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American Heart Association Sr. Manager, Campaign Research & Development - VFHK in Waltham, Massachusetts


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 (AHA) has an excellent opportunity for a Senior Manager, Campaign Research and Development for Voices for Healthy Kids (VFHK) . Location of the selected candidate is flexible provided the location allows for effective and cost-efficient travel.

Voices for Healthy Kids is a collaboration between the American Heart Association and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation working to engage, organize and mobilize people to make each day healthier for all children.

The Senior Manager, Campaign Research and Development is responsible for the coordination of the research and development of tactical resources to support state and community-level public policy campaigns. These resources are developed by the internal campaign and strategy development staff team as well as external sources, including vendors and partners such as Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded programs, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other public health and advocacy organizations. This position supervises the Media Advocacy Manager, Grassroots Advocacy Manager, and Policy Research Manager.

Essential Job Duties:

  • Manage the overall approach to effective tool development for issue advocacy campaigns at the state and local level. Coordinate the research and development of tactical field resources for issue advocacy campaigns, including media advocacy, grassroots strategies and policy research.

  • Direct the Voices for Healthy Kids Action Center, which is an online grassroots network of thousands of supporters that are mobilized to support grassroots tactics to advance issue advocacy campaigns all around the country.

  • Manage and contribute to the development of public opinion and message research designed to help enhance the effectiveness of the messaging utilized by Voices for Healthy Kids related issue advocacy campaigns.

  • Support the development of the Voices for Healthy Kids policy agenda, including the annual review of the policy priorities and the development of new policy priorities, in coordination with the American Heart Association’s Vice President of Policy Research and Translation.

  • Ensure effective collaboration with all Voices for Healthy Kids staff providing technical assistance to monitor and assess the effectiveness of the tools and resources intended to support state and community policy campaigns.

  • Serve on the Voices for Healthy Kids Senior Management Team and attend all relevant Voices for Healthy Kids meetings as well as external meetings, as appropriate.

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


  • Bachelor's degree in political science, public policy, law, journalism or a related field of study.

  • Minimum of ten (10) years of experience managing legislative, issue or ballot campaigns at the local, state or national level.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of local, state and federal government activities and structures. Ability to assess and understand the needs of state and local advocates in pursuing public policy change in their community.

  • Successful experience with building or demonstrated understanding of health equity and role it plays in public policy.

  • Successful experience executing or managing community organization/organizing, mobilization, media advocacy, and grassroots advocacy efforts.

  • Successful experience managing staff.

  • Demonstrated ability to simultaneously manage multiple, complex projects in varying stages of development under time constraints.

  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills.

  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with volunteers, staff, and the public as part of a team.

  • Must be able to travel overnight approx. 15% of the time.

So, are you ready to work for the largest voluntary health organization dedicated to fighting heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases?

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 2019-3974

Job Family Group Health Strategies & Programs

Job Category Advocacy

American Heart Association
Equal Opportunity Employer