Since 1972, Ivan Ivlev was the Deputy Chairman of the Podgorensky district Executive Committee.
Since 1976, the 2nd Secretary of the Podgorensky district Committee of the CPSU. Since 1978 Chairman of the Podgorensky, then Liskinsky district Executive Committee. 1980 1st Secretary Gheorghiu-Detskogo city Committee of the CPSU. Since 1986, the Secretary of the Voronezh regional Committee of the CPSU.
In 1989-1990, Chairman of the Voronezh regional Executive Committee. Since 1991, Chairman of the Committee on priority areas of agro-industrial complex of the Supreme Council of the Russian Federation, Deputy trade representative of the Russian Federation in the Republic of Yemen.