Director of Outreach and Advocacy

Fairfax, VA
Commensurate with education and experience.
Nov 03, 2021
May 24, 2022
Full Time
Director of Outreach and Advocacy The George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication, within the Department of Communication, is seeking a Director of Outreach and Advocacy for the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health.George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment. About the Department:The Consortium is an organization of 35 medical societies representing 600,000 physicians, which has come together to communicate with the public and policymakers about the harms to health and equity associated with climate change and the benefits of equitable climate change solutions. There are also 61 affiliated health organizations including 17 state-based clinician groups (Clinicians for Climate Action or CCA groups), and a program for individual Climate and Health Advocates. The Mission and Consensus statements of the Consortium and the resources it offers to physicians may be viewed here: (or ).The Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health is seeking an Outreach and Advocacy Director to help shape and assist with the legislative advocacy work of the Consortium, its state affiliates, and individual Climate Health Advocates. The Consortium seeks to develop coordination on climate and health policy among its member societies, increase the capacity of individual physicians, national societies and state CCA's to address effectively, through the legislative process at state and national levels, the extraordinary challenge to human health represented by climate change and climate injustice. These activities must not include activities that may be defined as "lobbying." The current staff of the Consortium includes an Executive Director, an Operations Director, an Assistant Director for Policy, a Policy Consultant, a Strategic Communications Consultant, a State Affairs Director, a State Project Coordinator, a State Project Consultant, a State Affairs Consultant, a Digital Communication Director, and an Intern. The offices of the Consortium are based at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. About the Position:The Outreach and Advocacy Director will report to the Executive Director and have primary responsibility for the development, implementation, tracking, and evaluation of the Consortium's Advocacy Strategy and Plan, working closely with other members of the team to coordinate advocacy and outreach activities related to federal and state policy and strategic communications. Advocates include members of the 35-member medical societies, 17 state affiliates (and counting) and individual Climate and Health advocates. The Consortium Outreach and Advocacy Director will assist advocates to become more effective in legislative work at the federal and state levels and will help coordinate advocacy efforts with affiliate and partner organizations. This position requires experience in policy, promotional and advocacy work, project or program management, and the coordination, tracking, and evaluation of projects and programs.Responsibilities: Lead the development and management of a strategic advocacy plan to increase engagement of all Consortium stakeholders starting with individual Climate and Health Advocates; Coordinate and engage with internal Consortium team members at all stages of plan formulation and implementation;Collaborate and coordinate with the staff of medical societies and the Consortium Steering Committee on engaging societies and their members;Prepare presentations and provide training to internal and external audiences;Participate in the writing, publishing and dissemination of advocacy briefs, marketing materials, educational materials, and other communications for the engagement and training of advocates;Monitor and analyze advocate subscription service requests, and prepare and present reports to Consortium stakeholders;Conduct outreach activities, as outlined in the strategic advocacy plan, including, but not limited to, recruitment and ongoing engagement of individual Climate and Health Advocates;Serve as a liaison between Consortium staff and Climate and Health Advocates;Develop professional relationships with Climate and Health Advocates;Propose and plan additional advocacy initiatives for the organization; Oversee the fulfillment of advocacy projects focused on executive agencies and legislatures; andDevelop and revise Consortium protocols related to legislative advocacy.Required Qualifications:Bachelor's Degree required;Must have leadership experience with state and/or national advocacy organizations; Must have leadership experience organizing physicians and medical societies; Must have at least 7 years of experience in planning, managing, implementing, tracking, and evaluating the success of advocacy projects; Knowledge of the environmental effects and related health impacts of climate change;Demonstrated ability to write and speak effectively; Demonstrated ability to organize, track, evaluate project and program activities and data; Ability to listen actively and frame issues; and Ability to find information easily using multiple sources. Preferred Qualifications:Master's degree or equivalent experience preferred.

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