Western Region Advocacy Director


The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is seeking a Western Region Advocacy Director  responsible for providing hands-on strategic and tactical advice to state and local tobacco control coalitions on legislative issues in the Western Region of the United States (Currently: Alaska, Hawaii, California, Washington, Oregon, Arizona, Nevada, and Utah).  The Director will join four other Regional Advocacy Directors (RADs) who serve in strategic regions of the United States.  Candidates must be located in the Western region.  This position will report to the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids’ Vice President, State Advocacy in Washington, D.C.  


  • Provide strategic and tactical advice and technical assistance on behalf of Tobacco-Free Kids to local and state coalitions working on tobacco control issues throughout the region.

  • Assist coalitions with bill drafting, lobbying, media advocacy, grassroots development and mobilization, and grant applications. 

  • Mobilize Tobacco Free Kids’ resources as appropriate on behalf of specific advocacy campaigns.

  • Make recommendations to headquarters on potential funding of state lobbying and ballot question initiatives.

  • Represent Tobacco Free Kids at national, state, and local meetings.

  • Interact with local media, policymakers, and other key officials as necessary.

  • Maintain strong communications with the Vice President, State Advocacy, other RADs, and key Washington, DC-based personnel.

  • Maintain positive relationships with national and local partner organizations.  Ensure good coordination of efforts in the Western Region.

  • Maintain good communication with other Tobacco Free Kid’s departments and staff to inform them of legislative developments within the region.  This can include weekly conference calls, status reports, and occasional meetings in the Washington, DC office.

  • Develop and manage strategies to recruit, retain, and mobilize grassroots activists in the Region.

  • Serve as a resource to state and local coalitions on policy issues.

  • Perform other tasks as directed by the Vice President, State Advocacy.


  • Five (5) years demonstrated experience with state and/or local lobbying and politics.

  • Five (5) years of successful experience in designing and executing lobbying or campaign strategy for legislative campaigns, ballot question campaigns, and/or advocacy-oriented organizations. 

  • Experience should include conducting community outreach, grassroots and grasstops cultivation, field strategy development, and public education efforts.

  • Experience working with broad-based, diverse coalitions.

  • Knowledge of state legislative and political processes.

  • Commitment to the issue of tobacco control.

  • Strong written and oral communication skills.

  • Ability to set priorities and work independently.

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment while juggling projects and deadlines.  This includes working with other RADs as well as headquarters operations in Washington, DC.

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher.

  • Ability to travel as necessary throughout the Region; sometimes on short notice.

  • Knowledge of and proficiency with a variety of computer software applications including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.


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: WRAD-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