Senior Manager, Tobacco Control Advocacy

Vital Strategies
February 18, 2021
New York, United States
Post Type
Experience (minimum)
5-10 Years
Education (minimum)
Travel Required?
Base Salary
Not specified


Vital Strategies, headquartered in New York City, is an international public health organization. Our programs strengthen public health systems and address the world’s leading causes of illness, injury and death. We currently work in 73 countries, supporting data-driven decision making in government, advancing evidence-based public health policies and mounting strategic communication campaigns. Vital Strategies’ priorities are driven by the greatest potential to improve and save lives. They include cardiovascular health, tobacco control, road safety, obesity prevention, epidemic prevention, overdose prevention, environmental health, vital statistics systems building and multidrug-resistant tuberculosis treatment research. Our programs are primarily concentrated in low- and middle-income countries in Africa, Latin America, Asia and the Pacific. Please visit our website at to find out more about our work.

Vital Strategies offers competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits . Vital welcomes and supports a diverse, inclusive work environment. As such, our commitment is to promote equal employment opportunities (EEO) for all applicants seeking employment.

The Position: 

The position is part of Vital Strategies’ Policy, Advocacy and Communication’s global team of 45, comprised of people from varying backgrounds from public relations to advertising to communication research. The team has a collaborative culture, clustering people with different skills and backgrounds to execute projects. Vital Strategies’ global team values diversity and multicultural fluency. We are seeking a Senior Manager, Tobacco Control Advocacy. This position will be based in Vital Strategies’ New York City office. Applicants must have a valid work permit to work in the United States at time of hire.

Reporting to the Vice President of Partnerships and Initiatives, the Senior Manager, Tobacco Control Advocacy will provide strategic guidance, management and support to the Tobacco Control Program which includes tobacco control policy advocacy and communication work in select countries in Asia, Latin America and Europe. They will also work on tobacco industry accountability projects as well as develop content material and reports.

Specific Duties:

  • Create, oversee, and project manage strategic programmatic and communication functions working closely with in-country leads in select countries.
  • Assist country leads to develop strategic activities, from concerted multi-platform media campaigns to advocacy initiatives.
  • Build and maintain strong working relationships with Vital’s regional managers, partners, and other key stakeholders from governments and civil society to promote tobacco control policy and behavior change.
  • Develop and write reports, fact sheets, toolkits, newsletters, testimonials and other marketing materials to advance tobacco control initiatives.
  • Represent Vital Strategies with donors, partners, press events, conferences, and workshops as needed.
  • Work in tandem with Vital’s external communication team including editorial, social and graphic design staff.
  • Manage a variety of special projects including:
  • Oversee external agencies and organizations as needed to deliver on scopes of service
  • Work on tobacco industry accountability activities
  • Assist the PAC division as needed
  • Provide administrative support as requested

Skills & Abilities:

  • Highly strategic thinker with strong initiative, judgement and project management skills
  • Excellent writer and storyteller, with a knack for connecting with audiences through exceptional written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong media campaign savvy, with knowledge and skills in earned and digital communications, integrated campaigns, advocacy.
  • Self-starter with ability to work independently and also collaboratively in cross-functional teams
  • Ability to bring new, creative ideas to communicating the organization's work
  • Experience using data to tell a story for non-technical audiences
  • Knowledge of the public health policy development and advocacy process
  • Ability to communicate and collaborate effectively across cultures, time zones and platforms, meet deadlines and manage multiple task in a busy work environment

Education and Degrees:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent, with 8 years’ experience, preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree with minimum 10 years’ experience

Experience Required:

  • Minimum 8 to 10 years of work experience with progressive responsibility

Experience Preferred:

  •  Experience in media and public relations
  •  Experience in public health / advocacy work / tobacco control / noncommunicable diseases
  • Second language fluency in a U.N. Language

Travel Requirement:

30%, when organization-wide travel is back in effect

How to Apply:

Please submit resume and cover letter through the Vital Strategies Careers page. Application deadline is March 1, 2021.

  • Seniority Level

    Mid-Senior level

  • Industry

    • Nonprofit Organization Management
  • Employment Type


  • Job Functions

    • Health Care Provider
    • Public Relations
    • Project Management

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