State Advocacy Consultant
American Heart Association - Dallas, TX

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What's your motivation? Opportunity? Creativity? Contribution? It's all part of working for the American Heart Association---where you can combine professional growth with personal fulfillment. So if you're considering a new and rewarding career, consider the American Heart Association. We have an excellent opportunity for a State Advocacy Consultant as part of our National Center. Location is flexible for this position.

The State Advocacy Consultant provides consultation and training to AHA field staff and volunteers in order to support and expand the AHA’s advocacy activities at the state and local level. The incumbent is also involved with national and affiliate AHA volunteer leadership, senior management, industry, government and other not-for-profit organizations which whom the AHA might partner or network. The incumbent, by virtue of the position, works closely with the Washington, D.C. based National Center AHA advocacy staff and the Affiliate’s leadership and advocacy staff.

Major Responsibilities Include:
Provides effective, strategic consultation to affiliates and states in support of the Association’s tobacco control public policy agenda by providing guidance, direction and training to advocacy and other affiliate staff, as well as volunteer leadership, in order to develop or expand the AHA’s field-based advocacy activities related to health care access and healthy equity policy.

Maintains close and active liaison with the Washington, DC Office of Federal Advocacy in order to provide comprehensive consultation to affiliates and states regarding federal/national advocacy activities related to health care access and healthy equity policy, to assist in grassroots activities related to federal initiatives, and to provide input and feedback regarding such initiatives.

Assists affiliates and states in the development and implementation of affiliate and state based advocacy campaign plans related to health care access and health equity policy that are congruent with the national AHA strategic plan for advocacy, including methods to monitor and evaluate such plans.

Provides strategic and technical assistance as well as support to affiliates and states including grassroots assessment, lobbying, media advocacy, reviewing/writing testimony, reviewing lobbyist contracts, policy analysis or interpretation, and other advocacy support.

Works with the other advocacy consultants to develop, adapt and/or share materials and best practices to support the field advocacy activities.

Identifies opportunities and monitors trends in the state legislative/regulatory arena related to tobacco control public policy.

Participates in national and regional conferences related to organizations interested in tobacco control public policy to promote the AHA’s advocacy program initiatives.

Required Qualifications Include:
Bachelor’s degree in political science, public administration, health policy or related field required.

Minimum 4 years of legislative experience, including direct lobbying and grassroots organizing.

Proven track record of achieving results in policy and environmental change at the state level.

Knowledge of the principles of field consultation.

Ability to initiate, manage, facilitate, and provide support for field advocacy planning and priority setting activities.

Strong skills in oral and written communications

Ability to conceptualize and reason through problems and provide workable solutions.

Ability to travel up to 50% of the time, including occasional evenings and weekends.

Attracting talented, committed employees means offering a competitive benefits package, ongoing professional development and training, and a diverse and inclusive environment in which to work and grow. And we do.

To apply for this position or to see other opportunities with the American Heart Association please visit www.heart.org/careers . We no longer accept mailed, faxed or e-mailed resumes. Please apply for positions directly through our website. Only those candidates deemed most qualified by the hiring manager will be contacted to interview.

The American Heart Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer and works to prohibit discrimination and to assure fair and uniform treatment of applicants and employees in all aspects of Human Resources administration without regard to political or religious opinions or affiliations, membership or non-membership in employee organizations, age, sex, disability, race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, marital status or any other non-merit factor.

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The American Heart Association (AHA) is a not-for-profit organization devoted to the fight against heart disease and stroke (both among...