Director, Advocacy and Communications - Cover Letter Required

    • Job Tracking ID: 606
    • Job Location: Washington, DC
    • Job Level: Any
    • Level of Education: BA/BS
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: October 19, 2020
    • Years of Experience: 7 - 10 Years
    • Starting Date: ASAP
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Job Description:


CHA advances child health through innovation in the quality, cost, and delivery of care. Representing 220 members, CHA is the voice of our member hospitals nationally. These hospitals are essential providers, setting the standard for the highest quality pediatric care while training the next generation of pediatricians. With its members, CHA champions policies that enable pediatric hospitals to better serve children; leverages its position as the pediatric leader in data analytics to facilitate national collaborative and research efforts to improve performance; and spreads best practices to benefit the children of our nation. CHA has offices in Lenexa, KS, and Washington, DC.

Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.


Develops and implements advocacy and communications strategies that effectively advance children’s hospitals’ public policy priorities. Strategies include producing content, collateral, and events for key audiences, building relationships with key allies, overseeing a national online grassroots network primed to advocate to lawmakers, and developing advocacy programming for children’s hospitals and child health advocates.


Advocacy Communications

  • Leads the development and execution of strategic advocacy communications workplans in support of public policy goals advancing children’s hospitals and children’s health.
  • Works in collaboration with public policy and corporate communications (digital/web, graphic design) to implement workplans that achieve communications goals.
  • Continuously evaluates communications for improvement opportunities.
  • Develops and maintains an informed awareness of relative issues and topics to effectively carry out all communications.
  • Produces advocacy communications collateral including reports, fact sheets, issue briefs, articles, pitch emails, press releases, message points, letters to the editor, op-eds, blog posts, website, and social media content.
  • Builds and maintains strong relationships with reporters covering health policy, working to ensure that CHA is considered a "must have" source on policy matters.
  • Briefs and prepares CHA spokespeople before media interviews regarding federal policy issues, producing briefing materials and other supporting documents as needed.
  • Builds and maintains strong relationships with communications staff with allied organizations and coalitions.
  • Builds and maintains strong relationships with communications staff for key policymakers, coordinating as appropriate with federal affairs.

Grassroots Advocacy and Programming

  • Directs strategies to effectively leverage national online advocacy network of child health advocates.
  • Collaborates with federal affairs to plan legislative action on priority issues and schedule for mobilizing advocates through online network.
  • Supervises and collaborates with advocacy and outreach manager to meet goals and objectives through regular evaluations of strategy and results.
  • Oversees creation of content for online network (website and social media).
  • Manages a team assembled to execute and evaluate programming for annual federal lobby day to promote awareness of child health issues and action on public policy priorities.

Managerial Duties and Responsibilities

  • Supervises two direct reports with an understanding of how dynamics, personalities and talents work together to build a strong team.
  • Coaches, mentors, and actively engages in professional development of staff by providing or supporting opportunities to broaden and enrich roles.
  • Exhibits integrity while building trust and rapport with staff to encourage honest conversations, conflict resolution and the appreciation of diversity. Fosters a spirit of teamwork and collaboration that results in better work.
  • Consciously demonstrates a workplace culture that is consistent with CHA’s and emphasizes the mission, vision, and values.
  • Implements office procedures and protocols in accordance with organizational policies and promotes compliance leading by example.
  • Provides leadership by clearly communicating through all available channels. Facilitates methods to help team members report progress and evaluates results.
  • Works with direct reports to establish clear and manageable priorities and guides effective workload management.
  • Empowers and challenges staff through effective delegation and provides opportunities for growth, enabling greater ownership and contributions to results while promoting accountability.

Experience and Skills:


  • Bachelor’s degree required in communications, journalism, public relations, health policy or a related field, Master’s degree preferred.

Experience and Special Skills:

  • Minimum of 8 years of experience in advocacy communications in support of advancing public policy
  • Knowledge of hospitals, health policy, children’s issues, state and federal legislative processes and constituency building within an association
  • Ability to analyze, synthesize and summarize complex information and to focus quickly on essence of an issue as well as to identify, understand and address different policy perspectives
  • Proven experience drafting materials such as reports, press releases, fact sheets, social media and op-eds and managing approval processes
  • Experience with grassroots advocacy networks and programming
  • Excellent writing, grammar, proofreading and editing skills
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Ability to apply Associated Press style to writing and editing
  • Public speaking experience required
  • Ability to work professionally and collegially within creative, fast-paced corporate culture that emphasizes teamwork
  • Demonstrated budget-, time- and project-management skills, including ability to meet multiple and potentially changing deadlines by maintaining high level of organization
  • Skilled in using Microsoft Office suite
  • Skilled in using Meltwater or other media management tool
  • Experience with grassroots software and tools
  • Experience with video production, social media and graphic design tools and process desirable