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Advocacy Associate

Aug 28, 2020

Summary Description

 The Advocacy Associate works on federal and state advocacy for the Campaign for Tobacco- Free Kids (CTFK) with a focus on outreach to Congress to build support for legislation to reduce tobacco use.  This position is based in Washington, D.C. and is open to applicants who can permanently work in the United States. The Advocacy Associate reports to the Vice President, Federal Programs. 


Federal Advocacy

  • Assist Federal Advocacy team with Congressional outreach, including contacting offices to urge support for specific legislation and to join tobacco-related letters.
  • Assist with Congressional communications, including writing, editing and sending letters to Hill offices. 
  • Assist with the completion of Member appropriations request forms.
  • Write bill summaries, short fact sheets and other advocacy materials.
  • Track Members’ social media posts and town hall meetings and other public events in state and districts.
  • Maintain spreadsheets and other materials to track progress on top legislative priorities that include meeting notes and other information about Members’ record on the issue.
  • Assist with in-state and in-district outreach to key federal targets including writing letters, talking points and other materials for meetings and other activities.  
  • Coordinate with the youth advocacy team’s efforts to engage CTFK Youth Advocates in targeted legislative advocacy activities and assist with annual Capitol Hill Day for CTFK Youth Advocates.
  • Perform other duties as assigned. 

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 CTFK’s 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, assist with the current initiative in the District of Columbia to prohibit the use of flavors in tobacco products.  After the initiative concludes, continue to assist the Regional Advocacy Director as needed with the District of Columbia City Council, including collaborating with other public health and medical groups on District of Columbia-specific advocacy efforts.   


  • Excellent writing and editing skills, including the ability to prepare briefs and understandable summaries of legislation 
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently with only general supervision
  • Demonstrated attention to detail
  • Interest or commitment to tobacco control
  • Bachelor’s degree in related area
  • 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 and  two short writing samples  to Please reference the position code: AAFP/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 using tobacco products, help adults quit and protect everyone from secondhand smoke.