Director, Policy and Advocacy
Job Title: Director, Policy and Advocacy
Department: External Affairs
Reports To: Managing Director of External Affairs
Date Prepared: June 2015
This description incorporates the core responsibilities of the job. It is recognized that other related duties not specifically mentioned may also be performed, and that not all responsibilities may be carried out depending on operational needs.
Summary of Position:
Working with the Foundation’s senior management team, the Director, Policy and Advocacy, is responsible for the development and implementation of the legislative/policy agenda, grassroots strategy and engagement, and related government relations functions of the Foundation.
Duties and Responsibilities:
The Director, Policy and Advocacy, works closely with the Managing Director, External Affairs, the Foundation’s President and Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer, as well as Foundation staff members and external consultants to accomplish organizational goals and objectives for the following:
- Determine, in consultation with the Managing Director, External Affairs, Foundation President and EVP/COO, the Foundation’s long and short-term policy and advocacy priorities at federal and state levels.
- Communicate the policy and legislative priorities of the Foundation to elected officials and their staff members, Administration officials including those in relevant agencies, regulators, and other stakeholders.
- Represent the Foundation on Capitol Hill and at all relevant meetings including coalitions centered on policy and advocacy priorities, and serve in leadership positions within those coalitions as appropriate.
- Develop a grassroots strategy and maintain a grassroots network for the Foundation. Provide ongoing information regarding legislative, policy and regulatory issues impacting cancer research, cancer prevention and early detection, and quality cancer patient care and activate advocates to take action as appropriate.
- Communicate the advocacy priorities of the Foundation to the public through management of the advocacy micro-website and creation of other printed and electronic communications of the Foundation.
- Plan and implement all aspects of relevant policy and advocacy events.
- Work with the development division to identify policy and advocacy fundraising opportunities and assist in grant writing to acquire such funding.
- Provide strategic advice and support to other divisions of the Foundation that involve government relations and policy activities.
- Act as a point of contact or lead for the Foundation in educational campaigns with a focus on policy and advocacy, as determined by the Managing Director of External Affairs and the EVP/COO.
- Assist on campaigns with government relations, advocacy or legislative and policy components.
- Draft and disseminate digital advocacy messaging through social media and online outlets.
- Create budgets and assist in strategic plans for the policy and advocacy area.
Education: Bachelor of Arts degree in political science, public policy, social work, communications, public health or related field required. Relevant Masters degree preferred.
Experience: Minimum of seven years experience required. Capitol Hill, regulatory, or government relations work for a health care or cancer-related nonprofit organization or association preferred.
Special Skills: Must have superb written, oral and interpersonal communications skills; be able to juggle multiple tasks, work under tight deadlines and deliver projects on time and within budgets.
Special Qualifications: Demonstrated initiative and leadership qualities; organizational, written and oral communication and interpersonal skills are required. Must have proven ability to work within coalitions and with high-level elected and appointed officials, regulatory agencies and staff.
Email cover letter with attached resume to Jeanne.Ellinport@preventcancer.org with Subject: Director, Advocacy. Position will remain open until filled. The Prevent Cancer Foundation is located in Alexandria, VA; no moving allowance available.
External Affairs Intern
Hours: Negotiable (typically no fewer than 15-20 per week)
Duration: Negotiable (typically coincides with the academic calendar or summer break; one semester or summer at a minimum)
Location: Alexandria, Virginia
Reports to: Department Managing Director or Senior Director
Essential functions (based on department placement) may include:
- Research and draft a variety of materials for the Prevent Cancer Foundation including: alerts; updates; social media messaging; website content; press releases; talking points; etc.
- Participate in Prevent Cancer Foundation advocacy and policy efforts including writing action alerts, creating grassroots strategy, attending relevant hearings and meetings, etc.
- Contribute to marketing and communications efforts in both traditional and digital media
- Support Prevent Cancer Foundation programming including conferences, meetings, exhibits, and events
- Support development team in fundraising and outreach efforts
- Draft correspondence to stakeholder inquiries, emails, and letters as assigned
- Assist with general office tasks (filing, copying, organizing materials, stuffing envelopes, etc.) as needed
- Gain an overall understanding of and skills in nonprofit administration and management including: development; marketing and communications; policy and advocacy; operations; and overall healthcare leadership
- Support the mission and values of the Prevent Cancer Foundation
- Other duties as assigned
- Enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate program
- Independent worker that also works well in a team
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- Strong organizational and time management skills
- Ability to exercise sound judgment and decision-making
- Positive attitude and interest in learning
- Ability to multitask several projects
- Interest in healthcare and cancer prevention and early detection
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and basic administrative skills
- Must reside near the Alexandria, VA/Washington, DC area during the internship and be able to come into the office for all hours of the internship. This job description does not include all of the internship duties. Interns may be asked by other supervisors to perform additional duties. There will not be an employment contract with interns, and either the Prevent Cancer Foundation, or the intern, may choose to terminate the arrangement at any time.
How to Apply
Qualified candidates should apply to Christine Gambrell at Christine.Gambrell@preventcancer.org. Please list “Intern Inquiry” in the subject line and include the information below as well as a cover letter and resumé. All candidates must interview either in person or through a conference call.
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Primary Interest Area:
External Affairs (Communications, Marketing, and Advocacy) Programs
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