Advocacy Manager

16 Apr, 2020


Advocacy Manager

The American Institute of Architects
Washington, DC
The is a professional position on the Advocacy + Relationships team in which the manager is responsible for advancing the AIAs public policy agenda by implementing programs that engage and increase member participation and advocacy skills for grassroots advocacy activities , including conducting trainings. This position reports to the Senior Director, Advocacy.

Job Duties:

  • Create and manage the grassroots advocacy projects, campaigns and training suite to implement AIAs overall grassroots advocacy strategy.
  • Create call-to-action messaging campaigns for AIAs public policy issues, comprised of both written and visual content, that mobilizes AIA members to advocate at the local, state, and federal level.
  • Develop and implement nationwide member mobilization programs for AIA local and state chapter staff and volunteer leadership to increase members advocacy on public policy issues.
  • Manage AIAs member outreach database and its technology and software platforms, namely Phone 2 Action and, CISION to increase member advocacy.
  • Develop and manage a multi-year plan of action to train AIA local and state components to effectively use AIAs technology and tools to increase their grassroots advocacy efforts.
  • Manage and the SpeakUp Training Suite, an advocacy skills training program for AIA state and local component staff and volunteer leadership that builds their skills and trains them to develop and implement grassroots advocacy strategies and campaigns to help advance their policy agendas.
  • Develop advocacy trainings, best practices guides, online training tools and webinars for AIA members and local and state chapter staff and volunteer leadership
  • Conduct and participate in trainings for AIA members and local and state chapter staff and volunteer leadership.
  • Manage the online Citizen Architect of the Month program.
  • Oversee the written and visual content of AIAs advocacy webpage on as well as AIAs legislative action center and social media platforms.
  • Work closely with AIAs communications team to oversee the strategic use of AIAs online communications and social media accounts for grassroots advocacy.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Frequent Contacts:

AIA National staff

AIA volunteer leaders and members

State and local AIA components

Other associations

Government affairs consultants


  • Demonstrated knowledge and proven experience in creating and managing multiple grassroots advocacy strategies at the local, state, or federal level, including the successful use of grassroots advocacy tactics.
  • Established track record of helping to enact or defeat legislation at the local, state, or federal level through grassroots advocacy.
  • Advanced knowledge in how to use technology to make grassroots advocacy more effective and a proven track record of using databases and outreach platforms, and social media to advance a public policy issue.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and proven experience in creating and producing successful online and in-person advocacy training.
  • Proven skills as an advocacy trainer, with deep knowledge of the topics, and training best practices and methods.
  • Experience working on campaigns for public office at the local, state, and federal levels desired.
  • Ability to coordinate campaign-style event logistics
  • Advanced analytical, writing, speaking, organizational, and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to balance big-picture goals and strategies, demonstrate attention to detail, and manage multiple priorities and responsibilities.
  • Skills and track record in team building, collaborative problem solving, conflict resolution, and active listening.
  • Proven ability to work independently while successfully managing multiple priorities and responsibilities simultaneously.
  • Demonstrated ability to be creative and think outside the box.
  • Understanding of the nexus of political fundraising and grassroots advocacy.
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office, including competence in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook
  • Skilled in using internet browser/internet research-based methods


Bachelor’s Degree in Public Affairs, Communications, Political Science or related degree and a minimum of 5-7 years of political, public affairs, grassroots, or government relations experience in executive, legislative, corporate, and or private sector required. Association related experience desired, but not required.



Supervisory Requirements:


Internal Number: AIASRMGRADVTRNG021420
About The American Institute of Architects
The AIA, in existence for more than 150 years, works to advance the value of architects and architecture and increase the living standards of people by improving their built environments. The AIA, with a membership of over 90,000, is the largest voice of the architectural community. *Educating the public to strengthen the value of architects and the overall role of the profession in the building industry. *Using our influence in legislative and regulatory concerns that affect and potentially govern the professional lives of architects. *Researching new job markets and new career specializations to ensure architects can meet society’s needs now, and in the future. *Expanding the architectural knowledge base as changes in the profession occur. *Offering a network for support and information exchange with colleagues and industry professionals across the country and the globe.
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Job posted: 2020-04-16