Director, Public Policy
The Director, Public Policy oversees the development and implementation of public policy and advocacy initiatives to drive community impact. This role is responsible for planning, developing, and executing on local, state, and federal policy work, with an emphasis on educating policymakers and growing the number of advocates.
The Director, Public Policy, will work under the strategic oversight of United Way of Greater Portland’s (UWGP) Community Impact Steering Committee (CISC) and the three Thrive2027 Goals Cabinets, and under the direction of the Senior Vice President, Community Impact at UWGP.
Success in this position will be determined by the ability of the Director to implement UWGP’s annual policy agenda, develop and advance public policy positions and advocacy efforts that help move the needle on Thrive2027’s three community-wide goals, cultivate and mobilize advocates for UWGP, and identify and measure policy and advocacy outcomes. This position requires excellent communication skills, a proven track record in public policy and advocacy work, and strong planning, measurement, and execution skills.
This is a part-time, salaried position (scheduled for approximately 20 hours per week), although has the potential for full-time status if resources and work performance permit. Due to the part-time nature of the position, outside employment may be held by the selected candidate with approval of the SVP if it does not present a conflict of interest and does not interfere with the candidate’s ability to prioritize fulfilling the responsibilities of this position.
Essential Job Functions:
- With the CISC, three Goals Cabinets, and SVP of Community Impact, develop strategic direction for UWGP’s public policy and advocacy initiatives.
- With SVP, develop public policy agenda and implementation of action plan to achieve legislative and advocacy goals.
- Provide staff support for CISC and Goals Cabinets meetings and administrative follow-up.
- Establish outcomes and measure progress against such outcomes for UWGP and Thrive2027 advocacy efforts and implement and/or coordinate all efforts to achieve target outcomes.
- Develop relationships with key public policy stakeholders including elected representatives, state officials, business and nonprofit leaders.
- Produce regular reports to key stakeholders, including the UWGP Board of Directors, regarding progress on public policy initiatives.
- Coordinate advocacy and public policy communication and increase coordinated advocacy efforts with United Ways of Maine.
- Serve as point for United Way Worldwide public policy alerts and coordinate action as needed.
Collaboration/ Relationship Management
- Develop and implement strategies for engaging board members and volunteers in advocacy efforts that support UWGP’s objectives.
- Meet with key stakeholders (such as government representatives, schools, businesses, and associations) and serve as an ongoing facilitator for information and coordination.
- Serve as United Way liaison to related collaborations (e.g., state, community task forces) as assigned.
Advocacy & Community Awareness
- Work with Community Impact and RD/Marketing teams to develop advocacy opportunities and messages for key stakeholder groups.
- Represent United Way at public hearings and work sessions, with appropriate support as needed.
- Provide prompt and courteous responses to telephone calls and e-mails from all stakeholders and the public when requested.
- Research and compile information on Education, Financial Stability and Health issues and initiatives related to the public policy agenda.
- Produce reports to key stakeholders on research results.
- Serve as leader and role model for all staff as part of organization’s Leadership Team.
- Participate as a team member in Community Impact and organizational activities.
- Champion exceptional service both internally and externally.
- Perform other related duties as required.
Bachelor’s degree and/or foreign equivalent required. Knowledge of social services or public policy equivalent to completion of a Master’s degree and five years of related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience preferred.
Required Experience and Skills:
- Minimum four years in public policy position, with demonstrated success with advocacy.
- Proven track record of achieving goals.
- Well developed skills in developing strategy and managing public policy and advocacy efforts.
- Knowledge of and experience in health and human services issues.
- Strong organizational skills.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and significant relationship management experience with advocates, donors, clients, and/or volunteers.
- Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing; to establish positive public relations; and to interact effectively with people of diverse backgrounds.
- Ability to prioritize and handle multiple projects simultaneously, strong self-motivation, and the ability to work independently with limited supervision.
- Knowledge of computer software programs frequently used in an office environment.
This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.
Position Type/Expected Hours of Work:
This is a part-time position. Days and hours of work are Monday through Friday. This position may require long hours and weekend work.
Travel is primarily local during the business day, although some out-of-area and overnight travel may be expected.
Be a part of the change!
Advancing the common good is about helping one person at a time, and about creating community level change that benefits every member of the community. We are all connected and interdependent. We all win when a child succeeds in school, when families are financially stable, and when people are healthy. We have a staff of 34 dedicated employees to help us achieve our goals and fulfill our mission: To improve people’s lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community.
Organizational Core Values:
At United Way of Greater Portland We are:
Committed to Excellence
Leading with Integrity
Please submit a cover letter and resume to Daisy Wilson, firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be accepted until August 1, 2017.
United Way of Greater Portland is committed to seeking and sustaining a culturally and ethnically diverse environment and to the principles that promote inclusive practices. We are dedicated to building a diverse staff with expertise and interest in serving our communities, and encourage persons of all types of diversity to apply.