How many people can answer the question, "What do you do for a living?" with the answer, "I help find cures for cancer." At LLS, employees take our mission seriously. Whether you work in one of our chapters, are an accountant at the national office or a specialist in our Information Resource Center, you work each day on making our mission a reality: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.
Join us and give new meaning to the word, "job."
Position Title: Field Advocacy and Outreach Manager
Position Location: Greater Illinois Chapter- Chicago
Reports to: Director - Patient Access, Education & Advocacy
Purpose: Lead field mission efforts to increase breadth and depth of engagement with grass roots and grass tops advocacy volunteers within territory. Extend community outreach by building strong relationships with key community organizations and the medical community treating patients with blood cancer throughout the Chapter area.
There are approximately 1 million people in the United States living with, or in remission from, blood cancer, which is the most common cancer diagnosis in children. The mission of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.
The Field Advocacy and Outreach Manager is tasked with identifying, recruiting, training, and managing a strong advocacy network within the local Chapter area, as well as surrounding areas within the Midwest region. Working closely with Government Affairs staff and the Patient Access and Education Manager, this person will help to drive local and regional involvement in activity supporting policies that remove barriers to care.The Field Advocacy and Outreach Manager will also establish and chair their local Mission Advocacy Committee, through which they will develop key advocate volunteer leadership and provide necessary and focused support for sustained advocacy and policy engagement.
Developing volunteers will also involve significant collaboration with LLS Campaign staff to ensure integration and efficiency of lead-sharing and opportunity cultivation.
Duties & Responsibilities:
- Building relationships with key congressional offices at both the federal and state levels, working in conjunction with the Region Government Affairs Manager and Region Mission Director
- Ensure community based organizations who serve under-represented communities and all regional oncology health professionals and treatment centers in the chapter territory are educated about advocacy and policy opportunities for engagement
- Establish, coordinate and maintain strong relationships with hematologists/oncologists, oncology nurses, oncology associations, and social workers throughout the chapter territory to ensure support and engagement within these groups for LLS advocacy & policy initiatives
- Build a strong partnership with community organizations and agencies serving blood cancer in the chapter territory to identify areas for improving collaboration and referral
- Ability to develop strong Volunteer relationships and direction, driving success in Volunteer engagement and accountability
- Partner with Patient and Professional Programs department (in the National Office) and Patient Access & Education Manager to present outreach informational sessions to hospital staff, community organizations and professional organizations related to services, programs and information of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in chapter territory
- Identify potential opportunities for engagement or communication on key policy issues. Identify individuals who know members of Congress and/or state legislators (or staff of either) or other key stakeholders (Healthcare Providers (HCP), Community Based Organizations (CBO) and other patient advocacy organizations (PAO), etc.)
- Discuss key LLS Advocacy/Public Policy Issues and Goals with all HCP, CBO and PAO and other stakeholder contacts and determine potential interest of each in being part of information loop with Office of Public Policy
- In coordination with the National Office and Regional Mission and Field Communications staff, work with local chapter staff to engage media outlets to promote LLS programs and services via television, radio or print
- Promote the Be Your Own Advocate guidebook as a resource for any patient diagnosed with blood cancer
- Collaborating with local and national Government Affairs, Research, Mission Operations, Patient and Professional Programs staff and other key LLS resources to ensure execution of mission goals
- Collaborate with Patient Access and Education Manager to ensure advocate stories and access challenges are captured and shared
- Help establish LLS as leader in cancer cures, services, advocacy, and access within local area
- Proven ability to identify, recruit, and develop strong working relationships with patients, volunteers, and health care providers
- Ability to develop collaborative relationships with healthcare facilities and community organizations
- Strong communication skills, both oral and written
- Ability to conceptualize and articulate science-based policy goals and advocacy opportunities
- Ability to work independently, thrive under pressure, and simultaneously move multiple tasks forward at high level
- Strong problem-solving, priority-setting, public speaking and decision-making skills
Critical for Success:
- Minimum of Bachelor's Degree or equivalent experience. Background in community/political organizing, electoral campaigns, other grassroots organization functions, and/or lobbying a plus
- Ability to travel extensively within local territory and work flexible hours
Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume and salary history to:
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
651 W. Washington Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60661
Fax: (312) 463- 0980
Online: Field Advocacy & Outreach Manager
Please include ?Field Advocacy & Outreach Manager? in the subject line.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) offers competitive salaries and an excellent benefits package.
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The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is an Equal Opportunity Employer.