Council of State Governments
  • 29-Jul-2022 to 19-Aug-2022 (EST)
  • CSG-Midwest
  • Chicago, IL, USA
  • 75000-85000 per year
  • Salary
  • Full Time

The Council of State Governments is the nation's only nonpartisan association of state officials serving all three branches of government in all 50 states and the U.S. territories. CSG is a region-based, national organization that promotes excellence in state government. CSG fosters the interstate exchange of insights and ideas to help state officials shape public policy, and it offers unparalleled regional, national and international opportunities to network, develop leaders, collaborate and create problem-solving partnerships.

CSG Midwest focuses on meeting the needs of state policymakers and leaders in the nation's heartland, including 11 Midwestern states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. In addition, four Canadian provinces - Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario and Saskatchewan - are members or affiliate members of CSG Midwest's Midwestern Legislative Conference. We are currently seeking a Great Lakes Program Director at our Midwest office.


The Great Lakes Program Director is responsible for managing all facets of the CSG Midwestern Office's Great Lakes program, including the provision of lead staff support to the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Legislative Caucus (GLLC), its leaders, members, committees and other entities; the development, management and oversight of all grants and other financial resources dedicated to, or received in support of, the GLLC; and the coordination and oversight of the Midwestern Office's in-house GLLC staff team. The Great Lakes Program Director also provides staff support to other designated constituent groups and contributes to other Midwestern Office projects, teams and collaborative staff efforts as assigned.


  • Responsible for managing all phases of the Midwestern Office's Great Lakes program. Specific duties include planning, grant development and administration, budgeting and financial management, and event planning and production, among others.
  • Provides lead staff support to the officers, members and subordinate entities of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Legislative Caucus (GLLC), including project, meeting and event planning; the preparation of written reports, comments and other documents on select policy issues; and the development and production of all GLLC products, services and project deliverables.
  • Works closely with GLLC leaders and members to identify, prioritize and pursue all GLLC objectives; responsible for developing and facilitating GLLC's periodic strategic planning efforts, including the articulation and implementation of a multi-year Caucus Policy Agenda; coordinates efforts to monitor and implement plan objectives as appropriate; advises and assists members on all matters related to GLLC activities.
  • Provides lead staff support to the GLLC Executive Committee and other standing and temporary Caucus subcommittees, including, but not limited to, the GLLC Task Force on Nutrient Management.
  • Responsible for developing, securing funding for and producing/managing the GLLC's "Patricia Birkholz Institute for Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Policy," a biennial policy institute focusing on select issues identified by the Caucus leadership. Coordinates Caucus efforts to implement regional policies addressing each selected issue.
  • Monitors Great Lakes-related policy developments at the state, federal and international levels, represents the GLLC as appropriate in interactions with other Great Lakes-related advocacy groups, and serves as a resource to Caucus members and other state officials on a wide range of Great Lakes-related policy issues.
  • Develops, writes and manages all grants received from external funders in support of the GLLC. Specific duties include the cultivation of funding partners; the development and submission of grant proposals; the administration of all grant-funded projects and activities; the production and delivery of all project deliverables; compliance with all administrative requirements and guidelines; the development, administration and oversight of project budgets; and the submission of interim and final reports to funders as required.
  • Leads and supervises the efforts of in-house GLLC staff team in pursuit of select Caucus objectives. Collaborates with Director of Communications and other GLLC team members as appropriate while overseeing the production of a quarterly e-newsletter for the GLLC and the maintenance of state/provincial and federal legislative "trackers" to monitor the progress of Great Lakes-related legislative initiatives.
  • Works with Caucus leaders to develop and pursue appropriate outreach efforts to current and prospective GLLC members.
  • Represents the GLLC when interacting with members, partners and other Great Lakes-related organizations in external forums as appropriate.
  • Provides secretariat services to other designated constituent groups as assigned.
  • Analyzes state government policy issues; prepares written reports and articles.
  • Serves as member of other in-house teams as assigned.
  • Participates in/contributes to various CSG-wide activities.
  • Other substantive and administrative tasks as assigned.


  • Steadfast commitment to providing members with timely, effective customer service.
  • Working knowledge of public policy and the role of states within the federal system.
  • Strong organizational, analytical, administrative, research, communication (both written and oral) and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong grant-management skills.
  • Working knowledge of common software programs and applications.
  • Reliable self-starter; effective time and project manager.
  • Positive team player with a professional work ethic.
  • Ability to work well both independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to interact effectively with diverse people in different contexts and foster equity and inclusion through self-awareness, cultural sensitivity, and valuing others.
  • Dedication to public service with an unfailing commitment to act with civility, be nonpartisan in performing CSG duties, and be a responsible steward of member and donor funds.


  • Three years' experience in state government, association management, or related field.
  • Bachelors or advanced degree in public policy, public administration or related field (additional relevant experience may be substituted for education requirement).
  • Supervisory, grant development, grant administration and financial management experience preferred.


CSG believes that pay equity and pay transparency advance workplace fairness. Compensation will be equitable and based on experience. The starting salary range for this position based in Lombard, IL is $75,000 to $85,000. This salary range is subject to change based on work location and market conditions.


Interested candidates must complete the online application and include their resume and cover letter. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to characteristics including but not limited to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.

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