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Public Policy Associate

Alexandria, VA

Relocation expenses:

Full time
5 - 10 years of experience
Bachelor's Degree
$81,000 to $90,000 per year

Published on 3 Oct 2023

Expires on 19 Sep 2023

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Public Policy Associate


United Way Worldwide seeks diverse, qualified professionals who want to make a difference in the world. If you are passionate 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, creed, disability, veteran status, marital status, age, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin or ancestry, genetic information, and other legally protected characteristics, in accordance with applicable laws. The EEO is the Law poster is available here: If you need reasonable accommodation because of a disability for any part of the employment process, please e-mail or call 703-683-7860 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 in Old Town Alexandria, VA. We offer competitive salary and excellent benefits including health, dental, life, short-term and long-term disability, employee assistance program, 403(b) plan, tuition assistance, paid time off, family sick leave, medical appointment leave, parental/adoption leave, dress for your day, free parking, onsite gym, monthly volunteering opportunities, and more.


As the Public Policy Associate, you will partner with United Way Worldwide’s Public Policy team on government relations and public policy activities representing the more than 1,300 local United Ways before Congress and the Administration. You will assist in supporting public policy priorities on behalf of United Way, seeking to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities around the world to advance the common good.


  • Support engagement of United Way Worldwide senior leaders with Congress, elected officials, Senior Administration Officials, and other key civic leaders and influencers, including preparing memos, leading pre-meeting briefings, setting agendas, and ensuring timely and consistent follow-up
  • Support and collaborate with colleagues within and across United Way Worldwide to prepare internal and external public policy products, such as literature reviews, memos, reports, policy briefs, blog posts, podcasts, and social media
  • Support planning and development of public policy presentations, technical assistance, and trainings delivered by United Way Worldwide senior staff for practitioners, policymakers, and other external audiences, including developing talking points, writing background memos, composing PowerPoint presentations, and creating training materials
  • Support planning and operationalizing of critical policy campaigns and mobilizations across the United Way Worldwide Network
  • Provide project management support by scheduling team meetings, coordinating logistics, and engaging with internal stakeholders; drafting emails, agendas, talking points, and presentations; taking notes and identifying action items and next steps; managing internal team organizational systems
  • Coordinate and support logistics and content development for public policy convenings, public events, and advisory groups, including drafting invitations, conducting background research, and supporting agenda development, developing speaker prep materials and presentations, supporting outreach to
  • Conduct background research on a range of public policy topics by identifying, interpreting, and synthesizing both quantitative (statistical and survey data) and qualitative information (literature scans, review of relevant federal/local policies)
  • Identify key opportunities for United Way Worldwide and local United Ways to engage in partnership with federal agencies, via programmatic collaboration, education on key policies/issues, grant opportunities, technical assistance, and more


  • Bachelor’s degree or commensurate experience.
  • 5 years of prior relevant work experience including advocacy at the federal level.
  • Capitol Hill or Administration experience strongly preferred.
  • Expert public policy knowledge, skills, and abilities.
  • Skilled at building coalitions to support critical issues.
  • Ability to coordinate multiple facets of a project, adapt to change, and collaborate with others.
  • Ability to work with a wide spectrum of policy makers, administrators, and staff.
  • Ability to think strategically and develop sound and practical policies, as well as communicate verbally and in writing to a variety of audiences.
  • Excellent project management skills are essential.

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.

●    Mission-Focused: Catalyze others’ commitment to mission to create real social change that leads to better lives and healthier communities.  This drives their performance and professional motivations.
●    Relationship-Oriented: Understands that people come before process and is astute in cultivating and managing relationships toward a common goal.
●    Collaborator: understands the roles and contributions of all sectors of the community and can mobilize resources (financial and human) through meaningful engagement.
●    Results-Driven: Dedicated to shared and measurable goals for the common good; creating, resourcing, scaling, and leveraging strategies and innovations for broad investment and impact.
●    Brand Steward: Steward of the brand and understands his/her role in growing and protecting the reputation and results of the greater network.