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Strategic Tobacco Industry Campaigns Associate – TakeAPart Initiative

Dec 20, 2019

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (the Campaign) seeks nominations and applications for a Strategic Tobacco Industry Campaigns Associate to play a leading role in efforts to isolate, discredit, and neutralize the tobacco industry through our new program, TakeAPart.

TakeAPart is a play on the idea that we aim to take apart the tobacco industry's power and also to provide opportunities for anyone in the world to take a part in the movement to break the link between tobacco companies and policy makers. To do this, we are building a global community of TakeAPart activists and a talented team to lead the program.

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of one of the world’s leading corporate accountability efforts and work with cutting edge social media strategies and new crowdsourcing technology. The Strategic Tobacco Industry Campaigns Associate will report to and work closely with the Associate Director of Strategic Tobacco Industry Campaigns and head of the TakeAPart initiative to develop campaigns in support of tobacco control policy objectives and organizations in targeted countries.

Key areas of focus for the position include:

  • Analyze critical tobacco industry business relationships and practices, identify points of vulnerability, and design appropriate campaigns to isolate them.
  • Respond rapidly to developments and campaign opportunities, ensuring our global activist community is promptly informed and engaged, as well as identifying and maximizing opportunities for campaign escalation.
  • Manage TakeAPart’s online advocacy portfolio – identifying, drafting, and publishing daily content for our 350k+ social media community, proposing, drafting, and publishing new engagement opportunities on TakeAPart.org, and manage updates to the TakeAPart.org site.
  • Collaborate with partners in low-and middle-income countries to develop and implement campaigns to expose tobacco industry efforts to influence policy-makers and undermine the policy process.
  • Prepare campaign materials including reports, fact sheets, presentations, briefing papers, online resources, and toolkits.
  • Help lead the development and implementation of campaign training for the Campaign’s grantees and partners.

This position is based in Washington, DC and is open to US citizens and other applicants possessing a work Visa permitting long-term, permanent employment in the US.

Qualifications of the Ideal Candidate

The TakeAPart team is part of the Campaign’s international program and staffed with passionate, creative, and strategically minded corporate campaigners. We are motivated by the opportunity to isolate, discredit and neutralize an industry that causes incalculable suffering around the world, and to influence public policy for the betterment of people in middle- and low-income countries. We are looking for someone who shares our passion and is experienced in the development and implementation of corporate accountability campaigns and in training and supporting others to successfully implement such campaigns.

The ideal candidate will possess the following professional and personal abilities, attributes, and experience:

  • Experience conducting industry and corporate research to inform strategy including marketing, financial performance, business strategy, and/or competitive environment.
  • Efficient and able to multi-task in a fast-paced environment.
  • Experience in administering online, social media, and/or mobile advocacy campaigns – including drafting content and analyzing social media campaign performance.
  • Excellent writing, speaking and editing skills (English). Fluency in another language including French, Spanish, Hindi, Bahasa, or other preferred.
  • Experience working at the international level/in cross-cultural settings.
  • Possess strong attention to detail.
  • Ability and desire to travel overseas.
  • Bachelors’ degree required.
  • Minimum 3-4 years relevant experience.

To Apply

More information about the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids may be found at: http://global.tobaccofreekids.org.

Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Applications including a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, your resume or CV, and information – including campaign materials or web links about industry-focused campaigns you have worked, should be addressed to: jobs@tobaccofreekids.org. Please reference the position code: CA/TAP/08 in the subject line of your email.

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes applications from individuals who will contribute to its diversity.

Organizational Overview

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. The Campaign works to save lives by advocating for public policies that prevent kids from smoking, help smokers quit and protect everyone from secondhand smoke. A non-governmental organization based in Washington, DC, we promote public policies that have been proven to reduce tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke, including higher tobacco taxes; comprehensive smoke-free laws; strict bans on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship; and graphic warning labels on tobacco products. Internationally, the Campaign supports governments and non-governmental organizations in promoting and implementing these policies in low- and middle-income countries where more than 80 percent of tobacco-related deaths will occur in the coming decades.

The Campaign has been designated as one of five partner organizations to coordinate activities under the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use, working with governments and non-governmental organizations to implement effective measures to reduce tobacco use. CTFK has active initiatives in low- and middle-income countries around the world where the highest rates of tobacco use are found including Indonesia, China, India, Bangladesh and Russia, in addition to its longstanding program in the United States.


Global statistics on tobacco-related deaths are astonishing. The worldwide death toll is at more than five million people each year and climbing. Without urgent action, tobacco will kill one billion people in the 21st century. Every day, 80,000 to 100,000 young people around the world become addicted to tobacco, and secondhand smoke kills more than 600,000 people each year, including 165,000 children. Tobacco use also costs governments an estimated $500 billion each year in health care expenditures, productivity losses, fire damage, and other costs.