Employment Opportunities

Posted on October 30, 2018

THE OPPORTUNITY

As we complete our 10th Anniversary Year, Advance Illinois is poised to launch a new decade of impact in 2019. To contribute to that effort, we are seeking exceptional individuals to serve in the following roles:

Communications Director

Policy Research and Analytics Director

THE ORGANIZATION

Founded in 2008, Advance Illinois is non-profit, non-partisan organization with an independent, objective voice promoting a healthy education system that prepares all student for success in college and career. Since its founding, Advance Illinois has become a nationally recognized thought leader in education policy advocacy.

We believe that through advocacy, partnership, and understanding and using data well, we can drive changes that elevate the quality of Illinois’ education system for all. We champion equity and excellence in education to improve lives, communities, and society.

We are known for:

  • Partnering with communities, education leaders, businesses, and government to deliver on our shared responsibility to serve the students that need us the most.
  • Making data and research accessible through clear, compelling communications, and linking it to action. We seek to be a go-to source for unbiased insights and what it takes to ensure excellence in Illinois’ education system.
  • Our passion to give every student an opportunity to succeed. We won’t stop until the system produces better results for historically underserved students.
  • Thinking about the whole system and taking on big challenges. We seek bold opportunities to make a difference in the lives of Illinois’ students from birth to career.

We have sought and achieved higher statewide student learning standards and aligned assessments; a new accountability system that is designed to be fair, clear, and supportive; an improved teacher evaluation system; a statewide school-level report card accessible to parents; new requirements for teacher and principal preparation; and statewide adoption of new strategies to reduce college remediation. We have helped foster a statewide network of communities, bringing business, education, and community organizations together to improve education outcomes locally.

Most recently, we celebrated the success of our five-year effort working collaboratively with partners and stakeholders to change the school funding formula that was designated worst in the nation for equity. Since the implementation of the new funding formula and with two years of state investment, we have seen the number of schools operating with less than 60% of the resources they need drop from 183 to 14. We will continue to advocate for additional funding each year until every district has 100% of the resources it needs.