American Heart Association Federal Media Advocacy Director in Washington, District Of Columbia


Are you ready to join an organization where you can make an extraordinary impact every day?

Imagine all Americans enjoying ideal cardiovascular health free of heart disease and stroke. At the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, we get to work toward that goal every day. Is it easy? No. Is it worthwhile? Absolutely.

This is satisfying and challenging work that makes a real difference in people's lives. We are where you can achieve professional growth with personal fulfillment. We are where you can connect people to making a lifesaving impact. We are where you can partner with individuals, schools, lawmakers, healthcare providers and others to ensure everyone has access to healthier lifestyle choices and proper healthcare. The American Heart Association is where you can make an extraordinary impact.


The American Heart Association has an excellent opportunity for a Federal Media Advocacy Director position in our Marketing and Communications department located in Washington, D.C.!

This individual will be responsible for strategic oversight and supervision of the advocacy media programs and communications projects of the Office of Media Advocacy in support of the American Heart Association’s FEDERAL advocacy agenda. Provides primary strategic advocacy communications consultation on FEDERAL issues to the Association’s executive leadership and Advocacy staff leadership, as well as affiliate organizations and related field units. Also serves as the initial advocacy contact for national media outlets; and as the primary liaison contact for congressional press secretaries and administrative press officers of regulatory and Executive-branch agencies

  • Develops and implements strategic direction on all communications activities and outreaches to the national media in support of the Association’s FEDERAL advocacy agenda

  • Provides editorial guidance in the development, drafting and distribution of all formal and informal FEDERAL advocacy communications tools geared to external and/or internal Association audiences

  • Provides strategic direction and support of the development and placement of FEDERAL advocacy issue advertising in national publications and/or publications with a heavy governmental and political readership

  • Represents the national Association and its FEDERAL Advocacy agenda in appropriate health related partnerships and coalitions, providing consultation and strategic recommendations dealing specifically with earned news media and public awareness/education issues

  • Serves as a strategic resource on FEDERAL communications advocacy and related media issues to Affiliates and other Association field units

  • Serves as the confidential media advisor on FEDERAL advocacy issues to senior national Association executives and professional and lay volunteers

Want to help get your resume to the top? Take a look at the experience we require


  • Bachelor’s Degree Journalism, Corporate Communications, Public Policy, Political Science, Law, or related area or equivalent work experience

  • At least eight (8) years of relevant experience

  • Experience in public relations, corporate communications and/or journalism, with a demonstrated succession of increasing professional responsibilities

  • Comprehensive knowledge of general media operations (both print and electronic), the political media, as well as various trade and scientific press, is essential

  • Experience in providing support for public policy advertising at the national and grass roots levels

  • Comprehensive knowledge of governmental operations, both congressional and Executive Branch agencies

  • Ability to travel 25% local and overnight

Preferred Experience:

  • Experience with health care issues is desirable, as is experience in working with volunteer health organizations and/or related not-for-profit professional groups and trade organizations

At American Heart Association | American Stroke Association, diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity applies to both our workforce and the communities we serve as it relates to heart health and stroke prevention.

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Requisition ID 2018-2762

Job Family Group Marketing & Communications

Job Category Marketing/Communications