United Way of Central Indiana
  • - Community Impact
  • Indianapolis, IN, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Government Relations Vice President

Impact Team

United Way fights for the education, financial stability, health and basic needs of everyone in our community.

We pursue this vision in all we do as we ask our community to give, advocate and volunteer. We believe that vision can only be achieved if pursued with shared values, and therefore place great emphasis on building a team that will pursue this vision together with CARE.


Position Summary

United Way of Central Indiana recognizes that the key to success is a strong and cohesive team that works through shared values to achieve our mission. This position provides the government relations leadership and stewardship to support these priorities and our organizational goals. UWCI is a nonpartisan, non-ideological organization.

Position Duties & Responsibilities

The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.

This role provides leadership for United Way of Central Indiana (UWCI) public policy and governmental relations work at the federal, state and local levels. This position works with the Chief Impact Officer and impact team to identify and support policy initiatives that further the organization's goals. This position supports identified priorities and initiatives in conjunction with the efforts of Indiana United Ways (IUW) and United Way Worldwide (UWW) and through the building and stellar leadership of coalitions that may include corporate partners and other non-profit organizations. This position is a member of the Operating Committee in which senior leadership actively participate in discussion on a wide-ranging set of topics relevant to the organization.

Under the direction of Chief Impact Officer, the Government Relations Vice President shall:

1. Cultivate and maintain a constructive relationship with local leadership in Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Marion and Morgan counties as well as with state legislators, the governor's office, and state agencies, positioning UWCI as a thought leader on issues related to the human services sector. Coordinate and collaborate with the Community Relations Team in this effort.
2. Provide leadership and support for Public Policy efforts of the organization and will coordinate and staff a participatory coalition of board members, corporate lobbyists acting as volunteers, contract lobbyists and others as required to advance specific initiatives
3. Identify, research, monitor, and advocate for key local, regional, and state level public policy issues, perform analysis on organizational priority issues, develop strategy, convene discussion and provide issue advocacy leadership and community education as appropriate.
4. Collaborate closely with VP, Community Research and Analytics, the community impact team, board members and other leaders for development and successful execution of the annual Public Policy agenda for UWCI, including the continuation of UWCI's ongoing initiative to secure a source of increased and sustainable funding from the state for high quality Pre-K.
5. Mobilize UWCI Board members and companies, other volunteers, community partners and other external constituencies for action in support of public policy agenda.
6. Author or facilitate the development of policy reports, issue papers, op-eds and outreach materials.
7. Conduct a regular program of information dissemination including communication and activation through CQ Engage, website updates, newsletters, email action "alerts" and social media.
8. Conduct workshops, seminars and presentations as appropriate to support fundraising and community engagement.
9. Participate on the IUW Public Policy committee.
10. Serve as a registered lobbyist with the state on behalf of UWCI and ensure organizational compliance with all filing requirements.
11. Collaborate on statewide/national efforts including those by the IUW, Indiana Coalition for Human Services, UWW and other community partners.
12. Develop and monitor department budget. Assist in raising and tracking funds for advocacy and lobbying work, ensuring that UWCI operates within the IRS restrictions associated with its tax-exempt status.
13. Help promote a cooperative spirit within the organization and among internal and external United Way participants.
14. Manage contractors or consultants hired to support public policy work.
15. Perform special assignments and other work on an as-needed basis.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential job function satisfactorily and be present in the office while performing those functions. The requirements listed are representative of the basic knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The individual in this role must display the highest level of integrity, poise and discretion. United Way values innovative thinking, and a successful candidate will be a self-starter who can work within the team to achieve goals and objectives. This individual must be able to drive to success while acting in accordance with our values. He/she should have effective communication skills, attention to detail and organization, be flexible and adaptable to different work styles. The individual will also maintain knowledge of trends in his/her area of responsibility and reviews literature to understand key issues. This person must be able to effectively manage a large, diverse group of people inside and outside the organization to achieve his/her goals.

Education and/or Experience

Bachelor's degree in public administration, law, government, social work or related field required. Graduate degree preferred in public administration, law, government, social work or related field with approximately five years of significant experience in public policy, preferably related to human services and/or education issues.

Excellent communication and presentation skills are required. Good organizational and administrative skills needed. Strong media relations experience desired. Must possess strong computer skills including database management. Familiarity with a variety of research techniques, internet and sources is necessary.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are general representations of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

• While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, reach with hands and arms, talk, and hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands to touch and handle objects. The employee frequently stands or walks.
• The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

• Office setting, with sustained use of a computer.
• The noise level in the work environment is minimal to moderate.
• Maintains personal/professional competency and works to create an environment of courtesy, respect, enthusiasm, and a positive attitude in all interactions both internal and external to the organization.

Core Competencies

United Way of Central Indiana's team is evaluated on the following core competencies:

• Courage
• Accountability
• Respect
• Excellence
• Thinking Strategically
• Stakeholder Experience
• Effective Communication

Position Leader:     Chief Impact Officer
FLSA Status:           Full Time, EXEMPT, Salaried
Salary Range:         Market Based
Benefits:                  Complete Benefits Package Available

Equal Opportunity Employer

Please apply at uwci.org/careers

This position description does not constitute a contract of employment or a guarantee of any terms or conditions of employment. UWCI employees are employed on an at-will basis. In addition, nothing in this position description restricts UWCI's right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this position at any time.

This position has been closed and is no longer available.
United Way of Central Indiana


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