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Policy Associate II

Posting Number: #1168

Position Title: Policy Associate II

Closing Date: Until Filled

Location: Remote (Sacramento, 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 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.

CWN’s vision is for a healthy nation and world where wellness is achievable for all individuals and communities, and its mission is to build capacity and leadership in communities and institutions to make optimal health accessible for all. CWN’s work focuses on increasing access to healthy affordable foods, decreasing consumption of sugar sweetened beverages, and increasing safe places to be physically active using a health equity framework. CWN’s approach is participatory using community engagement principles and a human-centered design framework to meet the needs of communities.

Working with the Director of the CWN and the senior leadership team, this position is responsible for identifying and analyzing policy issues related to nutrition and health at the local, state, federal, and international level using a health equity framework. Policy issues include those that are statutory in nature, as well as regulatory/administrative, and institutional or organizational. While relevant policy issues are primarily focused on state and national issues, some will be international in nature. This may include understanding the policy processes in other countries, specifically in low- and middle-income (LMIC) countries and/or identifying successful policies in other countries that have reduced food insecurity and/or increased equitable practices that could be replicable in other country contexts.

The successful candidate for this position should have a strong commitment to advancing health equity and possess an understanding of the evolving nutrition and health policy landscape both in and out of California, the federal food and nutrition key legislation and process, familiarity with public health policy including COVID related policies, practices, and special funding, and health policies that are most likely to reduce health inequities.

Pay: $77,939 to $96,566 per year. The typical hiring range for this position is $77,939 to $96,566 based on 100% FTE. The starting salary is determined based on the candidate’s knowledge, skills, and experience.

 

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Conduct in-depth research of targeted policy issues; draft issue briefs and other collateral materials; organize meetings and policy briefings; and create/implement advocacy strategies for policy implementation.
  • Develop a compendium of COVID-19 policies and practices that have been successful in reaching vulnerable populations and reducing health inequities.
  • Develop a compendium of domestic and global nutrition policies that have been successful at reducing malnutrition, hunger, and food insecurity and how they can be adapted and scaled in new global locations.
  • Review and track relevant legislation and regulatory changes in California, other states, and nationally. Review sign-on letters and advise CWN leadership on campaigns and policies to support.
  • Develop and deliver trainings or presentations for a variety of audiences including but not limited to funders, partners, community residents, and decision makers.
  • Assist in securing grant funding for CWN to advance core policy and advocacy priorities.
  • Prepare written and verbal talking points for federal and state legislatures and agencies nutrition related to priority issues and position of CWN.
  • Establish and build relationships with legislative staff and Administration officials; develop a network of contacts within key state, federal agencies, and international organizations, communicating regularly and serving as a resource to staff.
  • Participate and support updates to the CWN’s health equity platform and priority areas.
  • Assist with coalition building with state, national, and international partners — attend meetings and work in partnership with other state, national, and international organizations toward shared goals.
  • Provide technical assistance to colleagues, partners and clients as needed to support successful strategies for policy and advocacy priorities.
  • Keep abreast of key trends and activities in the international, national and California nutrition and health environment including Food assistance programs (i.e., Child Nutrition Reauthorization, Farm bill), and Medicaid/Medicare waivers.
  • Other duties as determined by organizational leadership.

 Qualifications

  • Five or more years of increasingly responsible experience in policy analysis and issue management.
  • Familiarity with the nutrition and/or anti-hunger organizations and financing of publicly funded United States Department of Agriculture food and nutrition programs and state and federal public health funding streams and policies.
  • Understanding of country-level nutrition policies in LMIC and policies/strategies that are successful at reducing malnutrition, hunger, and food insecurity on a global scale.
  • Experience using policy tracking tools.
  • Established relationships with partners in priority policy areas (food and nutrition, public health, etc.)
  • Demonstrated ability to establish strategy, develop work plans, multi-task, and deliver quality work within deadlines and budgetary guidelines.
  • Strong analytic and critical reasoning skills.
  • Excellent writing and communication skills, with an ability to reach a wide variety of different audiences effectively.
  • Excellent interpersonal and collaboration skills.
  • Ability to work in team environment and effectively build relationships with staff on all levels inside and outside of the organization.
  • Experience with grassroot advocacy efforts and/or community participatory approaches or other community engagement practices.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft desktop applications including the most recent versions of Word, PowerPoint, etc.

Education

  • Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree in public policy, Public Health, Public Administration, or a related field preferred.

FAIR LABOR STANDARDS ACT (FLSA) STATUS

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.

PHI WORKFORCE MANDATORY COVID-19 VACCINATION POLICY

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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ADA Statement:

The Public Health Institute is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Recruitment Team at least 48 hours in advance at Recruitment@phi.org.

 

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