Director, Advocacy Engagement, Arthritis Foundation

Location: Washington, DC
Department: Mission | Advocacy & Access
Reports to: Vice President, Advocacy and Access
Wage Category: $71,500.00 - $93,500.00

The Director, Advocacy Engagement is responsible for developing and executing strategies around grassroots advocacy and advocacy volunteer cultivation and engagement. The Director will work with the Vice President of Advocacy and Access to develop and implement tactics and best practices around advocacy volunteer cultivation, training, and engagement, in addition to managing advocacy communications and overseeing national Advocate events and assisting with state Advocate events.

Principal Duties And Responsibilities

  • Develops strategy for overall Advocate cultivation and engagement in alignment with advocacy goals and broader Arthritis Foundation goals
  • Develops and implements advocate leadership strategy in alignment with federal and state program goals
  • Develops and executes Advocacy Committee trainings and resources
  • Helps identify and cultivate strong State Advocacy Chairs, Committee members, and grassroots advocacy volunteers who can execute the Arthritis Foundation advocacy program goals
  • Executes and continuously updates the Program Integration Playbook to ensure coordination and integration of overall Arthritis Foundation mission and volunteer strategy into advocacy program
  • Creates advocacy communications and grassroots strategy
  • Project manages key advocacy events such as Capitol days, in-person and web-based trainings, and advocacy functions at Juvenile Arthritis Family Summit and Pathways Conference

Essential Job Functions and Time Allocations

Lead grassroots advocacy programming and events – 40%

Lead advocate recruitment and engagement strategy – 35%

Lead grassroots communications – 25%

Total- 100%


1. Bachelor’s degree, preferably in Health Policy, Public Administration, or Government.
2. 5-7 years of experience working in patient advocacy, grassroots advocacy, or related field.
3. Familiarity with grassroots advocacy software (experience with VoterVoice/FiscalNote a plus).
4. Minimum basic knowledge of the state and federal legislative process.
5. Excellent volunteer relationship-management skills.
6. Strong strategic thinking skills.
7. Ability to translate complex policy issues for a lay audience.
8. Experience developing and implementing advocacy initiatives.
9. Ability to work interdependently to accomplish goals and outcomes.
10. Excellent writing and public speaking skills.

More Information

As a non-profit health organization, the Arthritis Foundation is committed to putting the health and safety of our team members and constituents first.  In order to provide and maintain a workplace that is free of known hazards, we have adopted a Mandatory Vaccination Policy. All employees of the Arthritis Foundation are required to provide proof of the COVID-19 vaccination prior to employment unless a reasonable accommodation is approved.

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