Reporting to the SVP, Communication and Public Affairs, the Sr. Director of Public Policy will provide strategic thinking and drive the United Way of Massachusetts Bay's (UWMB) public policy and governmental affairs work at the federal, state and local levels in support of its community impact focus areas. The Sr. Director provides leadership within the organization and in the broader community to facilitate public policy advocacy in support of UWMB's priorities. They work with and leverage their colleagues in jointly executing against the public policy strategy. They also engage and leverage the volunteers in building public and political will for UW and its policy agenda. The Sr. Director will focus on largely on state policies, working with the Governor, several Secretariats within the Executive Branch as well as with the Legislature. The Sr. Director will also collaboratively with United Way Worldwide in addressing policies at the federal level that affect the UW system and the issues important to it. UWMB also engages with local leaders (Mayors, Superintendents of Schools, etc.) in key communities.
- Implement public policy goals established by UWMB's leadership and Board of Directors;
- Work collaboratively with the Community Impact Division to develop an annual public policy and state budget agenda for UWMBMV;
- Keep informed of emerging developments in UWMB's impact areas and track developing trends that affect UWMB's ability to carry out its mission;
- Stay current on federal, Massachusetts and New Hampshire legislation, state budget;
- Identify, research, monitor key local and/or regional public policy issues;
- Develop and maintain relationships with key elected and appointed officials (i.e. Congressional members and staff; state legislators and staff, state agency leadership; municipal leaders);
- Work in conjunction with UWW to advocate and work with them on relevant and emerging federal legislation and/or contributing to public comments when appropriate;
- Act as UWMB's liaison with select state agencies, funders and community partners;
- Maintain database on elected and appointed public officials, legislation, political demographics and policy matters;
- Co-create and manage public policy initiatives;
- Recruit and manage public policy volunteers and advocates;
- Author or facilitate the development of policy reports, issue papers, analysis and outreach materials;
- Serve as primary liaison for select UWMB partner agencies and organizations;
- Support grant writing and other resource development activities;
- Work collaboratively with Marketing and Communications Division to articulate UWMB policy work to the general public, donors, volunteers and other key constituencies;
- Participate in and coordinate with statewide/national efforts with UWW and other United Ways in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
- Bachelor's degree required. Relevant Master's Degree preferred.
- 5 - 10 years of experience in public policy, human services, or related areas. A track record of working in ways that contribute effectively to an organization's ability to achieve its goals.
- Interest in collaborative leadership and the ability to lead side by side with other leaders.
- Ability to mobilize and/or lead diverse stakeholders.
- Demonstrated experience building, leading, motivating and mentoring teams of all skill and experience levels, both internal and external. Experience in supervising staff or leading teams of staff and volunteers;
- Experience working directly with legislators or on legislation/public policy campaigns preferred
- Demonstrated ability to work within a community setting with diverse populations, including community groups, elected and non-elected policy makers, businesspersons, professional staff and volunteers.
- Strong experience with project design, implementation, and evaluation.
- Ability to manage multiple programs, people, resources, partnerships and directives.
- Ability to advocate for, secure, and manage to, budget priorities.
- Excellent judgment and creative problem-solving skills.
- Content knowledge and experience in one or more of the respective areas of UWMBMV focus: healthy childhood development, increasing youth opportunities or building family assets (including basic needs);
- Strong knowledge of the communities within UWMBMV's service area with the ability to connect with key community leaders and earn the respect in the community-at-large. Demonstrable cultural and ethnic competencies in one or more communities within the UWMBMV service area;
- Excellent analytical ability, assessment skills and problem-solving skills;
- Strong communication skills including group facilitation, presentation, listening, verbal, writing and editing skills;
- Strong public speaking skills with ability to articulate complex issues, research and solutions to agencies, stakeholders, interested donors, the media and other interested parties;
- Ability to build consensus, collaborate with and convene multiple partners in efforts that produce specific deliverables and demonstrable outcomes; Experience and proven ability to influence others, including colleagues, management and volunteers, to take action.
- Team builder who can also work as a member of a team in a collaborative environment;
- Ability to meet aggressive deadlines and handle multiple priorities;
- Understanding of federal and state laws and regulations governing the ability of public charities to lobby, advocate or educate elected and appointed public officials;
- Be willing to register as an executive and legislative lobbyist in the State of Massachusetts and comply with all reporting requirements;
- Proficient in the use of the MA Secretary of State's Electronic Registration and Reporting System;
- Proficient in the use of the Microsoft software suite, InstaTrac and State House News Service;
- Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and to the mission of the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley.
Salary range: $90,000-$105,000 per year. All employees are required to either provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination status or be subject to COVID-19 testing. In the future, it is likely that vaccinations will be required due to federal mandate.