Program Associate, Youth Advocacy

Sep 4, 2019

This full-time position provides vital program support for the Youth Advocacy Programat the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK). This position is based in Washington, DC and reports to the Youth Advocacy Manager.

Primary Duties

General Responsibilities

  • Drive engagement of state and local associates of Youth Ambassadors working on targeted policy campaigns.
  • Provide technical assistance to youth advocates and coordinators, and support them throughout the year.
  • Help manage youth advocates at CTFK events/trainings.
  • Manage content strategy for youth advocacy digital properties including social media accounts, e-mail lists and blogs in collaboration with Communications Team.
  • Track ongoing programming and technical assistance by documenting necessary metrics.

Support the Youth Advocacy Training Program’s Development, Implementation & Tracking

  • Support development of training materials, including web content, promotional items, and training content.
  • Track participation in programming and compile metrics as needed.
  • Provide technical assistance to training participants.
  • As needed, make presentations and conduct youth advocacy workshops and training sessions on behalf of CTFK for youth advocates and advisors across the country.

Support Engagement of Youth Advocates

  • Lead implementation of recruitment, training, engagement, and activation of Youth Ambassadors in priority cities, localities, and states to achieve priority policy change outcomes.
  • Assist in the implementation of National Youth Ambassador Programfor youth action network of 35 +youth leaders per year across the United States.
  • Support development and implementation of ongoing distance-based training of National Youth Ambassadors through online trainings, webinars, conference calls, and monthly briefings.
  • Help plan and execute a multi-day Symposium for National Youth Ambassadors.
  • Support in the selection of Youth Advocates of the Yearas well as planning of subsequent Youth Advocates of the Year Awards(YAYA) Gala and pre-gala training.

Support Department-Wide Collaboration
(Coordinating on TFK’s local, state, national, international and tribal advocacy activities)

  • Coordinate with advocacy teams to identify youth groups and leaders in target cities, states and congressional districts for calls to action as needed.
  • Facilitate development of youth advocate Letters to the Editor and Op-Eds to support advocacy initiatives in collaboration with Communications team.
  • Facilitate youth engagement in CTFK digital advocacy campaigns.
  • Facilitate youth engagement in local town halls and in-district meetings as needed.
  • Follow-up with youth advocates as needed on ongoing advocacy projects to support priority initiatives.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Work collaboratively with other departments on special projects as assigned.
  • Foster ongoing relationships with CTFK partners in accordance with events and special projects


  • Excellent communications skills - writing, general and group engagement, and social interaction (some public speaking may be required).
  • Ability to operate independently within a team environment and with only general supervision.
  • Ability to juggle multiple projects with varied deadlines.
  • Sound organizational skills and detail-orientation.
  • Ability to remain flexible and modify priorities as needed.
  • Significant experience with Microsoft Office and social networking tools.
  • Commitment to the issue of tobacco control.
  • Excellent creative thinking skills.
  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, political science, or related field.
  • 1-2 years of professional experience doing similar types of work.

To Apply

To apply for this position, please email a cover letter, including salary history, and attach your resume to: Please reference the position code: PAYA-03in the subject line of your email. Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled.

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.