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Specialist, Advocacy (PA #1920-81)

City: Camp Hill

State: Pennsylvania

The American Lung Association has a great opportunity for a Specialist, Advocacy to join our incredible team in the Mid-Atlantic Region.  Working as a member 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 supporting and managing relationships between the American Lung Association and statewide advocates in Pennsylvania. This position will leverage resources (staff, patients, volunteers, coalition partners, etc.) to advocate for Lung Association-supported public policy on lung health related 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. 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

  • Execute assigned objectives in the approved work plan for the Pennsylvania Alliance to Control Tobacco grant.
  • Work with the Director of Advocacy to implement the Pennsylvania public policy menu.
  • Implement grassroots efforts and mobilize statewide advocates to act on tobacco prevention and control campaigns in Pennsylvania.
  • Engage coalition members, constituents and volunteers in advocacy activities, such as meeting with elected officials, writing letters, and writing op-eds.
  • Educate local, state and federal elected officials to advocate for Lung Association endorsed lung health-related policies.
  • Conduct advocacy-related trainings in-person and online.
  • Assist in implementing advocacy-related events, including Day at the Capitol and other special initiatives.
  • 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.
  • Build, maintain and cultivate relationships with funders, facilitators, and community partners to encourage program delivery, sustainability, and growth across Pennsylvania including American Lung Association signature programs where applicable.
  • Participate in and support all area events.

Staff Management and Development

  • Hire, supervise and manage interns.
  • Represent interests, professionalism and integrity of Lung Association in PA 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 in public health, public policy, public administration, communications, or related field required.
  • Minimum two years of experience in public policy or advocacy‐related work, community outreach, community organizing, prevention and/or public health advocacy.
  • Experience in public speaking.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with non-profit organizations, community members, elected officials, city staff, advocates, public health professionals.
  • Broad cultural competency and the 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
  • 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
  • Must have a valid driver’s license.
  • Flexibility to work irregular hours, including evenings and weekends with some overnights required.
  • Consistent with its mission, the American Lung Association maintains a tobacco-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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