Organizational Overview

The Massachusetts Public Health Association (MPHA) is the state’s leading voice for public
health. As a statewide membership organization, MPHA engages local leaders, state
organizations, public officials, and others to improve the health of all the Commonwealth’s
residents, particularly those vulnerable to inequities in health status because of race, ethnicity,
class, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation or disability. MPHA uses an effective
combination of advocacy, education, community organizing, policy development, and coalition
leadership to protect public investments in public health, promote health equity, and bolster our
public health infrastructure. In all our work, we seek to improve the social conditions in
neighborhoods, schools, and workplaces that have an impact on health.

Public Health Job Objectives

Full time position works closely with other MPHA staff, members, coalitions and partner
organizations to expand organized constituency for public health, build and support regional
leadership, and win changes in public policy to improve health.

Reports to: Director of Policy and Communications

Significant travel around the state required; some nights and weekends required; office time may
be split between MPHA Boston office and home office, subject to negotiation.

Primary Responsibilities

• Develop and implement plan to build and support regional networks of individuals and
organizations to participate in MPHA priority-setting and provide leadership in
advancing MPHA’s policy priorities
• Provide advocacy trainings, capacity-building, technical assistance, and 1:1 support to
partners and member organizations related to campaign goals and strategies
• Implement leadership development plan in each region of the state
• Provide staffing support for statewide campaigns, working groups, and coalitions
• Draft communications and training materials
Other Responsibilities
• Help to advance policy objectives through legislative advocacy and campaign support as
needed, including State House work
• Help organize conferences, meetings, other events related to advocacy priorities
• Contribute to communications activities such as drafting communications material, social
media strategies and content

Job Action for Public Health

• Member recruitment; fundraising and other organizational responsibilities shared by
MPHA staff
• Assist with funding reports, proposals, and prospect development
• Other tasks and projects as needed

Public Health Career Qualifications

• Experience in community organizing, training, or capacity-building
• Demonstrated success in leadership development
• Experience building relationships and coalitions with diverse partners
• Excellent English written and verbal communication skills, including public speaking
required; fluency in Spanish or other languages preferred
• Self-motivated, highly organized, able to work well under pressure as part of a diverse
• Familiarity with local community-based initiatives and organizations
• Demonstrated commitment to social justice and improving the social determinants of
• Experience with the Massachusetts legislative process
• Ability to drive
• Preferred: communications and media experience, including social media; understanding
of Massachusetts health policy landscape and major MPHA policy priorities