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Vice President, Public Policy

Alexandria, VA

Relocation expenses: Not paid

C-Suite/Vice President
Full time
11-15 years of experience
High School Diploma
Bachelor's Degree

Published on 8 Oct 2022

Expires on 8 Oct 2022

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Vice President, Public Policy


As the Vice President, Public Policy you will lead United Way Worldwide’s government relations and public policy activities representing the more than 1,300 local United Ways before Congress and the Administration. You will develop and advocate a public policy agenda on behalf of United Way, seeking to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities around the world to advance the common good.  You will be responsible for implementing strategies to build public policy capacity throughout the United Way movement. These dual roles of this position – lobbying and working with local United Ways to get them more engaged in advocacy – are both essential and require that this individual serve as much as a coach/trainer as well as legislative strategist. You will speak frequently at United Way and other non-profit conferences and you will seek out and participate in a leadership role in policy related coalitions.

You will have overall responsibility for directing the daily work activities of UWW's Public Policy department.  Will be responsible for developing work plan(s) to support the achievement of the annual business plan for its assigned Group.  


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

  • Support the creation and execution of a comprehensive national policy agenda that builds support for United Way’s public policy priorities.
  • Design advocacy campaigns to engage individuals in simple, tangible, and meaningful action opportunities, including livestreamed events, calls to action, civic engagement initiatives and social media campaigns.  
  • Support year-round advocacy engagement of Women United chapters, Emerging Leaders groups, corporate stakeholders, and major donors. 
  • Lead strategies to advance equity and social justice policies and build the capacity of United Ways to integrate equity in their policy and advocacy work. 
  • Serve as a liaison with communications, marketing, DEI, digital, events and engagement teams to ensure there is alignment and coordination across the major campaigns and priorities of the policy team. 
  • Build and manage relationships with cohorts of state and local United Ways and provide targeted supports, technical assistance, and consultation, including the Council of States, the United Way Education & Jobs Cohort, the United Way Voter and Civic Engagement Cohort and others. 
  • Develop resources to support the advocacy of state and local United Ways, including toolkits, social media templates, talking points, op-eds, webinars etc.
  • Organize, participate in, and support trainings, webinars, and conferences to build the capacity of the United Way U.S. Network to promote and elevate network policy priorities.
  • Cultivate relationships with national policy leaders and partners and find synergy with UWW policy and advocacy priorities.
  • Oversee the team’s finances and monitor the budget, including long- and short-term plans.
  • Supervise at least one to two staffers on the team and provide strategic leadership, guidance and development of direct reports.
  • Periodic travel to targeted states/communities will be required.
  • Other duties as assigned. 


 Minimum requirements include: 

 Bachelor’s degree or commensurate experience.

  • 10 to 15 years of prior relevant work experience including advocacy at the federal level. 
  • Capitol Hill or Administration experience strongly preferred. 
  • Aptitude for training/coaching others is essential. 
  • Expert public policy knowledge, skills, and abilities.
  • Prior people management experience. 
  • 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.

NOTE: If you are selected for an interview you will be contacted.  Thank you.


 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 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.


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.