Grassroots Manager, Iowa – Remote

13 Sep, 2023


Grassroots Manager, Iowa – Remote

American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN)
Des Moines, IA; Sioux City, IA; Cedar Rapids, IA
The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) is the nation’s leading cancer advocacy organization. Together with our charitable partner, the American Cancer Society, we work in Congress, state legislatures and local jurisdictions to support evidence-based policy and legislative solutions designed to eliminate cancer as a major health problem.


Position Description

**This is a remote position that can be home based anywhere in the state of Iowa.**
Plan and execute a comprehensive grassroots advocacy program across assigned geography. This includes: developing, recruiting, maintaining, and implementing a volunteer leadership program, developing and implementing grassroots campaign plans for local, state, and federal legislative priorities, and facilitating the achievement of ACS CAN fundraising goals through primarily supporting volunteers in their fundraising. Support larger geography through assigned responsibilities for aspects of grassroots organizing. Embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion in every aspect of the role particularly through recruitment and engagement. Model the organization’s values and cultural beliefs. Comply with all relevant lobbying protocols for each state and execute all assigned administrative duties.
Grassroots Recruitment and Organizing:
  • Develop and implement comprehensive local and state grassroots advocacy campaigns, demonstrating volunteer constituent support for cancer-related policy initiatives. Use fundamental principles of Direct Action Organizing.
  • Support federal campaigns and congressional champion building for the organization’s issues, working collaboratively to execute strategy.
  • Organize volunteers to complete federal activities in collaboration with national team. Write and disseminate e-mails to volunteers, legislative alerts, issue talking points, and training curriculum for a diverse audience of volunteers.
  • Communicate using messages that are tailored to the specific political environments and attuned to the rapid pace of legislative activities.
  • Plan and manage lobby days or similar events, including virtual, to drive engagement and policy wins.
  • Maintain ACS CAN web pages, Facebook page, and/or other social media accounts according to organizational guidelines and standards, coordinating where applicable.
  • Identify and develop volunteers with personal stories related to ACS CAN’s policy campaigns. Serve as the staff manager of the volunteer structure in the assigned geography coordinating appropriately with leadership volunteers.
  • Accountable to filling any vacancies in the structure and ensuring sufficient capacity throughout the geography.
  • Coordinate campaign activities with grassroots coalition partners, as well as with regional and national ACS CAN grassroots teams.
  • Accurately and effectively represent ACS CAN and its mission in a manner commensurate with the organization’s brand.
  • Establish and maintain collaborations and partnerships with other organizations, as appropriate.
  • Execute other duties as assigned.

Integration and Capacity Building:

  • Recruit, train, and develop volunteers, through a variety of internal and external channels, implementing recognition programs for volunteers.
  • Strengthen grassroots capacity through the ACS CAN’s volunteer structure, maintaining excellent relationships with grasstops and grassroots volunteers.
  • Facilitate local, state, and federal grassroots lobbying by volunteers, including the building and maintaining of relationships with elected officials and their staff.
  • Maintain direct local relationships, as appropriate, with elected officials and their staff persons.
  • Plan and implement year-round grassroots activities which build ACS CAN support.
  • Conduct trainings as needed for volunteers and ACS staff, equipping others for interactions with elected officials and their staff.
  • Consistently input and maintain ACS CAN volunteer information in the organization’s databases, such as Luminate and Salesforce.


  • Drive volunteer fundraising in the state. Encourage volunteer-led fundraising that comports with the organization’s guidelines with the goal of raising money, engaging and growing volunteer base through existing volunteer networks including volunteer-led events, and volunteer participation in Lights of Hope or other national programs.
  • Participate in ACS CAN fundraising activities as directed, towards achievement of organizational and personal fundraising goals.
  • Help facilitate policy forums or other fundraising events, as applicable.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:

  • Approach the building of a grassroots organization in the spirit of diversity, equity, and inclusion, where every individual is valued and respected.
  • Build and execute a state diversity and inclusion plan that enhances the reach and overall grassroots strength of the organization.
  • Find and utilize diverse patient and other stakeholder stories that help drive policies to address disparities and other health equity concerns.


  • Ensure that in leading Cancer Votes activities in the state, working closely with staff partners and national staff, the program adheres to all IRS and ACS CAN legal and reporting requirements.
  • Follow ACS CAN policies and guidelines.


Position Requirements


  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of three years of relevant work experience
  • Political issue or campaign organizing experience preferred.
  • Experience recruiting and engaging volunteers preferred.
  • Fundraising experience a plus.
  • Experience using Salesforce, Blackbaud Luminate, or similar tools a plus.
  • Experience or familiarity with fundamentals of Direct Action Organizing a plus.


  • Strong written, oral, interpersonal, computer, and social media skills required.
  • Highly organized orientation and time management skills required.
  • Proven ability to handle multiple projects and to work independently with minimum direction and work as a member or leader of a team.
  • Demonstrated ability to work on fast-paced, time-sensitive matters with internal and external constituents.
  • Ability to establish, hold meetings and maintain effective working relationships with state and federal legislative officials.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with diverse individuals and communities.
  • Ability to complete work in multiple venues and state political environments in a timely and efficient manner and ensure work is accurate.
  • Ability to utilize available technology to perform position responsibilities.


The American Cancer Society has adopted a vaccination policy that requires all staff, regardless of position or work location, to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (except where prohibited by state law).

ACS CAN provides staff a generous paid time off policy; medical, dental, retirement benefits, wellness programs, and professional development programs to enhance staff skills. Further details on our benefits can be found on our careers site at: We are a proud equal opportunity employer.


Job posted: 2023-09-13