Director, Advocacy, NY, MA, VT (NE #1920-137)

City: Albany
State: NY

The American Lung Association has a great opportunity for a Director, Advocacy, NY, MA, VT to join our incredible team in the Northeast 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 planning, development, and implementation of the local and state public policy initiatives for the American Lung Association in New York, Massachusetts, and Vermont, as well as assist, our Washington, D.C. staff with our Federal priorities. This is a grant funded position.


  • Work collaboratively with staff and volunteers within the American Lung Association in New York, Massachusetts, and Vermont as well as with external partners to implement the organization’s policy agenda. 
  • Develop and maintain relationships with key government officials on an ongoing basis; enhance understanding of the 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.
  • Coordinate state-level activities for the Lung Association to mobilize health partners to address climate change through the Transportation Climate Initiative (TCI) in New York and New Jersey.  Activities will include recruiting health and medical partners to coalition, education of decision-makers and prospective partners, and public awareness and education through media engagement.
  • 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 the 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.   


  • 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. 
  • Understanding of state, local, and federal government and legislative processes.
  • Experience in public health, tobacco control, environmental advocacy, or health policy is preferred.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently, problem-solve, thrive under pressure, perform multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Organized with attention to detail, accuracy, and quality.
  • Experience in public health, tobacco control, environmental advocacy, or health policy is preferred.
  • 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 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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