Open Position

Director, Public Policy and Advocacy

Department: Community Impact

Reports To: Senior Vice President, Community Impact

FSLA: Exempt


The Director, Public Policy and Advocacy serves both the United Way of Metro Chicago and the United Way of Illinois, a statewide association of 50 members, and is responsible for developing and implementing a public policy strategy designed to achieve the organizations’ advocacy goals including public education, direct lobbying of elected officials, and community organizing.


  • Develop strong relationships and work collaboratively with statewide network of local United Way organizations.
  • Direct programs and events to engage, motivate, and educate activists and community supporters. Ensure successful tracking and utilization of supporter data.
  • Network and develop relationships with key state and community leaders, health and human service providers, government officials, advocacy partners and other stakeholders.
  • Develop and foster partnerships with governmental and non-governmental organizations with similar goals to amplify UWs voice to advance our mission.
  • Seek opportunities to elevate CEO and other key staff and volunteers.


  • Bachelor’s Degree, preferably in Policy, Public Administration or Government; 3-5 years of experience working in public policy and advocacy.
  • Strong familiarity with the legislative process.
  • Exposure to working with state legislatures, and state government agencies.
  • Excellent communication skills, including written and public speaking.
  • Experience with on-camera interviews.
  • Accomplishments in government relations and/or policy at the state level.
  • Proven record developing and implementing state and legislative initiatives.
  • Ability to develop collaborative arrangements and strategic partnerships.
  • Self-starter, able to work interdependently to accomplish goals and outcomes.
  • Facility to lead, direct and motivate staff and volunteers.
  • Demonstrated success in developing and communicating a tactical plan to key stakeholders.
  • Resourceful with strong research skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to marshal the human resources necessary to achieve desired outcomes.
  • Requires valid driver’s license and a reliable and flexible means of transportation.


  • Guided by a clear set of Core Values and Behaviors - Humble, Hungry, Mission Driven and People Smart, you will join an impressive group of individuals and contribute your diverse set of experiences, skills and characteristics to the organization
  • Accepts guidance and responds well to feedback
  • Displays maturity, good judgment, enthusiasm and personal motivation
  • Strong interpersonal skills including the ability to anticipate workload and effectively cultivate and leverage relationships with colleagues to meet deadlines
  • Collaborative entrepreneurial spirit, ability to multi-task and prioritize concurrent projects and day-to-day tasks within a high production and fast-paced environment

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