Employment

Community Health Councils is a non-profit, community-based health advocacy, policy and educational organization. We offer a competitive salary and generous benefits including medical, dental, vision and 403b plans; vacation, sick and holiday benefits. CHC is an equal opportunity employer. Women and persons of color are encouraged to apply.

TO APPLY: Please email a Cover Letter, Resume and Complete Salary History (including all positions) as separate attachments to humanresources@chc-inc.org. Include the exact title of the position you are applying for in the Subject line of your email, e.g. “John Doe – Policy Analyst – Air Quality.”


Current job openings are listed below.



Communications Director (posted 10/30/2014)Community Health Councils (CHC) seeks a dynamic full-time Communications Director to develop and lead an ambitious communications strategy for the organization. The Communications Director is responsible for leading and managing all internal and external communications for CHC, including communicating with the media, the public and our members and supporters on a wide variety of policy issues, and writing and editing content for CHC print and online communications. CHC uses communications as a tool to directly impact our advocacy and policy work, to strengthen the CHC’s profile, and to effect change in an underserved community.

The Communications Director works in close collaboration with the four policy areas to create and produce communications based on pressing issues. The Communications Director reports directly to the Executive Director and will be responsible for supervising communications personnel and contractors such as designers or printers.

Description
Strategic Communications:

  • Create and manage effective, high-impact communications strategies on a broad range of issues, as well as provide leadership to staff to create messaging and media plans to support CHC’s programmatic, policy and advocacy work;
  • Develop and manage CHC’s online presence; chc-inc.org, Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, mass email communications, etc. for effective communication that engages the media, decision makers and the general public (particularly communities of color) in CHC’s mission and programs and enhances these audiences’ understanding of, and commitment to, our work;
  • Monitors activities of competitors and industry trends on an ongoing basis; recommends and initiates strategy to maximize market opportunities;

Marketing and Public Relations:

  • Develop and create all CHC publications and online communications; write, edit, proofread and produce policy e-newsletters Health Matters, Health Matters Los Angeles, and the ABC Newsletter;
  • Develop and implement distribution plans for all local and national CHC publications, including producing materials in multiple languages and developing strategies to reach and engage diverse communities;
  • Research and evaluate opportunities to launch a variety of marketing campaigns to maximize the organization's exposure and achieve marketing goals;
  • Manage and launch campaigns and related activities including the creation and placement of print, broadcast and online ads, including conceptualizing, research, writing, as well as retaining outside consultants (designers, writers, photographers, etc.), as needed;
  • Build and maintain constituent record database in Salsa CRM (formerly Democracy in Action) and launch strategies to increase engagement;
  • Develop and executed long-range media strategy around key issues; Build relationships with media personnel; Develop protocols for media engagement;

Branding:

  • Implement brand marketing programs that will increase unaided brand awareness;
  • Ensure a high quality of creativity, production and brand integrity is upheld, maintaining consistently high standards;
  • Oversee the creation and design of various marketing and promotional materials such as brochures, pamphlets, magazine ads, catalogs, banners, tradeshow materials and graphics, digital assets, etc.

Project and Administrative Duties:

  • Manages the detailed budget, including planning, forecasting, and tracking actual expenses;
  • Work with Executive Director to issue timely project descriptions and progress reports to the Board of Directors and funders, including compiling media clips and tracking media interviews, web hits and action alert subscribers;
  • Supervise team of staff and outside vendors;
  • Develop and plan workflow for all creative and communications products;
Required Skills & Qualifications
The ideal candidate will be a premier strategic communications professional with top-notch experience in media, public relations and outreach activities. S/he also will have an established track record of creating and managing a multi-dimensional nonprofit communications program. The ideal candidate also will have:
  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field and 5 years demonstrated, progressive experience in strategic communications, as well as experience with publications and media relations, preferably focused on social justice or health issues;
  • Demonstrated ability to strategically and creatively implement programs to achieve CHC’s programmatic goals and develop campaigns for diverse audiences;
  • Experience working with communities of color;
  • An expert grasp of the ways in which public opinion is shaped;
  • Extensive experience with media and other communications vehicles that can be used to inform the public debate;
  • Superb writing and editing skills and demonstrated ability to handle complex and controversial issues and to translate information about them for broad audiences;
  • Ability to work well under pressure and to reliably meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment; excellent attention to detail and accuracy; and organizational skills;
  • Must be a team player with excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively with diverse staff and to develop a strong partnership with the Executive and Policy Directors;
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice, equality, and policy advocacy;
  • Interest and experience in working with a broad and diverse range of people –from political activists, to coalition partners, to board members, and the press;
  • Experience actively engaging with online communities such as Facebook or Twitter to build a following;
  • Experience using InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop and using an installed content management system to update website content is highly preferred;
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) skills highly preferred

Policy Analyst - Nutrition Resources/Food Systems - Retail (posted 8/22/2014)The policy analyst provides support in linking policy and systems changes with enduring community-level investments that promote disease prevention and the elimination of health disparities.  Responsibilities include monitoring and providing updates and analysis of key policy issues at national, state, county and city levels; developing the project’s annual policy agenda and priorities as defined by community and coalition partners; writing policy reports, issue briefs, and comment letters; developing and implementing advocacy strategies inclusive of community stakeholders; regular communication and dissemination of policy topics; participating in the publication of CHC’s monthly newsletter; and more.

The Nutrition Resources Development policy area works through local stakeholder coalitions to eliminate health disparities by improving access to quality nutrition through policies that change institutional practice, improve existing resources, and promote local investment towards health equity in South Los Angeles and LA County. The project's specific objectives are to: (1) transform the school and city infrastructure to support healthful decision-making; and (2) Increase the knowledge, participation, and role of community stakeholders in policy decisions and local resource development to address health disparities. NRD centers its approach on three food systems arenas: food retail, land use/urban design and urban agriculture or alternative food resources.

Description
The policy analyst’s primary job duties include:

  • Develop and produce policy reports, issue briefs, comment letters or similar materials to inform community members and policymakers;
  • Research and maintain a database of relevant materials related to [policy area] issues including news articles, regulations and/or best-practice models;
  • Work with staff, coalition members and key stakeholders to research and analyze [policy area] policies;
  • Develop written community assessment reports;
  • Work with other staff and Policy Directors to provide planning and analysis for case study and other evaluation tools that documents process, successes/challenges, and lessons to share with other communities as well as project reporting;
  • Support other staff in co-facilitating meetings, preparing materials for community meetings and other responsibilities;
  • Attend relevant meetings on nutrition resources and provide updates/input to help inform CHC Nutrition Resources advocacy strategy;
  • Work with other staff and Project director to develop testimony and other input to local and state policy makers and stakeholders.

Qualifications/Experiences:

  • Master’s degree in urban planning, public health, public policy, or other health-related field;
  • Minimum of 2-3 years of community-based experience including familiarity with coalition or meeting facilitation and nutrition resource policy issues and/or community-based organizations;
  • Ability to interact with diverse communities, stakeholders, researchers and government;
  • Experience working in underserved and minority communities, particularly the South LA region;
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment;
  • Strong work ethic;
  • Willingness to travel throughout the local area and statewide;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; bi-lingual Spanish a plus;
  • Highly organized;
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, familiarity with GIS and STATA a plus.

Policy Analyst - Environmental Health – Air Quality (posted 8/22/2014) The Policy Analyst for Air Quality in the Environmental Health policy area provides support in linking policy and systems changes with enduring community-level investments that promote disease prevention and the elimination of health disparities. The objectives of Environmental Health policy area include improved regulation and mitigation of local pollution sources; prioritization of vacant and underutilized land for the development of new green space, including parks and community gardens, through innovative partnerships and policies; streetscape improvements that encourage walking, biking, and active transportation; health-promoting land-use standards in community long-range planning documents; “healthy kids zones” around targeted schools; and multi-unit housing anti-smoking ordinances that don’t result in unnecessarily harmful collateral consequences.

This position will focus principally on air quality issues, including tobacco control. Responsibilities include monitoring and providing updates and analysis of key policy issues at national, state, county and local levels; developing policy agenda and priorities as defined by community and coalition partners; writing policy reports, issue briefs, and comment letters; developing and implementing advocacy strategies inclusive of community stakeholders; regular communication and dissemination of policy topics; participating in the publication of CHC’s monthly newsletter; and more.

Description of job duties and responsibilities
:

Policy development and advocacy

  • Develop and produce policy reports, issue briefs, comment letters or similar materials to inform community members and policymakers
  • Research and maintain a database of relevant materials related to environmental health issues including news articles, regulations and/or best-practice models
  • Develop and publish policy briefs
  • Develop and publish white papers/issue briefs
  • Convene policy work groups per coalition


Training and Education

  • Work with other staff and Policy Directors to provide planning and analysis for case study and other evaluation tools that documents process, successes/challenges, and lessons to share with other communities as well as project reporting
  • Conduct educational activities to build coalition advocacy capacity (some activities will be to assist the team)
  • Develop written community assessment reports


Policy Monitoring

  • Research, data collection, and analysis of relevant policies
  • Monitoring and providing updates and analysis of relevant policy issues at national, state, county, and city levels


Government and public relations

  • Work with staff, coalition members and key stakeholders to research and analyze environmental health policies;
  • Work with other staff and Policy director to develop testimony and other input to local and state policy makers and stakeholders
  • Attend relevant meetings on environmental health and provide updates/input to help inform CHC advocacy strategy
  • Support other staff in co-facilitating meetings, preparing materials for community meetings and other responsibilities

Skills:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to interact with diverse communities, stakeholders, researchers, and government
  • Experience working in underserved and minority communities, particularly the South LA region
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment
  • Willingness to travel throughout the local area and statewide
  • Comfortable acting as an individual contributor and are self-motivated to work independently
  • Highly organized

Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in urban planning, public health, public policy, or other health-related field
  • Minimum of 2-3 years of community-based experience including familiarity with coalition or meeting facilitation and environmental health issues and/or community-based organizations
  • Knowledge of public health, policy development, and legislative processes
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office; familiarity with GIS and STATA a plus



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