Community Advocacy Director

29 Aug, 2022


Community Advocacy Director

American Heart Association
Southfield, MI


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 American Heart Association (AHA) has an excellent opportunity for a Community Advocacy Director in Detroit, MI .

*This is a full time, benefits eligible grant funded position. Current funding is through approx. 1/31/2026. *

The Community Advocacy Director is responsible for directly coordinating and overseeing strategy and community empowerment efforts to further health equity focused community public policy priorities in Metro Detroit and supporting such efforts in other communities as identified. You will also be responsible for serving as the primary advocacy representative of the AHA and this initiative to community-based organizations, community partners, volunteers, staff, community level public officials and relevant community public agencies to generate awareness and support for the identified health equity public policy priorities. Additional responsibilities include facilitating, in collaboration with internal and external partners, the successful development and implementation of customized and strategic community empowerment plans. Those plans will include elements such as: strategic campaign planning, campaign implementation, legislation or regulation drafting, media engagement, grassroots development and training, grasstops engagement and coalition development and management.

Essential Job Duties (not limited to):

  • Strategically coordinates and oversees all elements of successful public policy priority campaigns at the assigned market level, including but not limited to: community assessment; setting public policy priorities and goals; assisting in the development of strategic campaign plans; reviewing and revising legislation/regulation; providing strategic campaign guidance; providing individualized trainings; providing individualized resources (fact sheets, talking points, sample testimony, etc.); facilitating the sharing of best practices across the identified markets.
  • Empower and support community-based organizations and non-traditional partners to develop, implement and sustain community identified and prioritized public policies.
  • Closely monitor and track community public policy issues of concern as well as emerging areas of interest; and engages on legislative and regulatory issues of concern to the AHA, the initiative and the community and apprises appropriate volunteers, staff and community partners of emerging advocacy issues.
  • Provides policy research, development of support materials, recruiting of spokespersons, preparing testimony, and other activities as needed to advance the identified health equity public policy agenda.
  • Provides strategic direction on local grassroots and key contact, recruitment, retention, and mobilization efforts.
  • Collaborates with communications community partners on development and timing of media advocacy efforts.
  • Assurances compliance with lobbying requirements and prepares all necessary reporting.
  • Develop training and technical resource tools used to empower AHA field staff, volunteers, partner organizations and community-based organizations to effectively advocate for key community public policy priorities.
  • Attends and participates in relevant AHA and initiative meetings throughout the year.

Want to move your resume to the top so that you can become a “Relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives”? Here are some of the requirements:


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Public Policy, Political Science, Law, related field, or equivalent work experience.
  • Minimum of three (3) years of:
  • Experience and success in legislative and regulatory lobbying.
  • Experience in community organizing and/or political campaigns.
  • Demonstrated experience building and managing issue advocacy coalition(s.
  • Experience developing and implementing grassroots and media advocacy tactics.
  • Policy analysis and technical (legislative and regulatory) writing skills.
  • Ability to simultaneously manage multiple, complex projects in varying stages of development under time constraints.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of strategic planning, budgeting, and managing work.
  • Exceptional oral and written communications skills.
  • Must be able to travel up to 25% of the time.


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: 2022-08-29