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Senior Director of Policy and Advocacy


Washington, D.C., USA

The Cancer Support Community (CSC), the largest nonprofit provider of social and emotional support for people affected by cancer, is seeking a Senior Director to serve in a leadership position with the Cancer Policy Institute (CPI). Grounded in the mission to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action and sustained by community, the aim of the Cancer Policy Institute is to ensure that all people affected by cancer have access to qualityevidence-based care that includes both medical and psychosocial care throughout the cancer continuum.

The Cancer Policy Institute at the Cancer Support Community listens closely to the voices of millions of patients and families across the nation, including those served face to face at our 170+ locations, as well as those served through our hospital partnerships, online, and by phone. The learning acquired through our 30+ years of direct patient service, coupled with the knowledge gained at our Research and Training Institute fosters the translation of knowledge about the true cancer experience to policymakers at the federal and state level, within the regulatory agencies and with the private sector.

The individual selected for this role will be a self-starter, experienced in public policy and committed to fulfilling the mission of CSC. This individual will report to the Executive Director of the Cancer Policy Institute. Interested parties should submit a cover letter, salary requirements and resume.


  • Work with Executive Director, Cancer Policy Institute on the overall strategy of the Institute
  • Lead in the development and implementation of CSC’s regulatory and legislative agenda
  • Secure and grow relationships with policymakers across multiple sectors
  • Work with Executive Director, CPI, Board of Directors Policy Committee, and CPI Advisory Committee to determine CSC action on current events (e.g. sign-on letters, consortium, etc.)
  • Secure short and long-term funding for the Institute
  • Conduct strategic policy analysis, research issues and draft reports (both informational and instructional) for internal and external distribution
  • Act as the primary author of memos, briefs, letters and other documents from the Cancer Policy Institute
  • Support and identify opportunities for innovative partnerships with the public and private sectors, academia and government agencies to advance CSC projects and services
  • Engage and coordinate with CSC’s national partners to identify areas of common work and consensus, and to advocate collectively for positive change for people affected by cancer
  • Effectively disseminate methodology and results of CSC projects and services with the goal of influencing state and national policy and practices
  • Support the coordination of state-based strategies
  • Assist in representing the Cancer Policy Institute by interfacing with policymakers, fellow advocates, funders, corporate partners and media outlets
  • Prepare Cancer Policy Institute reports and briefings for internal and external audiences (e.g., contribution to the CSC annual report, donor reports, newsletter updates, etc.)
  • Lead activities around affiliate training, Hill Briefings, quarterly educational workshops and other offerings
  • Represent CSC and the CPI at external meeting and events
  • Other duties as assigned


  • 5-8 years of experience in public policy, public interest law or related field, as exhibited by extensive experience in working with state and federal policymakers, national partners, advocacy groups, and constituents
  • 5-8 years of experience working with multiple and diverse partners, including but not limited to policymakers and their staff, service providers, business leaders, advocates, community organizers, field experts, funders, employers and the media
  • 5-8 years of experience leading people
  • Advanced degree preferred
  • Experience in oncology preferred
  • Ability to analyze policy, develop recommendations and create position statements
  • Ability to write clearly, persuasively and briefly according to intended audiences
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the policy and programmatic issues related to cancer and health policy
  • Demonstrated leadership, acute analytical skills, strong public speaking, confidence in communicating with a variety of public figures and dignitaries, as well as success in fostering strategic partnerships
  • Technical proficiency with Microsoft Office and experience with any specific software or technology needed for the job
  • Highly self-motivated and directed, with attention to detail
  • Flexible team player who thrives in environments requiring ability to effectively prioritize and juggle multiple concurrent projects
  • Ability to lift and reach for light objects, close visual acuity to prepare and analyze data, text and figures, ability to type utilizing a computer keyboard, ability to travel to outside locations and the ability to work at a computer for extended periods of time as a primary job function
  • Ability to work a regular full-time position that could require travel up to 20% of the time
  • This role is based in Washington, D.C.
  • Valid driver’s license required

About CSC

The mission of the Cancer Support Community (CSC) is to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community. In 2009, The Wellness Community and Gilda’s Club joined forces to become the Cancer Support Community. The combined organization, with more than 50 years of collective experience, provides the highest quality social and emotional support for people impacted by cancer through a network of 47 licensed affiliates, more than 170 satellite locations and a vibrant online community, touching more than one million people each year.

Backed by evidence that the best cancer care includes social and emotional support, the Cancer Support Community offers these services free of charge to men, women and children with any type or stage of cancer and to their loved ones. As the largest, professionally led nonprofit network of cancer support worldwide, the Cancer Support Community delivers a comprehensive menu of personalized and essential services including support groups, educational workshops, exercise, art and nutrition classes and social activities for the entire family. In 2017, CSC delivered more than $50 million in free services to patients and families. The Cancer Support Community is advancing the innovations that are becoming the standard in complete cancer care. So that no one faces cancer alone.


Cancer Support Community

ABOUT CANCER SUPPORT COMMUNITY As the largest professionally-led nonprofit network of cancer support worldwide, the CSC is dedicated to ensuring that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action and sustained by community. CSC achieves its mission through three areas: direct service delivery, research and advocacy. The organization includes an international network of affiliates that offer the highest quality social and emotional support for people impacted by cancer, as well as a community of support available online and over the phone. The CSC Research and Training Institute conducts cutting-edge psychosocial, behavioral and survivorship research. CSC engages in patient advocacy through its Cancer Policy Institute, informing public policy in Washington, D.C. and across the nation.


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