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Coordinator, Policy (CA #1819-156)

City: Los Angeles

State: California

The American Lung Association has a great opportunity for a Coordinator, Policy to join our incredible team in California.  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 support and contribute to content knowledge on local tobacco control laws and regulations. The position provides technical assistance and policy expertise to staff, community members, patients, coalition partners, elected officials and California’s tobacco prevention and control community. Supports the research and development of data for the State of Tobacco Control (SOTC) report annually. In addition, the position creates and develops resources (fact sheets, reports, testimony, and analysis) to advocate for Lung Association-supported public policies on lung health related issues at the state and local level.   This is a grant funded position.


Public Policy Advocacy

  • Review draft policies, legislative bills, and ordinances being considered to understand impact of legislation, work with Policy Manager to communicate that impact to other staff, as well as external partners, government staff and elected officials.
  • Research, monitor and analyze tobacco-related policy activity at the national, state, regional and local level and provide data and other technical assistance resources to local coalitions and partner agencies via written materials and presentations. Respond to requests and questions from tobacco control advocates, California state government staff, and other interested parties across the state regarding these policies.
  • Assist in drafting and editing policy factsheets, testimony, legislative letters, briefing sheets, case studies, and other policy materials. Review and research pertinent sources of data, fact-checking figures and statistics in all materials. Contribute to press materials developed by the Specialist, Public Engagement, ensuring accurate information.
  • Assist in research and writing of the State of Tobacco Control report, a signature Lung Association report, as well as the SOTC – California Local Grades report, by tracking, analyzing, and grading local policy ordinances for all 482 cities and 58 counties across California in key tobacco control policy issue areas.
  • Represent American Lung Association in coalitions, and other stakeholder meetings in Southern California.
  • Engage constituents and volunteers into advocacy activities, such as meeting with elected officials, writing letters, and writing op-eds.
  • Facilitate efforts to eliminate health disparities and coordinate with diverse populations to address distinct policy needs in their community.
  • Ensure coordination and collaboration with community groups and utilize best practices to educate the community on the harms associated with tobacco.
  • Conduct community assessments, collect and tabulate data, and use information to strategically educate the community through trainings, media and policy activities.

Constituent Cultivation

  • Provide updates and training on tobacco policy 101, and the policy process. Analyze and summarize bills for the field.
  • Travel occasionally throughout the state to provide in person training and technical assistance as needed.

Region Mission Integration

  • Work with local market advocacy staff and Executive Directors to ensure advocacy issues and mission are present at all special events, educational events and other functions.
  • Together with Specialist, Public Engagement ensure all staff understand the tobacco control policy priorities, advocacy work and successes.


  • Model volunteer/staff partnership including staff-to-staff and volunteer-to-volunteer management.
  • Perform and/or facilitate personnel management functions in accordance with Lung Association in CA policies and procedures, including, but not limited to performance management, training, supervision and hiring/termination.
  • Assist in ensuring that assigned policy-related deliverables for grants are completed on a timely basis and that the reporting is done.


  • B.A. or B.S. Degree required. 
  • One - Three years of experience working in public health policy analysis, legislative affairs, or legislative advocacy, and public policy development.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Acrobat, LegInfo, Legal Research.
  • Ability to meet concurrent deadlines.
  • Manage multiple projects.
  • Strong verbal, analytical and written skills, including the ability to write policy materials. 
  • Highly organized with excellent attention to detail, accuracy and quality.
  • Interact effectively and tactfully with all levels of management.
  • Strong problem solver.
  • Demonstrates initiative.
  • Consistent with its mission, the American Lung Association maintains a smoke-free work place; all employees must abstain from tobacco use in any form. 


To apply send cover letter, resume and salary requirements to (include job title and job number in subject of email):

Human Resources Department
American Lung Association
Email:  [email protected]

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


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