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Strategic Communication Specialist

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Strategic Communication Specialist

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POSITION TITLE: Strategic Communication Specialist
CLOSING DATE: Until Filled
LOCATION: WFH State - California

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 seeking a part-time Strategic Communication Specialist for one of its programs, the Berkeley Media Studies Group (BMSG). We are looking for a skilled candidate with a passion for social justice and a background in journalism and/or communication.

Berkeley Media Studies Group (BMSG), a program of the Public Health Institute, is committed to helping public health professionals and community advocates engage the news media strategically to advance healthy public policies. As part of the BMSG training team, the strategic communication specialist will develop and conduct media advocacy trainings for BMSG clients in various settings, from health departments to community-based grassroots organizations.

This is a part-time position that is expected to work 12-16 hours/week (30%-40% FTE). This is a temporary position that is expected to end on October 15, 2022. This position is located in Berkeley, CA; however, we will consider remote applicants. This position may require occasional travel to attend various trainings, community meetings, and conferences.

Pay: $65,086 to $79,722 per year. The typical hiring range for this position is $65,086 to $79,722 per year based on 100% FTE. The starting salary is determined based on the candidate’s knowledge, skills, and experience.

Employment Type: Part Time

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Design, deliver, and evaluate virtual and in-person media advocacy trainings, webinars, and professional presentations with a wide range of community groups and public health professionals.
  • Assist with developing and adapting media advocacy training materials and communications research, including presentations, interactive training activities appropriate for virtual and in-person delivery, and case studies of public health advocacy campaigns.
  • Facilitate strategic consultation or technical assistance sessions with clients, providing guidance in communication strategy, direct feedback on communication materials, or coaching before a media interview.
  • Assist with developing strategic communication and media advocacy tools for BMSG clients, from worksheets to communication plans.
  • Complete other writing, training, and strategic consultation projects as assigned.
  • Perform other duties as needed.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

Minimum Qualifications

  • A minimum of 5 years’ relevant experience.
  • Experience developing and delivering engaging, effective trainings for a variety of audiences.
  • Experience with journalism and/or advocacy.
  • A bachelor’s degree and/or certificate in journalism, communication, public health, public policy, or related field is required, or substitute with two additional years of relevant experience.

Other Qualifications

  • Passion for public health, media, and communication and a commitment to racial and social justice.
  • Excellent public speaking and analytical skills.
  • Commitment to building capacity among advocates through training and strategic consultation so they can support community health and address racial and health inequities through narrative change.
  • Ability to write clearly and succinctly for a variety of audiences, and to edit client materials, including press releases, briefing materials, and opinion pieces, often under deadline pressure.
  • Ability to work well with minimal supervision, to work collaboratively with other staff members, and to stay focused while handling multiple assignments and priorities.
  • Strong attention to detail, ability to take initiative, and good organizational skills.
  • Proficiency on the Macintosh computer using System 10.5 or higher, Microsoft Word 2008 or higher, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Willingness and ability to travel (when safe to do so) throughout California and nationally. Overnight travel, availability on evenings and weekends are occasionally required.
  • Bilingual with the ability to speak and deliver trainings in Spanish or a second language.

Preferred, but not required, qualifications:

  • Demonstrated understanding of the public policymaking process at the local, state, and federal levels. Direct experience working on public health and social justice campaigns and/or covering public health and social justice issues as a journalist and/or working internally within the legislative process on social justice and public health policy.
  • A master’s degree is preferred.


Berkeley Media Studies Group is an equal opportunity employer and an inclusive organization. People of diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.


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.


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.

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.

For further information regarding Equal Employment Opportunity, copy and paste the following URL into your web browser: http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/posters/pdf/eeopost.pdf

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.


To apply for any position, you must create an account on the Public Health Institute’s job application site. After creating your account, you may search the open positions and apply for the specific position that interests you. Please note, mailed and emailed applications will not be accepted.

We’re so pleased the Public Health Institute is an organization you would like to work with. Do you have questions about this opportunity? If so, email our recruitment team at Recruitment@phi.org.

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