Director, Public Policy

Philanthropy Ohio

Philanthropy Ohio is a statewide membership association for organized philanthropy. Its vision is a just and vibrant Ohio through impactful philanthropy, with a mission to lead and equip Ohio philanthropy to be effective, powerful change agents in our communities.

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. They have over 200 members which collectively hold over $50 billion in assets from which they award over $4 billion in grants to nonprofits in a typical year. Philanthropy Ohio is a member of the United Philanthropy Forum, the national umbrella organization for the country’s philanthropy serving organizations, including 35 regional associations like themselves.

Position Summary:

The Director, Public Policy, supports the organization’s advocacy strategies for internal and external audiences, helping to: implement annual legislative agendas; build relationships with state and federal policy makers; monitor issues and legislation; manage member coalitions; and educate members on key policy issues. This is a full-time, exempt position based in the Columbus office.


  • Support development and implementation of annual work plans for policy initiatives and coalitions
  • Research and draft content for white papers, newsletters and special reports
  • Monitor legislative and executive department activity related to priority policy areas
  • Schedule and prepare for meetings with state and federal policy makers
  • Support implementation of legislative agenda
  • Plan and deliver policy-focused learning events
  • Support and participate in Public Policy Committee meetings
  • Prepare fundraising materials for policy initiatives

Minimum qualifications for the position:

  • Experience: 5 -7 years experience in government, public policy, philanthropy or nonprofit settings; four-year college degree in public policy/administration or political science required, MA preferred; knowledge of Ohio’s education systems (P – 20) and policy issues
  • Skills: strong research and analysis, project management, written and verbal communications, ability to manage multiple projects and shifting priorities
  • Characteristics: 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:

  • 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
  • Use time and resources well and display ability to manage multiple projects and shifting priorities
  • Approach responsibilities creatively and innovatively with the goal of continuous improvement
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office

Salary commensurate with experience. In addition, Philanthropy Ohio offers a generous benefits package including medical, dental and vision insurance; 15 days paid vacation in first year; paid sick leave; retirement benefits; and a collegial work environment.

To apply, applicants must send cover letter, resume and salary requirements to

Deadline for submissions is November 30, 2018.

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Philanthropy Ohio is an equal opportunity employer.

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