National Director, Policy, Healthy Air (DC #2021-88)

Washington, DC

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Type: Full-Time

  • National Policy and Advocacy

The American Lung Association has an excellent opportunity for a National Director, Policy, Healthy Air to join our incredible team in Washington, D.C.

The American Lung Association has an excellent opportunity for a National Director, Policy, Healthy Air to join our incredible team in Washington, D.C. Working as a member of the Advocacy and Public Policy team, you will join an outstanding group of professionals dedicated to our mission: to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through research, education, and advocacy.

In this role, you will be responsible for clean air and climate policy research, analysis and tracking relating to key federal air quality actions to reduce nationwide air pollution, with two main areas of focus: The National Ambient Air Quality Standards for ozone, fine particulate matter, and nitrogen dioxide; and opportunities to curb natural gas combustion, including in the appliance and industrial sectors. Represent the American Lung Association before federal agencies and develop advocacy materials. Provide technical assistance and consultation to coalition partners and Lung Association staff.  This position is grant-funded.

Policy Materials Development            

  • Track and analyze health studies on impacts of criteria air pollutants, including ozone, particulate matter, and nitrogen oxides
  • Track and analyze health benefits of transitioning away from natural gas combustion for electricity
  • Work with consultant support to develop a policy brief on nitrogen oxides and regulatory opportunities to limit this pollutant, with accompanying explanatory and promotional materials

Policy Tracking and Advocacy

  • Monitor and research federal policy at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, including National Ambient Air Quality Standards and rules to reduce natural gas combustion
  • Monitor and research federal policy at the U.S. Department of Energy, including appliance efficiency rulemakings
  • Monitor and research federal policy opportunities to transition the industrial sector away from natural gas combustion
  • Monitor and research additional federal policy opportunities to reduce air pollution, curb climate change and promote environmental justice
  • Draft federal regulatory comments
  • Write and deliver public hearing testimony; recruit and assist others in delivering testimony.
  • Write factsheets, e-advocacy email and web content, and briefing papers; contribute to the development of media advocacy materials
  • Support health and medical coalition partners in healthy air advocacy activities
  • Collaborate with other national organizations on assigned issues

Training/Coalition Support

  • Develop and facilitate training on the U.S. EPA’s National Ambient Air Quality Standards; key air pollutants including nitrogen oxides, ozone, and particulate matter; and associated health effects for Lung Association staff and health and medical coalition partners
  • Consult and advise field staff, volunteers and coalition partners on policy issues
  • Provide technical support on advocacy issues and strategy
  • Develop materials to support American Lung Association Healthy Air Campaign program

General Support

  • Support fundraising efforts of the campaign for policy activities by drafting appropriate content for grant proposals and tracking and reporting on activities
  • Provide organizational support to the Lung Association and its Healthy Air Campaign, including tracking and reporting on advocacy and policy work; supporting key Lung Association priorities, and performing additional duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree in public health, health policy, environmental management, political science, government or related area required. Master’s degree preferred.
  • Six to eight years of policy analysis experience with a government agency, legislative office, non-profit organization, professional society, company, or academic institution
  • Previous experience with U.S. EPA Clean Air Act regulations and/or criteria air pollutant scientific issues preferred
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Computer proficiency with MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
  • Working knowledge of social media
  • Ability to work independently while maintaining collaborative functions with interdivisional teams and across national and local office locations
  • Flexibility to work irregular hours, including evenings and weekends with some overnights required. 
  • Ability to travel within the continental U.S. as needed (1-3 trips per year anticipated)
  • Ability to lift approximately 25 lbs.
  • Consistent with its mission, the American Lung Association maintains a smoke-free workplace; all employees must abstain from tobacco use in any form. Also, all employees are required to be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, unless approved for medical or religious exemption.


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