Director of Public Policy

01 Nov, 2021


Director of Public Policy

Rosie's Place
Boston, MA

Rosie’s Place, a sanctuary for poor and homeless women, offers emergency and long-term assistance to women who have nowhere else to turn. Founded in 1974, Rosie’s Place welcomes each guest with respect and unconditional love. Rosie’s Place accepts no government funds, and relies instead on committed volunteers and private supporters to accomplish its effective and innovative work.


The Director of Public Policy oversees and manages all of Rosie’s Place’s policy work. With the goal of advocating for justice for poor and homeless women, this role provides strategic vision and direction to our public policy efforts in order to leverage community support and resources to further advance the mission of Rosie’s Place. Reporting to the Chief Advancement Officer, the Director of Public Policy leads efforts to create transformative policy endeavors.



  • Direct the legislative work of the organization, which includes developing an annual policy agenda, determining legislative priorities and implementing a legislative strategy.
  • Organize and mobilize stakeholders, including Rosie’s Place guests, to engage in the organization’s advocacy work.
  • Advocate for a state budget that prioritizes investments that benefit poor and homeless women.
  • Build relationships with potential and current allies, including other Boston-area advocacy groups, Rosie’s Place volunteers and donors, individual legislators and government officials.
  • Develop and oversee all guest programming related to policy work, including Know Your Rights forums, local, state and national election activities, and census activities.
  • Work with the Director of Communications to develop and implement a communications strategy that promotes our policy agenda and leverages our networks.
  • Serve as primary lobbyist for the organization and represent Rosie’s Place and its policy agenda to the community.
  • Supervise Public Policy Associate.
  • Carry out all other tasks and duties as assigned by the Chief Advancement Officer.



  • 5-7 years experience in Public Policy, Organizing or Campaign work, with demonstrated experience in leading initiatives, preferred.
  • Bilingual preferred.
  • Superior written communication skills and the ability to effectively communicate the mission and philosophy of Rosie’s Place.
  • Familiarity with Massachusetts legislative process and politics.
  • Knowledge of substantive poor people’s issues, such as housing, welfare rights, drug treatment, homelessness prevention, hunger.
  • Strategic thinker with experience leading and motivating teams.
  • Strong commitment to social justice and the mission of Rosie’s Place.
  • Excellent organizational skills, significant attention to detail and follow‐through, ability to work on multiple tasks in a growing and changing environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to welcome, train, motivate and manage a diversity of people from various backgrounds.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to exercise sound judgement, think quickly on your feet and be welcoming to all.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications and experience with database management.



We are a hands-on team and seek employees who are passionate about our work and service to our community. The Director of Public Policy is a 40 hours/week, exempt position and is expected to work onsite at Rosie’s Place during their work week and engage regularly with staff, guests and volunteers. The position may require travel between facilities or community locations.


We continue to adapt to safety protocols related to COVID-19 as we understand them and all employees must follow our safety protocols. It is required that all Rosie’s Place staff members are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. For the safety of the community, Rosie’s Place employees are expected to obtain COVID tests if they have symptoms or have traveled by plane. Quarantining may be required after air travel. All employees must test regularly and submit results. Masks are required to be worn on all properties at all times.



The starting salary range for this position is $70,000 – $80,000 with a robust benefits package. Rosie’s Place offers medical and dental insurance, 403(b) retirement plan, pension contributions, paid vacation, and more.


Rosie’s Place is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity. Rosie’s Place strongly encourages people of color, people with disabilities and homeless/formerly homeless people to apply.

How to Apply

Job posted: 2021-11-01