National Program Administrator

Chicago, IL preferred

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The Public Interest Network is seeking a top-notch administrator to help run the operations of our Program Teams. Working closely with our staff covering 15 issue areas, as well as The Public Interest Network’s leadership across the country, the administrator plays a critical role in providing the backbone that allows our advocates to be successful.  This position requires exercising discretion and independent judgment in making decisions in matters of significance.

The Public Interest Network operates and supports organizations committed to a shared vision of a better world and a strategic approach to social change. We work on a wide variety of important issues, from clean energy to product safety, that highlight the need for a reassessment of our economic values and a new approach to politics. Our campaigns challenge decision-makers and the rest of us to stop tolerating problems that are increasingly absurd in an age of advancing technology and growing abundance.

Responsibilities the administrator plays a key role in include, but are not limited to: 

Working with our team:

  • Managing the administrative needs of our program and campaign directors
  • Working closely with other departments to set goals and action plans
  • Supporting the media and public outreach of program and campaign directors
  • Maintaining team records

System Administration:

  • Managing our systems effectively
  • Data analysis
  • Training our advocates on systems implementation
  • Identifying areas to innovate and improve efficiency

Managing necessary department operations:

  • Reporting on key departmental metrics
  • Performing regular database maintenance
  • Creating and managing budgets 
  • Coordinating the work between advocates on the ground and internal Public Interest Network departments
  • Helping facilitate meetings with our team and boards


Qualified applicants need to be goal-driven and sharp, with great problem-solving skills.  Applicants must be detail-oriented and highly organized, with a friendly and professional demeanor and the maturity to manage confidential and/or sensitive information.  Finally, the successful applicant must be able to deliver high-quality results.

Candidates for this position should have at least one year of relevant administrative experience, preferably in an activist, nonprofit or political organization.

Extra consideration for applicants who have experience managing databases or Quickbase.

Pay & Benefits

The target annual compensation for this position is commensurate with the relevant professional experience and/or advanced degrees that a candidate has. The Public Interest Network offers a competitive benefits package.

COVID-19: We take COVID-19 safety very seriously. Employees must follow our COVID safety protocols and be fully vaccinated and boosted. Accommodations are provided to the extent required by law.

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