UTEC Policy Director

UTEC, Inc.

Posted: 1/8/2021

Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

Function: Policy

Primary domain: Youth Development

City: Lowell

Postal code: 01852

State: Massachusetts

Country: United States

Organization Information:


$3M - $10M



Mission statement:

UTEC’s mission and promise is to ignite and nurture the ambition of our most disconnected young people to trade violence and poverty for social and economic success. Today we serve Lowell, Lawrence, and Haverhill, MA and are nationally recognized as a model agency serving justice-involved young adults. 

Position Details:

Job Description:

Job Summary

UTEC is looking for a committed, innovative, and creative leader to lead all policy efforts aimed at making lasting impact for young adults that we serve, as well as those most disconnected across the Commonwealth and country. Building off the strong advocacy accomplishments over the past several years, we are excited to have a leader help us further advance our collective work. Reporting to the CEO, this position directs the creation and execution of UTEC’s statewide and federal policy and budget efforts. Responsible for building and managing all local, state and federal relations, the Director will advance current initiatives while developing new campaigns moving forward. The Director will lead visionary change through relational and strategic organizing, a relentless dedication to chipping away, helping build varied partnership and coalitions, and ensuring the integration and elevation of youth voices in our work (not only within UTEC but also through our statewide coalition, Teens Leading The Way, and other collaborations through UTEC's Training Center for Excellence). Policy and budget efforts will be focused on advancing racial, social and economic justice through the pursuit of campaigns that advance areas such as criminal justice reform and varied other areas.  For a couple of highlights on our recent policy achievements (expungementcivics, and a two-generational approach, among other areas), click on the prior hyperlinks or check out the articles below:



  • Manage UTEC’s local, state, and federal policy and budget platform;

  • Research and identify winnable administrative, legislative and/or budget campaigns for the organization, emphasizing new opportunities to lead with innovation and creativity;

  • Track and analyze key legislative bills that could represent opportunities for best advancing new policy initiatives, including regularly scanning policy innovations across the country for possible application by UTEC;

  • Cultivate and maintain strategic relationships with elected, administrative, and appointed government officials, as well as all media contacts;

  • Create and support opportunities for authentic young adult involvement in the creation and advancement of campaigns. Policy campaigns should align with the lived experiences of those young adults most impacted by the criminal justice system;

  • Turn ideas into persuasive and data-driven policy statements and proposals to help advance new initiatives around racial, social, and economic justice issues, including;

  • Manage coalitions to support UTEC’s campaigns, and actively seek out new opportunities for meaningful partnerships. Work closely with UTEC's Training Center For Excellence in leveraging the varied collaborations already in place through our role as a convenor and trainer for other community organizations.

  • With support from UTEC’s Communications Manager, prepare background materials for targeted legislative audiences, including leading legislative briefings, preparing testimony, press releases, action alerts and talking points;

  • Represent UTEC at varied external meetings and national conferences.


Required Skills/Abilities 

  • Commitment to UTEC core values and culture: See https://utecinc.org/who-we-are/mission/

  • Commitment to advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

  • Campaign management, and familiarity of the Massachusetts political landscape and state politics is a plus

  • Embody UTEC’s value of chipping away in creatively building partnerships/coalitions  and advancing projects

  • Ability to think strategically and relationally, including strong facilitation skills

  • Excellent management and supervisory skills

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skill (turning ideas into a policy pitch is a big strength)

  • Exemplify our commitment to follow-through (strong project management skills, ensuring systems for all key tasks to be completed on time, even in the midst of varied distractions and possible disorganization);

  • Embracing the independence of this role, willingness to work within the grey areas, and handle the varied curveballs that may come about!

  • Willingness to acknowledge mistakes is a must, and capacity to laugh at oneself is a BIG plus.

Education and Experience
  • Bachelor’s degree, Masters preferred, and/or five years experience in related work

  • Advocacy, policy, or legislative experience

  • Passion and commitment for advancing equity and justice for young adults a must.


Benefits include 401K retirement plan, health and dental (heavily subsidized), 3 weeks paid vacation to start (and an additional week off during the last week of the calendar year), plus paid holidays and additional sick/personal time, opportunity for a paid sabbatical after 3 years, first-time homebuyers funding for those buying in the Merrimack Valley, free counseling for all staff, and unlimited free coffee courtesy of Cafe UTEC and more! Please see www.utecinc.org/jobs for more details. 


Commensurate with Experience

Posting Expiration Date:


How to Apply:

To apply: All candidates should apply online at: https://secure4.entertimeonline.com/ta/6127734.careers?rnd=DMN&ShowJob=386141507

The application portal allows for only one document upload - in addition to applying through the portal, please send a thoughtful cover letter to [email protected]. Please indicate where you first learned about this job opportunity. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.  No application will be considered if there is not a cover letter attached. 


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