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American Heart Association Community Advocacy Director - Denver, CO in Denver, Colorado


Are you ready to join an organization where you can be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives?

Envision all Americans enjoying ideal cardiovascular health free of heart disease and stroke. At the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, we get to work toward that goal every single day. Is it easy? No. Is it worthwhile? you bet!

This is satisfying work that makes a real difference in people's lives. You can achieve professional growth with personal fulfillment. You will connect with people and make a lifesaving impact. You will partner with individuals, schools, lawmakers, healthcare providers and others to ensure everyone has access to healthier lifestyle choices and proper healthcare.


The American Heart Association (AHA) has an excellent opportunity for a Community Advocacy Director in the Denver, CO area.

In this role you will be responsible for coordinating and leading strategy and efforts to advance our public policy priorities in an assigned community. Additional responsibilities include serving as the primary representative of the AHA to community level officials and agencies to generate awareness and support for our public policy agenda, building and leading teams of AHA staff, volunteers, coalitions and partner organizations to build support for and integrate advocacy issues messaging into all other AHA programs/events.


  • Coordinates and leads all elements of successful public policy priority campaigns at the assigned market level.

  • Meet one on one with elected community officials, their staff, and other community government officials to gain support for advocacy issues.

  • Monitor and engage on legislative and regulatory issues of concern and apprises appropriate volunteers and staff of emerging advocacy issues.

  • Provide policy research, development of support materials, recruiting of spokespersons, preparing testimony, and other activities as needed to advance the AHA’s community public policy agenda.

  • Participates in coalition efforts and other partnerships designed to strengthen opportunities that advance our priorities.

  • . Collaborates with the committee, and with strategic direction from the Association’s advocacy and community impact program, develops a community legislative agenda.

  • Provides strategic direction on community grassroots and key contact, recruitment, retention and mobilization efforts.

  • Collaborates with communications staff on development and timing of media advocacy efforts.

  • Assurances compliance with lobbying requirements and prepares all necessary reporting.

  • Provides presentations and trains volunteers and advocacy staff as needed.

  • Attends and participates in AHA meetings throughout the year.

Want to help get your resume to the top? Take a look at the experience we require:


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Public Policy, Political Science, Law, related field or equivalent work experience.

  • Minimum of three (3) years of:

  • Prior experience and success lobbying at the state and local level.

  • Experience building and managing issue advocacy coalition(s.

  • Experience developing and implementing grassroots and media advocacy tactics.

  • Policy analysis and technical (legislative and/or regulatory) writing skills.

  • Ability to simultaneously handle multiple, complex projects in varying stages of development under time constraints.

  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of planning, budgeting, and prioritizing work.

  • Excellent oral and written communications skills.

  • Ability to travel overnight approx. 25% of the time.

Here are some of the preferred skills we are looking for:

  • Knowledge of voluntary health organizations or nonprofit organizations.

  • Experience working in health care policy.

  • Experience in volunteer management.

  • Understanding and appreciation for the use of technology and information systems.

So, are you ready to work for the largest voluntary health organization dedicated to fighting heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases?

Click on “New Resume” (or “Existing Resume” if you have previously applied to AHA positions) to submit your online application. Only those deemed most qualified will be contacted to interview.

At American Heart Association | American Stroke Association, diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity applies to both our workforce and the communities we serve as it relates to heart health and stroke prevention.

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EOE/Protected Veterans/Persons with Disabilities

Location US-CO-Denver

Posted Date 2 weeks ago (2/12/2020 2:53 PM)

Requisition ID 2020-5578

Job Family Group Health Strategies & Programs

Job Category Advocacy

Location: Denver, CO