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Associate Director, Advocacy, Overdose Initiative

Dec. 13, 2021


The Associate Director for Advocacy provides lobbying and advocacy support for the Global Health Advocacy Incubator’s Overdose Initiative. The Associate Director assists in the development and implementation of strategy to achieve federal policy changes that expand treatment access and harm reduction to reduce overdose deaths in the United States. The position lobbies Congressional offices and engages with Administration officials on a range of substance use issues. Knowledge of the federal legislative process, as well as substance use and health policy issues is required. This position reports to the Overdose Initiative Project Director.

This position is located in Washington D.C. Currently, all staff are working remotely with reentry to the D.C. office under a hybrid-model expected in February 2022. Full COVID-19 vaccination required.


Key areas of focus for the position include:

  • Lobby congressional offices on a range of substance use and overdose prevention issues.
  • Analyze legislation and draft policy and advocacy materials, such as correspondence to Members of Congress and the Administration, and short position papers on a range of substance use issues.
  • Monitor bill introductions, congressional hearings, committee mark-ups, and floor debates.
  • Draft talking points, joint letters and other materials to be used in advocacy efforts.
  • Identify opportunities to influence policy making and develop advocacy plans to capitalize on those opportunities, such as direct policymaker engagement, media advocacy, recruiting new advocates, etc.
  • Represent the Overdose Initiative at meetings with Federal officials, including congressional and agency staff, and speak on behalf of our organization and our issues.
  • Maintain in-depth knowledge of opioids and substance use disorder issues, as well as an understanding of and sensitivity to stigmatizing language.
  • Participate in meetings with key partner organizations from across the public health and law enforcement communities.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Project Director and Executive Vice President of U.S. Programs.


  • Knowledge of the federal legislative process.
  • Knowledge of substance use or health policy issues.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently with only general supervision.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment while juggling and coordinating multiple
  • projects and deadlines.
  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Five (5) years legislative and/or issue advocacy experience.


To apply for this position, please email a cover letter, resume and salary expectation to: Please reference the position code: AD/AOI/GHAI/15 in the subject line of your email. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. No phone calls please.

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes applications from individuals who will contribute to its diversity.

The Global Health Advocacy Incubator, a program of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, advances public health policies to build a healthier and safer world. Drawing on our extensive global experience, we offer strategic support to develop and execute advocacy campaigns to pass laws and policies that save lives.