Community Advocacy Director

24 Aug, 2022


Community Advocacy Director

American Heart Association
Metairie, LA


Are you ready to join an organization where you can be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives?

Envision all Americans enjoying ideal cardiovascular health free of heart disease and stroke. At the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, we get to work toward that goal every single day. Is it easy? No. Is it worthwhile? You bet!

This is satisfying work that makes a real difference in people’s lives. You can achieve professional growth with personal fulfillment. You will connect with people and make a lifesaving impact. You will partner with individuals, schools, lawmakers, healthcare providers and others to ensure everyone has access to healthier lifestyle choices and proper healthcare.


The Community Advocacy Director is responsible for coordinating and supervising strategy and efforts to foster the public policy priorities of the American Heart Association (AHA) in the assigned community. Responsible for serving as the primary representative of the AHA to community level public officials and relevant community public agencies to generate awareness and support for the AHA’s public policy agenda. Responsible for building and managing teams of AHA staff, volunteers, coalitions and partner organizations to build support for and integrate advocacy issues messaging into all other AHA programs/events.

Essential Job Duties

  • Strategically coordinates and supervises all elements of successful public policy priority campaigns at the assigned market level.
  • Meets one on one with elected community officials, their staff, and other community government officials to gain support for the AHA’s advocacy issues.
  • Monitors and engages on legislative and regulatory issues of concern to the AHA and apprises appropriate AHA volunteers and staff of emerging advocacy issues.
  • Provides policy research, development of support materials, recruiting of spokespersons, preparing testimony, and other activities as needed to advance the AHA’s community public policy agenda.
  • Participates in coalition efforts and other collaborative partnerships to leverage opportunities that advance the Association’s public policy priorities.
  • Recruits membership for and provides staff support to a volunteer community advocacy committee. In collaboration with the committee, and with strategic directon from the Association’s advocacy program, develops a community legislative agenda.
  • Provides strategic direction on community grassroots and key contact, recruitment, retention and mobilization efforts.
  • Collaborates with communications staff partners on development and timing of media advocacy efforts.
  • Assurances compliance with lobbying requirements and prepares all necessary reporting.
  • Provides advocacy presentations and training opportunities to volunteers and staff as needed.
  • Attends and participates in relevant AHA meetings throughout the year.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Three (3) years of experience and success in legislative and regulatory lobbying
  • Three (3) years of demonstrated experience building and managing issue advocacy coalition(s)
  • Three (3) years of experience developing and implementing grassroots and media advocacy tactics
  • Outstanding oral and written communications skills
  • Policy analysis and technical (legislative and regulatory) writing skills
  • Ability to simultaneously manage multiple, sophisticated projects in varying stages of development under time constraints
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of strategic planning, budgeting, and managing work

Preferred Qualifications

  • Three (3) years of experience working in health care policy
  • Three (3) years of experience in volunteer management
  • Knowledge of voluntary health organizations or nonprofit organizations
  • Demonstrated understanding and appreciation for the use of technology and information systems

The American Heart Association’s 2024 Goal: Every person deserves the opportunity for a full, healthy life. As champions for health equity, by 2024, the American Heart Association will advance cardiovascular health for all, including identifying and removing barriers to health care access and quality.

At American Heart Association | American Stroke Association, diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity applies to both our workforce and the communities we serve as it relates to heart health and stroke prevention.

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Job posted: 2022-08-24