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Manager, Digital Advocacy & Network Capacity Building

Alexandria, VA

Relocation expenses: Not paid

Full time
3 - 5 years of experience
Bachelor's Degree

Published on 1 Jan 2017

Expires on 2 Jan 2017

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Manager, Digital Advocacy & Network Capacity Building

United Way Worldwide is the world’s largest privately funded nonprofit. Our global mission is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities to advance the common good. United Way envisions a world in which all individuals and families develop and achieve their full potential through education, income stability, and healthy living. 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.


As a Manager of Public Policy and Advocacy you will be responsible for the overall delivery of assigned work projects within the Public Policy department. 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.  You will be responsible for building network capacity on public policy related digital advocacy and individual engagement.  You will collaborate with United Way Worldwide staff who are responsible for network-wide individual and digital engagement. You will participate in the development of the national policy agenda, departmental action plans, work processes and systems. You may be responsible for government relations activities on assigned issues, including lobbying policy makers and coalition building as appropriate to assigned issues.

This job description describes the general nature and level of work performed by employees assigned to this position.  It should not be construed as an exhaustive list of all required duties, responsibilities and skills. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable disabled individuals to perform the essential functions of the job.


An individual must be able to perform each essential duty listed below at a satisfactory level:

  1. Plan and execute advocacy trainings for the United Way network, with a focus on effective digital advocacy and individual engagement strategies.
  2. In partnership with Public Policy team subject matter experts, develop and manage digital advocacy/individual engagement campaigns.
  3. Conduct research and analysis on digital advocacy strategies and platforms and disseminate best practices.
  4. Plan and execute Public Policy national events.
  5. Manage system communications relating to pertinent public policy learning opportunities.
  6. Assist in maintenance of team webspace, internal and external.
  7. Develop grassroots and United Way system engagement strategies related to assigned issues.
  8. Other duties as assigned.


Minimum requirements include a Bachelor’s degree and at least two to four years of advanced-level experience in a similar role, with 1 to 2 years experience in digital engagement. Experience deploying capacity building strategies and support selected capacity building efforts that further organizations goals.  Prior experience as a congressional staffer or in government relations is strongly preferred, as is experience working in policy for United Way at the state or local level. 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; and excellent project management and Microsoft Office Suite skills.


United Way Worldwide seeks diverse, qualified professionals who want to make a difference in the world. If you are enthusiastic about your work and desire to help others achieve enhanced education, income, and health, United Way Worldwide is the place for you.

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, age, 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 e-mail or call 703-836-7100, ext. 428 and provide 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.

United Way Worldwide is located in Old Town Alexandria, VA; minutes from downtown Washington, DC. We offer competitive salary and excellent benefits including: free parking and onsite gym; health, dental, vision, life, short-term and long-term disability insurance; 403(b) retirement plan; tuition assistance; paid time off; medical appointment leave; family sick leave; employee assistance program; monthly volunteer opportunities, and more.

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.