Project Assistant

Posting Number: #1741

Position Title: Project Assistant

Closing Date: Until Filled

Location: Berkeley, CA (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 California Alliance of Academics and Communities for Public Health Equity (“The Alliance”), a program at the Public Health Institute, is seeking two motivated work-study students of UC Berkeley to provide research and administrative support. Students will join a dynamic team committed to working with public health and social justice leaders from academia, community, government and beyond to inform and address policy and workforce needs for health equity.

The Alliance is an exciting new statewide initiative to mobilize the schools and programs of public health in California for collective impact and to build a statewide policy, research, and action network. We combine the power of public health academics, students, programs, and communities to build a common policy agenda, grow a more diverse and anti-discriminatory health workforce, and combine resources to serve community needs.

The Project Assistant will join the Alliance during an exciting period of growth and expansion. The position will provide support with a variety of research and administrative functions, such as meeting support, communications development, compiling research for key projects and priorities, and event planning support. In addition to being a critical part of growing this statewide public health program, work studies will have the chance to learn from leading public health experts at the Public Health Institute, work with university faculty as colleagues, and shadow meetings and events that shape the future of public health in California.

This is a remote time-limited part-time position that is expected to work 12-20 hours a week (30%-50% FTE), from January 8, 2024 to May 10, 2024. The starting FTE will be determined upon hire.

This is a Work-Study Level IV position. The student will be hired under a Work-Study Program sponsored by PHI and UC Berkeley. To be considered for this position, candidates must be a student currently enrolled in the 4th year of an undergraduate degree program at UC Berkeley.

Full pay range for this position: $18.81 to $25.63 per hour. The typical hiring range for this position is from $18.81 (minimum) to $22.22 (midpoint) per hour. The starting wage is determined based on the candidate’s knowledge, skills, experience, as well as budget availability.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Help to conduct research on a variety of topics aligned with Alliance priorities. Examples of past and current projects include:
    • Identifying priorities of community-based organizations and advocates in California with an active interest in health and health equity
    • Collecting and synthesizing research on the power of community and academic partnerships as well as the broader category of collective impact
    • Current state & local health policy priorities
    • Funding opportunities aligned with Alliance work
    • Program evaluation
  • Plan and execute efforts to increase the engagement of public health students across the state in the Alliance’s work.
  • Support with the planning of Alliance events.
  • Support with meetings such as calendaring, preparing materials and reports, editing and formatting documents, taking meeting notes and preparing follow up materials.
  • Assist with collecting information for newsletters and communications.
  • Assist with developing and updating content for social media and website including creating videos for social media.
  • Support with updating and maintaining listservs.
  • Track and attend presentations about current state policy issues.
  • Attend staff meetings and events.
  • Shadow meetings with Alliance staff.
  • Learn about policy advocacy.
  • Assist with other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Must be a student currently enrolled in the 4th year of an undergraduate degree program at UC Berkeley.

Other Qualifications

  • Some administrative experience preferred.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including expertise in writing.
  • Ability to quickly learn new technologies; experience in using technology to improve work efficiency.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, Office 365.
  • Interest in public health or a related field.
  • Some experience with social media (either as a user or content creator).
  • Great time management skills, attention to detail, organizational and analytical skills.
  • Exceptional professionalism, including discretion and ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to remain energetic and positive in a fast-paced and demanding environment.
  • Works well with a variety of personalities; embraces teamwork.
  • Spanish speaking and writing skills are preferred.



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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