Director of Policy and Public Affairs

Position Title: 
Director of Policy and Public Affairs
Organization Name: 
Arizona Community Foundation

Status: Full Time – Exempt
Reports To: Chief of Staff / Senior Vice President, Community Investment
Business Unit: Community Investment


Position Summary
The Director of Policy and Public Affairs represents the Arizona Community Foundation with local, county, state, and federal elected and agency officials to positively influence policy outcomes that further the foundation’s impact across Arizona and protect ACF’s ability to effectively mobilize philanthropy.

About ACF’s Public Policy Priorities
Our work in public policy helps ensure that the philanthropic dollars distributed by ACF and our donors can be leveraged to create positive change in our communities. Guided by our mission and philanthropic agenda, and under the leadership of our board of directors, public policy committee, regional advisory boards, and other community leaders, we are committed to drive change within the following priority areas:

  • Arts & Culture
  • Community Improvement & Development
  • Environment & Sustainability
  • Health Innovations
  • Quality Education
  • Philanthropy for All
  • Philanthropy, Nonprofit Capacity Building, & Charitable Giving
  • Strengthening Arizona

Essential Job Functions
Strategy and Approach

  • Design and implement a statewide public policy strategy in alignment with ACF’s Public Policy Priorities and Framework and in furtherance of the foundation’s philanthropic agenda.
  • Strengthen ACF’s standing as a credible, trusted, and nonpartisan partner and expert on community issues.
  •  In partnership with the Chair of ACF’s Public Policy Committee, lead the committee’s work in determining policy positions and approaches.
  • Collaborate with foundation’s public affairs consultants to determine strategies and approaches that advance ACF’s policy priorities.

Partner Engagement

  • Build and strengthen relationships with elected officials, government agency representatives, and community leaders through frequent outreach around policy priorities and communication of foundation investments in communities across Arizona.
  • Represent ACF with key stakeholder groups and coalitions aligned with the foundation’s policy priorities, including the Council on Foundations Public Policy Committee, the Community Foundation Public Awareness Initiative, the Arizona Grantmakers Forum Public Policy Committee, and the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits Public Policy Committee, among others.
  • Serve as the foundation’s primary liaison to government agencies engaged in partnerships and initiatives with ACF.
  • Produce timely products (bill summaries, policy briefs, talking points, etc.) for ACF executive staff, board members, affiliate board of advisor members, and other key stakeholders on relevant legislation and key policy priorities.

Community Impact

  • Collaborate with ACF’s Brand and Impact team to produce communications relative to legislation and the foundation’s policy priorities.
  • Partner with Programs and Community Engagement team to analyze ACF’s current and future discretionary grantmaking, ensuring alignment with policy positions, and leveraging funded projects to further ACF’s policy priorities.

Compliance and Transparency

  • Provide frequent and ongoing training to ACF staff and board members to build awareness of the foundation’s approach to public policy, alignment with community investments, and policy positions.
  • Ensure compliance with all legal and regulatory parameters governing lobbying and advocacy activities, including submission of quarterly and annual reports to the Arizona Secretary of State and accurate reporting of activities on the foundation’s IRS Form 990.

Preferred Candidate Profile
The preferred candidate is a resourceful, collaborative individual who values public service, authentic community engagement, and has a respect for, or a connection to, Arizona and its communities. The preferred candidate also values lifelong learning and is adaptive and willing to learn.

Candidate Qualifications

  • The following (or any combination of experience/education that has resulted in comparable knowledge, skills, abilities):
    • Three or more years of professional experience within a nonprofit organization, government agency, tribal entity, grantmaking institution, educational institution, or other social service entity.
    • Experience influencing policy creation and adoption, developing policy briefs and/or legislation, and experience interpreting and acting on policies created by others.
    • A bachelor’s degree and/or advanced training in a relevant area of study
  • Willingness to travel, locally and regionally.
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) a plus.
  • Experience with grantmaking and customer relationship management (CRM) systems a plus.

Candidate’s Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Practices and approaches related to equitable, asset-based service;
  • Practices and approaches related to (and differences between) diversity, equity, inclusion, and access in service and community engagement;
  • Principles, practices, and techniques related to engagement strategies, intercultural communication, collaborative decision-making, consensus building, and facilitation;
  • Operational structure of the nonprofit sector, nonprofit organizations, and other public services.


  • Exemplary diplomatic, cooperative, and interpersonal skills;
  • Exemplary listening, communications, and creative problem-solving skills;
  • Exemplary organizational skills and the ability to prioritize concurrent projects with multiple stakeholders;
  • Strong skill/ability to manage, organize, and properly document information;
  • Strong skill/ability to guide and motivate others;
  • Strong skill/ability related to program/project management;
  • Strong skill/ability with standard office products and diverse online systems.


  • Connect with, inform, and engage various publics in service of ACF’s mission;
  • Build effective relationships with individuals, groups, and communities of diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and cultures;
  • Show initiative and work independently in addition to contributing to teams;
  • Show excellent professional and interpersonal judgement;
  • Manage confidential information with discretion;
  • Manage collaborative teams with respect and encouragement;
  • Manage conflict and negotiate compromise;
  • Navigate varied operational structures of nonprofit organizations, networks, and communities;
  • Provide useful, timely, and sensitive customer service to diverse constituencies and authorizers;
  • Show respect for professional, avocational, formal and informal community leadership, services, and approaches;
  • Know when to ask for help, advice, and support.

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities performed by incumbents of the position. Incumbents may be required to perform other job-related tasks other than or in addition to those specifically presented in this description.


ACF is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person's race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information. ACF does not discriminate against a person because the person complained about discrimination, filed a charge of discrimination, or participated in an employment discrimination investigation or lawsuit.