Legislative Affairs Specialist

Job Title: Legislative Affairs Specialist

Department:  Policy                         

Position Description:  The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office Policy Department is seeking a Legislative Affairs Specialist to advance the State’s Attorney’s legislative agenda within the Illinois General Assembly and track legislative matters that impact the criminal and civil legal functions of the Office.  This is a full-time bargaining unit exempt position. 

Working Environment & Reporting Structure:  The Legislative Affairs Specialist will serve as one of two members of the Legislative Affairs team.  Internally, the Legislative Affairs Specialist will work closely with the policy team and legal bureaus.  Externally, this position requires fostering relationships with a wide range of stakeholders including but not limited to state and local government agencies; advocacy groups; policy organizations; and elected members of the Illinois General Assembly.

This position requires frequent travel to Springfield between January and June.

Duties/Requirements:

The primary responsibilities of the Legislative Affairs Specialist will be to:

  • Work with external stakeholders to advocate for legislation that furthers the mission, vision and values of the Office.
  • Screen all bills and amendments filed in the Illinois General Assembly to assess their potential impact on the criminal and civil justice systems.
  • Draft legislation, committee testimony, and policy documents.  
  • Strengthen external partnerships to enhance attention to criminal justice reform.
  • Conduct research and review applicable laws and regulations to inform agency policies;
  • Review bills and amendments filed in the Illinois General Assembly to assess their potential impact on sex and gender-based violence;
  • Analyze legislation, statutes, regulations, and other legal materials to incorporate into new and/or updated policies, procedures, and standards and propose new legislation pertaining to criminal justice reform;
  • Foster positive relationships with a wide range of stakeholders including but not limited to: state and local government agencies, advocacy groups, policy organizations and elected members of the Illinois General Assembly.

Minimum Qualifications:  

  • A J.D. with at least three years’ experience working in legislature or policy.
  • Strong research, writing, and oral advocacy skill.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and write policy proposals and reports.
  • Excellent communication skills, interpersonal skills, and ability to promote team building and be a self-starter.
  • Must uphold the mission and values of the Office.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Expertise in project leadership and management;
  • Experience in research and data report development and presentation;
  • Familiarity with Illinois state criminal procedure and law; and
  • Illinois State legislative experience.                                                                                                                                         

Contact:

To apply, please submit a copy of your resume and statement of interest to HERE.
Equal Employment Opportunity:

The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office (CCSAO) is an equal opportunity employer, which seeks to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool.  The CCSAo does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, national origin, age, physical and mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.  Upon request, the CCSAO will provide reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals due to a disability or pregnancy.