Assistant Director, Advocacy Communications

09 Jul, 2020


Assistant Director, Advocacy Communications

American Library Association
Washington, DC

The American Library Association (ALA) is seeking a full-time advocacy communication professional to join our Public Policy and Advocacy Office located in Washington, DC.

ALA is the foremost national association for libraries and information centers in the world, delivering pragmatic solutions to pressing issues such as expanding economic opportunity, advancing education and learning in the global economy, as well as strengthening the public interest in information policy issues such as telecommunications, copyright, access to government information, funding, privacy, and free speech. ALA offers a competitive starting salary and an excellent benefits package.


The Assistant Director of Advocacy Communications will lead ALA’s digital advocacy campaigns and outreach efforts to ensure that ALA is positioned as the most credible, trusted source of library policy information with the Capitol Hill audience, state and local officials, as well as the public.

This position works closely with the Public Policy team to design advocacy campaigns and deliver information in a timely and easily understandable language. They will oversee the production of advocacy and policy program materials, ensuring they meet ALA’s advocacy goals. Review and edit emails, talking points, presentations, articles, and other material to ensure that all outgoing communications reflect ALA’s advocacy strategies. Will co-lead our National Library Legislative event. They are also responsible for identifying storytellers in states and sharing that information with the public policy team.

Candidates should have highly developed communication skills including influencing, digital and social media campaigns, and use of grassroots communication tools. They should have an understanding of the legislative process and an interest in working for a membership organization with strong grassroots network. They need strong technology skills, as well as excellent written and verbal communications skills.

COMPENSATION: Negotiable from the mid-60’s; based on relevant experience. ALA has an excellent benefit package that includes medical, dental, generous paid vacation and retirement annuity.


Apply online including cover letter and resume

(Additional documents are uploaded on the same screen as your resume)


Send cover letter and resume to:

American Library Association
Human Resources Department
Ref: assistdirIPPAWOffice
fax: 312-280-5270

The American Library Association is an equal opportunity employer: Disability/Veteran.
• Bachelor’s degree from four-year college or university.
• Five to seven years experience and strong technology skills.
• Knowledge of the political process and how Congress works.
• Strong experience in communications and political messaging.
• Experience developing and implementing digital communications campaigns, and
social media assets.

Job posted: 2020-07-09