Director of Local Policy - Stockton

Public Health Advocates (PHAdvocates) brings a health and equity lens to some of the most important issues of our day. We have two decades of successful state and local campaign experience focusing on prevention and challenging the social, political, and economic systems that perpetuate racial, economic and health disparities. Over the past 20 years, PHAdvocates has helped 200 California cities enact more than 600 local policies. At the state level, we led the campaigns to get soda and junk food out of public schools, fund elementary school physical education, require that restaurants put calorie information on their menus, and fund statewide diabetes prevention.

Public Health Advocates seeks a dynamic leader who can build upon the current successes of our local policy and advocacy work in the City of Stockton. Strong applicants will have a track record of staff supervision, team building, policy and advocacy, program and grant development. Knowledge of the intersection of health and city planning is a plus.

Program Descriptions

Within Our REACH is a project funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It serves African American residents living in low-income census tracts in Stockton. Its prime strategy is advancing policy, systems and environmental change within 40 African American churches and in the City of Stockton’s General Plan. The CDC has recognized Stockton’s Within Our REACH as one of its top programs. PHAdvocates will seek renewed funding from the CDC and expand Within Our REACH to additional communities.

Our Faces of Resilience project is funded by Sierra Health Foundation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Kaiser Permanente. Public Health Advocates trains youth organizers to advocate for school district policies that prohibit racial discrimination, expand restorative justice practices and promote mental health. Additionally, youth leaders research trauma-inducing policies that continue to contribute to negative health outcomes in African American’s.

The Program Director oversees the operations of the Stockton office, oversees Public Health Advocates’ Stockton based programs, supervises staff and leads the development and implementation of communication, evaluation and community action plans. The Program Director will lead the research and preparation of funding proposals to expand programs. The Program Director reports to the Senior Director of Local Policy.


  • Supervise site staff and operations
  • Serve as the primary contact with program funders
  • Participating in strategic coalitions and developing strategic partnerships
  • Development of programs and oversee their implementation
  • Manage program budgets
  • Manage and oversee external contracts
  • Lead community steering committee and serve as liaison between the organizations and partners involved in the project
  • Lead sustainability planning and implementation, including identifying and developing new funding opportunities
  • Perform other duties as assigned


  • BA/BS. MPH or MPA preferred
  • 8+ years of experience in local policy development, community outreach/organizing and leadership of strategic advocacy campaigns
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills to build and maintain relationships
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience with grant writing and reporting
  • Strong community engagement experience

Position details:

  • This is a full-time exempt position in Stockton, CA
  • Eligible for full health benefits available to spouses, domestic partners and dependents
  • Salary range: $84k – $115k depending on relevant experience
  • Position available immediately
  • New hires must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by start date. Accommodations will be made for those who cannot be vaccinated for medical or religious reasons.

Submit cover letter, resume, and writing sample electronically to: Sergio Zepeda, Director of Human Resources:

Public Health Advocates provides equal employment opportunities to all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability or genetics.

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