Assistant Director, Advocacy Engagement and Capacity

22 Jan, 2020


Assistant Director, Advocacy Engagement and Capacity

American Library Association
Washington, DC
The American Library Association (ALA) is seeking a full-time grassroots 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.



This is a new position for the Public Policy and Advocacy Office. The Assistant Director of Advocacy Engagement and Capacity will be responsible for developing and growing ALA’s National Network of Advocates and providing technical assistance and training to strengthen state chapters in developing and implementing policy and advocacy strategies.


The Assistant Director will serve as the key point of coordination for the network’s policy-advocacy capacity building efforts, including trainings, Hill Days, fly-ins and virtual conferences for ALA members. They will also lead ALA members to engage in advocacy efforts at the national, state and local level and will work closely with the Public Policy and Advocacy team to advance ALA’s public policy priorities.


Candidates should have an interest in working for a membership organization with strong grassroots network; ability to recruit and lead advocates; coordinate a diverse group of stakeholders; and excellent written and verbal communications skills.


COMPENSATION: Negotiable from the mid-60s; 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)


Please send cover letter and resume to:

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


The American Library Association is an equal opportunity employer: Disability/Veteran.


• Bachelor’s degree from four-year college or university.
• 5-7 years’ experience in advocacy outreach and capacity building at a national organization.
• Experience recruiting and cultivating grassroots and grasstops advocates.
• Strong experience in communications and political messaging.
• This position will require travel, which could occur on the weekends.

About American Library Association
The American Library Association (ALA) is the oldest and largest library association in the world.Founded in 1876, our mission is to share our vision of the importance of libraries, literacy and free access to information.ALA offers professional services and publications to members and nonmembers, including online news stories from American Libraries and analysis of crucial issues from our Washington Office. Our main office is located in the heart of Chicago’s Gold Coast, right off of Michigan Ave, with satellite offices in Washington, DC, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania.

Job posted: 2020-01-22