Advocacy Manager - Los Angeles

Opening Date: April 16, 2015
City: Los Angeles
State California
Association: American Lung Association in California


The American Lung Association in California is seeking an Advocacy Manager to join its Los Angeles office and work in conjunction with its statewide and local Government Relations staff. This position will oversee the planning, development, and implementation of the public policy initiatives in the Los Angeles area as well as priority regional, state and federal level efforts. The ideal candidate will be energetic, highly motivated, and detail orientated, with excellent communication skills, both written and verbal. This is a mostly grant-funded position.

POSITION TITLE: Advocacy Manager

FTE: 1.0 (37.5 hrs/week)

SALARY: Salary commensurate with experience, plus full benefits package 

Under the direction of the Advocacy Director and working as a key member of the American Lung Association in California’s Government Relations team, the Advocacy Manager provides leadership to the region’s public policy agenda and community organizing activities, provide strategic campaign assistance to tobacco coalitions throughout the Los Angeles region working on tobacco control and lung health issues. This position will work collaboratively with staff and volunteers within the American Lung Association in California as well as with external partners to implement the organization’s strategic plan.

The ideal candidate will also be familiar with community organizing principles and strategies such as the Midwest Academy strategy chart and will provide technical assistance and training to create a prescriptive and disciplined approach to community organizing that will succeed in promoting local and statewide policy change.  This position will have a working knowledge of grants and grant management including managing budgets.


  • Assist in the development of the policy agenda for the Los Angeles region.

  • Plan and execute all education, advocacy, grassroots and media advocacy strategies for public policy priority initiatives in the Los Angeles region.

  • Build and maintain relationships with local and state elected officials, coalition partners, volunteers, donors and staff.

  • Attend strategy sessions, coalition meetings and city council hearings where appropriate to ensure the success of policy objectives.

  • Assist coalitions and advocates across Los Angeles with the development of comprehensive campaign and organizing strategies. Activities will include strategy sessions, trainings, materials development and other technical assistance.

  • Work as an integral member of the American Lung Association in California’s Government Relations department and as an integrated member of the Lung Association’s Los Angeles office.

  • Partner with ALA staff to integrate advocacy work into all parts of the organization.

  • Manage tobacco control grant by performing grant deliverables, maintaining records of project contacts, tracking progress on campaigns, and helping to manage grant budgets.

  • Recruit, train and supervise interns and volunteers.

  • Engage in other Lung Association duties as assigned.


  • Minimum education of a B.A. or B.S. degree.

  • Three or more years of progressively responsible experience in public policy or advocacy-related work, community outreach, community organizing and public health advocacy.

  • Exceptional people skills and an ability to work effectively with diverse populations (economic, cultural, and social).

  • Strong verbal, analytical and written skills, including the ability to write policy and advocacy materials.

  • Ability to travel frequently.

  • Highly organized with excellent attention to detail, accuracy and quality.

  • Ability to work on a number of fast-paced concurrent projects, prioritize and meet deadlines.

  • Knowledge of computer skills necessary and must be web and social media savvy.

  • Represent the ALA and its mission in a professional manner at all times and takes responsibility for delivering on personal and organizational commitments.

  • Highly preferred: Fluent in Spanish, knowledge of tobacco control, access to care, lung health and/or environmental issues.

Application Procedure:

Submit cover letter and resume (please identify where you heard about this position), and salary history in order to be considered to:

American Lung Association in California
Human Resources Department
333 Hegenberger Road, Suite 450
Oakland, CA 94621
Fax: 1-866-522-1681

We recognize the value of diversity in our workforce, and encourage all qualified candidates to apply. We offer a dynamic, friendly, fast-paced environment, with potential for growth. EOE/AA/MFDV. For more information visit We thank all candidates who choose to apply, however, only those selected for a further interview will be contacted.

The American Lung Association in California is a smoke-free workplace.

Position is open until filled.