Director of Intergovernmental Relations

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Date:  Jul 10, 2024

Springfield, IL, US, 62701

Job Requisition ID:  39662

Agency: Illinois Board of Higher Education

Closing Date/Time: 08/02/2024

Salary: Anticipated starting salary between $100,000 - $130,000 / yr

Job Type: Salaried 

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Number of Vacancies: 1



Please attach a DETAILED Resume/Curriculum Vitae (CV), a copy of your transcripts or diploma for all degrees earned, and a copy of any applicable professional licensures to the MY DOCUMENTS section of your application. Please note that the Illinois Board of Higher Education must verify proof of higher education for any degree earned (if applicable) before any offer can be extended. You WILL NOT be considered for the position if you attach a CMS100, CMS100b or any other document in lieu of a Resume or CV.


About IBHE

IBHE has been supporting higher education in Illinois for more than 50 years. We are a dedicated team of professionals, overseen by a Board appointed by the Governor, who are working for a strong, equitable higher education system, which we believe is essential for the state to thrive. We work with leaders in colleges, universities, state and federal government agencies, governors, legislators, and other entities to strategically further this mission.


In its strategic plan, A Thriving Illinois: Higher Education Paths to Equity, Sustainability, and Growth, IBHE has identified three goals and 25 strategies to help achieve its vision of a higher education ecosystem that ensures individuals, families, and communities across the state thrive.

  • Equity - Close equity gaps for students who have been left behind.
  • Sustainability - Build a stronger financial future for individuals and institutions.
  • Growth - Increase talent and innovation that drives economic growth.

About the position:

The Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) is seeking a Director of Intergovernmental Relations, reporting directly to the Managing Director of Policy, Research, and Fiscal Analysis.


As a member of the senior leadership team with senior-level administrative oversight, serves as the confidential policy advisor to the Executive Director on all matters related to legislation, the General Assembly, and federal policy including Agency impact; establishes agency policy position on legislation and serves as an appointed spokesperson and representative of IBHE to legislators and executives.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • As a member of the senior leadership team, helps achieve the long-term strategic and annual goals of the Agency: provides senior-level leadership to the organization, including presenting to the Board, working with Board members, assisting with the agency’s annual planning, budgeting, and goal setting, and contributing to a collaborative team culture
  • Acts as a strategic policy advisor to the Executive Director and the Board as it relates to guidance and interpretation of all legislative matters; formulates policy with agency-wide impact, develops legislation to ensure agency advancement of Agency goals, serves as the Executive Director’s official representative in relationships with the General Assembly regarding Agency goals and legislative proposals; advocates for legislation in public forums with legislative officials, federal, state and other officials; reviews, drafts and amends legislation; offers recommendations on proposed legislation; initiates Agency and community dialogue on potential legislative issues; coordinates and supports Agency leadership and staff in examining policy issues; collaborates with Governor’s office on policy and procedures; tracks and reports on legislation that impacts the Agency
  • Serves as official Agency spokesperson, acting on behalf of the Executive Director, to all internal and external entities, including the Governor’s office, the legislature; speaks before legislative hearings and other interest groups to promote understanding and interpret the Agency position regarding legislation with Agency impact; acts with full authority, on behalf of the Executive Director to commit the Agency to specific course of action to enhance Agency services and goals
  • Stays abreast of higher education policy nationally and within Illinois, identifying areas of strategic alignment and opportunity
  • Other duties as assigned within scope of position

Required Education

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field, from an accredited college/university required;
  • Master’s Degree in related field preferred

Required Experience


  • Minimum five+ years of related experience
  • Knowledge of the functional operation of state and federal government, especially Congress, the General Assembly, Governor’s Office and state and federal agencies
  • Deep knowledge of higher education or education policy with ability to understand, analyze, and prepare legislation, communicate effectively with IBHE members and members of the General Assembly, and develop relationships with all professional contacts


  • Prior experience in government, education, or higher education

Required Skills and Traits

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills / Ability to testify effectively in legislative hearings
  • Passion and commitment to education and public service
  • Ability to develop and maintain positive work environment
  • Extremely driven, intellectually curious, and committed to continuous learning and growing
  • Consistently delivers high quality of work
  • Supportive colleague, reinforcing a strong team-focused culture
  • Develops and uses collaborative relationships to build informal and formal teams to accomplish objectives
  • Makes a positive contribution to morale

Employment Conditions

  • Illinois residency required
  • Travel within Illinois is expected, as required by the work 

Work Hours: 8:00am - 4:00pm Mon-Fri

Work Location: 1 N Old State Capitol Plz Springfield, IL 62701-1323*

*IBHE offers remote and hybrid work arrangements, based on position and supervisor discretion (Illinois residency required)

Agency Contact: IBHE Human Resources


Phone #: (217) 782-2551

Posting Group: Leadership & Management


The main form of communication will be through email. Please check your “junk mail”, “spam”, or “other” folder for communication(s) regarding any submitted application(s). You may receive emails from the following addresses:


Nearest Major Market: Springfield