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Senior Director, Strategic Partnerships

Feb 24, 2020

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK) is seeking a senior executive staff member to build, cultivate and sustain relationships with organizations representing communities disproportionately impacted by tobacco use. Position requires meaningful outreach, engagement and advocacy with groups on federal and state tobacco control policies that will impact and improve health disparities and health equity.  The Senior Director reports to the Executive Vice President US Programs and is based in Washington, D.C. 

Responsibilities will include

  • Expand the number and deepen the engagement of individuals and organizations supporting efforts on tobacco control and health equity;
  • Coordinate plans and activities of a network of individual activists and organizations to reduce health disparities in tobacco use, including menthol and flavored cigars;
  • Strengthen and mobilize a base of effective support for the mission of CTFK;
  • Elevate the priority of tobacco control among groups focused on health disparities;
  • Encourage and assist participating organizations to advocate effectively on reducing health disparities in tobacco use;
  • Build capacity among targeted organizations through the allocation of resources; 
  • Engage diverse activists in CTFK’s work; 
  • Develop targeted and appropriate media outreach and advocacy strategies for state and local campaigns; 
  • Meet with Members of Congress, State Legislatures, City Councils and other elected officials;
  • Work closely with CTFK’s federal, state, communications, research, legal and development teams to ensure alignment of priorities and activities;
  • Engage and advise on fundraising strategies related to health disparities and equity, and meet with potential funders as needed;
  • Develop and implement strategies to engage national, state and local organizations and individuals disproportionally impacted by tobacco; 
  • Supervise up to five mid-level program staff, and Serve as spokesperson for CTFK with targeted communities.

Candidate Requirements

  • The successful candidate will bring a sophisticated understanding of health disparities and the social and economic determinants of health at the federal, state and local levels and will have proven experience working with policymakers, stakeholder organizations, community leaders, etc. on health equity and health-related policy initiatives;
  • Minimum 10 years-experience in public health advocacy, preferably with communities of color;
  • Supervisory experience monitoring employee productivity and organizing workflow; 
  • Minimum bachelor’s degree, graduate degree preferred;
  • Demonstrated ability to build and sustain partnerships with organizations committed to public-health and equity agendas; 
  • Strong communications skills across a range of platforms; 
  • Comfort with media and public speaking;
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment; and  
  • Interest or commitment to tobacco control.

To Apply

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