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Senior Director, State Policy and Advocacy

Alexandria, VA

Relocation expenses: Not paid

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

Published on 6 Apr 2023

Expires on 31 Mar 2023

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Senior Director, State Policy and Advocacy


 The Senior Director of State Policy and Advocacy will be responsible for leading United Way Worldwide’s support of state-specific policy advocacy efforts and providing technical assistance and training to strengthen local United Ways in developing and implementing policy and advocacy strategies. The successful candidate will serve as the key point of coordination for the network’s policy-advocacy capacity building efforts at the state and local level, including national trainings, coordination with state associations and local United Ways on their advocacy initiatives, capacity building, support for elected official engagement, virtual conferences and fly-ins for local United Way staff and board members.  

The Senior Director of State Policy and Advocacy will also be responsible for managing or supporting substantive public policy issues, leading cohorts of state and local United Ways to engage in issue advocacy, designing and facilitating trainings for state and local United Ways, and managing partnerships with coalitions and advocacy organizations. The public policy issues might include education, housing, economic mobility and nonprofit sector issues. 

Candidates will be expected to have significant experience leading and executing trainings and policy events, including developing agendas, coordinating speaker outreach, supporting engagements with elected officials, creating materials, and managing logistics. You will also be expected to have some working knowledge of education, health, and economic mobility, strong communications and public speaking skills, project management skills, exceptional organizational skills, and the ability to set vision and direction for United Way Worldwide’s support of state and local policy efforts. Duties also include producing webinars and developing how-to guides and resources.  

You will report to the Vice President of Public Policy and will work collaboratively on a daily basis with other members of the Global Network Advancement Team, in addition to other departments at United Way Worldwide. In your role as Senior Director of State Policy and Advocacy, you will advise and support execution of departmental goals, strategy, operations and budget. 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. Develop and lead the vision for United Way Worldwide’s support of state policy engagement, including equipping state and local United Ways to pursue policy change aligned with United Way Worldwide’s Policy Priorities, consisting of: state-specific advocacy campaigns, strategic relationship building with elected officials, engagement on state-specific legislation, coalition mobilization, public events, and more. 
  2. Organize, participate in, and conduct trainings, webinars, and conferences to build the capacity of the United Way U.S. network, including:
    • State Hill Days and local Days of Action 
    • Trainings for local United Ways 
    • United Way Advocacy Forum and Capitol Hill Day
    • Additional national network-wide events 
  1. Strengthen and enhance the United Way Policy Team’s state and local policy engagement strategy, including consultation model, communications and outreach, advocacy tools and resources, and trainings. 
  2. Manage or support substantive public policy issues through public awareness campaigns, grassroots and grasstops mobilization, digital advocacy, and strategic influencer engagement.
  3. Facilitate opportunities for local United Ways to build relationships with their elected officials, including through trainings on state and local elected engagement.
  4. Build and manage relationship cohorts 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 priority issues. Support the broader United Way network to also engage. 
  5. Cultivate relationships with national advocacy partners and find synergy with UWW policy and advocacy priorities.
  6. Collaborate with the Network Engagement Team to help build the capacity and knowledge of United Ways to engage in public policy and advocacy.
  7. Lead web and virtual meetings.
  8. Other duties as assigned. 

If selected for an interview, you will be contacted  Thank you.

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.


  • 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. 


We have established  a salary range of $119,625.00 to $159,500.00 for this position. Specific pay is determined by your experience in that range.  Highly recommend applicants include salary requirements when completing application.


 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 a reasonable accommodation because of a disability for any part of the employment process, please e-mail Jennifer.Chavez@uww, or call 703-683-7874 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. 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.   Most benefits begin on the first day of the month following your start date.


We take the broadest possible view of diversity. 

We value the visible and invisible qualities that make you who you are.

We welcome that every person brings a unique perspective and experience to advance our mission and progress our fight for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in every community.

We believe that each United Way community member, donor, volunteer, advocate, and employee must have equal access to solving community problems.

We strive to include diversity, equity, and inclusion practices at the center of our daily work.

We commit to using these practices for our business and our communities.

Join us in embracing diversity, equity and inclusion for every person in every community.