Director, Public Policy Salary
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.
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.Read More...
The director of public policy must be aware of which regulations, government agencies, and funding sources directly impact the organization he or she represents. Working with other board members, the director develops a strategy that defines goals related to changing existing regulations, maintaining the status quo, and/or promoting new initiatives that positively impact their organization. The director then budgets funding and typically work with a team of lobbyists (and/or works directly) to meet with policymakers and attempt to persuade them.
The director also focuses on the impact of an organization's political outreach on the impressions of consumers or supporters. The director may need to work with public relations teams at times to ensure that potential negatives are mitigated and that positives are emphasized in such a way as to create the best possible image of the organization.
A director of public policy typically has a strong background in government policy and likely needs a law degree for consideration for this role. Many public policy directors also will possess some academic background in public policy as well. Persons in this position typically work long hours in an office environment and should expect to need to travel to state and national capitals for meetings, working dinners, and other events.
Director, Public Policy Tasks
- 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.
- Track the activities of policymakers and research policy issues in order to draft reports and keep the organization up to date.
- 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.
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