Jobs at Equality Illinois


Director of Civic Engagement

Organizational Overview

Equality Illinois is the statewide civil rights organization advancing full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.  Equality Illinois is a 501(c)(4) organization, which also has an affiliated 501(c)(3) organization, Equality Illinois Institute.  Combined, the two entities raise over $1.5 million each year.  The organization currently has 6 staff positions. 

Equality Illinois builds a better Illinois by advancing equal treatment and social justice through education, advocacy and protection of the rights of the LGBTQ community.

Position Description

Equality Illinois is seeking a full-time Director of Civic Engagement (the “Director”).  The Director is responsible for building LGBTQ civic power throughout the state that is both consistent and responsive.  By consistent, we mean that no matter what is happening in the world around us, LGBTQ people are always growing and demonstrating their power.  By responsive, we mean that the LGBTQ community is acting in the moment to take advantage of unprecedented opportunities or fighting back against unforeseen attacks on our community.

To lead this effort, the Director has three primary responsibilities.  The first and most robust function of the role is to manage the Statewide Network of 10-12 local Equality Illinois Committees.  The Director will recruit strong Committee Facilitators and support their efforts to run strong Committees.  The second primary function is to plan and execute a powerful LGBTQ Advocacy Day in Springfield each year that brings out 200 activists for a compelling and effective day.  The third primary function is to plan and execute on an effective summer festivals program that connects Equality Illinois meaningfully with communities across the state and compels action from our stakeholders in these communities.

In addition to this work, the Director will collaborate and support the work of other team members including the Director of Public Policy, Director of Communications, and the Director of Civic Engagement.  The Director will also support our community partners in their public facing efforts when possible.  The Director is based out of Chicago and reports directly to the Chief Executive Officer.  The role may require 20%-40% travel around Illinois.  Exceptional candidates who live outside of Chicago may be considered.


Successful candidates will be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Commitment to LGBTQ equality – They have a deep commitment to LGBTQ equality and to the mission and philosophy of Equality Illinois. They can communicate this in a compelling manner.

  • Highly Organized– They are able to manage multiple people and projects in a way that never drops the ball.  They develop strong organizational systems and use them effectively leading up to, during, and in following up from key projects and programs.

  • Ability to Recruit and Support other Leaders – They thrive by leading from behind. They are not a wallflower, deferring to others and hoping others lead well.  But conversely, they do their best work when they are getting others to lead effectively; not by being the outfront leader themselves.

  • Strong Narrative Skills – They can synthesize complex work and tell a persuasive story.

  • Team minded – They can illustrate how they have partnered with colleagues and proactively sought to align their work with the work of others.

  • Willingness and ability to travel and work evenings and weekends as required.


  • Salary (exempt). The current salary range for this position is $60,000 – $70,000.  Candidates with a strong track record of results and more than ten years of relevant work experience may slightly exceed the top range for this position.  In the past, Equality Illinois has offered small performance related bonuses at the fiscal year’s end.

  • Retirement plan with employer contributions

  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance

  • Three weeks paid vacation in the first year

  • Paid holidays

  • Transit benefits

  • Other benefits

Hiring Process

The Hiring Process may involve at least one phone interview and two to three in-person interviews with various stakeholders.  We are looking to hire the right person as soon as possible.

To Apply

To apply, please submit a resume to  Successful resumes will highlight the candidate’s track record of managing multiple people or work streams to achieve ambitious measurable results in multiple settings. 

In lieu of a cover letter, please provide a one-page written explanation of your connection to the LGBTQ community and why building LGBTQ civic power in Illinois is inspiring to you. 

Equality Illinois is an equal opportunity employer.  People of color, women, and transgender people are strongly encouraged to apply.