Program Manager, Cash Portfolio & Narrative Change

Economic Security for Illinois builds collective power to advance policy solutions that make Illinois’ economy the most equitable and inclusive in the country.

The policy solutions we promote include:

- A guaranteed income and cash transfer policies that give cash to people who need it, use it, and could benefit from it;   

- Equitable taxation structures, including an expansion of the existing Earned Income Credit and the implementation of a state Child Tax Credit;

- A Future of Work that addresses the current and future needs of Illinois workers and employers by offering higher pay, safer working conditions, and a modernized social safety net.


Economic Security of Illinois (ESIL) is seeking a Program Manager to run two critical programs within our cash policy portfolio: the Guaranteed Income Community of Practice (IL GICP) and the (soon to be launched) Power of Cash Narrative Change Fellowship. The Program Manager will work in close collaboration with the ESIL team, which includes the Director, Coalition Manager, and Communications Manager. ESIL is a small team of three full time staff members and 5-10 consultant partners.

The Program Manager will build strong relationships with Chicagoland guaranteed income demonstrations, in service of both the IL GICP and Power of Cash Narrative Change Fellowship. This person will spend much of their time as a convener, facilitator, and project manager. 




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Please email your resume and the answers to the following questions (either as a text document, PDF, or in the body of an email) to [email protected] with the position in the subject line.

1) Why are you interested in working with Economic Security for Illinois? (150 words)

2) You’re recruiting for both the Illinois Guaranteed Income Community of Practice and for the Power of Cash Narrative Change Fellowship. What are some key organizations that you’d reach out to? And what is your pitch? (250 words; excluding list of organizations)

3) Tell us about a time when you had to manage multiple stakeholders with competing priorities. How did you make the decisions on what to prioritize? (200 words)

Applications without responses to the questions will not be considered. A cover letter is not necessary.