Do you have a passion for using public policy and advocacy to advance a nonprofit’s vision and mission? Do you want to play an important national leadership role in helping organizations build their individual and collective capacity for public policy engagement in philanthropy? Then join the United Philanthropy Forum team!
The Senior Manager of Public Policy is responsible for ensuring that the Forum works as effectively as possible to advance the work of our members to engage in government relations, advocacy and public policy work at the state, regional and national level. The Senior Manager of Public Policy will plan and execute strategies to lead, inform and support regional and national philanthropy-serving organizations in their efforts to advance effective policy that will strengthen philanthropy and move the needle on issues that their members support; strengthen relationships and partnerships between philanthropy and government; and provide a collective voice for the Forum network. The Senior Manager of Public Policy will work closely with the Forum team and our members and in collaboration with key national partner organizations.
The position requires a person who can work effectively across a wide range of activities, from highly strategic to highly tactical, and across a wide spectrum of policy issues. The position also requires a person with excellent oral and written communications skills, strong relationship-building skills, an ability to work in both leadership and service capacities, and a keen understanding of the power of policy and advocacy to advance issues of interest to philanthropy and the broader nonprofit sector.
This is a full-time, exempt position based in the Forum’s Washington, DC office.
Six or more years’ experience in policy/advocacy in philanthropy or nonprofit field and/or experience working in government; strong, existing relationships and experience with public officials at national level a plus.
Enthusiasm for the use of advocacy and public policy engagement in the philanthropy and nonprofit sectors.
Exceptional interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to manage key public policy relationships with integrity and consistency, including a keen ability to work effectively and respectfully with politically, ideologically, culturally and geographically diverse people and communities.
Strong analytical and technical skills and ability to translate complex subjects into approachable concepts.
Exceptional written and oral communication skills.
Ability to manage multiple tasks and adjust to changing priorities.
Effective project management and organizational skills.
Demonstrated ability to work with a high-performance, collaborative, constructive peer group.
Personal qualities of integrity, credibility and a commitment to and passion for the Forum’s mission.
Ability to work both independently and collaboratively as a part of a team.
Knowledge of philanthropy/nonprofit sector preferred.
Additional Salary Information: Salary starting in the low 90s, commensurate with experience. The Forum offers a competitive benefits package including 100% employer paid health coverage and a retirement plan.
About United Philanthropy Forum
As the largest and most diverse network in American philanthropy, United Philanthropy Forum holds a unique position in the social sector to help increase philanthropy’s impact in communities across the country. We are a membership organization of nearly 80 philanthropy associations and networks, representing 7,000 foundations and other funders, who work to make philanthropy better. The Forum envisions a courageous philanthropic sector that catalyzes a just and equitable society where all can participate and prosper.