Program Manager, Youth Advocacy

Mar 15, 2019

Summary Description

This position is responsible for providing vital program management for the Youth Advocacy program at the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. This position is based in Washington, DC and will report to the Director of Youth Advocacy.

Primary Duties

Manage the Kick Butts Day program

  • Manage outreach to national and state partners to help promote KBD. Create new partnerships with national organizations to promote KBD.
  • Serve as a liaison between the KBD Media Team, State Team and Federal Team, key event organizers and state youth program managers to cultivate advocacy-focused KBD events.
  • Manage the development of KBD website, social media and e-mail blast content.

Manage the Youth Engagement Alliance for Tobacco Control

  • Recruit and work collaboratively with a Leadership Team of adult coordinators to run Youth Engagement Alliance programming including technical assistance and networking activities.
  • Help to plan Coordinator Camp, a conference for 150+ adult coordinators focusing on best practices for engaging youth in tobacco control.
  • Support the management of the Youth Engagement Alliance website and Coordinator Database.

Manage Youth and Young Adult Engagement Initiatives (National Youth and Young Adult Ambassador Program, State Youth Ambassador Cohorts, Youth Advocates of the Year Awards Gala)

  • Manage the recruitment of 25+ National Youth and Young Adult Ambassadors from across the country and multiple State Youth Ambassador cohorts to support state engagement efforts.
  • Manage the planning and execution of a multi-day Symposium for National Youth and Young Adult Ambassadors in Washington, D.C.
  • Manage the planning and execution of multiple two-day youth advocacy training sessions for State Youth Ambassadors.
  • Coordinate ongoing training and engagement of National Youth and Young Adult Ambassadors and State Youth Ambassador cohorts throughout the year/legislative sessions.
  • Manage the selection of Youth Advocates of the Year as well as planning of subsequent Youth Advocates of the Year Awards (YAYA) Gala and pre-gala training.

Coordinate the Development and Implementation of the Taking Down Tobacco Training Program

  • Coordinate and support the timely development, implementation and updates of training program platform, including online courses, in-person trainings and supplemental materials.
  • Support the technical implementation of the training program within an online learning management system.
  • Make presentations and conduct youth advocacy workshops and training sessions on behalf of TFK for youth advocates and advisors across the country as needed.

General Responsibilities

  • Support Director in identifying opportunities for program growth and development.
  • Support the development of strategic work plan for department and manage work plan tracking and reporting.
  • Serve as a TFK liaison with partner groups and state-based youth advocacy programs in collaboration with the TFK State and Federal Teams.
  • Collaborate with other departments to find ways to involve youth advocates in TFK’s local, state, national, international and tribal advocacy activities.
  • Ability to work with and provide training to multiple stakeholder groups (youth, young adults, and community partners) both in-person and virtually.
  • Help to compile and distribute youth advocacy updates to TFK staff, youth advocates and adult coordinators.
  • Supervise and support Youth Advocacy Associates and interns throughout the year.
  • Work collaboratively with other departments on special projects as assigned.
  • Other duties as assigned by Director.


  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, political science, public health, public administration or related field.
  • 3-5 years of professional experience doing similar types of work, grassroots advocacy engagement a plus.
  • Excellent communications skills – writing and public speaking.
  • Ability to operate independently within a team environment and with only general supervision.
  • Program and project management skills a must.
  • Supervisory experience highly preferred.
  • Ability to juggle multiple projects with varied deadlines.
  • Entrepreneurial and forward-thinking working style.
  • Ability to clearly communicate complex ideas to various audiences (youth, TFK staff members, external partners, etc.).
  • Sound organizational skills and detail-orientation.
  • Creative thinker with ability to remain flexible and modify priorities as needed.
  • Commitment to the issue of tobacco control.
  • Travel required during key engagement and training periods.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please email a brief well-written cover letter, resume and salary history to Reference the position code: PM-YA04 in 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.