Director of Public Policy & Advocacy



Director of Public Policy & Advocacy

Employment Type:

Full time


Seattle, WA



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Job Description:

At Washington Nonprofits, we believe in the power of strong nonprofits to strengthen their communities. Our mission is to make sure nonprofits have what they need to succeed. Washington Nonprofits has three main goals: deliver high impact learning opportunities for nonprofits of all sizes, be a voice for nonprofits in public policy, and convene nonprofits in ways that strengthen their impact. We achieve these goals with a strong commitment to equity, inclusion, and respect for regional differences. This position will play a vital role in achieving these goals.

Position Description

This position will provide leadership for our public policy and advocacy work, working collaboratively with our executive director, board of directors, members and contract lobbyist.


Public Policy Planning and Development

  1. Participate actively in setting Washington Nonprofits’ direction and focus in the area of public policy

  2. Implement WN’s public policy agenda, develop strategies and negotiate solutions for policy issues that are important to the nonprofit sector

  3. Research, monitor, analyze and respond to federal, state and local issues that affect all 501(c)3 nonprofits in Washington State

  4. Draft testimony and position papers on public policy issues

  5. Organize and engage members, nonprofits, and policy makers in public policy efforts on nonprofit sector issues

  6. Create and manage systems to track information about key issues and policymakers

Network Development

  1. Build and maintain relationships with members, partner organizations, coalitions, foundations and associations throughout the state to advance policy goals

  2. Build and maintain relationships with elected officials, their representatives and staff, as well as Governor’s Office and state agency staff

  3. Respond to requests for information from members, nonprofits, policymakers and stakeholders

Public Policy Education & Communications

  1. Manage and produce web content, electronic policy updates, legislative alerts, position statements and research reports for members and other key stakeholders

  2. Educate legislators and other policymakers regarding the scope and impact of the nonprofit sector and policy issues affecting nonprofit success

  3. Coordinate special events such as the annual Nonprofit Legislative Reception

  4. Organize and lead quarterly Policy Advisory Calls

  5. Coordinate with learning department to ensure a robust, relevant program of learning opportunities related to advocacy and public policy for nonprofit staff and board members


  1. Support and coordinate with the membership and learning programs, including participation in annual conference or other key events.

  2. As a member of the WN staff team, work on special projects throughout the year.

  3. Represent the organization at events, which may include some travel throughout Washington State.

Skills and Requirements

  • 3-5 years relevant and progressively responsible work experience in public policy advocacy, or equivalent experience in a related field

  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred

  • In-depth knowledge of the nonprofit sector

  • Experience working with diverse populations

  • Public speaking and presentation skills, as well as strong written communication skills

  • Proven planning and analytical skills to evaluate complex situations and recommend next steps/solutions

  • Strong computer skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Office. Experience with SalesForce and MailChimp or equivalent data management systems preferred. Experience with data analysis tools preferred.

  • Commitment to our mission and belief in the value of nonprofits as drivers of social justice, benefit, and change

  • Ability to handle multiple tasks, projects and priorities effectively and professionally

  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively

  • Ability to travel and current driver’s license required. Access to a vehicle preferred.

    This job description is not intended to be and should not be construed as an all-inclusive list of the responsibilities, skills, efforts or working conditions associated with the position of Director of Public Policy & Advocacy.

    Reports to: Laura Pierce, Executive Director
    Location: Flexible. This position may work in our Seattle office or work from home from another location in Washington State. Frequent travel to Olympia required, as well as some travel elsewhere in Washington State.
    Salary: $50,000-$62,000 depending on experience, plus health insurance stipend, paid time off

    Application process

    To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to (It is preferred that attachments are labeled YourName_CoverLetter or YourName_Resume.) Resumes received by July 31 will receive priority consideration. We will accept applications until position is filled with the goal of having someone in place in late August.

    Washington Nonprofits is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create an inclusive and equitable workplace. We encourage applications from people of all backgrounds.

    Why work at Washington Nonprofits?

    Washington Nonprofits is a nimble, growing organization that impacts the success of nonprofit across the state. You will be working with a great team and have a flexible work schedule.

    For more information about Washington Nonprofits, visit 

Washington Nonprofits
1265 S. Main Street #203
Seattle, WA, United States
Phone: (855) 299-2922

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