American Heart Association

Sr. Advocacy Advisor, State, Food is Medicine

Location US-TX-Dallas
Posted Date 1 month ago(10/19/2023 12:08 PM)
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Now is the time to join us and make a difference. Be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives.  Here at the American Heart Association, you matter and so does your career.


The American Heart Association has an excellent opportunity for a Sr. Lead, State Government Relations.  Location of the selected candidate is flexible provided the location allows for effective and cost-efficient travel. 


In this role, you will be responsible for the development and maintenance of resources (staff and volunteers) necessary to establish and achieve goals for Food Is Medicine through state and local American Heart Association field advocacy priorities. This role leads and advises staff to plan and execute issue advocacy campaigns and in collaboration with the field advocacy team. Additional responsibilities include providing and advising strategic vision and implementation for Food Is Medicine public policy priorities at the state and local levels through annually planning, managing, and orchestrating the implementation of a Food Is Medicine agenda.



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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  • Provide strategic leadership by facilitating quality systems of care opportunity assessment, campaign prioritization and campaign development and implementation in support the American Heart Association’s field advocacy public policy agenda.
  • Utilizes effective management techniques of staff to achieve organizational objectives. Builds and maintains a professional work environment that fosters and values collaboration, trust, teamwork, empowerment, and diversity.
  • Partners with the VPs of Field Advocacy to ensure consistent implementation of priorities and drive performance accordingly.
  • Meets one on one with members of the state legislature, their staff, and other state government officials to gain support the Association’s quality systems of care priorities.
  • Assesses, monitors, and engages on legislative and regulatory quality systems of care issues of concern to American Heart Association and apprises lead state and local staff of emerging advocacy issues.
  • Monitors and engages on state-level legislative and regulatory issues of concern to the American Heart Association and apprises appropriate American Heart Association  volunteers and staff of emerging advocacy issues.
  • Provides development of support materials and campaign tactics as needed to advance our quality systems of care agenda.
  • Participates in coalition building efforts and other partnerships designed to strengthen opportunities that advance our quality systems of care issues.
  • Provides advocacy presentations and training opportunities to volunteers and staff as needed.
  • Engage key internal stakeholders in support of opportunities to advance the American Heart’s quality systems of care public policy priorities.
  • Attends and participates in meetings throughout the year, including national and regional staff trainings, regional and state-level meetings with staff partners, and metro board meetings.

Want to help get your resume to the top? Consider the experience we require:



  • Bachelor's Degree in Political Science, Public Policy, Government Relations or related area.
  • Minimum of five (5) years of experience and proven success:
  • in legislative and regulatory lobbying at the state level.
  • managing issue advocacy and creating coalitions of public and volunteer groups.
  • Experience leading staff, remote teams, and volunteers.
  • Policy analysis skills and technical legislative or regulatory documentation skills.
  • Ability to prioritize multiple and concurrent sophisticated projects under deadlines and varying time constraints.
  • Outstanding oral and written communications skills.
  • Must be able to travel overnight approx. 25% of the time.

Here are some of the preferred skills/experiences we are looking for:


  • Knowledge of voluntary health organizations or nonprofit organizations.
  • Experience working in systems of care/health care policy.
  • Experience in volunteer management.
  • Understanding and appreciation for the use of technology and information systems.


Compensation & Benefits

The American Heart Association invests in its people. Here are the main components of our total rewards package.  Visit Rewards & Benefits to see more details.


  • 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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