Director, Advocacy, PA, WV (MA #1920-138)

City: Camp Hill
State: PA

The American Lung Association has a great opportunity for a Director, Advocacy, PA, WV to join our incredible team in the Mid-Atlantic 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 be responsible for responsible for implementing area program goals, overseeing implementation of grant deliverables, and assisting with raising funds through grants, underwriting and other sources to fund mission-based activities.   This is a grant funded position.


  • Oversee implementation of the Pennsylvania Alliance to Control Tobacco Grant.
  • Respond to Department of Health (PACT funder) requests, funding opportunities (including FY21 PACT grant) and ensure all deliverables and reporting requirements of the grant are meet
  • Work collaboratively with staff and volunteers within the American Lung Association in Pennsylvania and West Virginia as well as with external partners to implement the organization’s policy agenda.  
  • Develop and maintain relationships with key government officials on ongoing basis; enhance understanding of Lung Association mission and activities.
  • Lobby local, state and federal elected officials to pass Lung Association endorsed lung health-related policies or to stop measures opposed by the Lung Association.
  • Engage constituents and volunteers into advocacy activities, such as meeting with elected officials, offering testimony, writing letters, and writing op-eds.
  • Build advocacy networks (such as LUNG FORCE Hero advocates, lung health and health professional champions, e-advocates) through recruitment and ongoing engagement as part of a larger Association effort to build a robust constituent base.
  • Represent Lung Association on relevant local and regional coalitions (tobacco control, asthma and air quality).
  • Comply with all lobbying reporting requirements.
  • Support the local development team by improving alignment and coordination of Lung Association mission, advocacy and community engagement into fundraising initiatives.
  • Identify policy success stories, personal stories and potential spokespeople for communications and development teams to highlight internally and externally.
  • Serve as policy spokesperson for the annual State of Tobacco Control, State of Lung Cancer and State of the Air signature reports and maximize media coverage through strategic media outreach.
  • Collaborate on budget development and implementation for Advocacy and Public Policy Division activities.
  • Serve on work teams as assigned.
  • Perform other responsibilities as assigned.


  • B.S. or B.A. degree in public health, health policy, political science or government related area with 3-5 years experience in the public or private sectors, preferably at the state level with a focus on grassroots advocacy, media/public relations and direct lobbying. 
  • Experience in coalition building, developing and implementing community awareness, education, and programs specifically related to areas of public health.
  • Understanding of state, local and federal government and legislative processes.
  • Experience in the management, implementation and evaluation of programs and grants.
  • Experience in public health, tobacco control, environmental advocacy, or health policy is preferred. 
  • Must be a self-starter with excellent communication skills both written and oral.
  • Positive attitude with the ability to work independently and in a team environment.
  • Able to work with minimum direct supervision, make decisions, and take initiative.
  • Flexibility to work irregular hours, including evenings and weekends with some overnights required.  Must have a valid Driver’s license.
  • Required to travel statewide for providing technical assistance, meetings and conferences as required by assigned grants. 
  • Ability to lift approximately 25 lbs. when assisting with local events.
  • Consistent with its mission, the American Lung Association maintains a smoke-free workplace; 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 the 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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