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American Heart Association Region VP, Field Advocacy in Portland, Oregon


As we celebrate our Centennial year, we invite you to join us in shaping the next century of impact. Be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives as we remain devoted to a future of health and hope for everyone, everywhere. At the American Heart Association, your contribution matters, and so does your career.

The field advocacy team for the American Heart Association works in all 50 states and most major communities to pass equitable policies at the state and local levels to advance the mission of the American Heart Association.

The Vice President for Field Advocacy – Western States Region is responsible for providing and directing overall strategic vision and implementation for regional state and local advocacy campaigns in WA, OR, CA, NV, AZ, UT, ID, AK, HI and MT . The VP is responsible for leading and directing government relations staff to plan and execute issue advocacy campaigns and for the development and maintenance of fiscal, staff and volunteer resources necessary to establish and achieve state and local field advocacy priorities.

The Association offers many resources to help you maintain work-life harmonization through your changing needs and life situations. To help you be successful, you will have access to Heart U, our award-winning corporate university, as well as additional training and support, locally.

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  • Manages statewide issue advocacy strategic planning, development, and execution in alignment with the mission and strategic plan. Oversees establishment of state and community legislative agendas with input from volunteers and development and implementation of campaign plans around American Heart Association policy priorities. Strategizes with government relations and community advocacy directors on their interactions with members of the legislature, their staff, and other state and local government officials to gain support for the American Heart Association’s advocacy issues.

  • Utilizes effective management techniques in the selection, supervision, monitoring, training, and counseling of staff to achieve organizational objectives. Builds and maintains a professional work environment that fosters and values collaboration, trust, teamwork, empowerment, integrity, and diversity.

  • Participates in strategic planning and other related advocacy American Heart Association meetings throughout the year, including volunteer advocacy meetings and board meetings, as appropriate.

  • Nurtures relationships for philanthropic organizations, private sector executives and community leaders to help advance state and community issue advocacy campaigns. Seeks out other organizations, coalitions, companies, and government agencies to leverage partnership opportunities to advance the American Heart Association’s advocacy issues.

  • Partners with the SVP Field Advocacy to ensure consistent field implementation of priorities and drives performance accordingly.

  • Partners with regional staff on the strategic integration of advocacy work in American Heart Association development and health strategies business functions.

  • Submits periodic updates and reports on the status of issues as well as is responsible for financial and ethics reporting according to applicable state laws.

  • Ensures grassroots efforts are being carried out in collaboration with American Heart Association grassroots staff.

  • Ensures media advocacy efforts are being carried out in collaboration with American Heart Association communications staff.


  • Bachelors degree in Political Science, Public Policy, Government Relations or related area

  • Eight (8) years of experience and demonstrated success in legislative and regulatory lobbying at the state level

  • Eight (8) years of experience managing issue advocacy and creating coalitions of public and volunteer groups

  • Five (5) years of experience managing staff, remote teams, and volunteers

  • Five (5) years of policy analysis skills and technical legislative or regulatory documentation skills

  • Ability to manage multiple and concurrent sophisticated projects under deadlines and varying time constraints

  • Outstanding oral and written communications skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Five (5) years of knowledge of voluntary health organizations or nonprofit organizations

  • Three (3) years of experience working in health care and/or public health policy

  • Demonstrated understanding and appreciation for the use of technology and information systems

Compensation & Benefits

Expected pay range will be $160,000 - $230,000. Pay is commensurate with experience; geographic differentials to the pay range may apply. The American Heart Association reserves the right to pay more or less than the posted range.

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  • Compensation – Our goal is to ensure you have a competitive base salary. That’s why we regularly review the market value of jobs and make adjustments, as needed.

  • Performance and Recognition – You are rewarded for achieving success by merit increases and incentive programs, based on the type of position.

  • Benefits – We offer a wide array of benefits including medical, dental, vision, disability, and life insurance, along with a robust retirement program that includes an employer match and automatic contribution. As a mark of our commitment to employee well-being, we also offer an employee assistance program, employee wellness program and telemedicine, and medical consultation.

  • Professional Development – You can join one of our many Employee Resource Groups (ERG) or be a mentor/mentee in our professional mentoring program. HeartU is the Association’s national online university, with more than 100,000 resources designed to meet your needs and busy schedule.

  • Work-Life Harmonization – The Association offers Paid Time Off (PTO) at a minimum of 16 days per year for new employees. The number of days will increase based on seniority level. You will also have a total of 12 paid holidays off each year, which includes several days off at the end of the year.

  • Tuition Assistance - We support the career development of all employees. This program provides financial assistance to employees who wish to further their education and career in relation to their current duties and responsibilities, or for potential future positions in the organization.

The American Heart Association’s 2024 Goal: Every person deserves the opportunity for a full, healthy life. As champions for health equity, by 2024, the American Heart Association will advance cardiovascular health for all, including identifying and removing barriers to health care access and quality.

At American Heart Association | American Stroke Association, our mission is to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, religion, age, language, sexual orientation, national origin and physical or cognitive abilities. We're committed to ensuring our workforce, workplace culture and mission have a shared impact across a diverse set of backgrounds.

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Posted Date 2 weeks ago (7/1/2024 5:15 PM)

Requisition ID 2024-13752

Job Category Advocacy

Position Type Full Time