• Director of Public Policy

    Location US-IL-Chicago
    Job ID
    # Positions
    Public Policy
  • Overview

    The Director of Public Policy serves as part of the Community Impact leadership team, leading the organization’s strategies to leverage policy change to end hunger. The Director serves as an expert on legislative policy related to food insecurity, public benefits, healthcare, and other anti-poverty issues significantly impacting individuals and families with low incomes.


    The Director identifies policy legislative and administration opportunities through written proposals that build a case for advancement.  Additionally, the Director supports the development of strategic communication campaigns designed to mobilize coalition partners. Annually, directs the process to develop the policy agenda for approval by the CEO and the Board of Directors. Leads the charge to expand benefits outreach services by creating new collaborations to connect clients to additional public benefits and supports. Leads a staff working on policy, advocacy and benefits outreach. Success requires collaboration with a diverse array of internal and external stakeholders.


    Direct the Food Depository’s legislative and administrative advocacy efforts, with an increasing focus on the second half of the organizational mission to “end hunger in our community.”

    • Provide recommendations to the Food Depository’s leadership team on advocacy priorities and endorsement of advocacy initiatives.
    • Represent the Food Depository at policy-related meetings, events and conferences.
    • Work closely with the Communications & Marketing team to develop strategic messaging and deploy communications tools to support policy and advocacy goals. Serve as a media spokesperson or resource on policy related issues.
    • Build and nurture effective multi-organizational coalitions and alliances on priority issues.
    • Oversee the development and management of effective working relationships with key public officials at the federal, state and local levels.
    • Ensure the tracking and analysis of relevant legislation before the city, state, and federal legislature that affect hunger and poverty related causes.
    • Develop and disseminate issue briefs, fact sheets, or other materials regarding various policy issues.
    • Some travel to Washington, DC and Springfield, IL will be required. 

    Direct the growth of the Food Depository’s benefits outreach efforts, helping to identify new potential partners to connect individuals and families with a more robust set of public benefits.

    • Provide oversight to the benefits outreach team, ensuring all reporting requirements are met as part of our participation in the state SNAP Outreach Plan.
    • Help develop new strategies for connecting clients with public benefits and supports.
    • Facilitate strong connections between the benefits outreach staff and advocacy staff to ensure a strong communication loop and information sharing.

    Manage program budgets and prepare monthly variance reports.

    Assist the fund development team to prepare grant requests and reports as needed.


    • A bachelor’s degree is required. Graduate degree preferred.
    • A minimum of seven years of work experience with a proven track record in public policy legislative work, program management, community and/or government administration.
    • Experience with public benefit programs, state-level advocacy, and/or healthcare legal/policy analysis is highly desirable.
    • Significant supervisory experience and the ability to lead and direct work of individuals and teams in collaborative, fast-paced environment.
    • Robust analytical, planning and evaluation skills.
    • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills and the ability to create and present information to a variety of audiences in a way that is dynamic and easy to understand.
    • Aptitude for building relationships across stakeholder groups to advance policy and programmatic objectives.
    • Must be detail-oriented and organized.
    • Proficiency in MS Office- Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Outlook


    Normal office environment.  Interacts with Food Depository staff, political and community leaders, federal, state, and local government staff, volunteers, member agencies and the general public


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