Position: Director of the Indiana Community Action Poverty Institute

Status: Full-Time

FSLA Classification: Exempt

Salary Range:  $65,000 - $75,000 annually

Program/Department: Indiana Community Action Poverty Institute

Location: Indianapolis, IN, some travel required in and out of state

Reports to:  Executive Director 

Supervises (Titles): 1. Senior Policy Analyst(s) 2.Policy Analyst(s) 3. Community Outreach and Engagement Coordinator(s) 4. Intern(s) (others)



The Institute believes that when families are financially stable, they can achieve their full potential and better contribute to their communities. We understand that racial and economic inequities have contributed to economic insecurity for Hoosier families. Policy plays an important role in dismantling inequities and in building families' economic well-being. 

The Indiana Community Action Poverty Institute promotes public policies to help Hoosier families achieve financial well-being. We value, gather, and translate quantitative and qualitative data to communicate the opportunities and challenges that Hoosiers experience. We advance well-being by promoting evidence-based solutions and building coalitions to engage in direct and strategic conversations with policymakers and the public. 

The Director’s primary responsibility is fundraising, building partnerships, managing research and evaluation quality and methods, and strategic planning related to the Institute’s advocacy goals. 


The Institute’s Director should have a minimum of five years professional experience and three years of related and management experience. This person should be knowledgeable about the legislative process, research methods, and statistical analysis. They must also be an experienced fundraiser. Master’s degree or higher in economics, social work, public policy, law, philanthropy, or other related field preferred but not required. 

The Institute is seeking a high-energy, self-starter who is able to work with minimal supervision. 

The Director is primarily responsible for ensuring that the Institute creates viable and technically sound policy and research reports. Thinking big, digging into the details, and crafting solutions that bring unlikely stakeholders together are the central challenges through which the Director guides the Institute’s public policy work. 

The Director manages issue and policy work from start to finish: developing new areas of work; building coalitions and tapping existing coalitions to support the issue work; constructing technical proposals for policy based on research and work with coalition partners; supporting lobbying efforts; and in some cases, pursuing implementation. Policy work includes both short-term and long-term projects. The Institute’s policy work products include policy briefs and memos, white papers, educational materials for policymakers, and data analyses. 

The Director is also primarily responsible for fundraising for the Institute and must have experience with grant writing and building philanthropic relationships. Responsibilities will include finding new funders, writing successful grant proposals, and composing informative grant reports. 

The Director will manage a small team of policy staffers. Tasks include working closely with policy analysts to support their work investigating issues and generating policy work products; supporting staff members’ work with coalition partners; supporting policy problem-solving efforts; devising and editing messaging frameworks; and facilitating communication among staff and between policy staff and INCAA leadership. 

The Director must have good organizational skills, strong interpersonal skills, the ability to lead a team, and strong public presentation skills. The Director will work with our Board of Directors and its Committees on both Institute goals and broader strategic projects for INCAA. Must have proficient computer skills; extensive experience with Microsoft Office Suite required. 

Valid driver’s license required. 

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS: Salary Range: $65,000-$75,000. Excellent benefits include generous paid leave and holidays; medical and dental insurance; life, short-term, and long-term disability insurance; Employer funded SEP Plan. 

How to apply: Interested applicants should send a cover letter and résumé to Melissa Dauby, [email protected] no later than 5 pm on January 31, 2023.