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Regional Advocacy Director, Midwest Region

Company: Tobacco-Free Kids
Location: Washington
Posted on: May 28, 2023

Job Description:

The Regional Advocacy Director is responsible for providing hands-on strategic and tactical support to tobacco control campaigns and coalitions on legislative, ballot and/or regulatory issues at the local and state levels. This position, based in the Midwest Region, supports selected city and state campaigns and coalitions, and reports to the Vice President, State Advocacy.Applicant must live (or be willing to relocate to) a city/state within the Midwest Region which will likely include: MN, WI, MI, IL, OH, WV, KY, TNWHAT YOU'LL ACCOMPLISH:

  • Provide strategic, tactical support on behalf of Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids to state and local campaigns and coalitions in the region.
  • In selected locations and in collaboration with partners, lead the development and implementation of comprehensive campaign plans to address Tobacco-Free Kids' top policy priorities.
  • Mobilize other Tobacco-Free Kids resources and personnel as appropriate.
  • Actively support authentic inclusion of priority population groups and individuals in campaigns and coalitions.
  • Represent Tobacco-Free Kids at national, state, and local meetings.
  • Interact with policymakers and other key officials as necessary.
  • Work with the Communications Team to develop local/state communications plans for campaigns, interact with local media as needed to be source and spokesperson on behalf of the organization and/or local coalitions.
  • Maintain strong communications with the Vice President, State Advocacy, and other key Tobacco-Free Kids personnel.
  • Maintain positive relationships with national and local partner organizations. Ensure good coordination of efforts with partners in the region.
  • Maintain good communication with other Tobacco-Free Kids departments and staff to inform them of legislative developments within the region.
  • Attend weekly conference calls and produce status reports.ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES
    • Manage between 10-15 consultants in your region by actively managing tasks, and overall consulting agreements.
    • Manage large campaign budgets of up to $2M which includes contract management, scope of work development, etc.
    • Recommend funding to state and local groups and vendors, help negotiate contract deliverables, and oversee all contractors within the region.
    • Assist state coalitions with bill drafting, lobbying, media advocacy, grassroots development and mobilization, and grant applications.
    • Mobilize Tobacco-Free Kids' resources as appropriate on behalf of specific advocacy campaigns.
    • Develop and manage strategies to recruit, retain, and mobilize grassroots activists in the field.
    • Serve as a resource to states on policy issues.SKILLS YOU'LL BRING TO THE ROLE:
      • Bachelor's degree or equivalent in political science or other related fields
      • Seven (7) years of successful experience in executing and managing legislative campaigns and/or ballot referendum initiatives and/or advocacy-oriented membership or nonprofit organizations, trade associates, or unions.
      • Experience conducting community outreach, grassroots and grasstops cultivation, lobbying, field strategy development, and public education efforts.
      • Knowledge of the principles and practices of advocacy.
      • Knowledge of state legislative and political processes.
      • Experience with and commitment to addressing health disparities and grassroots mobilizing among priority population groups.
      • Previous experience in tobacco control preferred but not required.
      • Strong written and oral communication skills.
      • Ability to travel as necessary.
      • Ability to work in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment while juggling projects and deadlines.
      • Experience working with broad-based, diverse coalitions.
      • Knowledge of and proficiency with a variety of computer software applications including Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, and Outlook.WHY JOIN THE CAMPAIGN FOR TOBACCO FREE KIDS?
        • You will be a part of a respected global health advocacy organization that works to create meaningful change through policy changes and save lives in our neighborhoods and in communities worldwide.
        • You'll receive a generous benefits package including:
        • 100% company-paid health and dental for you; 70-80% contribution to these coverages for your dependents.
        • Paid parental leave benefits (4 weeks paid maternity/paternity leave), in addition to federal and local leave provisions.
        • 403b plan participation (with 9% company contribution)
        • 10 paid company holidays, 15 vacation days, 10 sick days, and 5 personal days (on an accrual basis each calendar year)The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We believe our programs are strengthened when they are developed and supported by individuals with diverse life experiences, whose understanding of social and cultural issues can help make The Campaign's work more inclusive. We encourage qualified applicants of all ages, racial, economic, social, cultural, sexual orientation, ability and gender expressions, national origins and veteran statuses to apply. ORGANIZATIONAL OVERVIEWThe Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and its Global Health Advocacy Incubator program represent our collective efforts to strengthen public policies which reduce tobacco use and its deadly toll in the United States and around the world, as well as other public health threats contributing to death and disease. Our organization has a singular focus: to make the world a safer, healthier place for everyone. Candidates are encouraged to review our website at

Keywords: Tobacco-Free Kids, Washington DC , Regional Advocacy Director, Midwest Region, Executive , Washington, DC

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