Community Advocacy Director

05 Jan, 2023


Community Advocacy Director

American Heart Association
Gaithersburg, MD


Now is the time to join us and make a difference. Be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. Here at the American Heart Association, you matter and so does your career.

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

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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 American Heart Association’s advocacy issues.
  • Monitors and engages on legislative and regulatory issues of concern to the Association and apprises appropriate Association 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 Association’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 Association 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

Compensation & Benefits

The American Heart Association invests in its people. Here are the main components of our total rewards package. Visit Rewards & Benefits to see more details.

  • Compensation – Our goal is to ensure you have a competitive base salary. That’s why we regularly review the market value of jobs and make adjustments, as needed.
  • Performance and Recognition – You are rewarded for achieving success by merit increases and incentive programs, based on the type of position.
  • Benefits – We offer a wide array of benefits including medical, dental, vision, disability, and life insurance, along with a robust retirement program that includes an employer match and automatic contribution. As a mark of our commitment to employee well-being, we also offer an employee assistance program, employee wellness program and telemedicine, and medical consultation.
  • Professional Development – You can join one of our many Employee Resource Groups (ERG) or be a mentor/mentee in our professional mentoring program. HeartU is the Association’s national online university, with more than 100,000 resources designed to meet your needs and busy schedule.
  • Work-Life Harmonization – The Association offers Paid Time Off (PTO) at a minimum of 16 days per year for new employees. The number of days will increase based on seniority level. You will also have a total of 12 paid holidays off each year, which includes several days off at the end of the year.

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.

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Job posted: 2023-01-05