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Feb 14 / BARD CEP

Virginia Healthy Air Coalition Coordinator, American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic

Organization: American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic

Position Title: Program Specialist, Virginia Healthy Air Coalition Coordinator

Location: Flexible

Dates and compensation: Full-Time Opportunity (Grant-funded – guaranteed for 1 year)

Description: The coalition will engage in a series of actions over the coming year to educate the public on the value of the clean air safeguards to Virginia and the health and health care implications of efforts to weaken the law or failure to enforce it. The Coordinator will plan, develop, implement, and evaluate a well-coordinated and comprehensive Virginia campaign (including grassroots advocacy, media advocacy, and direct lobbying) to protect clean air safeguards from being weakened, dismantled or unenforced, and work proactively to secure important new clean air safeguards at the federal and state levels. The incumbent will report directly to the CEO.

Responsibilities: Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Serve as primary campaign contact for the American Lung Association (ALA) and partner organizations and primary staffer for the Healthy Air Coalition
  • Recruit state and community level health and health care organizations and groups to grow existing broad-based statewide Healthy Air Coalition
  • Maintain ongoing communications with coalition partners, Congressional members and staff, state-level legislative and administrative decision-makers and staff, and other stakeholders
  • Represent ALA and the Healthy Air Coalition at public meetings
  • Develop tools for recruiting, training, and mobilizing partner organizations
  • Identify and cultivate grasstops who have a relationship with key decision-makers
  • Collect compelling personal stories of those negatively impacted by air pollution
  • Organize and train grassroots advocates
  • Provide issue briefings on air pollution and health, the Clean Air Act, and the federal policy landscape relevant to this campaign
  • Assist in organizing a variety of media events, with duties including, but not limited to, event logistics, media outreach, and generation of earned media
  • Create campaign collateral, messaging, action alerts, letters to the editor, op-eds, press releases, and testimony as needed
  • Strategically integrate social media into campaign efforts
  • Use campaign successes and challenges to generate supporters, advocates and donors both online and off
  • Plan, organize and execute in-district meetings during Congressional recesses
  • Manage campaign budget
  • Work independently in achievement of individual and grant goals as well as working collaboratively with a team to support the American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic’s goals
  • Complete other duties as may be assigned

Qualifications:
Education:
· Bachelor’s degree required

  • Graduate degree in public health or policy preferred

Skills:

  • 3+ years of progressively responsible experience in public policy work at the state or federal level including direct lobbying, media/public relations, and grassroots advocacy
  • Demonstrated ability to form and support strategic partnerships
  • Impeccable written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work effectively both as part of a team and independently
  • Self-motivation and ability to take initiative on projects
  • Facilitation and leadership skills
  • Ability to travel throughout Virginia with the possibility of some overnight stays

Experience:

  • As field organizer, coalition manager, or event planner
  • Effective public speaker
  • Interest in public health policy and the health effects of poor air quality
  • Experience in managing a budget
  • Ability to work on a number of fast-paced concurrent projects and to prioritize and meet deadlines
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills, including attention to detail
  • Strong analytical and strategic reasoning skills

How to Apply: Interested candidates please submit cover letter with salary requirements and resume to: American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic Department of Human Resources 630 Churchmans Rd; Suite 202 Newark, DE 19702

Or e-mail your resume and cover letter to: czalewski@lunginfo.org.

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