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Position Open: Advocacy and Campaigns Officer (North America)

By Steven Witte | 18 Dec, 2015

Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM), a U.S. 501(c)(3) organization, is seeking an Advocacy and Campaigns Officer to work full-time in its Washington, DC offices. UAEM is a citizen sector organization rooted in a global movement of university students working to increase access to and affordability of life-saving medicines. Its origins stem from Yale University where students demanded lower-priced HIV/AIDS medication, resulting in a 95% price drop for key medicines, impacting hundreds of thousands of lives. Today, pharmaceutical companies continue to post record-breaking profits, while many people around the world cannot pay their arbitrarily high prices. We believe that medicines are a right, not a privilege, and should be created for people and not profit. Work with us to help change the system.

UAEM aims to:

Promote access to medicines and medical innovations by changing norms and practices around academic patenting and licensing, supported by our own independent research, ensure that university medical research meets the needs of people worldwide and empower students to respond to the access and innovation crisis.
UAEM is growing rapidly and our advocacy and campaigns work lies at the heart of this change. With an anchor in campus-based activism, UAEM members tackle projects ranging from evidence-based advocacy to flash mobs to policy-level campaigning. The Advocacy and Campaigns Officer provides a key link between students collaborating across North America, while, a portion of time is dedicated to globally-focused strategy and campaigns taking place in chapters around the world. Working at the intersection of academia, civil society and policy, the objective of the Advocacy and Campaigns Officer is to cultivate impact-oriented, strategic, student-led advocacy and campaigns on access to medicines issues.

Position in the Organization:

Reports to the Executive Director for North America.

Collaborates with European counterparts in the development and leadership of student activities and campaigns, in particular for global campaigns.

Guides student leaders, interns and/or volunteers as appropriate and required.

Key duties and responsibilities of the position include:

Outreach and Representation

Engage with key stakeholders including students, university faculty members, researchers, politicians, civil society leaders, NGO allies and others.

Play a key role in planning and coordinating major UAEM conferences, leadership meetings, and student training.

Liaise regularly with European counterparts for strategic long-term objectives, organizational strengthening and specific global campaigns or actions.

Advocacy & Campus Campaigns

Design and implement effective advocacy strategy, campaigns, tactics and actions, cultivating student understanding and ownership for UAEM student-driven campaigns.

Assess and facilitate opportunities for student advocacy, lobbying and campaign actions regionally and internationally, through stakeholder mapping and issue scanning.

Develop training and coaching of UAEM chapters engaged in campaigns, assessing needs for campaign strategy and tactics development, with a focus on mobilizing action.

Work closely with student leadership to coordinate strategic focus, workflow, and management of campaigns to ensure that best practices are followed and agreed goals are met on an annual basis.

Organize, guide and participate in student actions, rallies and demonstrations on and off campus.


Inspire, engage and guide UAEM's student leadership, particularly its North American Coordinating Committee, through weekly evening conference calls and ongoing engagement.

Provide full-time guidance and support for UAEM students working on a variety of global health advocacy campaigns.

Coordinate UAEM chapter participation in campaign activities and actions, contributing to the development of leaders for national campaigns and advocacy activities by analyzing and supporting the changes needed to achieve campaign goals at the national level.


Manage advocacy and campaign-related external communications and engagement on social media platforms.

Contribute to creating campaign materials (e.g. blog posts, press releases, newsletters, web content, social media), and disseminate internal and external campaign materials to chapters.

Assist in responding to media requests and speaking to media; assist in coordinating press conferences and media opportunities where appropriate.

Support the coordination of internal communications and knowledge sharing among chapters through regular updates, web meetings, email lists, social media, etc.

Profile Requirements:

Genuine interest in and commitment to UAEM's core objectives and student-based approach, familiarity with intellectual property, patents and medical R&D (research and development) models an asset.

Undergraduate degree in relevant field required, graduate degree welcomed but not required.

4+ years practical and relevant experience in policy or social change campaigns (preferably national or global in nature and reach), organizing and/or advocacy.

Outstanding proven time management and organizational skills with a keen attention to detail and the ability to remain calm under pressure in an unpredictable schedule.

Strong work ethic with the ability to work both independently as well as part of a team.

Proven leadership experience, with the demonstrable skills to recruit, train, mentor and motivate students with a high-energy, creative approach.

Able to handle a large volume of work, track multiple projects and support multiple groups or activities at one time, project management experience an asset.

Excellent judgment and diplomacy, with a high level of intercultural awareness, political sensitivity, and patience, communications and/or media relations experience an asset.

Demonstrable skills in presentation, relationship building, persuasion and influence.

Able to synthesize complex material with written and verbal skills in English; additional languages (in particular Spanish or Portuguese) an asset.

Travel: Up to 30% (primarily within North America, with occasional international travel).

How to apply:
Please send a résumé, a writing sample, and three professional references to: . Please include Advocacy and Campaigns Officer in the subject line of the email.


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