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Senior Director, Advocacy (CA #1920-32)

City: Sacramento

State: California

The American Lung Association has a great opportunity for a Senior Director, Advocacy to join our incredible team in the California 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 lead public policy advocacy in California with a primary focus on tobacco control and lung health. Secure grant funding and administer grant contracts to ensure that work plans are executed, and deliverables completed on a timely basis; oversee the grant budget expenses. Coordinate legislative and regulatory advocacy process to promote the Lung Association’s public policy agenda, including serving as a key contact for policy leaders, coordinating strategy for testimony on bills and agency proposals.  Serve as a lead content expert for the organization on a wide range of tobacco control and lung health matters.   Collaborates with the Director, Advocacy, Sacramento, and Director, Advocacy Los Angeles to find and develop opportunities for constituents (especially patient, health professionals, and those impacted by tobacco issues) to engage and share their voice in the public policy process. Coordinate policy work with Director, Advocacy, Clean Air.  This is a grant-funded position.


Strategic Leadership

  • Working with National AVP, State Public Policy, provides the organization with advocacy strategy and positions on tobacco control and lung health bills, regulations and policies.
  • Collaborate with Division Senior Director, Communications on media strategy and planning.
  • Collaborate with Director, Advocacy, Clean Air on healthy air and climate policy advocacy

Public Policy Advocacy

  • Develop and maintain important relationships with policy leaders in the Legislature, Tobacco Education and Research Oversight Committee and other agencies.
  • Meet with key policy leaders in the Legislature and other agencies, develop positions and work with tobacco control and lung health staff to write and submit position letters and materials, present testimony and advocate the Lung Association’s positions.
  • Provide guidance to local advocacy staff on a market level tobacco control and lung health policy projects, including providing policy guidance, strategic direction, materials, and other information.
  • Work with and play a leadership role in public policy directed coalitions at the state level that help us advance our mission.

Policy Development

  • Develop plans to engage and empower local and regional priority population projects, as well as local and tribal governments across the state to develop laws and policies designed to end the tobacco epidemic in California.
  • Develop resources and tools to change or permanently eliminate the structural, political, and social dynamics that sustain the tobacco epidemic, in order to end it.

Constituent Cultivation and Mission Integration

  • Collaborate with the Health Promotions team to provide opportunities, materials and information to engage volunteers in advocacy work.
  • Provide timely updates on legislation and the legislative process, analyze and summarize bills for the field, and train staff on policy priorities.
  • Work with local advocacy staff and Executive Directors to ensure advocacy issues and mission are present at all special events, educational events and other functions
  • Strategize with the Director, Media Relations for opportunities for constituent engagement in media.

Direct Grant-Funded Projects

  • Provide strategic direction for grant-funded projects.
  • Serve as lead liaison with grantors to ensure coordination and ensure that all expectations are met.
  • Secure funding to support Lung Association tobacco control advocacy work. Work with staff to write and administer grant contracts to ensure that work plans are executed, and deliverables completed on a timely basis.
  • Perform and/or facilitate personnel management functions in accordance with Lung Association policies and procedures, including, but not limited to performance management, training, supervision and hiring/termination.
  • Work with staff to oversee grant budgets and expenses.
  • Hire, supervise and manage contractors
  • Ensure Sacramento office operates in line with Lung Association expectations.                                                         


  • Bachelor’s Degree required, Master’s Degree preferred
  • Minimum of seven years of experience in advocacy
  • Proven experience with grant management, budget development
  • Supervisorial and managerial skills required
  • Ability to meet concurrent deadlines and manage multiple projects
  • Ability to demonstrate initiative and work autonomously in a creative and dynamic environment
  • Experience in and knowledge of legislative and regulatory procedures at the state level
  • Understanding of tobacco control and lung health law and policy
  • Ability to work with policy leaders in the regulatory and legislative environments
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Interact effectively and tactfully with all levels of management
  • Strong problem solver
  • Travel expected within California and for national meetings and conferences
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint
  • Ability to lift and carry 25 lbs.
  • 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]

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