Advocacy Manager

Advocacy Manager | Position Description

YWCA Dayton, dedicated to the elimination of racism and the empowerment of women, seeks an energetic, dedicated person to be an integral part of our team. This person has proven experience, passion, and insight into public policy and political science, particularly in areas concerning women’s rights, racial equity, intersections of poverty, education, and health. This position reports to the Vice President of Mission, Brand & Programs and supports the vision, mission and values of YWCA Dayton.


  • Identifies and executes mission-aligned advocacy efforts:
    • Tracks identified legislative and public policy priorities and provides updates on status changes.
    • Identifies and creates strategy surrounding calls to action with YWCA constituencies.
    • Works with Marketing and Communications team to create action alerts, talking points and testimony, issue briefs, letters, press statements, opinion editorials, website updates, blogs, and legislative and public policy reports.
  • Identifies and connects with existing and new community partners, ensuring a larger and diversified voice for change.
  • Organizes and executes advocacy events and initiatives, including (but not limited to): Y-Dub Discussions conversation series; Stand Against Racism Challenge; Sojourn Leadership and Justice Academy; WE360 entrepreneurship program; YWomen Vote engagement campaign; and Racial Justice Symposium.
  • Creates and hosts community trainings and presentations on racial equity and social justice and consistently works to recruit new constituents.
  • Leads the YWCA Dayton Advocacy Committee and serves as a key member of the Ohio Council of YWCA’s Advocacy Committee.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Passion and drive for YWCA’s mission; values activism inside and outside the workplace.
  • Experience managing difficult or emotionally charged conversations and dynamics.
  • High level written and verbal skills, with a strong ability to give informative and engaging public presentations and communicate clearly and effectively with the public.
  • Ability to communicate and engage with people of varying social, economic, religious and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Ability to interact with others both individually and as a team in order to cultivate support for the agency’s mission.
  • Ability to work independently and with agility and organization to meet agency needs.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines simultaneously
  • Working knowledge of database systems, as well as word processing, desktop publishing and other related software.


  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, communications or related field; OR a minimum of 2 years’ experience in public affairs, campaign/grassroots effort or project management; OR an equivalent combination of education and work experience.
  • 3-5 years of experience in advocacy or public policy, specifically related to issues affecting gender justice and racial justice.


  • Must be responsive to the needs and requests of clients, residents, staff and Board of Directors.
  • Must extend courtesy, friendliness and overall respect to all of the above.
  • Will collaborate with other staff and/or departments to meet the needs of the organization.
  • Will be available to times and events when evenings and weekends will be required to fulfill duties.


  • Listens well, shares work-related information, is open to others’ perspectives, work styles and
  • Willingly collaborates and cooperates with others in the organization.
  • Develops effective working relationships at all levels and values these relationships as critical to
    effective work.
  • Ability to address conflict in a respectful manner.
  • Expresses ideas clearly and effectively both verbally and in writing.


  • Ability to prioritize work to meet deadlines.
  • Consistently follows through on projects and issues.
  • Flexible, adaptable and responsive to change.
  • Ability to adequately respond to requests and demands in a timely manner.
  • Adept at modifying plans/strategies as needed to best meet the needs of those involved.


  • $45,000 – 48,000 annually
  • Health, dental and vision coverage
  • Paid parental leave
  • Generous PTO and holiday pay
  • 15k life and AD&D insurance
  • Long-term disability
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • YWCA Retirement Fund
    • Automatic enrollment in the YWCA National Retirement Fund upon completion of two years of employment (1,000 hours or more worked per year). Employer contributes 7.5% and YWCA USA contributes 3% to contribute a total of 10.5% of gross pay.
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YWCA Dayton Culture and Values
Empowering Women and Eliminating Racism
YWCA Dayton is part of the largest and oldest multicultural women’s organization in the world; we leverage that collective strength into a unified movement joined through the comprehensive mission of eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.

Founded in 1870, YWCA Dayton lives its mission and is a champion of women and girls in three key ways: direct service programming, community outreach and education, and advocacy and public policy support. Our core services are focused on preventing and responding to gender-based violence; supporting women’s economic empowerment; strengthening women and girls’ leadership development; and advocating for legislation and policies that promote racial and social justice for women and girls.

These include:

  • Emergency shelter and crisis support services for women and children fleeing domestic violence
  • Crisis and counseling services for survivors of sexual assault, human trafficking, and stalking
  • Affordable housing and life skills training for single women transitioning to independent living from homelessness or abuse
  • Housing assistance for women and children who have experienced domestic violence and families who are experiencing sudden homelessness
  • Girls LEAD!, an in-school, after-school, and summer camp empowerment and education program for girls 11-18

YWCA Dayton continues to be a touchstone, a stepping stone, or a resting stone for more than 100 women and children, every day. We are constantly working to ensure that the Miami Valley community will always have amidst its future, a place dedicated to empowering women and eliminating racism.