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Regional Advocacy Director

Sep 3, 2020

Summary Description 

The Regional Advocacy Director is responsible for providing hands-on strategic and tactical support to tobacco control campaigns and coalitions on legislative, ballot and/or regulatory issues at the local and state levels. This position, based in the mid-Atlantic region, supports selected city and state campaigns and coalitions and reports to the Vice President, State Advocacy.   

Primary Duties

  • Provide strategic, tactical support on behalf of Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids to state and local campaigns and coalitions in the region.
  • In selected locations and in collaboration with partners, lead the development and implementation of comprehensive campaign plans to address Tobacco-Free Kids’ top policy priorities.
  • Mobilize other Tobacco-Free Kids resources and personnel as appropriate.
  • Actively support authentic inclusion of priority population groups and individuals in campaigns and coalitions.
  • Represent Tobacco-Free Kids at national, state, and local meetings.
  • Interact with policymakers and other key officials as necessary.
  • Work with Communications Team to develop local/state communications plans for campaigns, interact with local media as needed to be source and spokesperson on behalf of the organization and/or local coalitions.
  • Maintain strong communications with the Vice President, State Advocacy and other key Tobacco-Free Kids personnel.
  • Maintain positive relationships with national and local partner organizations.        
  • Ensure good coordination of efforts with partners in the region.
  • Maintain good communication with other Tobacco-Free Kids departments and staff to inform them of legislative developments within the region.  This includes weekly conference calls, status reports, and occasional meetings in the Washington, DC office.
  • Travel widely within the specified region and at short notice.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Recommend funding to state and local groups and vendors, help negotiate contract deliverables, and oversee all contractors within the region.
  • Assist state coalitions with bill drafting, lobbying, media advocacy, grassroots development and mobilization, and grant applications.   Mobilize Tobacco-Free Kids’ resources as appropriate on behalf of specific advocacy campaigns.
  • Develop and manage strategies to recruit, retain, and mobilize grassroots activists in the field.
  • Serve as a resource to states on policy issues.
  • Perform other tasks as directed by the Vice President, State Advocacy.


  • Five (5) years of successful experience in executing and managing legislative campaigns and/or ballot referendum initiatives and/or advocacy-oriented membership or nonprofit organizations, trade associates, or unions.  Experience should include conducting community outreach, grassroots and grasstops cultivation, lobbying, field strategy development, and public education efforts.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of advocacy.
  • Knowledge of state legislative and political processes.
  • Experience with and commitment to addressing health disparities and grassroots mobilizing among priority population groups.
  • Established commitment to the issue of tobacco control. Previous experience in tobacco control preferred but not required.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to travel as necessary.
  • Ability to set priorities and work independently.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment while juggling projects and deadlines. This includes working with other Regional Area Directors as well as headquarters operations in Washington, DC.
  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Experience working with broad-based, diverse coalitions.
  • Knowledge of and proficiency with a variety of computer software applications including Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint and Outlook.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please email a cover letter, resume, writing sample and salary expectation to:  Please include position code: RAD: Mid-Atlantic.  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.