The Water Policy Affiliate works with the Protection and Prevention team on a range of issues and activities related to the Alliance’s Great Lakes and water policy priorities. The Affiliate will support work across the Great Lakes region through research, writing and policy analysis. The Affiliate will work both independently and collaboratively on varying tasks to ensure timely and high quality deliverables. The Affiliate may be asked to represent the Alliance in a public-facing capacity, attending community events, public hearings and events hosted by partners and decision makers

Essential Duties

  •  Supports advancement of the Alliance’s policy agenda by researching, synthesizing and summarizing complex policy issues and legislation;
  • Prepares persuasive written materials, including policy briefings, research reports, memos, presentations, fact sheets, testimony and other documents that clearly and comprehensively articulate complex analyses and positions;
  • Reviews government documents and provides an opinion on whether regulatory requirements are being met;
  • Tracks and communicates current legislation and regularly communicates pertinent opportunities to senior staff;
  • Creates a directory of key local decision makers and staff around the Great Lakes;
  • Supports the Alliance’s policy positions through public-facing communications, including writing, attending community events, participating in public hearings and events hosted by partners and decision makers.
  • Additional duties as assigned.

Eligibility & Qualifications

Affiliates will require a variety of skill sets, but general qualification must include:

  • Bachelor’s degree plus 1 year of experience in policy research or a related field preferred;
  • Strong listening, written and verbal communications skills;
  • Ability to review multiple source documents, filter important information and summarize key points from research and meetings respectively;
  • Ability to manage multiple pieces of work in a fast-paced environment and shift focus quickly from one priority to another;
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a staff team located in different offices with varying types of expertise and priorities;
  • Attraction to mission-driven public interest work;
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint.

Job Parameters

  • This position is temporary and can be part- or full-time dependent on length of contract, consistent with Alliance employment policy. Salary to be commensurate with experience.
  • This position will be located in Chicago or Cleveland with a strong preference for Chicago.

Application Instructions

Please e-mail a cover letter, resume, references to: Include job title in the subject line.

Applications will be accepted until May 1, 2019 or until the position is filled, whichever is earlier. Materials should be compatible with Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat. Applicants will receive confirmation of receipt of their materials and further guidance and updates about the hiring process by e-mail, with interviews provided for finalists. No phone inquiries please.

About Us

The Alliance for the Great Lakes is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The search process will reinforce the Alliance’s belief that achieving diversity requires an enduring commitment to inclusion that must find full expression in our organizational culture, values, norms, and behaviors.

The Alliance’s vision is a healthy Great Lakes for people and wildlife, forever. Its mission is to conserve and restore the world’s largest freshwater resource using policy, education and local efforts, ensuring a healthy Great Lakes and clean water for generations of people and wildlife. For more information about the Alliance’s programs and work, please visit us online at

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