • Support Climate Policy Director with coordination of the Clean and Equitable Transportation campaign strategies and advocacy, with a focus on leading coordination with Chicago-based partners. 
  • Coordinate community engagement events, including town halls, listening sessions, and other convenings to help educate Chicago-based IEC members on CEJA and Clean Transportation policies. 
  • Provide materials to our communications team to conduct outreach to the public, media, and decision-makers that discuss the accomplishments of the CEJA.
  • Develop educational materials such as factsheets on hot-button climate and energy issues for elected officials, partners, and the general public. 
  • Review policies from other states and cities to develop position and strategy analyses on how they could be adopted in Chicago.
  • Help increase the organization’s position as a thought- and action-leader on green job workforce development.
  • Build relationships with decision makers by connecting them to workforce programs and green job employees in their district.
  • Develop relationships with stakeholders and decision-makers on climate and energy issues.
  • Convene and coordinate meetings, take notes, and otherwise provide administrative support to any IEC meetings, partner coalitions or other convenings related.


  • Previous work experience required
  • Degree in public policy, public administration, environmental issues, or political science preferred
  • Experience working with Chicago City Council, the Illinois State Legislature, or any government agencies that deal with energy, workforce, or transportation issues preferred 
  • Experience working in and with frontline and/or environmental justice organizations preferred
  • Excellent written communication skills
  • Proficiency using both the Microsoft and Google software suites
  • Ability to work with diverse groups and people
  • Highly organized
  • Ability to coordinate multiple tasks and work independently
  • Strong judgment of appropriateness and adherence to organizational policy positions and brand reputation

Physical Requirements: 

  • Operate a computer.
  • Sit at a desk for extended periods.
  • Communicate and exchange information.

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, multicultural, 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.

About Our Pay and Benefits

The full-time permanent position is located in Chicago, Illinois. Benefits include health insurance, dental insurance, a 401(k) plan, and vacation. Salary range is $50,000 -$60,000, commensurate with experience. Cover letter MUST include salary requirements. Candidates with salary requirements above the listed salary range will not be considered.

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 2/23/2024.

Please send your cover letter and resume to dany@ilenviro.org

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