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Media Advocacy Manager

Job ID 12487635 Location Minneapolis, Minnesota; Des Moines, Iowa Position Type Full-Time

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.

Leads media advocacy efforts for assigned states and media markets, providing input into campaign planning, implementing tactics to support policy and revenue activities, driving relevance and enhancing ACS CAN brand recognition in support of local, state, and federal priorities. Provides a full range of media outreach including developing target media lists, and building relationships with key capitol press corps and health reporters.  Drafts talking points, fact sheets, news releases/advisories as well as opinion editorial articles and letters to the editor. Secures editorial meetings and earned media placement by leveraging digital media skills and selling story ideas by phone and electronically to print, radio and TV newsrooms. Executes news conferences/media events and serves as media spokesperson. Provides media training for staff and volunteers.

Position Requirements:
Experience Level:
• Bachelor’s degree preferred in communications, public relations, journalism, political science or related field.
• At least 2-3 years of experience in journalism or public relations and/or legislative communications.
• Strong communicator with excellent writing and verbal skills.
• Multi-media and digital media skills preferred.
• Bi-lingual in Spanish is preferred.

COMPETENCIES/SKILLS:
Demonstrates the following Communication competencies:
• Manages complexity
• Strategic mindset
• Action oriented
• Drives results
• Collaborates
• Communicates effectively
• Instills trust
• Situational adaptability


Special Demands:
• Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.
• Limited physical activity required.
• Travel required (approx. 10%)

It is the policy of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network not to discriminate against any employee or any applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status or veteran status.

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