Senior Local Policy Director

Public Health Advocates brings a public health lens to today’s most pressing problems, helping communities to pass laws, reform systems, and establish norms that foster racial justice, equity, and health. We are a diverse team of creative, strategic, tenacious people committed to tackling the unjust systems that continue to leave far too many Californians behind.

We are seeking a dynamic professional to fill this new position overseeing the staff directing our growing portfolio of local policy campaigns addressing issues including childhood trauma, police and first response reform, and healthy eating and physical activity. The perfect candidate is someone with a proven track record promoting racial equity and social justice, and is experienced in local policy advocacy, personnel and project management, leadership development, and community organizing.

Key Responsibilities

  • Project Management. Oversee the implementation of local policy campaigns, including developing and executing  detailed work plans and documenting and reporting progress.
  • Coalition Building and Public Relations. Develop strategic partnerships with state and local organizations and develop communications strategies supporting advocacy efforts.
  • Community Organizing. Engage local elected officials, city staff, community organizations, residents, and community leaders in local campaigns; disseminate of model policies; and train and support residents to advocate for desired policy, systems, and environmental changes.
  • Campaign Integration and Coordination. Integrate local campaigns and coordinate with state policy efforts to maximize statewide impact.
  • Research and Reports. Gather relevant local health information and data to support campaigns; write progress reports to funders.
  • Program and Staff Management. Oversee program operations and supervise and mentor campaign staff.
  • Project Development and Fundraising. Develop new equity-focused local advocacy campaigns and write grant proposals to fund them.

Desired Qualifications and Experience

  • Community organizing experience
  • Program and staff management experience, including a proven history of effectively managing complex projects and meeting deadlines
  • Working knowledge of local government administration and policy development processes, and a proven ability to assess the viability of local policies, procedures, and programs
  • Excellent research and analytic skills, including the ability to analyze data, describe system level problems, define policy and other system level alternatives, and recommend effective solutions to complex community level problems
  • Excellent writing skills, including the ability to develop compelling advocacy briefs and fact sheets
  • Excellent public speaking skills, including the ability to organize and present data in a clear and compelling way
  • Excellent work ethic, attention to detail, and strong customer focus
  • Proactive, resourceful, and flexible in a fast-paced remote work environment
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team
  • Must have working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and the ability to use online databases and upload content to the Web.

Position Details

  • This is a full-time exempt position
  • $90 to 130K depending on relevant experience
  • Position available January 1
  • All newly hired employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID by their start date. Accommodations will be considered for those who cannot be vaccinated for medical or religious reasons.

Submit cover letter, resume, and writing sample by email 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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