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Seeking Candidates for Associate Director, Youth Advocacy

Wednesday, January 11, 2012  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov

Fast-paced advocacy organization seeks dynamic Associate Director, Youth Advocacy to oversee youth tobacco control activities & special projects nationally. Responsibilities: Youth advocacy programming, partnership development, media relations, special events coordination, work with state partners & organization leadership. Requirements: BA/BS, 4+ years relevant experience, political or policy advocacy background, strong organizational & writing skills, creative self-starter. Send resume/cover letter/writing samples to: Code: ADYA 04, or mail to the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, 1400 I Street NW, #1200, Washington, DC 20005. Fax: 202-296-5427. No calls please. EOE.

Job Announcement

Associate Director, Youth Advocacy

The Associate Director, Youth Advocacy oversees all youth advocacy programming at the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (TFK) in Washington, D.C. The Associate Director integrates youth advocacy with TFK-wide federal, state and local agendas and serves as the primary liaison between TFK and TFK’s youth advocates, as well as local, state, national, international and tribal youth advocacy partners. The Associate Director works to increase the breadth and depth of youth involvement in activities for tobacco prevention and control. This position oversees the Youth Advocates of the Year Awards (YAYA) program, subsequent YAYA engagement and Kick Butts Day; provides leadership on aspects of the YAYA Gala; maintains regular contact with the TFK’s youth advocates, manages TFK’s youth advocacy efforts at the National and World Conferences on Tobacco or Health (NCTOH, WCTOH) and the Smokeless Tobacco Conference and works to build a network of adult coordinators working with youth across the country. The Associate Director also collaborates with the Development Department to identify and pursue fundraising opportunities for TFK’s youth advocacy programs, and to assist in implementation of special projects. This position reports to the Director, Outreach.


Youth Advocacy

  • Plan and manage all aspects of the Youth Advocates of the Year Awards program and subsequent YAYA engagement including the YAYA Symposium.
  • Promote the YAYA program and recruit applicants.
  • Create, edit, and distribute materials.
  • Manage the nominee selection process, including outreach to members of our partner organizations to serve as judges, and collaboration with TFK staff members across departments to participate in the phone interview process.
  • Manage the design and implementation of all YAYA engagement programming, and work to foster partnerships between YAYAs and TFK staff.
  • Directly supervise youth advocates throughout any TFK events/trainings, and manage staff working in support of the event/training. This includes managing contracts with consultants serving as trainers for the event, as well as our contract with the host site.
  • Serve as a liaison between TFK, our youth advocates, their parents and their program advisors in preparation for the event/training.
  • Assist youth advocates in creating a year-round strategic action plan, and support them throughout the year in implementing this plan in collaboration with TFK.
  • Work with project manager on the coordination of the Youth Advocates of the Year Awards Gala Dinner.
  • Coordinate the involvement of the YAYA winners, parents and advisors in the Gala and all related activities.
  • Manage all aspects of the Kick Butts Day program, including activities and material development, web-site design, and planning national and regional events.
  • Act as a liaison between TFK and our Youth Advocates and their advisors to involve them in the Kick Butts Day planning process and Kick Butts Day events.
  • Oversee outreach to national and state partners to help promote KBD.
  • Work directly with key event organizers in top media markets and advocacy priority states to help develop and promote high profile KBD events.
  • Serve as a liaison between the KBD Media Team, State Team and Federal Team and key event organizers and state youth program managers to cultivate strategic advocacy focused KBD events.
  • Collaborate with TFK Communications staff and consultants to support KBD media outreach at all levels.
  • Identify and help prepare TFK youth advocates to participate in the KBD VNR and SMT.
  • Manage TFK’s youth advocacy programming and YAYA participation in the NCTOH, WCTOH, Smokeless Tobacco Conference and other major conferences and events.
  • Develop and manage the budget for Youth Advocacy, Kick Butts Day, and TFK youth advocacy programming.
  • Work with Development Department to report to funders including United Health Foundation on a regular basis.
  • Coordinate the participation of TFK Youth Advocates in conferences, training sessions, youth summits, etc., managing their role as TFK spokespeople.
  • Oversee projects undertaken by the Youth Advocates, and continue to create and manage new programs to expand TFK’s existing youth advocacy program.
  • Represent TFK at local, state, national and international venues. Make presentations and conduct youth advocacy workshops and training sessions on behalf of TFK for youth advocates and advisors across the country and globally.
  • Serve as a TFK liaison with partner groups that have youth advocacy programs (Legacy etc.) and with state based youth advocacy programs in collaboration with the State Team and Federal Team.

·Work with youth advocacy staff at Legacy to plan and execute the Coordinator Camp network both online, by phone and through in-person trainings.

· Compile and distribute Youth Advocacy updates to TFK staff, youth advocates and their advisors.

· Collaborate with other departments to find ways to involve youth advocates in TFK’s local, state, national, international and tribal advocacy activities.

· Manage the responsibilities undertaken by youth advocacy interns and the youth advocacy program associate.

Other Responsibilities

  • Work collaboratively with other departments on special projects as assigned.
  • Work with the Development Department to identify and pursue development opportunities around youth advocacy.
  • Foster ongoing relationships with TFK partners in accordance with events and special projects, particularly Kick Butts Day.
  • Coordinate and/or assist in outreach to new organizations and corporations to cultivate partnerships that complement TFK events and special projects.

Required Skills

  • Minimum BS/BA in communications, political science or related field.
  • Minimum of 4 years experience with grassroots advocacy, public health policy, or youth advocacy desired.
  • Excellent writing ability.
  • Ability to operate independently with only general supervision.
  • Ability to juggle multiple projects with varied deadlines.
  • Sound organizational skills and detail-orientation.
  • Ability to remain flexible and modify priorities as needed.
  • Commitment to the issue of tobacco control.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please email a cover letter, including salary history, and attach your resume and writing samples to: Please reference the position code ADYA O4 in the subject line of your email. Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled. No Phone calls Please.

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes applications from individuals who will contribute to its diversity.

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is a leader in the fight to reduce tobacco use in the United States and around the world. By changing public attitudes and public policies on tobacco, the Campaign works to prevent kids from smoking, help smokers quit and protect everyone from secondhand smoke. A non-profit organization established in 1996, the Campaign works with more than 130 organizational partners, including public health, medical, education, civic, corporate, youth and religious organizations. The Campaign does not accept any government or tobacco industry funding.

Source: Peter H. Fisher, Vice President, State Issues, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

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