Advocacy Campaign Manager - Pennsylvania

New England

This is a contract position supporting a public health initiative focused on maintaining local control for sugary drink taxes in Pennsylvania, under direction of the American Heart Association. This contract ends on November 30th, 2018.

When you come work for us, here's what you'll find:

    • Work that is awesome. We are serious about working with clients who are changing the world and alleviating suffering. And, we say no to clients if we don’t believe in their cause or if we can’t help them.
    • Colleagues you can count on. Kind, dedicated, and pretty cool people who get things done, and help you to do your best, too.
    • A critical, fearless approach. Every day we say and do the things that must be said and done, even if the consequences aren’t exactly a barrel of laughs.
    • Creativity that just won’t quit. We want you to bring your wacky self to work every day. Not just because it’s fun, but because the wildest idea just might be the thing that works.

So that’s us. Now about the work…

    • The Campaign Manager will be responsible for managing the overall campaign effort, including building a strategic plan in coordination with American Heart Association staff. Responsibilities include the following:
    • Lead and facilitate on strategy, convening and coordinating a coalition to defend against preemption on nutrition policy in the Commonwealth, and identifying and recruiting potential partners & trainers.
    • Work with grassroots staff to develop and implement an ongoing public education and grassroots mobilization campaign and work with government relations staff to ensure that targeted activities are accomplished.
    • Work with communications staff to oversee development and dissemination of traditional and social media messages.
    • Build a network of meaningful volunteer and organizational partnerships.
    • Provide timely direction, framework and resources to  AHA staff and volunteers while at the same time relying on their expertise, abilities and willingness to leverage their networks to drive the goals of the organization.
    • Create a collaborative environment where AHA staff from various functions work together to coordinate and engage in the campaign.

As an Advocacy Campaign Manager, here’s what you’ll be doing on any given day:

    • Overall coordination of the campaign and coalition including recruitment and engagement of key organizational & individual stakeholders/partners
    • Tracking implementation of the campaign plan, day-to-day project management,  including grant reporting and budgeting
    • Convening meetings of stakeholders and potential partners
    • Public education activities in key venues
    • Collaborating on development and implementation of grassroots and media advocacy activities
    • Lobbying activities in conjunction with state government relations director

And then there’s you:

    • Have a 4 year Bachelor’s degree or Associate’s degree.
    • Have a valid driver’s license for work travel.
    • Knowledge of voluntary health organizations or nonprofit organizations.
    • Experience and an understanding of: legislative and regulatory policy processes, local government decision making, operations and ordinance adoption, lobbying, coalition building and management, grassroots/community organization and mobilization, social media advocacy, media advocacy, research and data collection to support policy issues, strategic campaign planning and grant acquisition and management.
    • Strong verbal and written communication skills, can organize ideas for logical presentation and persuasive influence.
    • Comfortable with public speaking in both large and small group settings.
    • Demonstrate understanding and appreciation for the use of technology and information systems.
    • Understand the principles of positioning and framing as it relates to the advancement of advocacy issues; able to take complex information and craft it into clear well-defined messages.
    • Approach work with a sense of urgency and are diligent in carrying out tasks to successful completion.
    • Excel in setting objectives and determining appropriate courses of action.
    • Are able to respond to a changing environment and unexpected situations.
    • Can conceptualize, reason through problems, make effective decisions, develop alternative solutions, and provide excellent customer service while ensuring compliance with the American Heart Association’s policies and procedures.
    • Are able to effectively plan and manage workflow, work on multiple projects simultaneously and manage project details with limited supervision. 
    • Can promote a positive attitude, inclusiveness, sensitivity, trust, honesty, and excellence among coalition members, staff and volunteers.

Working Conditions and Travel:

    • Normal office environment or home office depending on the location of the position.
    • This position requires 25% travel within the state of Pennsylvania and outside the home base to cover a larger territory, which will involve overnight stays and/or weekends. 

Physical Demands:

    • Physical requirements include: sight, hearing, sitting, standing, bending, or squatting for most of the day; skills essential for successful communications include: speaking over the phone and writing. 
    • Ability to interact and communicate with customers, clearly and concisely exchange ideas, facts and information. 
    • Must be able to lift up to 20 pounds with the expectation that items in excess of 20 pounds would be broken down into smaller components or additional assistance is required before lifting.  

Work Authorizations/Clearances:

    • Background Check
    • Driver’s License Verification
    • Reference Check

The Fine Print

The position can be located remotely but should be near cities such as Harrisburg or Philadelphia, PA.

To apply, use the button on this page. No calls please. M+R will only contact candidates to schedule an interview.

Of course...
M+R is an equal opportunity employer and all applicants will be considered. As a firm we are committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace where we learn and work together to change the world. M+R is strengthened by our staff’s diversity, including race and ethnicity, social class, national origin, culture, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, language, and so much more. We strongly encourage folks from underrepresented backgrounds to apply. We love, respect, and welcome you!

About M+R
M+R is 140 smart people who help nonprofits achieve real, lasting change. We mobilize supporters, raise money, and move the media, the public, and decision-makers. We only work with clients we believe in. We take risks. We work hard. We’re leaders, we’re organizers, and we don’t stop until we win.