Director of Policy and Communications

Position Details
Opening Date: 
Fri, 08/25/2017
Position Summary: 

The Director of Policy and Communications identifies, researches, develops and evaluates issue and program policy, examining the relationships between homelessness, drugs and alcohol, behavioral health and other social determinants of health to support effective and efficient programs. The Director develops communications and issue campaigns utilizing both traditional and new media. The Director handles press and other media inquiries as appropriate.


The Director of Policy and Communications is a key member of the management team who participates fully in establishing and accomplishing program priorities, developing and managing the budget for the policy and communications programs, and assisting in raising funds to carry out the programs.

Key Duties & Responsibilities: 

Policy Leadership:

  • Develop and implement a strategic policy agenda for program priorities including achievable goals and performance measures;
  • Build and direct strong, well-designed, well-defined programs to promote organizational missions and vision towards reducing homelessness by integrating research, best practices, public education, communications and organizing strategies;
  • Work with the Board of Directors, Executive Director and  administrative staff to analyze implications of federal, state and local legislation; Coordinate with the Executive Director and administrative staff on policy communications;
  • Conduct and oversee policy research and drafting, working closely with the Board of Directors, Executive Director and administrative staff as appropriate;
  • Build and nurture effective multi-organizational coalitions and alliances on priority issues;
  • Lead the development and management of effective working relationships with key public officials, decision makers and funders at the federal, state and local levels.






  • Spearhead multi-media public education campaigns designed to extend the impact of the organization’s mission, visioning programs;
  • Work with the Board of Directors, Executive Director and  administrative staff to pitch stories, maximize media coverage, and enhance the visibility of the organization;
  • Draft and edit press materials, including press releases, advisories and background memos;
  • Working collaboratively with other organizational staff, develop and manage dynamic content for the affiliate’s websites, e-communications, blog and social media;
  • Produce and/or edit major reports, annual report and other publications, including newsletters;
  • Prepare regular reports for the Board of Directors on the organization’s policy and communications initiatives.


Education, Knowledge, Skills & Abilities: 


  • Master’s Degree or higher degree in a public policy, public Administration, public health or a related field preferred;
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze public policy proposals;
  • Experience in and comfort communicating with executive level executive

policymakers, decision makers and staff;

  • Experience designing data collection tools and using data to shape policy agendas and messages;
  • Professional efficiency with Microsoft Office suite;
  • Experience in coalition-building and working in a team environment;
  • Ability to communicate complex information clearly in writing and in oral presentations to a range of audiences;
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills.



  • Working knowledge and broad understanding of the non-profit sector, homelessness, drug and alcohol issues, behavioral health and other social determinants of health;
  • Significant professional experience in public policy advocacy, public policy research and analysis, professional experience in strategic communications and media relations;
  • Demonstrated skill and comfort with proactively building relationships with diverse audiences, including public officials, reporters and editors, community leaders, coalition partners and the public;
  • A commitment to diversity; a personal approach that values the individual and respects differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstance, and able to work with diverse individuals within the organization and broader community.
  • Excellent communication skills including writing, speaking and analytical skills.


More Details: 
Disclaimer: Nothing in this job description restricts the organization’s right to assign other related duties or responsibilities to this job as needed.
Contact Info
Contact Info: 
Send cover letter and resume along with salary requirements to: Michael Hinson, Executive Director of SELF at:
Additional Application Info: 
SELF/UAC is an Equal Opportunity Employer