Advocacy Manager (East Coast – Fully Remote)

07 Feb, 2021


Advocacy Manager (East Coast – Fully Remote)

T1International USA
New York, NY

About T1International 

T1International(T1I) is an international, woman-led non-profit run by people with and impacted by type 1 diabetes for people with type 1 diabetes, founded in the UK in 2013. We do not accept funding from the pharmaceutical industry or any medical device manufacturer to maintain our independence and ability to speak out freely.

T1I is leading the charge in the fight for affordable insulin and supplies worldwide. We believe in a world where everyone with type 1 diabetes has the opportunity to thrive, with affordable and sustainable access to the medicine and supplies they need. We are patient led in our work and values, and our team and community reflect a range of allies from caregivers, to parents, to partners, to those committed to health equity work. We celebrate equity, diversity, and inclusiveness on our team, with our volunteers, and among our partners. We strongly encourage candidates who identify as people of color, people with disabilities, LGBTQ, and/or gender non-conforming to apply.

About the role

T1I is seeking an Advocacy Manager to help advance our #insulin4all outreach and education efforts across the country. This position is primarily responsible for working closely with the Advocacy Manager (who resides on the West Coast), Policy Manager, and National Director to formalize and streamline grassroots activities with our state-based Chapter volunteers while building capacity and infrastructure to affect change. The Advocacy Manager also provides key support for outreach activities and events, particularly around volunteer activities and issue-based campaigns and state-focused legislative efforts.

This role is grant-funded and is secured through December 2021. We expect to secure funds to allow its continuation.

What does the Advocacy Manager do?

Volunteer Recruitment and Management

  • Recruit, train, supervise, and manage volunteers as effective advocates in working toward affordable insulin and supplies within the US by mobilizing volunteers to take action through leading and developing state-based Chapters
  • Support volunteers to set advocacy goals and carry out advocacy plans; enable them to successfully take on increasing leadership roles, organize outreach and education activities, including recruitment efforts and growth and retention of their volunteer base.

Organizing and Coalitions Work

  • Develop state specific strategies alongside volunteers to support state level legislative agendas, educating and building awareness around the insulin pricing crisis in alignment with T1I priorities and activities
  • In coordination with T1I staff, develop and implement organizing campaigns on T1I’s priority issues, with a focus on both state and federal issues, centering the voices and engagement of directly impacted people, and growing T1I’s volunteer base
  • Establish and deepen strategic partnerships with community-based organizations working in diverse communities across the US, and help build and participate in coalitions by fostering alliances with potential partner organizations and targeted community groups

Resource Creation and Education

  • Provide information, education, and leadership development on topics requested by volunteers through 1:1 meetings and group trainings and meetings
  • Draft educational materials, resources, action alerts, and newsletters, etc, in coordination and with guidance from the Communications team

Ongoing and Special Projects Management

  • Lead the development of our Communities of Color Working Group to ensure that the T1I community has a forum through which staff and volunteers of color can focus on health inequities in less represented populations, and create accountability to ensure that the organization’s decisions and strategic planning reflects the diversity and breadth of patient experiences across location, class, gender identity, race, insurance status, immigration status, types of diabetes, and disability status, among other characteristics
  • Lead, participate, and maintain documentation in internal and external meetings and activities including programming, organizational focused, policy and advocacy, volunteer (group and individual), as well as advocacy training workshops with an emphasis on inclusion


  • Advance T1I’s equity and inclusion commitments by engaging in ongoing racial justice competency building workshops, participating in internal equity meetings, and bringing a focus on antiracism to volunteer work and with colleagues
  • Other duties, as assigned

Competencies of strong candidates include…

  • 3–5 years experience in community organizing and/or social justice advocacy, preferably on issues that fall within T1I’s strategic priorities (relevant campus and/or volunteer experience is applicable)
  • Direct personal experience with diabetes from a community that is underrepresented in the diabetes space preferred
  • Strong understanding of the lived experience, including management, treatment, terminology and impacts, of type 1 diabetes (and other types of diabetes); and a passion for patient issues and the need to bring the patient voice to the forefront
  • Comfortable executing big-picture community organizing and programming strategy and detailed tactical plans, and moving between these levels including familiarity or experience with online organizing tools and techniques
  • Outstanding leadership qualities and the ability to inspire and connect with advocates and community leaders through both virtual and in person presentations, trainings, and facilitating
  • Demonstrates strong volunteer/stakeholder management skills, including but not limited to: exceptional interpersonal skills, including an ability to form groups and navigate and resolve conflict in a manner that values and respects relationships with colleagues and volunteers inside and outside T1International
  • Excellent organizational and administrative skills; keen attention to detail; ability to work simultaneously on multiple projects at various stages of completion with minimal direct supervision
  • Good problem-solving skills and a positive, ‘let’s make this work’ attitude with sound judgment, flexibility, determination, and good humor within a young and growing team and organization
  • As a supportive external ambassador of the organization, represent T1I to key external constituencies; this includes both formal and informal presentations such as making speeches, and attending conferences and other meetings as necessary
  • Experience with Google Workspace, social media, and database programs, including Salesforce, desirable


  • Understands the American and global insulin landscape (including insulin pricing issues, legal and political drug pricing issues, the pharmaceutical industry, other diabetes organizations, etc.)
  • Fluent in another language besides English (Spanish preferred)

Hours and expectations:

  • T1I is a purely remote office environment; you will collaborate with colleagues and advocates who are based across the US and the UK. You should be prepared to either work from home or a location of your choosing as long as you are able to work East Coast hours (9AM-5PM ET)
  • Once it is safe to travel, you may take several domestic trips throughout the year to meet with volunteers to help them strategize and plan their advocacy. Currently, all work is done virtually
  • This is an exempt role which requires flexibility within an approximately 40 hour work week as there are several monthly meetings and calls with volunteers on weeknights and very occasionally, on weekends
  • As a small, growing organization, it’s possible that role titles may change as we refine roles and duties

How to Apply

Please submit a letter (in the body of an email is fine) to explaining why you believe you would be a good fit for the position, your work style, and any relevant experience you have, making sure to note how you consider patient-centered work and racial equity in your organizing and volunteer management efforts. Also attach a sample of relevant material(s) of no more than two pages that you have created that best describes your relevant work or experience.

As a patient-centered organization, we especially encourage people who have type 1 diabetes to apply. We are also an equal opportunity employer, are committed to racial equity and social justice, and we encourage people of color, women, trans, disabled, and/or other minority groups to apply.


Ideal candidates will be available to start as soon as possible. Applications received by February 19th will be prioritized and we will contact candidates on a rolling basis. The application process will include a phone screening, at least two video interviews by Google Meet, a task based exercise related to this role and your experience, and reference checks.

Please, no calls or emails—we will be in touch if we think you might be a fit for this position.

Job posted: 2021-02-06