Policy Associate Program Manager

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.

PHAdvocates seeks a dynamic leader who can build upon the current successes of our Within Our REACH (Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health) project to forge a path forward for Public Health Advocates in the City of Stockton. Strong applicants will have a track record of staff supervision, team building, program and grant development. Knowledge of the intersection of health and city planning is a plus.

Project Description

Within Our REACH is a project funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Sierra Health Foundation. 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 project as one of its top programs. PHAdvocates has augmented Within Our REACH with programs focusing on trauma and on community organizing. The Program Director will be involved in these initiatives as well.

The Associate Program Manager will support the operations of faith-based programs including Within our REACH, supervise staff and support the development and implementation of communication, evaluation and community action plans. The Associate Program Manager reports to the REACH Program Manager and will assist them with the preparation of funding proposals to expand current and new program opportunities.


  • Supervise site staff and operations
  • Support development of community action plans and their implementation
  • Support design, strategy of development, implementation, and tracking of projects
  • Support management of program budgets
  • Support project reporting
  • Support grant writing
  • Support the community steering committee and serve as liaison between the organizations and partners involved in the project
  • Lead advocacy campaigns to include health language in the Stockton General Plan
  • Lead City Level Policy work
  • Lead Active People Healthy Stockton Projects including city wide parks and neighborhood improvements
  • Lead projects funded through the San Joaquin Council of Governments including active transportation work
  • Lead outreach, recruitment, engagement, and development of resident leaders to be change agents in the Stockton General Plan.
  • Assist staff with Faith-Based and Community-based health policy adoption and implementation
  • Manage contracted communications support
  • Support sustainability planning and implementation, including identifying and developing new funding opportunities
  • Support fundraising campaign efforts
  • Perform other duties as assigned


  • BA/BS. MPH or MPA preferred
  • 5+ 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

Position details:

  • This is a full-time non-exempt position based in Stockton, CA.
  • Eligible for full health benefits available to spouses, domestic partners and dependents
  • 51 to 59k salary based on relevant experience
  • Position available immediately

Submit cover letter, resume, and writing sample electronically to: Sergio Zepeda, Director of Human Resources: SZ@PHAdvocates.org.

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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