Job Opportunity: Managing Director, Illinois Science & Technology Coalition, Chicago, IL

Kate Stuart
September 3, 2015

ISTC is hiring a Managing Director to lead policy and government affairs, and looking for candidates with a science and technology background, as well as experience with federal and state government. Interested candidates should submit their resume and cover letter to Roxanne Atienza (roxy@istcoalition.org). Please share the description below with potential candidates in your network. Thank you!

 

 

 

 

Job Description/Role:

  • Lead ISTC state and federal government affairs efforts including identifying opportunities for ISTC members to share a voice on research and tech commercialization policy, targeting and supporting funding opportunities, organizing briefings and other events in Springfield and Washington, DC, developing key messages, and aligning efforts with other state and national peer institutions
  • Support the State of Illinois and president/CEO in developing and executing ISTC and state tech policy strategy including public-private partnership development,membership engagement, and policy prioritization
  • Direct cross-functional teams to deliver high impact events, programs, and reports that advance organizational objectives
  • Serve as a voice for the organization and its membership on civic committees, grant teams, public forums, and community development activities
  • Use data and hands-on knowledge to identify research, innovation, and entrepreneurship partnership opportunities in sectors such as clean tech, biotechnology, manufacturing, and agriculture, as well as develop implementation strategies
  • Provide guidance and support to ISTC members and partners pursuing federal and state grant opportunities
 
 

Qualifications/Desired skills:

  • Advanced degree in science and engineering, public policy, public administration, or business administration
  • 5+ years professional experience
  • Experience with federal agencies and federal and/or state legislative offices
  • Knowledge of state and/or federal policy making procedures, ideally including advocacy experience
  • Experience developing and/or evaluating research, entrepreneurship, or economic development proposals
  • Ability to craft strategic communications materials and talking points directed towards a variety of audiences including government officials, business leaders, and academic institutions
  • Strong diplomatic and relationship building ability
  • Track record of high-level execution
  • Comfort developing priorities and executing activities in a fluid environment

 

About the ISTC 

The Illinois Science and Technology Coalition (ISTC) is a 501(c)(6) member-driven nonprofit that harnesses the power of research and innovation to expand and enrich the state’s economy. Created by the State of Illinois 25+ years ago, ISTC forges public-private partnerships among industry, research institutions, federal labs, and government to increase investments in research and technology, develop talent, promote awareness and policies, and drive job growth in Illinois. The ISTC serves as an impartial convener and broker around federal grant opportunities and other partnerships, catalyzes new initiatives that fill gaps in Illinois’ research and innovation pipeline, and champions the state’s tech economy through advocacy and data-driven reporting.