Grassroots Manager, Advocacy, The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation

Location: National (Remote) - Remote

The Advocacy Grassroots Manager (“Manager”) at the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation (“Foundation”) is a new position responsible for the development and maintenance of a strong network of volunteers trained to engage in state and federal public policy campaigns. The Manager will work closely with the Advocacy Team as well as Foundation field staff. The Foundation’s public policy priorities include issues related to patient access to care, the high cost of care, medical research, and other mission-related items. The Manager’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to, assessing volunteer needs and roles; identifying, recruiting, and training advocates; developing and implementing strategic grassroots campaigns; integrating advocacy in the Foundation’s day to day activities; activating volunteers to take action virtually as well in direct outreach to decision makers; and measuring progress. The Manager will also keep abreast of best practices and trends in grassroots/grasstops advocacy.

Principal Duties And Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with the Advocacy Team to develop and share with Foundation colleagues an advocacy volunteer engagement cycle that includes:
    • Recruitment
    • Activation and cultivation
    • Retention
    • Recognition
  • Collaborate with Foundation field staff to identify, recruit, and train potential advocates, including:
    • Maintaining key contacts and advocate data
    • Developing relationships with lead advocates
  • Work with the Advocacy Team to develop and implement volunteer engagement strategies for targeted state and federal campaigns
  • Work with the Advocacy Team to develop legislative materials for staff and volunteers, such as:
    • Talking points for engaging legislators on specific federal and state campaigns
    • Key campaign timelines
    • Updates on campaign successes and challenges
    • Direction for volunteers on when to take specific actions
  • Work with the Advocacy Team on state and federal lobby days and other events
  • Leverage existing communications vehicles (e-newsletters, social media) to update and engage the IBD community and Foundation staff in advocacy


  • Bachelor’s degree required, with a degree in Public Policy, Political Science, or Public Health preferred, or equivalent experience
  • Experience working on issue-based state and/or federal public policy campaigns
  • Ability to develop curriculum and train volunteers in advocacy skills and issues comprehension
  • Knowledge about developing and executing integrated online and offline organizing
  • Experience in recruiting, managing, and directing volunteers
  • Team player with excellent interpersonal and collaborative skills
  • Significant comfort level with social media and technology
  • Working understanding of the legislative process at the state and federal levels
  • Strong public speaking skills

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • The employee is required to see, talk, and hear. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and ability to adjust focus.
  • The employee frequently is required to walk, sit, use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms.
  • The employee is occasionally required to stand and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

More Information

Please submit a cover letter with your application in order to be considered for this position.

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