UTEC Policy Director

UTEC, Inc.

About the organization

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.

Our history: UTEC was founded in 1999 as the result of an organizing movement driven by young people to develop their own teen center in response to gang violence in Lowell, MA. We were originally known as “United Teen Equality Center,” but today our name is simply UTEC, Inc. The community knows us as UTEC, and we now serve older youth, ages 17-25.


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.


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.

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

Salary/Benefits: Salary commensurate with experience. 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.

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

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