Vice President, State Issues

Summary Description

The Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids’ (CTFK) Vice President, State Issues oversees the development and execution of the organization’s state and local advocacy agenda. This position reports to the Executive Vice President, US Programs and is responsible for overseeing Regional Advocacy Directors who manage lobbying and policy campaigns in the states.


  • Direct CTFK’s strategy on state tobacco control policy. 

  • Manage the day-to-day work and long-term strategy of the State Issues department; prioritize the work of the department, and represent the department with stakeholders.

  • Oversee the Regional Advocacy Directors, experienced advocacy professionals working in offices across the nation. 

  • Direct and coordinate the work of the State Issues Team with other departments to integrate strategies and activities.

  • Possess an in-depth knowledge of a wide range of tobacco issues.

  • Lead coordination with partner organizations on state issues, including public health groups and others interested in tobacco control.

  • Actively participate on the US Programs management team.

  • Play an active role in fundraising; working with the leadership and Development Dept. to craft proposals, meet with foundations and prospective donors, and execute on innovative advocacy programs.

  • Assist in building grassroots support for priority federal issues.

  • Act as the Campaign’s spokesperson to media on state-level issues.

  • Represent the Campaign at national conferences, and

  • Accomplish other duties as assigned by the EVP US Programs.


  • Seven (7) to ten (10) years’ state legislative and/or issue advocacy experience.

  • At least five (5) years’ experience managing advocates/lobbyists, preferably experience managing professional staff working remotely.

  • Experience leading ballot question and/or candidate campaigns.

  • Extensive knowledge of state legislative processes.

  • Experience with fundraising and donor cultivation.

  • Ability to think innovatively about strategy, tactics, deploying resources and building teams.

  • Experience working with the media and public speaking.

  • Knowledge of state legislative issues; familiarity with state tobacco control policy preferred.

  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and work independently.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Bachelor’s degree, Master’s preferably in a related field,

  • This position will be based in Washington, D.C. at CTFK’s headquarters, and

  • Travel is required; approximately one overnight trip per month.

How to Apply:

To apply for this position, please email a cover letter, including salary history and resume to: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).  Please reference the position code: VPSI -03in the subject line of your email.  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 leader in the fight to reduce tobacco use in the United States and around the world. By changing public attitudes and public policies on tobacco, the Campaign works to prevent kids from smoking, help smokers quit and protect everyone from secondhand smoke. A non-profit organization established in 1996, the Campaign works with more than 130 organizational partners, including public health, medical, education, civic, corporate, youth and religious organizations. The Campaign does not accept any government or tobacco industry funding.



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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