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Communications & Public Relations Strategist

Posting Number: #199-21

Position Title: Communications & Public Relations Strategist

Closing Date: Until Filled

Location: Remote (Southern CA)

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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 Public Health Alliance of Southern California (Public Health Alliance) is seeking a Communications & Public Relations Strategist with a deep commitment and direct experience working to advance health equity, racial justice, and transformative policy and systems change. This role encompasses:

  • Overseeing the Public Health Alliance’s day-to-day communications operations (website content maintenance, crafting emails, writing and producing newsletters, managing contact lists, editing content, etc.)
  • Using your creative skills to promote and elevate the Public Health Alliance’s work to multiple audiences across California and the United States.

The Public Health Alliance is experiencing a period of growth, with several high-profile communications needs, including a website overhaul, launch of a major Healthy Places Index platform update, and publication of a comprehensive COVID-19 report. Our work focuses on a range of issues, including COVID-19, health equity, Black maternal health, public health infrastructure funding, climate change, data into action, and healthy communities initiatives. We are a small but dedicated, cohesive and high performing staff, and we are looking for someone with deep project management skills and the ability to pivot quickly between various projects.

The ideal candidate will be someone who can both develop and maintain our communications systems and infrastructure while also developing marketing strategies, establishing media relations and creating promotional materials so we can better elevate our work to important audiences across a range of political and professional environments. Furthermore, health equity and racial justice are at the core of our work. The ideal candidate will have direct experience elevating public health issues with an equity and racial justice lens, and a passion for advancing policy and systems changes that ensure that everyone has the opportunity to live a healthy life.

About the Public Health Alliance

The Public Health Alliance is a coalition of the executive leadership of ten local health departments in Southern California focused on improving population health and advancing health equity and racial justice through 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 Public Health 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 and healthy and productive life. The Public Health Alliance is fiscally administered by the Public Health Institute.

More information about the Public Health Alliance’s meaningful work can be accessed at:

The Public Health 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.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Manage Communications Operations:
    • 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 website, contact lists, blog, social media and other digital tools and communications platforms.
    • Provide writing and copy-editing support to the Alliance team to communicate to various audiences and strengthen messaging on key initiatives.
    • Assist with fund development, including grant/contract writing and reporting.
    • Represent the Alliance in collaborative communications projects and campaigns with our members and key partners.
  • Market and Promote the Public Health Alliance to Multiple Audiences:
    • Create compelling content in different modalities (written, graphics and video) that advance health equity and racial justice 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.
    • Leverage the Alliance’s deep expertise in public health science, data and policy to generate easy-to-grasp and accessible materials.
    • Lift community voices and stories.
    • Devise and implement strategies to 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.
    • Lead and develop the Alliance’s media strategy, outreach, and public relations efforts.
    • Build connections with multi-sector partners, policymakers, key decision-makers, and philanthropy.
    • Oversee marketing and public relations efforts.
    • Amplify our regional public health voice in state and federal policy.
    • Develop, manage, and implement the Alliance’s organizational communications strategy.

Minimum Qualifications

  • 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.
  • At least 5 years of relevant professional experience in communications, marketing, public relations, journalism, film, screenwriting, social justice advocacy, and/or a related field.
  • We will not consider candidates who are located outside of California.
  • Direct experience working on public health, health equity and racial justice issues.
  • 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.
  • Strong skills in core communications operations, including website content maintenance, newsletter development, and contact list management.
  • Demonstrated experience managing competing priorities while maintaining high standards of quality and responsiveness, with the ability to quickly pivot between projects.
  • Ability to clearly and empathetically develop and implement communications messaging for a wide range of audiences (e.g., directly-impacted communities, policymakers, public health practitioners).
  • Marketing and public relations skills a must.
  • Strategic thinker with the ability to craft sharp, powerful content that pops.
  • Excellent storytelling skills (journalism, podcasting, blogging, publishing, writing background).
  • Strong design aesthetic and basic knowledge of graphic design elements.
  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, and Excel), Adobe InDesign, Venngage and other communications and graphic design software platforms.

Desired Qualifications

  • Southern California candidates preferred.
  • 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 California, with a preference for candidates in 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.

ORGANIZATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS:

This position reports to the Alliance’s Director of Operations and works collaboratively with Alliance members and staff, vendors, and other partners to develop communications materials and strategies.

HOW TO APPLY

Please apply here and submit a cover letter, resume, and a portfolio with a minimum of 3 communications samples. At least one sample should include a visual form of communication.

The portfolio should be one combined PDF containing all three samples. In your portfolio:

  • Please 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 design/visuals helped make the piece successful.

Paper or email applications will not be considered. In your cover letter, please describe why you are enthusiastic about this opportunity and why you are a good fit for the position.

“PHI 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 and sexual orientation. 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”


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.

To apply for any position, you must create an account on the Public Health Institute’s job application site. After creating your account, you may search the open positions and apply for the specific position that interests you. Please note, mailed and emailed applications will not be accepted.

We’re so pleased the Public Health Institute is an organization you would like to work with. Do you have questions about this opportunity? If so, email our recruitment team at Recruitment@phi.org.

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