Columbus / hybrid

Director of Public Policy, Philanthropy Ohio

The Organization

Philanthropy Ohio is a statewide membership association that leads and equips Ohio philanthropy to be effective partners for change in our communities. Working towards a vision of a just and vibrant Ohio through impactful philanthropy, our dedicated staff helps members achieve their charitable goals by advocating, educating, convening and collaborating – all with an equity lens.

Members are community and private foundations, corporate contributions programs, individuals, giving circles, government, federated funds including United Ways and other grantmaking organizations. Incorporated in 1984, Philanthropy Ohio is a 501(c) (3) organization headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, with a regional office (serving northern Ohio) located in Cleveland. Our nearly 200 Philanthropy Ohio members hold over $50 billion in assets and provide over $4 billion in grants to nonprofit organizations that work to improve our communities.

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Philanthropy Ohio is an equal opportunity employer. There shall be no discrimination of persons on the basis of race, age, sex, marital status, disability, citizenship, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, political affiliation or belief with regard to hiring, assignment, promotion or other conditions of staff employment.

Position Overview

Philanthropy Ohio Job Posting

Position: Director, Public Policy

Reports to: Vice President, Public Policy

Location: Columbus and Temporarily Remote

Position Summary:

The Director, Public Policy, supports the organization’s advocacy strategies for internal and external audiences by: developing and implementing annual legislative agendas; building relationships with state and federal policy makers; monitoring and reporting on issues and legislation; managing member coalitions and affinity groups; and educating members on key policy issues. This is a full-time exempt position, working 37.5 hours per week, based in the Columbus office. Some travel is required.

Starting salary range: $ 56,000 – $65,000.

Philanthropy Ohio offers 15 days paid vacation, sick leave, retirement benefits, medical, dental, vision and life insurance coverage, and a collegial work environment. Philanthropy Ohio is currently operating in a hybrid work environment that includes remote and in-office work; the hybrid work schedule is reevaluated periodically and subject to change.



  • Lead the development and implementation of annual work plans for priority policy initiatives, coalitions and affinity groups
  • Research and draft content for policy briefs, newsletters and special reports
  • Monitor legislative and executive department activity related to priority policy areas
  • Schedule, prepare for and lead meetings with state and federal policy makers


  • Plan and deliver policy-focused learning events
  • Lead advocacy and lobbying activities in priority policy areas
  • Engage members and the President & CEO in advocacy and lobbying activities as appropriate
  • Support the Vice President and the Public Policy Committee
  • Support fundraising efforts to fund policy initiatives
  • Attend policy related conferences when needed



  • Maintain primary relationship with members as assigned by the customer relationship management plan

Cross collaboration:

  • Coordinates policy-focused learning events with Programs & Learning Team
  • Collaborates with Programs & Learning Team to develop and deliver policy-focused sessions at the annual conference
  • Collaborates with Communications Director to develop policy-related materials
  • Collaborates with the United Philanthropy Forum on federal policy issues
  • Participates in Directors’ Internal Work Group


Minimum Qualifications for the position


  • 5 -7 years of experience in government, public policy, philanthropy or nonprofit settings;
  • 4-year college degree in public policy/administration, political science or similar degree required, MA preferred


  • Strong research and analysis, project management, written and verbal communications, ability to manage multiple projects and shifting priorities


  • Interpersonal skills with strong commitment to high quality member service, attention to detail, well-organized, collaborative team approach, creative, innovative and continuous improvement orientation

Qualifications common to all positions

  • Commitment to our core values of Community, Courage, Voice, Integrity and Equity
  • Good interpersonal skills with strong service orientation
  • Attention to detail, ability to produce high quality work products
  • Communicate effectively in a variety of settings and styles
  • Work collaboratively in a team environment
  • Experience with or interest in learning about organized philanthropy

How To Apply

Applicants must send both a cover letter and resume no later than November 1, 2022 to Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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