Program Associate, Advocacy

Summary Description:

This position provides program assistance to the Federal and State advocacy programs.  This position is based in Washington D.C. and reports to the Associate Director of Advocacy and Outreach.


Federal Advocacy

  • Track FDA requests for comments, proposed and final rules, meetings of the TPSAC, etc. in the Federal Register. Track the status of rules in the OMB database. Prepare summaries for the advocacy team
  • Submit comments to FDA and other Federal agencies
  • Monitor comments from other organizations on the Tobacco Control Act
  • Conduct research on various topics related to FDA implementation, tobacco bills and other legislative issues as requested by the advocacy and research team
  • Compile meeting notes for biweekly FDA Workgroup meetings
  • Assist with Congressional communications, including
    • Coordinating letters to the Hill, including proofing, editing, merging, formatting sending through Congress Plus
  • Maintain the Congress Plus legislative database including:
    • Issue and Bill Tracking
    • Vote Tracking
    • Emailing legislators and staff
    • Creating reports
  • Assist Associate Director of Advocacy and Outreach with the management of a national coalition that works on tobacco issues including:
    • Assistance with quarterly meetings
    • Communication with other tobacco control groups
  • Assist with contracts of and payments to Federal Organizers

State Advocacy

  • Manage the preparation of the Annual State Report including:
    • Working with the research team and Regional Advocacy Directors to conduct research, compile and organize data and develop materials
    • Working with the communications and web teams to publicize the report
  • Serve as a resource to Regional Advocacy Directors and the research team on legislative issues, including potential grants to state and local advocacy organizations
  • Monitor state legislative activity on identified priority issue areas

Additional Responsibilities

  • Assist in the development of presentations, reports and other materials used in outreach, policy, advocacy and accountability efforts


  • Excellent writing and editing skills, ability to prepare brief summaries of legislation and regulations
  • Experience in conducting basic research on legislative and regulatory issues
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, team oriented environment while juggling and coordinating multiple projects and deadlines simultaneously and to juggle competing priorities
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently with only general supervision
  • Demonstrated attention to detail
  • Interest or commitment to tobacco control
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Two years government relations, non-profit advocacy or related experience preferred


To apply for this position, please email a cover letter, resume, writing sample and salary history to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).  Please reference the position code PAA: 03 in the subject line of your e-mail.  Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled.  No phone calls please.

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes applications from individuals who will contribute to its diversity.

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is a leading force in the fight to reduce tobacco use and its deadly toll in the United States and around the world. Our vision: A future free of the death and disease caused by tobacco. We work to save lives by advocating for public policies that prevent kids from smoking, help smokers quit and protect everyone from secondhand smoke.


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Tobacco by the Numbers

  • 480,000: Annual tobacco-related deaths in U.S.
  • $170 billion: Annual tobacco-related health care costs in U.S.
  • 5.6 million: U.S. kids under 18 alive today who will ultimately die from smoking (unless smoking rates decline)
  • Six million: Annual tobacco-related deaths worldwide
  • 600,000: Annual deaths worldwide caused by secondhand smoke
  • One billion: Worldwide deaths from tobacco this century unless urgent action is taken