Advocacy Manager, Central Valley (CA #1718-08) | American Lung Association

Advocacy Manager, Central Valley (CA #1718-08)

City: Fresno or Bakersfield

State: California

The American Lung Association has a great opportunity for an Advocacy Manager, Central Valley to join our incredible team in California.  Working as a member Public Policy and Advocacy 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 providing leadership and managing relationships between the American Lung Association in California and key government and elected officials at the local, state and federal levels. Leverage resources (staff, patients, volunteers, coalition partners, etc.) to advocate for Lung Association-supported public policy on lung health related issues. Responsible for ensuring that our constituents and their stories will have a voice and a place in the public policy process. Implement a regional and statewide government relations strategic plan reflecting the Lung Association mission and desired outcomes. Provide training and technical assistance to community members in the Central Valley and statewide.


  • Develop and maintain relationships with key government officials on ongoing basis; enhance understanding of Lung Association mission and activities.
  • Educate local, state and federal elected officials to pass Lung Association endorsed lung health-related policies.
  • Engage constituents and volunteers into advocacy activities, such as meeting with elected officials, writing letters, and writing op-eds.
  • Build advocacy networks (such as Lung Force Heroes advocates, Lung Health Champions, Health Professionals for Clean Air, and E-advocates) through recruitment and ongoing engagement as part of a larger Charter effort to build a robust constituent base.
  • Build awareness and understanding of advocacy programs among staff and volunteers through ongoing communications; serve as a resource for staff, media and volunteers including the training and mobilization of leadership volunteers.
  • Develop and offer advocacy opportunities to local market staff for all volunteers as part of an overall network set of offerings.
  • Develop and implement an effective, timely and ongoing communication strategy of information to volunteer and integrate into the overall communication plans/schedules for the market office and charter.
  • Identify policy success stories, personal stories and potential spokespeople for communications and development teams to highlight internally and externally.
  • Provide leadership for the cultivation of productive relationships with the media in the market.
  • Monitor local public policy efforts throughout the region, conduct organizing trainings and provide technical assistance and advocacy engagement to coalition members and community partner groups.
  • Represent Lung Association on relevant local and regional coalitions (tobacco control, asthma and air quality.)
  • Lead local research and outreach for the annual State of Tobacco Control and State of the Air signature reports and maximize media coverage through strategic media outreach.
  • Work with team to secure funding for local advocacy work.
  • Assist in the writing and administering of grant contracts to ensure that work plans are executed and deliverables completed on a timely basis.
  • Assist in meeting local and state fundraising goals for Lung Association.
  • Track volunteer engagement in a Charter-wide database to allow for their broader involvement in the organization.
  • Engage patients, advocates, and health care professionals to participate in and/or volunteer for pledge events, donor development, community engagement and mission-related activities.
  • Support the local development team by improving alignment and coordination of Lung Association mission, advocacy and community engagement into fundraising initiatives.
  • Provide leadership in building a strong working relationship with Charter staff.
  • Travel on a regular basis throughout the 7 county region including Kern, Tulare, Kings, Fresno, Madera, Merced and Stanislaus providing support, direction and guidance to staff, volunteers and partners.
  • Periodically travel statewide to facilitate trainings for staff, volunteers and partners.
  • Represent interests, professionalism and integrity of Lung Association in CA in all activities and relationships through a unified message of the Lung Association mission and a commitment to organizational standards and leadership by personal example.    


  • Bachelor's degree in public health, health policy, political science or government or related area.
  • Minimum of three years of progressively responsible experience in public policy or advocacy‚Äźrelated work, community outreach, community organizing and public health advocacy.
  • Fluent in Spanish.
  • Experience in recruitment/outreach.
  • Experience in public speaking.
  • Experience in budget management, grant writing and grant management.
  • Experience working in a matrix environment a plus.
  • Experience supervising staff.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with non-profit organizations, community members, elected officials, city staff, advocates, public health professionals.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and appropriately to a diversity of audiences, including media Exceptional customer service skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills.
  • Interact effectively and tactfully with all levels of management.
  • Ability to manage and add value to multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to work independently, problem solve, thrive under pressure, perform multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Exceptional people skills and an ability to work effectively with diverse populations (economic, cultural, and social).
  • Strong spoken, analytical and written skills.
  • Highly organized with excellent attention to detail, accuracy and quality.
  • Community organizing experience.
  • Broad cultural competency.
  • Able/willing to travel as requested. (Travel/mileage reimbursed according to ALA policy.)
  • Consistent with its mission, the American Lung Association maintains a smoke-free work place, all employees must abstain from tobacco use in any form.


Please send or e-mail letter of application and resume with salary requirements to (include job title in subject of email):

Human Resources Department
American Lung Association

The American Lung Association is dedicated to a diverse workforce.
Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V


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