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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.

Position Description

We are recruiting a State Policy Manager who will be responsible for designing, overseeing and implementing the legislative and research agenda for Public Health Advocates. The State Policy Manager will report to the Senior Director of Policy.


  • Developing Public Health Advocates’ state legislative and policy research agenda with PHAdvocates’ policy team
  • Developing background materials for sponsored bills
  • Writing letters of support and opposition to state and national legislation
  • Preparing legislative testimony
  • Meeting with legislative staff and interest groups to advance PHAdvocates’ legislative interests
  • Attending and testifying at legislative hearings
  • Designing policy research proposals to inform state policy agenda
  • Developing and editing policy briefs and research memos
  • Grant writing
  • Participating in strategic coalitions and developing strategic partnerships
  • Informing public health advocates’ statewide advocacy network about legislative activities and activating them at appropriate times
  • Using social media to advance our policy agenda
  • Coordinating state policy work with the other activities of the organization


  • Exceptional writing and public speaking skills
  • A public health or public policy background
  • Familiarity with public health research strategies
  • Knowledge of the state policy-making process
  • Ability to work independently, coordinate multiple tasks simultaneously, and work as a member of a team
  • Computer skills including knowledge of Microsoft Suite of software

Preferred Qualifications

  • MPH, MPP, or related degree
  • Familiarity with public health policy issues including nutrition and physical activity, the built environment, trauma, criminal justice, or substance use
  • Experience developing and/or advocating for policy reforms in California
  • Public Health or Policy research experience
  • Grant writing experience

Position Details

  • This is a full-time exempt position in Sacramento, California
  • Salary range: $56k – $84k depending on relevant experience
  • Eligible for full health benefits available to spouses, domestic partners and dependents
  • Application period closes Monday, January 7, 2019
  • Position available immediately

To apply, send a resume, writing sample and a cover letter to Sergio Zepeda, Director of Administration: .


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.

Submit a PDF copy of your cover letter, resume, and writing sample electronically to:

Sergio Zepeda, Director of Administration:

Please include the job title you are applying for in the subject area.

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.