The American Lung Association has a great opportunity for a Director, Advocacy MD, VA, DE, DC to join our incredible team in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Working as a member of the Advocacy and Public Policy Team, you will join an outstanding group of professionals dedicated to our mission: to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy.
In this role, you will be responsible for planning, development, and implementation of the local and state public policy initiatives for the American Lung Association in Maryland, Virginia, Delaware and Washington, D.C. as well as assist our Washington, D.C. staff with our Federal priorities. This is partially grant-funded.
Work collaboratively with staff and volunteers within the American Lung Association’s Eastern Division as well as with external partners to implement the organization’s policy agenda with a specific focus on Maryland, Virginia, Delaware and Washington, D.C.
Develop and maintain relationships with key government officials on ongoing basis; enhance understanding of Lung Association mission and activities.
Lobby local, state and federal elected officials to pass Lung Association endorsed lung health-related policies or to stop measures opposed by the Lung Association.
Engage constituents and volunteers into advocacy activities, such as meeting with elected officials, offering testimony, writing letters, and writing op-eds.
Build advocacy networks (such as LUNG FORCE Hero advocates, lung health and health professional champions, e-advocates) through recruitment and ongoing engagement as part of a larger Association effort to build a robust constituent base.
Represent Lung Association on relevant local and regional coalitions (tobacco control, asthma and air quality).
Coordinate and assure grant deliverables and reporting are met for Institute for Public Health Innovation grant focused on Healthy Montgomery Community Action Plan and Tobacco 21.
Comply with all lobbying reporting requirements.
Support the local development team by improving alignment and coordination of Lung Association mission, advocacy and community engagement into fundraising initiatives.
Identify policy success stories, personal stories and potential spokespeople for communications and development teams to highlight internally and externally.
Serve as policy spokesperson for the annual State of Tobacco Control, State of Lung Cancer and State of the Air signature reports and maximize media coverage through strategic media outreach.
Collaborate on budget development and implementation for Advocacy and Public Policy Division activities.
Serve on work teams as assigned.
B.S. or B.A. degree in public health, health policy, political science or government related area with 3 to 5 years in the public or private sectors, preferably at the state level with a focus on grassroots advocacy, media/public relations and direct lobbying.
Strong understanding of state, local and federal government and legislative processes.
Experience in public health, tobacco control, environmental advocacy, or health policy is preferred.
Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.
Ability to work independently, problem solve, thrive under pressure, perform multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
Highly organized with excellent attention to detail, accuracy and quality.
Consistent with its mission, the American Lung Association maintains a smoke-free work place; all employees must abstain from tobacco use in any form.
Additional Salary Information: The American Lung Association offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes: Medical, Dental, Vision, FSA, LTD, Matching 403(b), Paid Vacation/Sick/Holidays.
About American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Guide Seal, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: www.Lung.org.
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