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Vice President Strategic Partnerships

Feb 17, 2022

The Vice President Strategic Partnerships is a senior executive staff member of the Campaign for Tobacco- Free Kids working to build, cultivate and sustain relationships with a broad spectrum of organizations invested in the impact of tobacco on health outcomes. The Vice President will leverage these relationships to build a broader base of support to curb tobacco use in the United States and demonstrate the widespread support for tobacco control policies including but not limited to the medical, education, women’s health and religious communities and those representing communities disproportionately impacted by tobacco use. Strategic Partnerships also requires meaningful outreach and engagement with groups working on federal and state tobacco control policies that will impact and improve health disparities and health equity.  This position involves regular coordination with other members of the strategic partnerships staff as well as coordination with members of the U.S. Management Team. The Vice President reports to the Executive Vice President Domestic Programs, is a member of the U.S. Management Team, and supervises up to five mid-level program staff.   This position is based in Washington, D.C. Currently, all staff are working remotely. This is a DC office-based position working a hybrid schedule. Full vaccination against COVID-19 is required with only medical or religious exceptions. 

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 the SP team with 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 Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK);
  • Elevate the priority of tobacco control among groups focused on youth, health care and health disparities;
  • Build capacity among targeted organizations through the allocation of grants; 
  • Engage diverse activists in CTFK’s work; 
  • In coordination with CTFK’s Communications team, support allied organizations and individuals to develop complementary, coordinated targeted and appropriate media outreach in support of CTFK’s advocacy strategies for state and local campaigns; 
  • In coordination with and in support of CTFK’s Federal and State Teams, support allied organizations and individuals to reach out to 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 partnerships and health disparities and equity, and as requested by members of CTFK’s development team meet with potential funders as needed;
  • Develop and implement strategies to engage national, state and local organizations and individuals disproportionally impacted by tobacco; 
  • In partnership with the finance department and other executive staff, develop and manage the departmental budget, ensuring that all aspects of the department’s work are designed, budgeted, organized and staffed to achieve maximum success;
  • Supervise SP staff, currently up to five mid-level program staff; 
  • Develop and implement strategy of CTFK’s Youth Advocacy programs; and
  • Serve as lead source and spokesperson for CTFK with partnership groups and targeted communities.

Candidate Requirements:

  • Sophisticated understanding of strategic partnerships, health disparities and the social and economic determinants of health at the federal, state and local levels; 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;
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and implement strategic policy initiatives;
  • 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 cooperatively and in close coordination with others in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment; and  
  • Interest or commitment to tobacco control.

Why join CTFK team?

You will be a part of a respected global health advocacy organization that works to save lives around the world through effective public health policy change.  Our generous benefits package includes:

  • 100% company paid health, vision, and dental for you; 70-80% contribution to these coverages for your dependents.
  • Paid parental leave benefits (4 weeks paid maternity/paternity leave), in addition to federal and local leave provisions.
  • 403b plan participation (with 9% company contribution)
  • 10 paid company holidays, 20 vacation days, 10 sick days and 5 personal days (on an accrual basis each calendar year)
  • A hybrid work schedule (3 days in office; 2 days remote) 


Your application should include a short cover letter and resume. Also, please include your potential start date and salary requirement in an email to:   Please reference the position code:  VPSP/03 in the subject line of your email. No Phone calls please.  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.