United Way of Central Indiana
  • Impact - Manager of Government Relations and Public Policy
  • Indianapolis, IN, USA
  • Full Time




 Manager of Government Relations and Public Policy

Public Policy





We partner to design, support and grow systems that accelerate financial stability and upward mobility for individuals and families living in or near poverty and striving for a brighter future. Our vision is that Central Indiana will be a community where children, individuals and families thrive; neighbors care for each other; and we are proud of all our residents' quality of life.


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 ICARE. This is an exciting time to be part of United Way of Central Indiana's team as we embark on a new strategic framework that fosters innovation, builds community partnerships, and integrates across traditional functional areas.




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. The Manager of Government Relations and Public Policy will provide research to support the work of impact and strategic information with the government relations team. This position will work closely with internal and external partners to achieve key policy priorities at the state and local levels and is responsible for examining the efficacy of existing policies and laying the groundwork for new programs and legislation to meet UWCI objectives and goals.


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. 


Public Policy Research

  • Align public policy with Impact areas: basic needs, social innovation, family opportunities
  • Work directly with Strategic Information team on research initiatives and help to communicate insights internally and externally.
  • Gather data and report on quantitative and qualitative data, analyzing it for any trends or important information that may be useful in formulating new policies, specifically related to 2Gen
  • Conduct research to inform public policy decisions including evaluating the outcomes of existing policies and analyzing and recommending potential policies
  • Review and evaluate policies and legislation to determine the benefits and impact to UWCI and the communities UWCI serves
  • Write reports which condense and summarize information and display key evidence for stakeholders to review, including incorporating equity data to underscore disparate impact of public policies

State and Local Government Relations

  • In coordination with the VP of Government Relations and the Public Policy Workgroup, facilitate the development of UWCI annual public policy agenda
  • Staff the Public Policy Workgroup
  • Review, evaluate and monitor state and local legislation (session management, interim study committee, agency and official briefings)
  • Work with community partners and coalitions to advance key legislative priorities
  • Work together with stakeholders to determine needs and goals of policies
  • Share information with stakeholders including government officials, policy makers and advocates (this includes scheduling, meeting, and following up with legislators)


Align policy, advocacy and legislative materials with UWCI Comm and Marketing Team

  • Conduct internal and external communications in coordination with Communications and Marketing Team
  • Work with legislators, advocacy groups and citizens to advance legislative and policy goals
  • Prepare reports
  • Deliver presentations
  • Write talking points



  • In coordination with the VP of Government Relations, develop and execute advocacy campaign in support of public policy agenda
  • Coordinate advocacy communications with the Communications and Marketing Team including robust use of CQ Engage
  • Participate in and provide support for any statewide coalitions including Early Education Works led by UWCI

Performs special assignments and other work, on an as-needed basis.

This role requires travel up to 50% of the time.




To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential job function satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the basic knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required.  Reasonable accommodation 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 and confidentiality. United Way also values innovative thinking, and a successful candidate will be a self-starter who can work within the team to achieve goals and objectives.  The individual should have effective communication skills, attention to detail and organization, flexibility, adaptability and the ability to multi-task and be open-minded in a fast-paced environment. The individual will also maintain knowledge of trends in his/her area of responsibility and review literature to understand key issues.


This individual routinely reads, interprets and analyzes scientific and technical journals, complex financial reports, and/or legal documents.  Routinely responds to inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community.  Routinely presents information to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors. This individual routinely applies principles of logical or scientific thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems.  Able to deal with nonverbal symbolism (formulas, scientific equations, graphs, etc.,) in its most difficult phases.  Able to deal with a variety of abstract and non-concrete variables. This individual makes day-to-day and/or daily decisions used to support strategic direction.  Decisions often require thought and are structured.  Decisions tend to be short term (one year or less) and usually moderate to high cost.


Education and/or Experience

Bachelor's degree required.  Graduate degree preferred in public administration, law, government, social work or related field with approximately 1-2 years' experience in the not-for-profit sector preferred. Experience related to human services and/or education issues is also preferred.


Excellent communication and presentation skills are required.  Must have outstanding writing and relationship management skills. Good organizational and administrative skills needed. Must possess strong computer skills including database management. Familiarity with a variety of research techniques, internet and sources is necessary.


 *Work experience may substitute for education requirements on a case-by-case basis.  


Core Competencies

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

  • Inclusion
  • Courage
  • Accountability
  • Respect
  • Excellence
  • Job Knowledge
  • Thriving in Change





Position Leader:            Government Relations Vice President         

Position Leads:              N/A

FLSA Status:                  Exempt, Full-time       

Salary Range:               $53,800                

Benefits:                       Complete Benefits Package Available

Reviewed:                     October 2022





Equal Opportunity Employer


Please apply at uwci.org/careers

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