American Heart Association (AHA)

Grassroots Manager (SW Region)

American Heart Association (AHA)

Job Description

This job opportunity is located in Albuquerque, New Mexico Overview

Are you ready to join an organization where you can be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives?

Envision all Americans enjoying ideal cardiovascular health free of heart disease and stroke. At the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, we get to work toward that goal every single day. Is it easy? No. Is it worthwhile? you bet! This is satisfying work that makes a real difference in people's lives. You can achieve professional growth with personal fulfillment. You will connect with people and make a lifesaving impact. You will partner with individuals, schools, lawmakers, healthcare providers and others to ensure everyone has access to healthier lifestyle choices and proper healthcare.


The American Heart Association (AHA) has an excellent opportunity for a Grassroots Manager in our SW Region . Location of the selected candidate is flexible within the region ( AR, OK, CO, WY, TX, and NM ) provided the location allows for effective and cost-efficient travel.

The Grassroots Manager is responsible for recruiting, mobilizing, retaining, and recognizing Volunteer advocates for the ‘You’re the Cure’ network in the assigned region. You will be responsible for identifying and executing influential grassroots strategies and tactics to advance the Association’s public policy priorities at the federal, state and community level. Additional responsibilities include contributing to issue advocacy campaign plans and ensuring effective volunteer engagement through regular communication, advocate training, as well as online and offline calls to action.

Essential Job Duties:

  • Develops and implements a strategic plan around the recruitment, mobilization, and retention of You’re the Cure members for assigned region.
  • Maintains regular communication with You’re the Cure advocates in assigned region to keep them engaged and active throughout the year- including action alerts, newsletters, email updates, Social Media messaging, etc.
  • Activates and engages You’re the Cure advocates in offline tactics as appropriate to impact public policy campaigns. Examples include lobby days, rallies, spokesperson opportunities, phone call campaigns, events, etc.
  • Writes and launches action alerts to mobilize volunteers to send communications to lawmakers, regulators, and industry leaders.
  • Identifies opportunities for the recruitment of grassroots networkers and key contact volunteers through AHA-related activities and other community events or resources.
  • Plans and implements grassroots training for AHA volunteers and staff as needed to educate on AHA mission and priorities and how they can make an impact through advocacy. Provides opportunities to advance up the ladder of advocacy engagement. Develops volunteer leaders.
  • Regularly evaluates You’re the Cure program metrics, including but not limited to: tracking performance of communications and analyzing network trends through web-based action and reporting systems.
  • Fosters integration opportunities with AHA staff partners to further grow the You’re the Cure network and provide meaningful volunteer engagement opportunities through advocacy.
  • Supports federal, state, or local lobby day or public awareness events within assigned region designed to promote the AHA/ASA’s advocacy agenda. Oversees in-district meeting efforts.
  • Provides strategic guidance, Technical Assistance and on-going support to metro-level Board, staff, and volunteers as they pursue opportunities to advance the Association’s public policy priorities at the community level. Ensures the recruitment and integration of these local volunteer efforts within You’re the Cure and ensures that local grassroots activities adhere to applicable AHA policies and activity reporting requirements.
Want to help get your resume to the top? Take a look at the experience we require:


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, Communications, related area, or equivalent work experience.
  • Minimum of three (3) years of experience in community organizing and mobilization, volunteer management, public policy, Public Health, government relations, or political and/or issue campaigns.
  • Ability to recruit, direct, coach, monitor, and supervise volunteers.
  • Working knowledge of grassroots advocacy principles.
  • Ability to implement programs and initiatives by engaging all key partners and constituents.
  • Exceptional oral and written communications skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to simultaneously manage multiple, complex projects in varying stages of development under time constraints.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with minimal supervision; self-starter.
  • Must be able to travel overnight approx. 10% of the time.
Here are some of the preferred skills we are looking for:

  • Experience with supporting integrated campaign strategies- media advocacy, grassroots mobilization, coalition-building and lobbying- to advance public policy goals.
  • Basic understanding and skills to support social media outreach.
  • Use and management of web-based grassroots action sites for creating campaigns, sending alerts, and managing volunteer and legislator information.
  • Knowledge of Capacity Building in the community.
  • Knowledge of the legislative process at the federal, state, and local level.
So, are you ready to work for the largest voluntary health organization dedicated to fighting heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases? Compensation & Benefits


The hiring salary range is $53,000 - $65,000. Pay is commensurate with experience; geographic differentials to the pay range may apply. AHA reserves the right to pay more or less than the posted range. Any difference between actual compensation and the posted range will be based on factors other than race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy) or national origin.

Benefit Plans:

Employees scheduled to work at least 20 hours per week are eligible to participate in the medical, dental, and vision plans the first of the month following 30 days of service. AHA subsidizes the medical and dental cost to ensure benefits are affordable. Eligible dependents under AHA’s group benefit plans include legal spouse, domestic partner, children under the age of 26 or who are disabled. AHA offers additional benefits like an EAP, telehealth benefit for general medical and behavioral health, flexible spending accounts, life insurance, and disability.

Retirement Plans: AHA retirement plans offer employees a way to start saving after their first paycheck. The retirement plans provides employer contributions after two years of service. If you have previous 501(c)(3) non-profit experience, within the last 5 years, at a national health agency, an institution of higher learning or a medical institution, that experience may count towards the two-year waiting period. Employees are 100% vested in employee and employer contributions.

Paid Days Off: Regular full-time and part-time employees earn Paid Time Off (PTO) based on years of service. PTO begins accruing on date of hire. Full time employees receive one paid Community Service time off day per year and are encouraged to participate in projects, programs and organizations which contribute to the health and vitality of their communities. AHA also offers 12 paid holidays per year.

Leaves of Absence: AHA offers both Short Term and Long Term Disability benefits which replace earnings if you are unable to work due to a non-work-related illness or injury. Employees are eligible for Short Term Disability after 90 days of service and are eligible for Long Term Disability after being disabled for 90 days or more. Eligible employees can take up to 12 weeks off of work for a qualified leave of absence under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), intermittent FMLA leaves and leave as an accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act as Amended (ADAAA.

At American Heart Association | American Stroke Association, diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity applies to both our workforce and the communities we serve as it relates to heart health and stroke prevention.

  EOE/Protected Veterans/Persons with Disabilities Location US-TX-Dallas Posted Date 18 minutes ago (4/9/2021 4:39 PM) Requisition ID 2021-6783 Job Family Group Health Strategies & Programs Job Category Advocacy Additional Locations Diversity Distribution SouthWest US-Anywhere-SouthWest Location: Albuquerque,NM American Health Associasion (AHA) does not indicate an expiration date for Vacancies. Please apply timely not to miss an opportunity.

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