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Impact and Public Policy Strategist

Indianapolis, Indiana

Relocation expenses: Not paid

Full time
5 - 10 years of experience
Bachelor's Degree
$71,000 to $80,000 per year

Published on 31 Mar 2022

Expires on 31 Mar 2022

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Impact and Public Policy Strategist

POSITION: Impact & Public Policy Strategist 

REPORTS TO:  Vice President of Organizational Development

DATE: October 2021 





OBJECTIVE:  Indiana United Ways is a membership association serving 40 United Ways working across Indiana counties.  The Impact & Public Policy Strategist is charged with building exemplary relationships with members; working closely with members to develop and implement impact priorities; liaising with Board Committees, contractors, and United Way Worldwide; and working cross-functionally with teammates to analyze and translate member impact data into relevant regional impact snapshots.


RESPONSIBILITIES: This key position guides members in analyzing community needs and assessing public will in order to support the creation of a local community or collective impact agenda with high donor appeal.  Additionally, this position provides guidance to members on public policy and advocacy issues and offers training on a variety of topics, including but not limited to: the differences between programmatic, community, and collective impact; engaging others in advocacy; leveraging impact results to attract and retain volunteers and donors; and developing impact priorities across a region.  In addition to cultivating strong member relationships, this position is also responsible for leading IUW’s Public Policy Committee, conducting a yearly public policy audit of members, articulating IUW’s Public Policy Agenda and statewide impact priorities, acting as the liaison to IUW’s lobbyists, and orchestrating the annual ALICE® Project.


Central Functions: 


Membership Support Services (50% of time)

·     Coordinate legislative training and Statehouse Day activities on behalf of members

·     Engage members in utilizing the ALICE® data to drive strategic partnerships, impact priorities, and donor relationships

·     Provide support for the reporting, analysis and use of Global Results Framework data and other impact measures

·     Work collaboratively with IUW leaders and peers to develop and facilitate trainings for member organizations, their staff, boards, and funded agencies

·     Educate members about and lead efforts to engage members in utilizing digital advocacy tools

·     Provide local listening sessions to assist United Ways in crafting public policy, advocacy, or impact priorities; work cross-functionally with peers to align priorities to strategic and fundraising plans

·     Educate on impact approaches and assist members in developing impact agendas and products


Network Public Policy/Advocacy (30% of time):

·     Research and stay informed of statewide and community issues; assist IUW staff, Board, and members in understanding the implications of these issues

·     Maintain relationships with statewide leaders and stakeholders to reach common goals. Serve as main point of contact with contracted lobbying group and key coalitions. 

·     Facilitate the Public Policy Committee of the IUW Board; develop, publish, and educate on IUW’s Public Policy Agenda

·     Engage the network in grassroots advocacy and public policy actions; work cross-functionally with peers to direct IUW’s public policy, advocacy and impact communications (digital and print)

·     Develop in-district or regional events around public policy, advocacy, and community/collective impact


Administrative (20% of time):

·       Lead IUW’s Public Policy Committee

·       Liaise with IUW’s lobbying firm

·       Convene an expert research advisory council to inform the work of the annual ALICE® Project

·       Intern supervision from time to time




The work of the Impact & Public Policy Strategist is complex as this position must educate, engage, challenge, and collaborate on multiple levels and with audiences with varying degrees of understanding of (and experience with) public policy, advocacy, and community/collective impact.  The Impact & Public Policy Strategist will work with IUW peers and leaders, including Board Members and Committee volunteers; local United Ways that range from one person to 20-person outlets; local and State leaders, including legislators; key businesses, funders and other statewide organizations; and United Way Worldwide.  This position requires an adeptness at maneuvering politically charged environments, a collaborative nature, and a curious mindset. 

This position also requires a high tolerance for member-defined KPIs (rather than prescribed), a willingness to stretch beyond one’s area of expertise, and the desire to undertake on-going professional development.




Experience, Skills and Education:


·       Prior consulting background is a must

·       Expertise in public policy/advocacy and community/collective impact is a must

·       Qualitative and quantitative evaluation design

·       Experience with designing training programs, including adult learning epistemology

·       Prior non-profit experience is preferred.  Prior membership association experience a plus

·       Strong public speaker with the ability to influence

·       Knowledge of Indiana and its political, demographic, and socioeconomic landscape is optimal

·       Ability to both think strategically and execute on tactics independently and as part of a team

·       Strong project management skills

·       Master’s Degree (preferred) in social sciences, political science, community organizing and advocacy, social impact, community development or other applicable field of study. Bachelor’s Degree in an applicable field of study + experience also considered.




Physical Demands/Work Environment: 


·     In-state (up to 2 days/week) and occasional out of state travel may be required as member

     needs dictate; access to own transportation and a valid driver's license is necessary 

·     Periodic work outside of normal business hours

·     Moderate level of stress from tight deadlines and multiple project deadlines

·     Moderate level of mental and/or visual fatigue and/or eyestrain may result from looking at a computer screen for extended periods of time

·     Employee is regularly required to sit, stand, reach, communicate and listen for extended periods of time



The following workplace competencies have been identified IUW and are required of all employees: 


·       Integrity by being accountable for actions, keeping commitments, and being truthful and


·       A continuous improvement work ethic and a demonstrate a willingness to develop self,

      fellow staff members, volunteers, and community 

·       Willingness to engage in independent and team-based assignments

·       A commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

·       Sound reasoning and good common sense 

·       Active participation in departmental, team, and full-staff meetings and undertakings



Please submit a cover letter andresumé

Indiana United Ways is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we do not discriminateon the basis ofage, race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, color, religion, national origin, disability, genetic information, or any other status protected by federal, state or local law.  


Before employment with Indiana United Ways (IUW), a new hire must show proof of vaccination. All new employees must either: (a) truthfully and accurately show their vaccination card to the Human Resources Director (i.e., receipt of second dose in a 2-dose series vaccine such as Pfizer or Moderna, or receipt of a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson) or (b) obtain an approved Human Resources vaccine exemption form (with specification of any reasonable accommodation if applicable and available).

My signature below indicates I have read and understand this job description, the workplace competencies, and IUW’s Covid-19 vaccination requirements.


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