American Heart Association Community Advocacy Director (Deployable) in United States


Are you ready to join an organization where you can make an extraordinary impact every day?

Imagine 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 day. Is it easy? No. Is it worthwhile? Absolutely.

This is satisfying and challenging work that makes a real difference in people's lives. We are where you can achieve professional growth with personal fulfillment. We are where you can connect people to making a lifesaving impact. We are where you can 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 is where you can make an extraordinary impact.


The American Heart Association (AHA) has an excellent opportunity for a Community Advocacy Director . Location of the selected candidate is flexible provided the location allows for effective and cost-efficient travel.

The Community Advocacy Director is responsible for effectively furthering the American Heart Association’s (AHA’s) community public policy priorities through direct implementation and hands-on field consultation in markets with identified strategic need. You will also be responsible for employing or supporting, through strategic consulation, a range of public policy change tactics including campaign planning, implementation, legislation/regulation drafting, media, grassroots, grasstops and coalition development and management. Additional responsibilities include working with AHA staff, volunteers, coalitions and partner organizations to build support for AHA policy issues.

Essential Job Duties:

  • Strategically coordinate and oversee all elements of successful public policy priority campaigns.

  • Provide consultation services to AHA community staff such as: setting public policy priorities and goals; assessing the environment and assisting in the development of strategic campaign plans; reviewing and revising legislation/regulation; providing strategic campaign guidance; providing individualized trainings; or providing individualized resources (fact sheets, talking points, sample testimony, etc.); facilitating the sharing of best practices across the country.

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

  • Participate in coalition efforts and other collaborative partnerships to leverage opportunities that advance the Association’s public policy priorities.

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

  • Develop and implement strategic customized technical assistance plans necessary to successfully support community level public policy efforts.

  • Serves as a liaison with partners and stakeholders to strengthen relationships and catalyze opportunities to advance the AHA’s community public policy priorities.

  • Manage issue specific AHA grants which includes the hiring and supervision of staff and/or contractors.

  • Assures compliance with lobbying requirements and prepares all necessary reporting across all markets.

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:

  • Experience and success in legislative and regulatory lobbying

  • Demonstrated experience building and managing issue advocacy coalition(s)

  • Experience developing and implementing grassroots and media advocacy tactics

  • Policy analysis and technical (legislative and regulatory) writing skills

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

  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of strategic planning, budgeting, and managing work

  • Exceptional oral and written communications skills.

  • Must be able to travel overnight approx. 50% 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

  • Demonstrated 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?

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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Requisition ID 2019-3832

Job Family Group Health Strategies & Programs

Job Category Advocacy