Program Associate I

Posting Number: #1364

Position Title: Program Associate I

Closing Date: Until Filled

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

Under the direction of the Project Manager, the Program Associate I (PAI) will provide program support for Public Health Institute’s Center for Wellness and Nutrition (PHI CWN) food access, nutrition, and wellness efforts, primarily, but not limited to, the Los Angeles (LA) County Grocery Voucher Program. PHI CWN’s work falls within the four primary areas of training, education, research and evaluation, and advocacy, all of which use a health equity framework to variously address the priority areas of increasing access to and consumption of healthier foods, with a focus on fruits and vegetables; decreasing consumption of unhealthy foods and beverages and increasing consumption of water; increasing physical activity and preventing obesity and chronic diseases.

The PAI will support community-based organizations with operationalizing the Grocery Voucher Program. Duties include tracking progress to goal, providing training and technical assistance to grantees, and contributing to reporting requirements.

This is an 18-month time-limited position expected to begin on October 1, 2022. The position has the potential to be extended based on available funding and program needs.

This position is currently remote with regular travel throughout Los Angeles County to meet the needs of the program. Consideration will only be given to candidates working in or near Los Angeles County, California. Candidates who are familiar with Los Angeles County are preferred.

Pay: $26.17 to $31.74 per hour. The typical hiring range for this position is $26.17 to $31.74 per hour (with an approximate annualized salary of $54,431 to $66,011 based on 100% FTE). The starting wage is determined based on the candidate’s knowledge, skills, and experience.

Employment Type: Full Time

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Implements activities in support of programs, including, but not limited to, completion of work plan activities, development of program resources and communication and presentation materials, and contributing to drafting of workplans, budgets and reporting.
  • Supports and leads the training, technical assistance, and relationship management of community-based organizations in the program including creating a feedback loop to troubleshoot issues.
  • Picks up, prepares, distributes, and tracks program incentives to CBOs (Community Based Organizations) in coordination with the Project Manager.
  • Assists with data collection and triages questions to the appropriate team members.
  • Communicates issues and feedback between CBOs and the project team.
  • Contributes to progress reports, narrative summaries, and other required documentation for funder reports, as appropriate.
  • Facilitates retail site visits, including and not limited to secret shopper visits and other incentive trouble shooting.
  • Generally, provide English and Spanish bilingual services for work assignments and CWN related needs that:
  1. Require a Spanish speaker.
  2. Require brief written notices, notes, or messaging, or other such communications in Spanish (example: texts; basic flyers; communications with Spanish speaking partners; meeting notes/reminders, etc.);
  3. Involve drafting personal talking points and presentations in Spanish; and/or,
  4. Require supporting development of culturally tailored materials and resources through review of such professionally translated documents for context, clarity and effectiveness, and appropriateness regarding characteristic language patterns and social references, practices and expectations, as well as literacy level.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Two years or more experience working directly with or supporting work with Community-Based Organizations and populations from diverse backgrounds.
  • Bachelor’s degree in public health, health education, nutrition, or related field; or substitute with four additional years of relevant experience.

Other Qualifications

  • Experience working on federally funded programs.
  • English and Spanish bilingual skills in speaking, reading, and writing are required, along with cultural competence to understand, learn, accept, respect, and interact with the Spanish speaking populations served by CWN. Demonstrated written and verbal fluency in English/Spanish is required to show ability to deliver trainings, communicate with partners and participants, create brief training materials, and perform brief and limited translation of program materials.
  • Access to reliable transportation and the willingness to travel to and through various communities throughout LA County, and occasionally travel to Sacramento, CA when needed. Ability to travel approximately 25% of the time.
  • Familiar with Los Angeles.
  • Ability and willingness to conduct in-person visits with Community-Based Organizations while following PHI CWN, local, and site specific COVID-19 guidelines (whichever are stricter), including wearing a mask when required or requested. (Please refer to PHI’s WORKFORCE MANDATORY COVID-19 VACCINATION POLICY below.)
  • Training and facilitation skills, including virtual (e.g.: using Zoom) and in-person training.
  • Knowledge of and respect for diverse cultures and appreciation of a variety of life experiences.
  • Ability to troubleshoot and find solutions to problems.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks, prioritize tasks, meet deadlines, and use own judgement to interpret and carry out assigned activities.
  • Ability to be creative and resourceful.
  • Ability to be flexible in a rapidly changing and creative environment.
  • Self-motivated and takes initiative to problem solve or bring innovative ideas to the team.
  • Reliable and trustworthy.
  • Must have a quiet work-from-home space, with frequent Zoom meetings and computer-based work. This position is home-office based (“remote”), with regular field visits throughout Los Angeles County. Occasional, pre-planned travel to Sacramento, CA (where the Center for Wellness & Nutrition is based) may also be needed.
  • Ability to work independently in a remote work environment, with effective communication skills and ability to self-manage work tasks. Regular and consistent work schedules are expected within regular business hours, e.g.: 8:30am-5pm Pacific Time, with occasional weekends and evenings as needed for training or site meetings.
  • Access to the internet and ability to use PC computers and Microsoft 365 applications (e.g.: Office, Outlook, SharePoint, Teams, Project) and Zoom.
  • Familiarity with health equity focused community-based organizations in Los Angeles County.
  • Commitment to racial and social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • An interest in addressing social determinants of health through healthy food and nutrition programs.


This position is currently remote with regular travel throughout Los Angeles County to meet the needs of the program. Consideration will only be given to candidates working in or near Los Angeles County, California.



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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