Program Associate, Advocacy

Oct 16, 2018

Summary Description:

The Program Associate works on Federal and State advocacy for the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. This position is based in Washington, D.C. and reports to the Associate Director of Advocacy and Outreach.


Federal Advocacy

    • Assist Federal Advocacy team in Congressional outreach, including encouraging Hill offices to support and cosponsor legislation and sign on to tobacco-related letters, and participating in legislative coalitions.
    • Assist with Congressional communications, including coordinating the editing, formatting, and sending of letters electronically to Hill offices.
    • Monitor introduction, co-sponsorship, and legislative activity of key tobacco-related legislation.
    • Assist in planning and coordinating annual Capitol Hill Day for National Youth Ambassadors.
    • Assist with Youth Advocacy team’s efforts to engage CTFK youth ambassadors in targeted legislative advocacy activities throughout the year.
    • Track relevant U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) notices in the Federal Register, including requests for comments, proposed and final rules, stakeholder meetings, meetings of the Tobacco Product Scientific Advisory Committee, etc. Track the status of rules in the federal Office of Management and Budget database. Prepare summaries for the Federal Team.
    • Assist with FDA regulatory work including conducting research on various topics related to FDA tobacco regulatory activities, filing comments with FDA and other Federal agencies, maintain a database and master log of all submissions to FDA and keep a calendar and timeline of regulatory activities, including applicable deadlines.
    • Assist Associate Director of Advocacy and Outreach with the management of a national coalition that works on tobacco issues, including assistance with quarterly meetings.
    • Assist with contracts of and payments to federal organizers and vendors.

    State Advocacy

    • Manage the production and preparation of an annual report on state funding for tobacco prevention programs. Work on the report includes collaborating with Tobacco-Free Kids’ Research Team and Regional Advocacy Directors to compile and organize data, the development of graphics and charts, and partnering with the Communications and Web Teams to publicize the report.
    • In coordination with a Regional Advocacy Director, lead Tobacco-Free Kids’ advocacy with the District of Columbia City Council, including collaborating with other public health and medical groups on District of Columbia-specific advocacy efforts.
    • Serve as a resource to Regional Advocacy Directors and Research Team on advocacy issues.

    Additional Responsibilities

    • Assist in the development of presentations, reports and other materials used in outreach, policy, advocacy and accountability efforts.
    • Perform other duties as assigned.


    • Excellent writing and editing skills, including the ability to prepare brief and understandable 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
    • Ability to take initiative and work independently with only general supervision
    • Demonstrated attention to detail
    • Understanding of the legislative process
    • Interest or commitment to tobacco control
    • Bachelor’s degree
    • Two years of government relations, non-profit advocacy, Capitol Hill or related experience preferred

    To Apply

    To apply for this position, please email a cover letter, resume, writing sample and salary history to Please reference the position code PAA: 03in 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.