Oct 16, 2019

Specialist, Advocacy (CA #1920-18)

  • American Lung Association
  • Los Angeles, CA, USA
Legal Healthcare / clinics Health Care Medical and Disability Research

Job Description

The American Lung Association has a great opportunity for a Specialist, Advocacy to join our incredible team in the California Region. Working as a member of the Advocacy and Public Policy Team, you will join an outstanding group of professionals dedicated to our mission: to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education, and advocacy. 

In this role, you will support and manage relationships between the American Lung Association and key government and elected officials in Los Angeles. This position will leverage resources (staff, patients, volunteers, coalition partners, etc.) to advocate for Lung Association-supported public policy on lung health related issues. Particularly, this position will be responsible for ensuring that our constituents and their stories will have a voice and a place in the public policy process. The position will implement a regional and statewide government relations strategic plan reflecting the Lung Association mission and desired outcomes. This is a grant funded position.


Advocacy Outreach and Constituent Cultivation

  • Educate local, state and federal elected officials to pass Lung Association endorsed lung health-related policies.
  • Engage constituents and volunteers into advocacy activities, such as meeting with elected officials, writing letters, and writing op-eds.
  • Build advocacy networks (such as Lung Force Heroes advocates, Lung Health Champions, Health Professionals for Clean Air, and E-advocates) through recruitment and ongoing engagement as part of a larger organizational effort to build a robust constituent base.
  • Build awareness and understanding of advocacy programs among staff and volunteers through ongoing communications.
  • Identify policy success stories, personal stories and potential spokespeople for communications and development teams to highlight internally and externally.
  • Support the cultivation of productive relationships with the media in the market.
  • Represent Lung Association on relevant local and regional coalitions (tobacco control, asthma and air quality.)
  • Participate in local research and outreach for the annual State of Tobacco Control and State of the Air signature reports and maximize media coverage through strategic media outreach

Administrative and Infrastructure Building 

  • Help secure funding for local advocacy work. Assist with administering grant contracts to ensure that work plans are executed, and deliverables completed on a timely basis.
  • Contribute to the management of grant budgets and expenses.
  • Assist in meeting local and state fundraising goals for Lung Association.
  • Track volunteer engagement in organizational database to allow for their broader involvement in the organization

Staff Management and Development 

  • Hire, supervise and manage part-time health educators and interns
  • Cultivate and sustain a strong, team-oriented culture with emphasis on results and accountability.
  • Perform and/or facilitate personnel management functions in accordance with Lung Association in CA policies and procedures, including, but not limited to performance management, training, supervision and hiring/termination.
  • Represent interests, professionalism and integrity of Lung Association in CA in all activities and relationships through a unified message of the Lung Association mission and a commitment to organizational standards and leadership by personal example.


  • Bachelor’s Degree required. 
  • Master’s Degree preferred or at least 3 years of experience in public policy or advocacy‐related work, community outreach, community organizing and public health advocacy.
  • Proven ability to identify, recruit, and develop strong working relationships with patients and volunteers
  • Experience in public speaking.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with non-profit organizations, community members, elected officials, city staff, advocates, public health professionals.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and appropriately to a diversity of audiences (economic, cultural, and social).
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Interact effectively and tactfully with all levels of management
  • Ability to manage and add value to multiple projects simultaneously
  • Ability to work independently, problem solve, thrive under pressure, perform multiple tasks and meet deadlines
  • Highly organized with excellent attention to detail, accuracy and quality
  • Broad cultural competency
  • Fluency in Spanish preferred
  • Ability to travel regularly
  • Consistent with its mission, the American Lung Association maintains a smoke-free work place; all employees must abstain from tobacco use in any form.  


The American Lung Association offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes: Medical, Dental, Vision, FSA, LTD, Matching 403(b), Paid Vacation/Sick/Holidays.


Level of Language Proficiency

-       Fluency in Spanish preferred 



To apply send cover letter, resume and salary requirements to (include job title and job number in subject of email):

Human Resources Department

American Lung Association

Email: alahr@lung.org

The American Lung Association is dedicated to a diverse workforce.

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