State Director, Advocacy and Access | Chicago, IL

Location: Chicago, Illinois

State Director, Advocacy and Access | Chicago, IL

Full Time | Exempt

POSITION SUMMARY (Basic purpose or primary function of job)

The State Director, Advocacy and Access accounts for planning, implementation, and outcomes of programs for advocacy and health policy nationally. This position provides leadership and oversight to ensure targeted outreach to grassroots advocates, Arthritis Ambassadors with state government health agencies, elected officials and regional coalitions throughout the designated geography.

 JOB RESPONSIBILITIES (Principal responsibilities or job duties)

  1. State Legislation and Policy: Works with volunteers, advocates and members of the field based team to achieve national health policy and advocacy goals as set by The Arthritis Foundation.
  1. Builds coalitions with state based organizations to advance the Foundations’ advocacy goals.
  1. Staffs state based Advocacy Leadership Councils.
  1. Accountable for the outcomes in Mission Delivery related to advocacy.
  1. Networks and develops relationships with key state and community leaders, healthcare provider’s government officials, advocacy partners, other VHA’s, medical societies, and stakeholders.
  1. Oversees compliance with all state lobby laws, governmental regulations and organizational policies which impact areas of responsibility.
  1. Ensures effective stewardship of financial and human (staff and volunteer) resources in assigned area of responsibility.
  1. Federal/National Issues: Identifies need for and develops effective working relationship with state-based lobbyists or other consultants to meet the national advocacy and health policy objectives.
  1. Identifies key allies or strategic partners (health organizations, membership organizations, advocacy groups) in states and regions to support local, state and regional public policy goals and, federal advocacy goals.
  1. Advocate Recruitment and Engagement: Regularly conducts advocacy training and recruitment to increase the number of advocates and engage advocates in state and federal advocacy.
  1. Recruits and cultivates advocacy/ volunteers on the state level to support the AF legislative and regulatory agenda. 
  1. Administrative/Reporting: Ensures a positive work environment and culture that fosters teamwork and the achievement of program and policy objectives.
  1. Develops a local plan of work in support of the strategic plan as it relates to health policy and advocacy.


  1. Bachelor’s degree (Master’s Degree Preferred) in Health Policy, Public Administration or Government
  1. 5-7 years of experience working in public policy and advocacy.
  1. Accomplishments in government relations and health policy at the state and federal level.
  1. Experience working with state legislatures, and state government agencies.
  1. Experience developing and implementing state and federal legislative initiatives.
  1. Ability to develop collaborative arrangements and strategic partnerships.
  1. Ability to work interdependently to accomplish goals and outcomes.
  1. Experience with health care policy issues related to chronic diseases and, patient access to care issues at the state and federal level.
  1. Ability to lead, direct and motivate staff and volunteers.
  1. Excellent writing and public speaking skills.
  1. Demonstrated success in developing and communicating a tactical plan to key stakeholders.


State legislation and policy


Federal/national issues


Advocate recruitment and engagement







The Arthritis Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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