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Specialist, Advocacy (CA #1819-131)

City: Chico

State: California

The American Lung Association has a great opportunity for a Specialist, Advocacy to join our incredible team in 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 support and manage relationships between the American Lung Association and key government and elected officials in the North Valley Region of California. Leverage resources (staff, patients, volunteers, coalition partners, etc.) to advocate for Lung Association-supported public policy on lung health related issues.  Also ensure that our constituents and their stories will have a voice and a place in the public policy process.  The position will implement a regional and statewide government relations strategic plan reflecting the Lung Association mission and desired outcomes. This is a grant-funded position.


Advocacy Outreach and Constituent Cultivation

  • Manage and conduct grant deliverables such as presentations, community outreach and evaluation.
  • Educate local 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 through recruitment and ongoing engagement as part of a larger organizational effort to build a robust constituent base.
  • Build awareness and understanding of advocacy programs among staff and volunteers through ongoing communications.
  • Identify policy success stories, personal stories and potential spokespeople for communications and development teams to highlight internally and externally.
  • Support the cultivation of productive relationships with the media in the market.
  • Represent Lung Association on relevant local and regional coalitions (tobacco control, asthma and air quality.)

Administrative and Infrastructure Building

  • Help secure funding for local advocacy work. Assist with administering grant contracts to ensure that work plans are executed, and deliverables completed on a timely basis.
  • Contribute to the management of grant budgets and expenses.
  • Track volunteer engagement in organizational database to allow for their broader involvement in the organization

Mission Integration

  • Engage patients, advocates, and health care professionals to participate in and/or volunteer for pledge events, donor development, community engagement and mission-related activities.
  • Work as an integrated member of the Lung Association local market office team

Staff Management and Development

  • Hire, supervise and manage part-time health educators and interns
  • Cultivate and sustain a strong, team-oriented culture with emphasis on results and accountability.
  • 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.
  • 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 required. 
  • At least 1 year of experience in public policy or advocacy‚Äźrelated work, community outreach, community organizing and public health advocacy.
  • Proven ability to identify, recruit, and develop strong working relationships with patients and volunteers
  • Experience in public speaking.
  • 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 (economic, cultural, and social).
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Interact effectively and tactfully with all levels of management
  • Able to work with minimum direct supervision, make decisions, and take initiative.
  • 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
  • Highly organized with excellent attention to detail, accuracy and quality
  • Broad cultural competency
  • Ability to travel regularly
  • Ability to lift approximately 25 lbs. when assisting with local events.
  • Proven ability to cultivate and steward relationships across a diverse population.
  • Flexibility to work irregular hours, including evenings and weekends with some overnights required.  Must have a valid Driver’s license.
  • 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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