Executive Assistant

Illinois Policy Institute is looking for an individual to fill the role of Executive Assistant.  This is a full-time in office position offering a competitive salary and benefits package. 


  • Conserve executive’s time by reading, researching, and routing correspondence; drafting letters and documents; collecting and analyzing information; and initiating telecommunications.
  • Organize and schedule meetings and appointments
  • Working across departmental communication and synthesize information
  • Support the CEO with special projects
  • Assist in the preparation of regularly scheduled meetings
  • Research and assist in the drafting of presentations
  • Book travel arrangements
  • Submit and reconcile expense reports
  • Carry out administrative duties such as filing, copying, binding, scanning etc.
  • Handle sensitive information in a confidential manner
  • Take accurate minutes of meetings
  • Develop and update administrative systems to make them more efficient
  • Receive, sort and distribute mail for the CEO
  • Greet and assist visitors to the office 

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Ability to work and be present in our Chicago office during our Monday – Friday business hours (8:30am – 5:00pm)
  • Minimum 2-4 years’ experience in an administrative role, preferably in a non-profit setting
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Strong interpersonal and customer service skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office
  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • Strong written/verbal communication skills
  • Proactive, but flexible and adaptable, mindset
  • A dependable and friendly demeanor 


A nonpartisan, nonprofit research organization, the Illinois Policy Institute’s mission is to transform liberty principles into marketable policies that become law. The Institute’s vision is for Illinois to be a beacon of prosperity that will shine across the Midwest and the nation. To achieve these goals, the Institute generates practical policy solutions to unleash Illinois’ talent and entrepreneurial ability.

Success at the Illinois Policy Institute requires more than professional ambition or a particular skill set. It requires sophisticated emotional intelligence and the ability to operate within a culture of mutual support and high expectations. Here are some of the primary beliefs we live out in our work:

  • We are motivated by personal pride more so than recognition, remuneration, titles or other rewards. All of these are good, but they are not the most important motivator.
  • We are self-accountable. We are honest about our strengths, weaknesses and actual performance.
  • We are curious. This fuels our innovation, creativity and service to others.
  • We are tolerant of others’ personality quirks and idiosyncrasies. We all have them.

The ideal candidate is passionate about the work Illinois Policy Institute is doing to improve the lives of Illinoisans and excited to advance the organization’s work through providing critical operational support to teams and by being a representative of the organization. 


Commensurate with experience. Compensation package includes health (company-paid medical), vacation and sick days. Flexible work environment and schedule.


Our Chicago office.

To Apply

Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials to Cinda Pensabene (cpensabene@illinoispolicy.org):

  • Resume
  • Cover letter detailing:
    • Your interest in this position.
    • A compelling case about why the mission of Illinois Policy resonates with you.
    • Your salary requirements.

While we thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those to whom we can offer an interview.  No phone calls, please.