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Even in our most divided moments, all Americans want a healthier, safer, more secure future. PIRG’s role is to find common ground around the common sense solutions that will make that future a reality. The problems we address aren’t progressive or conservative, they’re just problems our country should no longer tolerate in an age of great abundance and technological progress.
For almost 50 years we’ve helped to win laws and policies that make a real difference in people's lives. Take our work reducing air pollution for example. We've won laws and policies to limit pollution from power plants, cars and other sources that helped save tens of thousands of lives. In fact, deaths from air pollution dropped nearly in half between 1990 and 2010.
If you are ready to roll up your sleeves and win more results for the public, we’d love to hear from you. But you'll also be joining a great team of advocates, researchers, policy experts and communications specialists, who share a vision, and a passion for making a difference in people’s lives. At our online jobs center you can find out more about all our positions including:
ILLINOIS PIRG CONSUMER DEFENSE CAMPAIGN ASSOCIATE
Illinois PIRG is seeking a Campaign Associate to help lead our Campaign to Defend the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. You should be able to save, invest and manage your money without fear of being trapped, tricked or ripped off by the institutions you are trusting with your future. But as we've seen time and again, from Equifax to Wells Fargo, this isn't always the case. That’s why we need strong consumer protections in the financial marketplace. We saw in 2008 what happens when Wall Street is allowed to engage in reckless, largely unchecked behavior. The financial crash and recession that followed made it clear how much we need fair, clear, transparent and enforceable rules to protect consumers. So we helped create an independent agency whose sole mission is to create and enforce those rules — the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
We need to make sure the agency continues to have all its tools and independence intact so that when a qualified director is eventually back in charge, they are able to carry out the agency's mission again and not have their hands tied behind their back. That’s why Illinois PIRG is calling on our senators to stop any bad bills that try to roll back or eliminate consumer protections, oppose any efforts to weaken the bureau by removing its independent funding, and only approve leaders to the bureau who are qualified and committed to its mission. MORE | APPLY
NATIONAL CAMPAIGN DIRECTOR
U.S. PIRG is hiring national campaign directors to lead our program teams. We’re looking for an experienced political advocate who will be responsible for organizing, media outreach, recruitment, developing staff, fundraising and coalition-building to drive the program. MORE | APPLY
We're looking to expand our team of state directors across the country. The state director is responsible for developing our strategy, approach and local message to win our campaigns. The state director will also meet with local decision-makers and opinion leaders and represent our organization to allies and the media. Qualified candidates will have a demonstrated commitment to public interest issues and to citizen-based social change, as well as a track record of leadership. MORE | APPLY
ORGANIZER WITH THE STUDENT PIRGS
How will you get results on important issues? Well, for one thing, you won’t spend a lot of time sitting behind a desk. Instead, you'll get out and organize where there are young passionate people, people who care as much about these issues as you do, and who have the drive and energy to make change happen. That’s why we’re sending organizers to college campuses around the country. MORE | APPLY
Illinois PIRG CAMPAIGN STAFF
Are you ready to help build the grassroots power it takes to stand up to special interests and give the public a voice? For years, Illinois PIRG has won real victories to protect our democracy, our health and safety, and our financial wellbeing. Yet we still face enormous challenges, from a flood of big money in our democracy, to protecting public health by keeping our antibiotics safe and effective. That’s why we’ve partnered with the Fund for the Public Interest to help us bring together thousands of like-minded students and activists to work on campaigns to win real progress for the public. We need people like you to go out into communities to talk with citizens about the issues, raise money, and build membership. You will also have the opportunity to work with the media, build coalitions and mobilize community activists. Positions are available in state, as well as in more than 50 offices across the country. For more information or to apply, visit www.jobsthatmatter.org.
INTERNSHIPS AND VOLUNTEER POSITIONS
Get a chance to work side by side with one of our lead Illinois PIRG staff, focusing on real problems that affect people in their daily lives. We are currently hiring undergraduate, graduate and JD interns on a rolling basis to work with us on our various campaigns. To find out more about internships and volunteer positions, click here.
Illinois PIRG is an equal opportunity employer.
Illinois PIRG is part of The Public Interest Network, which operates and supports organizations committed to a shared vision of a better world and a strategic approach to social change. Click here for things you should know about our network when you apply.
Your donation supports Illinois PIRG’s work to stand up for consumers on the issues that matter, especially when powerful interests are blocking progress.