A Director, Public Policy earns an average salary of $76,516 per year. Experience has a moderate effect on pay for this job. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this field. Skills that are associated with high pay for this job are People Management and Oral / Verbal Communication.

$49,273 - $132,640
MEDIAN: $76,515

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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 160

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Job Description for Director, Public Policy

The operations of many for-profit and non-profit agencies are impacted by the decisions made by governments and legislatures. These organizations often have a director of public policy at the board-executive level who deals with this aspect of operations. The director of public policy helps the board form a strategy for how it will attempt to influence and participate in making or blocking regulations and laws, and then works to implement these endeavors.


Director, Public Policy Tasks

  • Work with organization leaders to develop public policy agendas and strategies for advocating those agendas.
  • Assist with preparation of policy budget, and identify and pursue fundraising opportunities.
  • Track the activities of policymakers and research policy issues in order to draft reports and keep the organization up to date.
  • Establish relationships with local, state, and national lawmakers in order to influence policymaking.
  • Present the policy positions and opinions of the organization to the public, government officials, and other organizations.

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Experience Affects Director, Public Policy Salaries

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Skills That Affect Director, Public Policy Salaries

People Management
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Oral / Verbal Communication
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Policy Analysis
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.


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Years of Experience

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Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
medical benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 9%