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Pension Policy Director


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Illinois Policy Institute
Chicago or Springfield, IL

The Illinois Policy Institute seeks a Pension Policy Director with excellent communication skills to inspire changes in hearts, minds and laws that will improve outcomes in Illinois.

Illinois is grappling with a public pension shortfall that tops $96 billion. After decades of underfunding and mismanagement, Illinoisans are learning the hard way that its state pension systems face insolvency without real reform. Continuing to promise benefits under a defined benefit system will bankrupt Illinois.

The ideal candidate embraces the notion that pension reform cannot merely tinker at the margins. Rather, the ideal candidate will have a sincere interest in effecting the serious long-term changes needed to properly structure incentives and accountability within government retirement systems. The goal ultimately is to place control of retirements in the hands of state retirees and not those of the politicians. Only then will the burden be lifted off of taxpayers, who are frequently called on to bail out the state’s failed pension systems.

The ideal candidate will not be content with a career based solely in the theoretical; rather, he/she will revel in solving real-world problems. The ideal candidate will have a passion for communicating how free market principles and real pension reform can change lives.

The Pension Policy Director will report to Vice President of Policy Ted Dabrowski. The position can be located in Chicago or Springfield. The position will include occasional travel, primarily across Illinois.


Key job responsibilities will include:



The ideal candidate for the Pension Policy Director role will possess the following attributes:


To apply

Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials:


Materials should be emailed to Claire Kittle, executive director of Talent Market, who is assisting with the search:


While we thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those to whom we can offer an interview. No phone calls please.


About the Illinois Policy Institute

The Illinois Policy Institute’s vision is to make Illinois first in economic outlook and job creation and to become a free enterprise leader for the rest of America. The Institute inspires changes in hearts, minds and laws through its mission to promote personal freedom and prosperity in Illinois and America. As a leading independent research and education organization, it generates positive and sustainable policy solutions for citizens and lawmakers that help unleash talent and entrepreneurial ability.

Communications, Economic/Fiscal Policy, Full-Time, Mid-Career.