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Policy Campaign Director

United for Respect (UFR) is seeking an experienced Policy Director to advance a broad agenda to promote economic, social and gender justice through public policy and legal action on the federal, state and local level.  Working in collaboration with UFR’s field and campaigns teams, the Policy Director will be responsible for:

  • Advocacy:  Driving winning state policy campaigns and bold federal advocacy with UFR’s team and key state and national coalitions

  • Legal:  Advance legal strategies that support UFR’s network in enforcing their workplace rights while advancing broader industry campaign goals

  • Public Policy:  Hone UFR’s policy agenda and work with experts to craft model policies that improve job quality and stability in the service industry.

The ideal candidate would bring campaigning, coalition and legal experience to UFR, including expertise in policy and legislative campaigns.

UFR is a national organization building an industry voice of people working for the country’s largest retail corporations. Through scaled leadership development and base-building, UFR’s growing network is challenging major corporations and policymakers to provide family‐sustaining jobs for all working people. We leverage technology — social media and our digital platform, WorkIt — and bring the retail workforce into a shared community of support and advocacy. Learn more about UFR’s core programs here: United for Respect at Walmart and Rise Up Retail.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with UFR’s senior leadership and field teams to advance winning campaigns that promote economic stability as well as racial and gender justice for the low wage service workforce. Implement a strategic plan to advance our policy agenda that achieve these goals nationally and in key states and municipalities.

  • In collaboration with UFR’s Political Director, support collaboration with allied advocacy organizations and coalitions engaged in public policy issues that impact the retail workforce on the federal, state and local level. Work with these same constituencies to map relevant power dynamics and develop a strategy to win policy changes.  

  • Engage in the development of public policy that address issues that impact the retail workforce, working in collaboration with key legal, policy partners, and impacted workers.

  • Coordinate with UFR’s field team to engage our base network and develop their leadership to be public voices and drivers in national and state advocacy through campaign committees, training in advocacy and media skills, engaging policymakers and public events, preparing testimony, and more.

  • Collaborate with UFR’s campaign team to amplify our issue by amplifying the experiences of our network by sharing their stories in earned media, online and video.

  • Develop public education materials that promote our issue and policy agenda for our network, policymakers and the earned media, including fact sheets, briefs, trainings and presentations.

  • Work with UFR’s field and research teams deep to develop analysis of the key economic, social and racial justice issues impacting our network.

  • Together with UFR’s Campaigns and Political team, look for opportunities to advance UFR’s corporate policy change work with public policy initiatives. Develop support among alliance partners for UFR’s corporate policy change work.

  • Support the Fair Workweek Initiative, a partnership of UFR’s and the Center for Popular Democracy as needed on policy advocacy and industry engagement in collaboration with the FWI team.


  • At least 3 years of advocacy, public policy or legal experience in economic justice and campaigns.

  • A J.D. degree are preferred, but a legal degree is not required for the position.

  • Strong analytical skills, ability to identify policy issues, determine and articulate policy recommendations effectively to a variety of audiences.

  • Strong oral and written communication skills, including superior writing, copy editing and proofreading ability.

  • Excellent organizational and project management skills, proven ability to multitask, prioritize, problem solve and meet deadlines.

  • Experience working collaboratively on teams and coordinating multifaceted projects, an advantage.

  • A demonstrated commitment to social and racial justice issues and understanding of challenges facing immigrant communities, communities of color, and low-and moderate income families.

Competitive benefits package provided for full-time employees and eligible dependents, including health, dental, vision, and prescription coverage and 401k. Salary range: $75,000-$86,000.

United for Respect is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and actively recruits people of color, women, individuals with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ community. United for Respect provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training

Location: New York, NY
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