Senior Communications Officer

28 Dec, 2021


Senior Communications Officer

Public Health Alliance
Oakland, CA

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
Senior Communications Officer, Public Health Alliance (Remote)

This full-time, fully remote position is an exciting opportunity to join the Public Health Alliance of Southern California (Public Health Alliance) as our team’s communications lead! The Public Health Alliance is a coalition of the executive leadership of ten local health departments in Southern California focused on improving population health and advancing health equity and racial justice through policy and systems change. Our members have a statutory responsibility for the health of more than 60% of the state’s population, nearly 23 million Californians.

We believe every Californian should have the opportunity to live a full, healthy life. However, structural racism and its multi-generational impacts continue to disproportionately harm communities of color. That is why our work mobilizes the power of local health jurisdictions and community collaboration to advance health and racial equity. Our rapidly expanding work focuses on supporting an equitable and just COVID-19 response and recovery, putting data in the hands of decision-makers and community advocates, Black maternal health, public health infrastructure funding, climate change, and healthy communities initiatives.

Learn more about our work by visiting our website at

Position Overview

The Public Health Alliance is seeking an experienced, adaptable Senior Communications Officer to lead our communications activities and robust content development. The ideal candidate will be passionate about health equity and racial justice, be a strategic thinker, and able to thrive in a fast-paced environment. As the Senior Communications Officer, you will be responsible for designing and executing a comprehensive communications strategy that raises the visibility of the Public Health Alliance and its core initiatives. These include the California Healthy Places Index, our Regional Equity Learning CollaborativeCherished Futures for Black Moms & Babies, climate and health, public health infrastructure funding, and advancing an equitable and just COVID-19 response and recovery. Our ideal candidate is a self-starter who is able to drive our team’s communication work in collaboration with our full team and core partners.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Develop briefs, reports, summaries of key work, and other content to disseminate to our member local health jurisdictions, multi-sector partners, funders, community-based organizations, media, and more.
  • Quickly produce talking points and public materials for various audiences.
  • Ensure the Public Health Alliance’s website content is updated to reflect current activities.
  • Produce health equity and racial justice-related content, messaging, and materials to support related project activities.
  • Consistently identify opportunities to promote the Public Health Alliance through media, conferences, webinars, reports, etc. and support the necessary material development.
  • Regularly engage and build relationships with target audiences including media outlets, and partners.
  • Develop and implement a comprehensive communications strategy to grow the visibility of the Public Health Alliance, our member local health jurisdictions, and our core work via print, web-based, video, social media, and other communications platforms.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Essential Qualifications

  • At least 7 years of relevant experience is required, including 5 years of professional experience in public health or policy communications, marketing, journalism, or working for a mission-oriented organizations.
  • Strong writing, copy-editing and verbal skills, with the capacity to translate complex ideas into simple and clear messages, calls-to-action, directives, etc.
  • Self-starter that can quickly produce high-quality content, and is able to work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Demonstrated experience managing competing priorities while maintaining high standards of quality and responsiveness, with the ability to quickly pivot between projects.
  • Direct experience working on or writing about public health, policy advocacy, health equity, and racial justice issues.
  • Experience working with media and developing media relationships.

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience leading and developing media strategy, outreach, and public relations efforts. This includes developing press releases and pitches, and connecting with relevant media outlets.
  • Willingness to assist the Director of Operations and project staff with content development related to fund development, including grant/contract writing and reporting.
  • Ability to coordinate and act as a liaison with outside firms and partners to manage robust communications projects.


  • A bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, public relations, journalism, public health or a related field; or substitute with four additional years of relevant experience.
  • Master’s degree preferred.


  • Pay: The typical hiring range for this position is $85,000 to $105,000 based on 100% FTE. The starting salary is determined based on the candidate’s knowledge, skills and experience.
  • This is a full-time, remote position with a preference for candidates located in Southern California.
  • Occasional travel may be required throughout the Southern California region and the State of California post-pandemic.
  • The Public Health Alliance is fiscally administered by the Public Health Institute (PHI). 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 January 3, 2022.


This position reports to the Alliance’s Director of Operations, and works collaboratively with Alliance members and staff, consultants, and other partners on a regular basis.


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.


All PHI employees are required to receive full COVID-19 vaccinations in order to access PHI worksites and/or engage in in-person work activities, unless they are granted a reasonable accommodation under applicable law.


Please apply here and submit the following documents:

  • Cover letter, addressed to Bill Sadler, Director of Operations at the Public Health Alliance of Southern California, describing why you are interested in this opportunity and why you are a good fit for the position.
  • Resume
  • Writing portfolio with a minimum of 3 communications samples and the following requirements:
    • A cover page with a brief 1-2 sentence description of each sample, including your role in developing it (e.g. primary author, contributor, designer, etc.)
    • At least one sample focused on health equity, racial justice or systems change
    • At least one sample of an earned media piece (e.g. a news article, blog post, op-ed, etc.), with a link to where it is published.
    • The portfolio should be combined into PDF containing all three samples before uploading it.

Paper or email applications will not be considered.

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.

Job posted: 2021-12-28