Director, Policy and Advocacy

10 Nov, 2020


Director, Policy and Advocacy

Prevent Cancer Foundation
Alexandria, VA

Summary of Position

Working with the Foundation’s senior management team, the Director, Policy and Advocacy, is responsible for the development and implementation of the legislative agenda, policy priorities, grassroots strategy and engagement, and related government relations functions of the Foundation.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Director, Policy and Advocacy, works closely with the Managing Director, External Affairs, the Vice President of Marketing and Development, the Executive Vice President and the Founder and CEO, as well as other Foundation staff members and external consultants, to accomplish organizational goals and objectives for the following:

  1. Determine, in consultation with senior staff, the Foundation’s long- and short-term policy and advocacy priorities at federal and state levels.
  2. Communicate the policy and legislative priorities of the Foundation to elected officials and their staff members, Administration officials (including those in relevant agencies), regulators, and other stakeholders.
  3. Represent the Foundation on Capitol Hill and at all relevant meetings, including coalitions centered on policy and advocacy priorities, and serve in leadership positions within those coalitions as appropriate.
  4. Develop a grassroots strategy and maintain a grassroots network for the Foundation. Provide ongoing information regarding legislative, policy and regulatory issues impacting cancer research, cancer prevention and early detection, and quality cancer patient care.
  5. Communicate with grassroots network via action alerts and biweekly advocacy newsletter to inform advocates of opportunities for action on Foundation policy and legislative priorities.
  6. Communicate the advocacy priorities of the Foundation to the public through management of the advocacy micro-website and creation of other printed and electronic communications of the Foundation.
  7. Plan and implement all aspects of relevant policy and advocacy events, including the congressional briefings and the annual Advocacy Workshop.
  8. Work with the Development division to identify policy and advocacy fundraising opportunities and assist in grant writing to acquire such funding.
  9. Work with the CEO and the Director of Special Events to support the annual Gala by identifying Congressional Cancer Champions, recruiting members of Congress for the Honorary Congressional Committee and sending invitations to members and Hill staffers.
  10. Provide strategic advice and support to other divisions of the Foundation that involve government relations and policy activities.
  11. Act as a point of contact or lead for the Foundation in educational campaigns with a focus on policy and advocacy, as determined by the Managing Director of External Affairs, Vice President of Development and Marketing and the Executive Vice President.
  12. Assist on campaigns with government relations, advocacy or legislative and policy components.
  13. In consult with the Communications Manager, draft and disseminate digital advocacy messaging through social media and online outlets.
  14. Give input on budgets and assist in strategic plans for the policy and advocacy area.


Bachelor’s degree in political science, public policy, social work, communications, public health or related field required. Relevant master’s degree preferred.

Minimum of seven years experience required.  Capitol Hill, regulatory, or government relations work for a health care or cancer-related nonprofit organization or association preferred.

Special Skills
Must have superb written, oral and interpersonal communications skills; be able to juggle multiple tasks, work under tight deadlines and deliver projects on time and within budgets.

Special Qualifications

Demonstrated initiative and leadership qualities; organizational, written and oral communication and interpersonal skills are required.  Must have proven ability to work within coalitions and with high-level elected and appointed officials, regulatory agencies and staff.

To Apply

Please send your resume with a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications as well as salary requirements to Emails should include “Director of Policy and Advocacy” in the subject line.

Job posted: 2020-11-10