Senior Director, State & Local Campaign – American Cancer Society


American Cancer Society Washington, DC

Senior Director, State & Local Campaign – Medicaid

+ Job ID: 28656

+ Functional Area: Advocacy

+ Position Type: Full-Time Exempt

+ Experience Required: More than 10 years

+ Location:

District of Columbia – Washington

+ Department: Advocacy

+ Education Required: Bachelors Degree

+ Relocation Provided:

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Position Description:

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) is the nation’s leading cancer advocacy organization. Together with our charitable partner, the American Cancer Society, we work in Congress, state legislatures and local jurisdictions to support evidence-based policy and legislative solutions designed to eliminate cancer as a major health problem. Based in Washington, DC with offices throughout the country, ACS CAN works to encourage elected officials and candidates to make cancer a top national priority.

The Senior Director, State and Local Campaigns Medicaid directs and manages team to provide issue and campaign expertise supporting the development and execution of comprehensive state and local public policy campaigns with an emphasis on Medicaid policy. The position also leads a cross-functional team to executing multi-year, multi-million-dollar grant funding streams focused on Medicaid public policy, education, and patient stories. This position actively represents ACS CAN with internal and external stakeholders and partner organizations including identifying and forming new strategic partnerships, presenting at multigroup convenings and speaking to the media. The position will drive high-level public policy advocacy strategies nationally in collaboration with ACS CAN senior leaders to be executed at the state and local government levels. From conception to execution, this position will drive ACS CAN advocacy including analyzing legislation, providing guidance and strategic direction. Utilize best practice programs and create new support resources to achieve and support state Medicaid and other policy issue advocacy strategies for issue portfolio. Direct supervision of team of 4-9 people.

Partner with ACS CAN field and regional staff to identify and execute campaign opportunities, resources and trainings needed to be successful. Identify opportunities and participate in ACS CAN fundraising opportunities and funder engagement.


+ Serve as Medicaid policy issue and campaign subject matter.

+ Direct national Medicaid program and campaign team to affect state outcomes through state and local legislative and ballot initiative victories working closely with ACS and ACS CAN staff in affected states.

+ Direct Medicaid project grant and direct execution of project deliverables and reporting.

+ Liaise with foundation program officer and other donors in coordination with Vice President State and Local Campaigns.

+ Hire, direct and manage consultants and internal project/campaign teams as well as legislative/campaign and grant budgets for nationwide projects including the Medicaid project budget and contracting process and compliance.

+ Lead cross-functional ACS CAN national, regional and field staff Medicaid team to ensure project deliverables are met. 1) develop, revise and execute organizational workplan 2) organize and facilitate meetings, 3) create and execute timeline, chart of responsibilities, and other managerial tools; 4) create and execute internal and external reporting schedule and mechanism.

+ Recommend organizational strategies and participate in senior management decision making around issue portfolio.

+ Edit and ensure that all required compliance reports are submitted in a timely fashion.

+ Support and direct the creation and management of a strategic plan and resources to support and forward state/local legislative and regulatory strategy for assigned team issue portfolio and the Medicaid grant.

+ For assigned issue portfolio, monitor and analyze all relevant policy issues and provide oral and written analysis, strategic guidance, and support to ACS CAN leadership, regional, field division and other relevant ACS CAN and ACS staff.

+ Provide strategic issue and campaign best practice strategic leadership, guidance and consultation on state and local issue portfolio legislative and ballot campaigns as well as input on regulatory efforts to ACS CAN field staff, volunteers and ACS staff.

+ Actively serve as an ambassador for the Society and ACS CAN with external and internal partners as required, demonstrating the values and reputation of the enterprise and its brand with elected officials and other key audiences.

+ Represent ACS CAN as a participant in national coalitions, elected officials and the media to advance assigned issue portfolio to make linkages that advance ACS CAN policy priorities., including identifying potential new national coalition partners and alliance development partners.

+ Represent ACS CAN by making external and internal presentations/speaking engagements as appropriate to large and small audiences.

+ Identify potential new national coalition partners and alliance development partners.

+ Support and create resources for assigned issue portfolio internally and externally for ACS CAN for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico.

+ Provide reports on state and local legislative, initiative, and regulatory efforts for issue portfolio to be used in presentations, to guide policy decisions, to inform leadership of policy progress, etc.

+ Anticipate public policy and regulatory challenges, identify trends and recommend path to drive ACS CAN policy development including creation of tools and materials to provide nationwide support and guidance for field staff and volunteers.

+ Work with ACS CAN policy, media, grassroots, training and federal team staff to coordinate advancement of strategic leadership role for the issue portfolio including execution of the Medicaid grant.

+ Follow ACS CAN policies and guidelines and comply with all related requirements and regulations including compliance with laws, rules and lobby registration/ reporting and federal tax law as applicable.

+ Other duties as assigned.

Position Requirements:

Bachelor’s Degree in political science or related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience required. Minimum of 15 year’s relevant work experience.


+ Demonstrated experience in developing new program initiatives and leading/managing staff and volunteer leadership programs.

+ Familiarity with or willingness to be trained on Direct Action Organizing training model.

+ Proven ability to lead by example and motivate others a must.

+ Knowledge of legislative language, processes and public policy implications.

+ Policy and issue campaign experience required.

+ Medicaid policy and health policy issues knowledge required.

+ Demonstrated experience developing funding proposals and grant management.


+ Excellent written, oral, interpersonal and computer skills required.

+ Ability to work independently with minimum direction.

+ Demonstrated ability to operate in situations that may have limited or no precedent requiring new concepts or approaches without guidance from others.

+ Demonstrated ability to work on fast-paced, time-sensitive matters with internal and external constituents.

+ Displays the highest level of critical thinking and analysis in bringing successful resolution to high-impact and complex public policy efforts.

+ Makes prompt, sound decisions when faced with complex and often contradictory alternatives that result in successful outcomes

+ Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with diverse individuals and communities.

+ Ability to complete work in a timely and efficient manner and ensure work is accurate.

+ Ability to utilize available technology to perform position responsibilities.

Frequent travel required and willingness to travel on short notice a must including some weekends and overnights. Estimated up to 50%.

ACS CAN provides staff a generous paid time off policy; medical, dental, retirement benefits, wellness programs, and professional development programs to enhance staff skills. Further details on our benefits can be found on our careers site at: We are a proud equal opportunity employer.


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