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Director, Public Policy & Advocacy (EITC)

Alexandria, VA

Relocation expenses: Not paid

Full time
5 - 10 years of experience
Bachelor's Degree

Published on 12 Apr 2017

Expires on 13 Apr 2017

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Director, Public Policy & Advocacy (EITC)

*This is a grant funded position, with the grant cycle ending on November 14, 2017*

United Way Worldwide (UWW) is the world’s largest privately-funded nonprofit. Our global mission is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities around the world. United Way envisions a world where all individuals and families achieve their human potential through education, income stability, and healthy lives. United Way employees possess the passion, expertise, and resources required to make great things happen–we invite you to be a part of the change–to Live United.

POSITION SUMMARY: As Director of Public Policy and Advocacy you will be responsible for the execution of strategies designed to advance United Way’s public policy goals around financial stability and tax policy, as well as the overall delivery of assigned work projects within the Public Policy department. Specifically, you will lead strategy and execution of a national advocacy campaign focused on expanding economic opportunity by leveraging the power of the United Way network to advocate in support of protecting and strengthening the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC) and promoting access to the refundable credits through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) federal grant program.

You will be expected to have significant working knowledge about income-supports and tax policy, strong communications and public speaking skills, and leadership experience driving advocacy campaigns. You will work directly with the United Way network to expand capacity to educate the general public, the business community, and Members of Congress and their staff about the value and effectiveness of the refundable tax credits and the VITA grant program. You will also be responsible for generating public awareness in support of protecting and strengthening the refundable credits and their access points. You will represent United Way on Capitol Hill and with the Administration, and work closely with national partners to advance policy goals. Duties also include grant management, including executing sub-grants, and providing technical assistance and support to United Ways, including travel to present at national and regional conferences and state meetings.

You will report to the Senior Vice President for Public Policy and will work collaboratively on a daily basis with other members of the Public Policy Team, which is a part of United Way Worldwide’s U.S. division.

In your role as Director of Public Policy and Advocacy, you will work collaboratively to advise and support execution of departmental goals and strategy, and will participate in development of training opportunities and events, including executing fly-ins for local and state United Way staff and board members. You will communicate policy and advocacy priorities with internal and external stakeholders and work with a range of other staff within United Way Worldwide.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES/ESSENTIAL DUTIES OF POSITION: An individual must be able to perform each essential duty listed below at a satisfactory level:

  1. Support the creation of a comprehensive policy and advocacy strategy that builds support for the refundable credits and their access points.
  2. Build and manage relationships with a cohort of state and local United Ways to provide targeted supports, technical assistance and consultation in an effort to increase their capacity to engage in advocacy on these issues. Support the broader United Way network to also engage.
  3. Write and distribute reports, articles, briefs and memoranda on issues related to refundable credits and VITA. Spotlight and disseminate best practices and knowledge to state and local United Ways.
  4. Organize, participate in, and conduct training, webinars, and conferences to build the capacity of the United Way U.S. network to advocate for refundable credits. Some travel required.
  5. Cultivate relationships with national and state leaders and partners and find synergy with UWW policy and advocacy priorities.
  6. Manage all components of a large grant, including tracking activities, managing the project budget, writing reports and proposals, and executing/supporting sub-grants to local and state United Ways.
  7. Other duties as assigned.


Minimum requirements include a Bachelor’s degree and at least eight to ten years of advanced-level experience in a similar role. Familiarity with the United Way network and federal policy landscape is strongly preferred. The role also requires: advanced public policy knowledge, skills and abilities; excellent verbal and written communication skills; an ability to multi-task in a fast paced environment, build relationships, and work collaboratively; and excellent project management and Microsoft Office Suite skills.

United Way Worldwide is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, and other legally protected characteristics. The EEO is the Law poster is available here: If you need a reasonable accommodation because of a disability for any part of the employment process, please send an e-mail to or call 703-836-7100 ext. 428 and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information.

We are a charter member of Employers of National Service and encourage AmeriCorps, Peace Corps and other national service alumni to apply.

Thank you for your interest in employment with United Way Worldwide. Please apply via the online system. You will be contacted if your qualifications are a good match and you are selected for an interview.