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Policy Director

Salt Lake City, UT

Relocation expenses: Not paid

Full time
1 - 2 years of experience
High School Diploma
$41,000 to $50,000 per year

Published on 31 Jan 2022

Expires on 31 Jan 2022

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Policy Director


United Way of Salt Lake (UWSL) is changing the way organizations, communities, schools, governments, and individuals work to fix complex social problems. Together, we can help every child and family succeed at school and life. UWSL’s workplace is fast-paced, friendly, adaptive, and grounded in our core values: relationships, continuous improvement, equity, and results. We offer competitive compensation including a comprehensive benefit package, generous paid time off, and flexible schedules. People with diverse backgrounds and abilities are encouraged to apply.  Join us in changing the world and giving everyone in our community the opportunity to live their best life. 

The Policy Director works with Sr. Director of Government Relations and Public Policy to build and implement a policy agenda at the local and state level that supports United Way of Salt Lake’s efforts to achieve equitable outcomes in our community. The Policy Director will collaborate with UWSL team members and partners to identify needed changes to systems, pass policy necessary to shift those systems, and shepherd policy implementation. The Policy Director will be primarily responsible for shaping our local policy advocacy strategy and will assist in state-level policy work.  

  1. Work with other policy organizations on our shared strategies/outcomes (funded partners) 
  2. Create relationships with city and county leaders and co-create policy solutions that lead to a more inclusive future for community members  
  3. Work with networks to surface policy strategies necessary to move their outcomes and co- facilitate streamlined and equitable implementation of policies 
  4. Attend school and city/county board/council meetings and look for opportunities for alignment 
  5. Lead community engagement in our policy work   
  6. Support policy-related communications, meetings, and events – write talking points; schedule people to testify; write blogs; write action alerts; organize legislative preview event; schedule federal, state, and local meetings with elected officials; draft legislative fact sheets 
  7. Track and review bills 
  8. Engage in policy analysis, research, and development 
  9. Assist with staffing related board committees 
  10. Track lobbying to ensure compliance with relevant laws and regulations 
  11. Represent our policy work in fundraising, presentations, and other settings 


This is a full-time exempt position, $47,472-71,450. Salary to commensurate with experience. 


  • Ability to develop and maintain strong relationships with elected officials and stakeholders  
  • An understanding of the culture and realities of historically marginalized communities in the Salt Lake region.  
  • Strong interpersonal, written, verbal communication and presentation skills  
  • Ability to synthesize information and simplify complexity  
  • Analyze and synthesize data to tell a story 
  • Ability to manage multiple details and be a self-starter  
  • Demonstrated ability to work on stressful, time-sensitive matters with internal and external constituents  
  • Ability to complete work in a timely and efficient manner and ensure work is accurate  
  • Exhibits highest level of integrity and professionalism  
  • Ability to flex work hours to include evening and weekend commitments 


  • Bachelor’s Degree in public health, public policy, public administration, nonprofit administration, business administration, social work, sociology, or a related field. 
  • Minimum 2-3 years of applicable experience in government, advocacy, legislative and administrative policy, or equivalent academic experience.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft suite and project management software.
  • Speak and write fluently in a second language is a plus.


The employee is regularly required to communicate clearly, in oral and written formats, with others in person, over the phone and via other devices. The employee must be able to transcribe, read extensively, prepare and analyze text, data, and figures, constantly operate a computer and other standard office machinery. The employee is required to regularly travel to offsite locations to set-up and lead presentations and displays in physical and electronic forms. The employee must have the ability to lift, carry, push and/or pull objects weighing up to 30lbs.