Prevent Blindness
Washington, DC

Guides Prevent Blindness’ policy agenda

  1. Guides the development of Prevent Blindness’ policy agenda, working closely with senior staff, board and committee members, and other stakeholders as appropriate.
  2. Works closely with the Director of the National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health (NCCVEH) in the development and implementation of policy related to children’s vision.
  3. Coordinates the implementation of the policy agenda at all levels, including lobbying, grassroots advocacy, media relations, partner engagement, etc.
  4. Manages the advocacy-related content on Prevent Blindness’ website, social media, and interactive advocacy tools.
  5. Addresses state and local policy issues as appropriate to advance the Prevent Blindness mission.

Directs Prevent Blindness federal advocacy initiatives

  1. Represents Prevent Blindness on Capitol Hill at office visits, Congressional briefings and issue forums.
  2. Evaluates federal legislation and regulations as they pertain to Prevent Blindness’ mission and services.
  3. Collaborates with federal government affairs colleagues (including, but not limited to, those at pharmaceutical associations, medical associations, public health organizations, patient advocacy groups, and government agencies) to create and support policies and issues with mutual impact.
  4. Directs grassroots advocate meetings in Washington, D.C. and local Congressional districts.
  5. Staffs Prevent Blindness’ Government Affairs Committee, working with Chair to develop meeting agendas, draft minutes and set goals for the Committee.
  6. Manages Prevent Blindness’ relationship with outside consulting firm(s) hired to promote federal agenda.
  7. Serves as resource to affiliates on government/legislative affairs.

Directs Prevent Blindness Annual Patient Fly-In Event

  1. Plans and manages all administrative aspects of annual event, including annual timeline and event budget.
  2. Creates agenda covering issues, federal advocacy initiatives and advocacy training.
  3. Assists affiliates with advocate recruitment.
  4. Ensure all post-event follow-up is conducted to maximize results of Washington, D.C. meetings.
  5. Manages Prevent Blindness’ relationship with outside consulting firm(s) hired to promote fly-in event.

Acts as technical resource and consultant to affiliates and other groups on advocacy related topics.

  1. Advises affiliates and Prevent Blindness contacts about state level initiatives and legislation promoting Prevent Blindness’ strategic plan and mission.
  2. Provides state legislative information to office, affiliates and Prevent Blindness contacts through Prevent Blindness advocacy website.

Works as a part of the Public Health and Government Affairs team, proactively supporting one another’s efforts to advance the mission and strategic plan of Prevent Blindness.



  • Master’s degree in public policy, public health, or equivalent academic area

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Background in public policy preferred, including experience in both legislative and administrative advocacy, as well as grassroots organizing.
  • Strong understanding of payor issues, including Medicaid, Medicare, the Affordable Care Act, and current health care debate issues strongly preferred
  • Computer literacy.
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality
  • Ability to distinguish what is significant, and to set priorities.
  • Ability to self-motivate, initiate project activities, and manage multiple tasks.
  • Ability to speak and write clearly and convincingly.


  • Ability to sit for long periods of time
  • Ability to use a keyboard
  • Ability to use a phone

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • The work environment is primarily an office environment

Only résumés with salary history will be considered:  Prevent Blindness – attn: HR – 211 W. Wacker Dr – Suite 1700 – Chicago, IL  60606  fax 312-363-6051 or  For a full job description visit


Job Posted: February 6, 2017