Health Equity & Justice Manager

Posting Number: #1479

Position Title: Health Equity & Justice Manager

Closing Date: November 28, 2022

Location: California (Remote)

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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 (Alliance) seeks a full-time Health Equity & Justice Manager to collaborate with our ten-member local health departments on high-priority and emerging health equity activities across the region.

This exciting position will help catalyze culture change across local health departments to address upstream barriers to optimal health including structural racism, systemic oppression, institutional bias, and built environment policies.  The selected candidate will have opportunities to engage on policy and institutional transformations designed to break status quo systems that sustain preventable health inequities that harm certain groups and benefit others. This position will manage our regional public health equity cohorts through equity trainings, strengthening authentic community partnerships and supporting local health departments to center equity across policies and practices.  These include our Regional Equity Action Lab and our Alliance Equity working group.

The ideal candidate will be a passionate advocate of health equity and racial justice, with strong knowledge of the underlying root causes of health and inequity and capacity to educate and inform others. The selected candidate will have experience elevating equity challenges and policy solutions in a range of political and professional environments. The successful applicant will have a track record demonstrating both courage and compassion to facilitate difficult conversations, the ability to lead training sessions on sensitive issues, and possessing the poise and talent to constructively engage various partners on consensus decision-making.

This position is ideal for an energetic, motivated, and enthusiastic social justice professional who can manage several projects that bring about successful policy, systems, and institutional changes across Southern California.  Strong project management experience and top-notch organizational skills are critical. The ideal candidate will have experience designing and delivering implicit bias and/or structural racism trainings and have experience working in or closing with public health departments. The successful applicant will have a proven track record that demonstrates their ability to effectively partner with multiple sectors and manage complex projects involving public health, race and health equity, and policy change strategies.

This position will help shape, implement, and continue to refine a dynamic equity strategic plan to support cross-connections across the entire Alliance team.

About the Alliance

The Alliance is a coalition of the executive leadership of ten local health departments in Southern California. Its members have a statutory responsibility for the health of almost 60% of the state’s population. 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 and healthy and productive life. To learn more about the Alliance’s meaningful work visit  The Alliance is fiscally administered by the Public Health Institute.

Employment Type: Full Time


Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Manage day-to-day organizational needs related to our key strategy to Advance Health Equity following the Alliance’s two-pronged approach to policy and institutional transformations:

Accelerate Paradigm Shifts in Local Public Health Practice

    • Lead the development and facilitation of the Alliance’s Regional Equity Learning Collaborative designed to support Alliance member departments with building their own internal capacity to advance equity and racial justice.
    • Manage and facilitate regular Regional Health Equity Workgroup meetings with Alliance member departments to build regional relationships, share best practices and health equity tactics, develop a regional health equity plan, and provide quality resources or services that add value for the local health departments.
    • Expand Health in All Policies and health equity opportunities by representing the Alliance in inter-governmental and cross-sector partnerships at the local, state and federal levels.
    • Support development and implementation of the Alliance’s strategic planning.

Mobilize the Power of Public Health

    • Collaborate on power-building partnerships with community organizers, advocacy groups, cross-sector partners and local health departments to elevate comprehensive solutions for addressing the root causes of health inequity.
    • Provide subject matter expertise and advocacy support on local, state and federal policy opportunities affecting population health, racial equity, economic justice, and upstream social determinants of health such as transportation, land use, and healthy food.
    • Contribute technical assistance and policy support for member health departments on local policy initiatives impacting the social determinants of health.
    • Coordinate and implement health equity work for the Alliance which requires working with multi-sectoral partners to examine and reshape practices, power, and influence for more equitable outcomes.
    • Collaborate with other team members within the Alliance.
    • Supervise Equity Coordinator positions.
  • Travel occasionally when required.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications

  • 5 years of relevant professional experience (preferably in policy advocacy or systems change efforts) including experience working in or with communities of color or other underserved communities and working with institutional leadership. A portion of the 5 years may include relevant experience through personal, family, or other lived experience dealing with inequitable economic, social, health and educational systems and environments.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Public Health, urban planning or a related field, or substitute with four additional years of relevant professional experience.


Other Required Qualifications

  • First and foremost, a thorough understanding, sensitivity, and appreciation for equity, cultural humility, and inclusiveness.
  • Experience facilitating meetings, trainings, measuring and monitoring program evaluation activities and working in multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural, and multi-sectoral partnerships.
  • Experience developing and leading strategic initiatives related to health equity and/or racial justice.
  • Demonstrated capacity to manage start-up initiatives, design project plans, and implement activities.
  • Determination to achieve outcomes, complete tasks, and deliver on professional commitments.
  • Sensitivity to varied interests of many stakeholders, partners, advocates, elected officials, and colleagues.
  • Strong group facilitation skills.
  • Commitment to Southern California communities experiencing health equity challenges.
  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, and Excel).

Other Required Qualifications

  • Previous public health department experience strongly preferred.
  • Experience developing and delivering trainings on implicit bias, racism, and/or the social determinants of health is strongly preferred.
  • Policy analysis, development, and adoption experience is strongly preferred.
  • Master’s degree in Public Health, Public Policy, urban planning or a related field (e.g. education, social work, global studies, etc.)


  • Pay: $80,000 to $90,000 per year. The typical hiring range for this position is $80,000 to $90,000  based on 100% FTE. The starting salary is determined based on the candidate’s knowledge, skills, and experience.
  • This is a regular full-time position.
  • While our work is based in Southern California, we do not have a physical office space. The individual chosen for this position will be expected to work from their home office.  A California based candidate is preferred, but not necessary.
  • This position requires occasional travel.
  • 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 November 21, 2022. Applications received by November 9 will receive priority review.



This position reports to the Alliance’s Founding Executive Director, and works collaboratively with Alliance members and staff, vendors, and other partners to advance health equity.



  • Please submit a cover letter and resume as part of your application. Paper or email applications will not be considered.
  • In your required cover letter, please describe why you are enthusiastic about this opportunity and why you think you are a good fit for the position.



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.



Per the PHI Workforce Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, it is a condition of employment for all domestic based employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, unless they are granted a reasonable accommodation under applicable law.

New hires 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.

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