Communication Specialist I

Posting Number: #1166

Position Title: Communication Specialist I

Closing Date: Until Filled

Location: Remote SF Bay Area only

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The Public Health Institute (PHI) is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting health, well-being, and quality of life for people throughout California, across the nation and around the world. As one of the largest and most comprehensive public health organizations in the nation, we are at the forefront of research and innovations to improve the efficacy of public health statewide, nationally, and internationally.

Position Summary

The Build Healthy Places Network (BHPN), a program of the Public Health Institute, is the national center bridging community development and health. Our mission is to transform the way organizations work together across the health, community development, and finance sectors to more effectively reduce poverty, advance racial equity, and improve health in neighborhoods across the United States.

We achieve our mission by connecting leaders and practitioners across sectors, providing education and training, curating resources and examples of what works, and building capacity for cross-sector collaboration.

The goals of the Communications Specialist I position are to expand the reach of the Network to strategic new audiences through communications and outreach and support development of new projects and partnerships. The position is responsible for assisting the Program Directors in managing the communication and outreach functions of the organization to educate, motivate, and influence target national audiences. This includes executing a wide range of communications functions and management of partner outreach.

The position offers an intellectually engaging environment, an opportunity to meet and interact with thought leaders in multiple sectors and the chance to be part of a great team of people who are dedicated to advancing health and racial equity.

The incumbent will report to the Director of Field Building working in a collaborative, cross-team environment with great exposure to all aspects of the organization’s work.

This is a temporary position which will last no more than 89 days, with a potential to change to a regular non-provisional position depending on fund availability.

Pay: $59,759 to $72,666 per year. The typical hiring range for this position is $59,759 to $72,666 based on 100% FTE. The starting salary is determined based on the candidate’s knowledge, skills, and experience.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

Strategic Communications – 55%

  • Provide Network support in the execution of outreach and communication strategies.
  • Provide key messaging for impact/value for Network collateral.
  • Support creation and lead dissemination of a variety of Network communications for various audiences, including public announcements, publication releases, monthly bulletins and social media kits and other media.
  • Push content out through the Network’s website, blogs, social media, listserv, etc. to reach key audiences.
  • Manage social media platforms and consumer relationship manager software.
  • Utilize prominent web, digital and social media platforms (Linked In, Twitter, YouTube, E-Communications, Video, Google Analytics) in support of communications goals.
  • Manage and grow our communications contact list via Salesforce.
  • Facilitate the process of producing blogs with guest contributors.
  • Manage promotion and release of Network publications.
  • Monitor program impact analytics and communicate impact and value to the team as needed.
  • Create new collateral for emerging Network programs and refine existing materials.
  • Develop and manage metrics to report on communications targeting, working to optimize reach for target sectors.
  • Manage the Network website’s routine maintenance and regular updating. Serve as lead contact with external website contractors and journalist contractors.
  • Support strengthening the Network’s efforts to incorporate race, equity, diversity and inclusion in our activities and messaging.
  • Coordinate and manage National Advisory Council meetings and communications, including supporting agenda development, call scheduling, minutes preparation and distribution.

Partner Management and Outreach – 45%

  • Support BHPN staff in the implementation of communications, outreach, and field building goals.
  • Assist in cultivating and maintaining relationships with national, state, and local leaders from the community development, public health and healthcare sectors.
  • Identify opportunities for communications engagement, and provide front-line support in drafting content across communications platforms.
  • Coordinate and centralize tracking of Network staff presentations at conferences or webinars settings where strategic audiences can be reached.
  • Support the team in developing presentations as needed.
  • Design and manage convenings, meetings and live webinars that bring stakeholders and partners together for strategy, planning, information sharing, and training.
  • Support development of events and speaking engagements.
  • Support projects by researching information and preparing written documents where necessary
  • Perform other duties as needed.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

  • Minimum 3 years of relevant experience.
  • Experience in public health or community development is an advantage.
  • Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills, comfortable translating technical material for a lay audience with attention to detail.
  • Strong interpersonal skills – ability to communicate and establish effective working relationships with all levels within the organizations, across varied sectors, and interact effectively with co-workers, customers, and other stakeholders.
  • Ability to successfully work remotely.
  • Ability to make independent decisions following standard policies and procedures and ability to follow up on feedback to ensure positive outcomes.
  • Display initiative, creativity and resourcefulness.
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail and ability to manage multiple projects and stay on deadline.
  • Teamwork skills: ability to balance team and individual responsibilities and support others’ efforts to succeed.
  • Good computer skills including fluency in Google Suite, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and internet searches.
  • Competent with one or more of the following: WordPress, Salesforce, and Mailchimp Adobe Suite.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and skills of the use of the web, digital and social media platforms (Linked In, Twitter, YouTube, E-Communications, Video, Google Analytics)


Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, English, marketing/business administration, public health, or related field is required. Or, you can substitute with four additional years of relevant experience. 

Important Information

  • This is a full-time (40 hours per week) position based in San Francisco, CA.
  • This position will work remotely from the SF Bay area. Access to the internet and intermittent in-person meetings is required.


This position is classified as exempt based on the job duties. However, based on the FTE, salary level of the employee, or federal/state/local laws, the employee may be classified as nonexempt.


  • To apply for this opportunity, submit a cover letter and resume via the application link.
  • In your cover letter, please describe why you are enthusiastic about this opportunity and why you think you are a good fit for the position.

The Build Healthy Places Network and Public Health Institute are proud to be an EEO/AA employer.


Per the PHI Workforce Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, effective January 10, 2022, it is a condition of employment for all employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, unless they are granted a reasonable accommodation under applicable law. Employees starting on or before February 28, 2022 will need to provide proof of full vaccination up to 6 weeks after their start date or apply for an exemption/accommodation within three business days after their start date. Employees starting after February 28, 2022 will need to provide proof of full vaccination prior to their start date or apply for an exemption/accommodation within three business days after their start date.  Depending on the circumstances, new hires who do not comply with this Policy, or who cannot be reasonably accommodated, will either have their employment suspended or terminated. Candidates who are non-compliant will have their offers rescinded.

EEO Statement

The Public Health Institute is committed to a policy that provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, pregnancy, medical condition including genetic characteristics, physical or mental disability, veteran status, gender identification and expression, sexual orientation, and to make all employment decisions so as to further this principle of equal employment opportunity. To this end, the PHI will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, pregnancy, medical condition including genetic characteristics, physical or mental disability, veteran status, gender identification and expression, sexual orientation, and will take affirmative action to ensure that applicants are offered employment and employees are treated during employment without regard to these characteristics.

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