Communications Officer

Posting Number: #111-21

Position Title: Communications Officer

Closing Date: May 3, 2021

Location: Remote (Southern California)

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Position Summary

The Public Health Alliance of Southern California (Alliance) is seeking a Communications Manager to help drive transformative policy and systems change in support of racial, social and health equity.  This position offers exciting opportunities to:

  • Lead the development and implementation of the Alliance’s communication strategy
  • Oversee marketing and public relations efforts
  • Leverage the Alliance’s deep expertise in public health science, data and policy to generate easy-to-grasp and accessible materials
  • Grow our visibility by sharing Alliance successes via print, video, digital, social media and other communication platforms to catalyze and accelerate institutional and systems change.
  • Lift community voices and build connections with multi-sector partners, policymakers, key decision-makers, and philanthropy
  • Amplify our regional public health voice in state and federal policy
  • Assist with fund development

The successful candidate will be a creative and strategic thinker, with a keen eye for design, and a passion for equity and justice.  The qualified applicant will have a successful track record of leading communications, marketing and public relations strategies across a range of political and professional environments. Our ideal candidate is a team player who can work well with a small but dedicated, cohesive and high-performing staff. They should have deep project management skills with the ability to pivot quickly between projects.

The Alliance recognizes the value of having a staff that brings a wide range of perspectives to this work based on language, ethnicity, race, gender, socio-economic background, political beliefs, sexual orientation and disability. We are committed to maintaining a diverse, multicultural working environment and particularly encourage applications from candidates with lived experience in the communities we seek to serve.

About the Alliance

The Alliance is a coalition of the executive leadership of ten local health departments in Southern California focused on improving population health and advancing policy and systems change. Our members have a statutory responsibility for the health of 60% of the state’s population. Our vision is, “Vibrant and activated communities achieving health, justice, and opportunities for all.” The Alliance works to mobilize the transformative power of local public health for enduring health equity. We believe that Southern California should be a place where everyone has the opportunities and resources necessary to live a healthy and productive life. To learn more about the Alliance’s meaningful work visit our website, the California Healthy Places Index, Cherished Futures, and COVID-19 Health Equity Resources portal. The Alliance is fiscally administered by the Public Health Institute.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Develop, manage, and implement the Alliance’s organizational communications strategy.
  • Lead the Alliance’s media outreach and public relations efforts.
  • Create compelling content (written, graphics and video) that advances equity across the Alliance’s key initiatives. Specific content includes fact sheets, reports, blog posts, press releases, media pitches, op-eds, letters to the editor, social media content, videos, etc.
  • Support and elevate community stories and voices.
  • Support development and maintenance of key communications tools to ensure the Alliance has the infrastructure necessary to publicize its work and elevate successes.
  • Manage the Alliance’s email lists, blog, social media and other digital tools and communications platforms.
  • Provide copy-editing, grant writing and reporting support to the Alliance team to strengthen messaging on key initiatives.
  • Support Alliance fund development activities.
  • Represent the Alliance in collaborative communications projects and campaigns with our members and key partners.

Minimum Qualifications

  • At least 5 years of relevant professional experience in communications, marketing, public relations, journalism, film, screenwriting, social justice advocacy, and/or a related field.
  • A bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, public relations, journalism, film, screenwriting, public health or a related field, or an equivalent combination of education and relevant professional experience.
  • Demonstrated success in developing and implementing communications messaging and strategies for multiple projects and audiences.
  • Marketing and public relations skills a must.
  • Strategic thinker with the ability to craft sharp, powerful content that pops.
  • Strong writing, editing and verbal skills, with the capacity to translate complex ideas and contextual environments into simple and clear messages, calls-to-action, directives, etc.
  • Excellent storytelling skills (journalism, podcasting, blogging, publishing, writing background).
  • Strong design aesthetic and basic knowledge of graphic design elements.
  • Deep project management experience, with the ability to quickly pivot between projects.
  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, and Excel), Adobe InDesign, Venngage and other communications and graphic design software platforms.

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience working in or with the following groups a plus:
    • Government agencies
    • The public health sector
    • Policy and systems change campaigns within social and racial justice movements
  • Master’s degree preferred.

Important Information

  • This is a full-time position, approximately 40 hours per week.
  • This is a remote position, with occasional travel throughout the Southern California region and the State of California post-pandemic. The individual chosen for this position will be expected to work from their home office in Southern California. We will not consider candidates who are located outside of Southern California.
  • This position is eligible for PHI’s full suite of benefits including but not limited to medical, dental, and vision coverage, health care and dependent care flexible spending accounts, and generous time off.
  • The application deadline is May 3, 2021.

How to Apply

  • Please submit a cover letter, resume, and a portfolio with a minimum of 3 communications samples with your application. At least one sample should include a visual form of communication.
  • Please include the following in your portfolio:
    • Specify which elements were produced independently by you and where others contributed to developing or designing the piece.
    • For visual forms of communication, please explain how the design/visuals helped make the piece successful.

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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