Health Equity Communications Manager

Posting Number: #1082

Position Title: Health Equity Communications Manager

Closing Date: Until Filled

Location: Remote (Oakland, 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 Prevention Policy Group at the Public Health Institute is seeking a dynamic, health and equity focused individual to lead our communications work. The Group works in a variety of areas to advance effective community-based prevention. Safely Opening Schools (SOS) Project ( supports high-needs CA schools’ safer reopening by scaling up school-based COVID-19 testing and other strategies to support safer school reopening. The California Alliance for Prevention Funding (CAPF – see works to promote sustained funding to support community-based health equity and racial justice initiatives across the state. The Getting it Right from the Start program ( works to promote cannabis policy that better protects public health, youth and equity.

The ideal candidate will be someone who can both develop and maintain our communications systems and infrastructure, coordinate with partner organizations, and develop marketing strategies, establishing media relations and creating promotional materials so we can more effectively elevate our work and reach key audiences across a range of relevant political and professional environments and issues. Advancing 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.

This position is based in California and is initially remote, reporting to the group Director. Willingness and ability to work in the Bay area is desirable. Candidates with immediate availability are preferred.

This is a grant-funded position.

The typical hiring range for this position is $83,022 to $103,544 based on 100% FTE. The starting salary is determined based on the candidate’s knowledge, skills and experience.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Lead communication work in support of an advocacy campaign and coalition for sustained funding for health equity and racial justice.
  • Oversee SOS’ day-to-day communications operations (website content maintenance, crafting emails, writing and producing newsletters, managing contact lists, editing content, etc.).
  • Expand promotion of school-based COVID testing and its acceptance by schools and parents by creating compelling content in different modalities (written, graphics and video). Specific content ideas include: fact sheets, reports, blog posts, press releases, social media content, op-eds, letters to the editor, videos, etc.
  • With the support of the SOS team, create and manage a public health campaign to build awareness about COVID-19 testing and the importance of testing in schools.
  • Support dissemination of cannabis policy work.
  • Work to support communications for other Prevention Policy group initiatives as needed and allowed by funding.
  • Develop, design, copyedit, proofread project materials.
  • Develop and implement social media strategies to support school reopening and other prevention policy initiatives.
  • Assist with fund development, including grant/contract writing and reporting.
  • Coordinate with PHI and other partner communications teams.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • At least seven (7) years of relevant public or private sector experience in managing complex communications and marketing campaigns, projects and strategies; experience working in a communications role in the public health sector is desired.
  • Excellent understanding of strategic communications and its role in organizational achievement.
  • 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, and directives.
  • 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).
  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, and Excel), Adobe InDesign, Canva, and other communications and graphic design software platforms.
  • Knowledge and comfort using MailChimp, Google Work Space, or similar tools as needed or ability to learn.
  • Excellent storytelling skills (journalism, podcasting, blogging, publishing, writing background).
  • Strong design aesthetic and basic knowledge of graphic design elements.
  • Ideal candidates have lived and/or work experience in historically marginalized communities.
  • Fluency in Spanish or other language is a plus.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Excellent relationship building and people skills.
  • Solutions-oriented mindset. Be a team player in an environment where public health guidelines change often.
  • Experience with key social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, etc).

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience working in or with the following groups is a plus:
    • Government Agencies.
    • The Public Health or School Sector.
    • Policy and systems change campaigns within social and racial justice movements.

Important Information

  • This is a full-time position, approximately 40 hours per week.
  • This position is initially primarily remote and the candidate can work from their home in California, but some travel to locations around the state will be required. And, as we return to onsite work, ability to work in the Bay Area or Sacramento will be preferred.
  • Occasional travel to school sites throughout California may be required.


  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, public relations, journalism, film, screenwriting, public health or a related field is required, or you can substitute it with four years additional experience.
  • Master’s degree is preferred.


PHI is committed to advancing racial equity in health and education across California.



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.


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