Director, Government Relations

Director, Government Relations
Organization Name: 
United Way of Greater Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH
Application Deadline: 
Friday, September 25, 2020
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United Way of Greater Cincinnati (UWGC), has an immediate opening for a Director, Government Relations. The qualified candidate will direct all aspects of United Way’s government relations activities and manage risk related to public policies. Develop, monitor and maintain UWGC’s relationships at the local, state and federal levels. Supervise all staff interactions with public officials and public policy. Direct engagement of donors, volunteers and agency partners in advocacy in order to bring about systems change to achieve our mission. Support donor policy engagement to deepen relationships with UWGC. Create collaborative advocacy partnerships and communicate how public systems impact United Way’s work and mission. 

Key Areas of Responsibility 

  • Government Relations:

Serve as UWGC’s primary contact for local, state and federal government officials. Direct local, state and federal government relations activities to support UWGC’s vision, mission and annual business plans. Manage the board-level Public Policy Cabinet and analyze the risks and benefits for individual public policy positions. Prepare and implement measurable annual work plans to achieve public policy advocacy and systems change objectives. Identify developing issues of note or concern and counsel leadership and staff regarding potential advocacy or other needed actions. Direct contract lobbyists.

Actively direct internal and external work that promotes achievement of UWGC public policy outcomes. Lead staff in the identification and implementation of strategies, initiatives, and public policy programs that could contribute to achieving UWGC’s agenda. Provide thought leadership and expertise on emerging social trends, community concerns, and political issues. Direct the establishment, measurement and evaluation of public policy outcomes.

  • Partner Engagement in Public Policy Advocacy: 
    Stimulate innovation, collaboration and cooperation between United Way, its agency and community partners, other United Ways and state associations seeking to achieve similar goals and objectives. Engage donor groups in advocacy. Identify organizations and key stakeholders as potential partners for collaborative efforts. Create collaborative partnerships. Lead partners and volunteers toward aligned policy priorities to achieve specific outcomes. Facilitate partnership agreements and meetings. Influence community partners to incorporate UWGC public policy goals into their efforts. Provide public policy consultation as well as advocacy engagement opportunities to internal and affiliated external groups such as area Action Councils.
  • Manage policy-related communication in collaboration with UWGC’s overall external engagement strategy. Assist Marketing to develop multi-media communications materials to communicate how public systems impact UWGC and its mission.
  • Supervise all staff engagement with the public sector, both personal and professional, to mitigate risk to UWGC’s brand and reputation. Provide mentoring, positive leadership and supervision as needed to staff engaged in policy advocacy. 

Minimum Qualifications 

  • Degree in Public Administration or similar discipline, Master’s degree preferred, or equivalent experience required.
  • Eight or more years professional work experience with a minimum of three years of experience in direct legislative advocacy and demonstrated understanding of the rules and ethics for lobbying at the local and state level.
  • Experience with volunteer management, coalition building and leading cross-organizational teams.
  • High proficiency in oral and written communication and significant employment experiences that demonstrate successful practice of interpersonal relationship skills.
  • Computer skills, including experience with Microsoft office products (specifically Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint), required.


Incorporates organizational strategies into work plans and establishes goals and objectives to achieve positive results. Displays exceptional diplomacy and tact in dealing with others. Skillfully maintains significantly positive relationships with others by being genuine and straightforward. Expertly negotiates tough situations with internal/external groups. 

Applicants should apply by Friday, September 25, 2020 via the link below:


UWGC is an Equal Opportunity Employer Committed to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion