Director, Public Policy & Strategic Initiatives

Department: Community Impact
Reports to: Chief Program Officer
Status: Exempt, Full Time 

General Description:  Develop, implement and lead United Way of Broward County’s (UWBC) public policy agenda; to support UWBC’s programmatic, and the community’s priorities, drive community involvement, and increase donor engagement.

Primary Job Responsibility & Duties: 

  1. Develop and implement a public policy agenda that will support UWBC’s program work and guide public policy advocacy efforts of staff and volunteers.
  2. Collaborate with Broward County Commission on Substance Abuse (BCCSA) and the State of Florida’s local behavioral health contractor to support and implement its public policy advocacy priorities.
  3. Convene and lead stakeholders and volunteers in a Public Policy Advisory Committee to conduct research, prepare policy papers, and develop policy proposals for local and state officials on key issues.
  4. Responsible for leading and managing the government relations and communications regarding the United Way Business Council on Homelessness.  

Other Job Duties:   

  • Facilitate and/or conduct research and policy analysis related to UWBC programmatic priorities. Prepare reports, newsletters, fact sheets and other communication tools to inform and support UWBC’s Public Policy Advocacy Agenda.
  • Work with Community Impact Directors and Commission on Substance Abuse to identify public policy issues relating to UWBC priorities, increase volunteer and community stakeholder knowledge and understanding of policy issues.
  • Communicate United Way of Broward County’s Public Policy priorities and activities to local, state and federal elected officials.
  • Communicate United Way of Broward County’s Public Policy priorities and activities to local, state and federal elected officials.
  • To help prepare and execute the organization’s initiative to end homelessness in Broward County.
  • Present UWBC Public Policy Agenda to wide variety of audiences to increase community and stakeholder support and engagement.  Build community coalitions around public policy issues where appropriate.
  • Develop relationships with municipal, county and state elected officials.
  • Monitor local, state and Federal legislation, and its impact on UWBC priorities.
  • Participate in local and state coalitions that align with UWBC priorities.
  • Collaborate with United Way of Florida, and other local United Way organizations in Florida on issues impacting United Way priorities at the State level.
  • Coordinate with Director of Housing Initiatives and Major Gifts on United We End Homelessness activities.
  • To maintain current, accurate, and comprehensive data on the state of homelessness in the community and to disseminate that data regularly to the affected constituencies.
  • To conduct an ongoing campaign of advocacy for the homeless of Broward County through traditional media and public events and to serve alongside the chief executive officer as the “face” of the community’s initiative to end homelessness.
  • To communicate regularly with recognized stakeholders in the work to end homelessness.
  • To integrate key representatives from the community’s various sectors into the effort to end homelessness in Broward County and to involve these key leaders in both the strategic planning and implementation of the work.
  • Work with Resource Development to increase donor and affinity group engagement as advocates for UWBC Public Policy Agenda.
  • Due to the leadership role United Way is called upon to play in the community, particularly during times of crisis, it is the expectation that the Director of Public Policy and Strategic Initiatives will be fully engaged in the organization's crisis plan and response efforts and lead areas when needed.
  • Works closely with, and fully supports the Performance and Quality Improvement (PQI) committee to understand the strategic priorities that align with the agency goals. Performs other duties and assumes other responsibilities as assigned by the chief executive officer.
  • Attendance at community events either sponsored by UWBC, or as an invited guest.
  • Any other duties as required in the normal course of business at UWBC.

Supervises:  Volunteers and Student Interns (if applicable)

Education & Experience: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration or related field; Master’s Degree desirable.
  • At least three years’ experience in non-profit/social services management, program development, community development or related service areas.
  • Prior experience in public policy at the county and state level with a good understanding of Government
  • Demonstrated ability to work within a community setting with diverse populations, including community groups, elected and non-elected policy makers, businesspersons, professional staff and volunteers.
  • Strong communication skills- written, verbal and presentational
  • Proficiency required in MS, Outlook, Word, Excel and other related computer programs.  
  • Ability to build relationships and rapport
  • Ability to assess problems, issues and needs, and to develop an appropriate plan of action.

Core Competency Requirements:

  • Excels at customer service – Serves (treats) all customers (internal and external) with utmost respect and responsiveness in order to deepen relationships and advance UWBC’s mission. 
  • Drives for results – Has a passion for innovation and risk-taking, meeting and exceeding qualitative and quantitative goals in a thoughtful and time-driven manner. 
  • Commits to the organization – Has the responsibility for aligning one’s own behavior, leadership, and commitment with the needs, priorities, goals, and culture of UWBC. 
  • Embraces diversity and inclusion – Creates an atmosphere that respects and embraces engagement of all people, ideas, and backgrounds and aligns with United Way’s values. 
  • Seizes learning – Able and willing to learn new skills and knowledge and accept new challenges to further United Way’s mission. 
  • Manages multiple projects and tasks – Effectively manages time and resources to respond to emerging needs while continuing to deliver on organizational goals, objectives, and timelines, seeking help when needed to manage priorities. 
  • Personifies teamwork – Demonstrates good collaboration and communication effectively in any team setting.

Environment & Physical Demands: 
The environment is climate controlled (i.e., heated and air-conditioned).  Lighting is adequate through overhead lighting as well as windows and blinds. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  Physical demands include sitting and/or standing for extended periods of time, bending, lifting approximately 25 pounds, regular use of the telephone, copier, fax and computer.  Demands also involve protracted concentration.  

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