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Specialist, Public Engagement (CA #1819-135)

City: Sacramento

State: California

The American Lung Association has a great opportunity for a Specialist, Public Engagement 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 support and manage relationships between the American Lung Association’s volunteers and storytellers to amplify critical lung health messages to help achieve our lung health policy and advocacy goals. Focused on successfully harnessing traditional and non-traditional communications methods to support and promote the voices of our constituents on our advocacy and public policy work on tobacco and other lung health issues. Particularly, this position will be responsible for ensuring that our constituents and their stories will have a voice and a place in the public policy process. This is a grant-funded position.


Grassroots Outreach & Public Engagement

  • Prepare, organize, edit, pitch and distribute fact sheets, and other communications material to media representatives and other relevant or interested parties.
  • Work with our National AVP Patient Engagement to leverage the voices and stories of community members
  • Respond to inquiries from the public and media representatives, in coordination with the Lung Association’s Division Senior Director.
  • Compile and disseminate mentions of our Lung Association volunteers and storytellers in the media to staff & volunteers
  • Create opportunities in the local markets for grassroots to interact with the media.

Strategic Planning

  • Support the Senior Director of Advocacy as well as other statewide coalition partner organizations, to identify key times, activities, metrics for engaging community outreach into public policy campaigns.
  • Support the AVP Patient Engagement, as well as the Communications team to incorporate the advocacy messages into the larger media strategy for the organization.
  • Assist the AVP Patient Engagement to develop a plan for engaging more patient and health professional voices into community opportunities.

Constituent Cultivation

  • Prepare internal materials and messaging to disseminate information about advocacy wins, work, and campaigns to staff & boards.
  • Coordinate advocacy messaging, advocacy successes, communications stories and local market opportunities
  • Support development work


    • Superior writing and verbal communication skills
    • Experience in researching information and resources online
    • Consummate, self-motivated team player who can work effectively in a highly-integrated team and thrives in an entrepreneurial, network-driven environment where everyone rolls up their sleeves and does whatever it takes to get the job done
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills, effective presentation skills
    • Bachelor’s degree with 4+ years’ experience in communications or related field.
    • Experience in journalism, editing and/or writing preferred
    • Ability and experience in interacting with news media
    • Experience creating messages for associations around a public policy issue, event, announcement or other newsworthy activity
    • Knowledge of tobacco and other lung health issues preferred.
    • Experience managing social and digital media strategies
    • Meets and exceed deadlines, ability to turn things around quickly
    • Well-organized and detail oriented
    • Ability to adapt to changing priorities in a dynamic environment
    • Ability to lift approximately 25 lbs. when assisting with local events.
    • Able to work with minimum direct supervision, make decisions, and take initiative.
    • 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.
    • Knowledge of California legislative and political media structures highly preferred.
    • Committed to the mission of an organization devoted to helping improve lung health and prevent lung disease
    • Spanish speaking preferred
    • Consistent with its mission, the American Lung Association maintains a smokefree 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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