Job Posting for the Massachusetts Public Health Association: Public Policy Specialist

Location: Boston

Title: Public Policy Specialist

Organization: Massachusetts Public Health Association

Brief Summary of Position

The Massachusetts Public Health Association (MPHA) seeks a Public Policy Specialist to join our committed team of health equity advocates. MPHA will consider candidates with a range of experience levels for this position; job responsibilities and salary will be commensurate with experience and skills.

Organizational Overview

The Massachusetts Public Health Association (MPHA) is the champion for public health in the Commonwealth. We are a catalyst for change, eliminating health inequities and creating healthy communities for all. 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. MPHA uses an effective combination of advocacy, education, community organizing, policy development, and coalition leadership to protect 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.

Promoting racial justice is a core component of MPHA’s work and identity. As MPHA pursues policy changes to promote health equity, we strive to confront the history of racial discrimination that has been embedded in public policy. MPHA’s Health Equity Policy Framework is designed to guide us in addressing all forms of health inequities in our external work and internal practices. The framework places special emphasis on racial inequities because we believe that this injustice needs explicit attention.

The Public Policy Specialist will be a core part of a four-person Policy & Field Team working to advance MPHA’s health equity policy agenda. MPHA’s success depends on this small but excellent staff and its ability to work as a team. We believe that our ongoing success depends on a diversity of talents and lived experiences as we strive for greater health equity in Massachusetts.

The position is based in our downtown Boston office and reports to the Director of Public Policy & Campaign Strategy.


The Public Policy Specialist will:

  • Play a key coordination role in MPHA-led coalition efforts, including managing coalition membership and relationships, meeting agendas, logistics, facilitation, and coalition communications. Drive forward coalition advocacy activities and the engagement and retention of coalition members.
  • Support MPHA staff, coalitions, and community-based partners with policy analysis, collateral material, training, and other resources.
  • Track and analyze policy developments related to MPHA priorities, including monitoring the state budget, legislation, and regulations.
  • Coordinate advocacy activities, including State House and field outreach, advocacy events, panels for public hearings, etc.
  • Draft materials to support MPHA advocacy, including testimony, reports, fact sheets, action alerts, blog posts, and talking points.
  • Conduct research to support MPHA and coalition advocacy.
  • Represent MPHA with coalitions, community partners, and policymakers.
  • Execute other duties as assigned.


We understand that there are many paths to acquiring experience.  Therefore, we welcome candidates from diverse and nontraditional backgrounds for this role, including those who have demonstrated transferable skills to carry out the major duties outlined in this job description.

  • Demonstrated commitment to health equity, racial justice, and the mission of MPHA.
  • Experience working with diverse partnerships or coalitions.
  • Experience incorporating the perspectives of multiple communities, including communities of color, in decision-making processes and in assessing the impacts and outcomes of decisions.
  • Experience working directly with people from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • Ability to work with a wide variety of external partners (e.g., grassroots leaders, policymakers, organizational staff, health care leaders, etc.) with flexibility and professional maturity.
  • Ability to anticipate challenges in advance and take a leading role driving work forward.
  • Fast and enthusiastic learner interested in growing knowledge in a wide variety of topic areas.
  • Exceptionally organized with strong attention to detail.
  • Strong time management and multi-tasking capabilities and ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Strong written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills, including experience translating complex policy topics for a variety of audiences. Ability to flex communication style to multiple cultural environments.
  • Bachelor’s degree plus of 3-6 years of professional experience working in public health policy, politics or a related field, with progressively increasing responsibilities; or an Associate degree plus 5-8 years of experience. Three years of related work experience may be substituted for an undergraduate degree.

Occasional in-state travel required. Availability for occasional early morning, evening, or weekend events and meetings is required.

Salary range will reflect a candidate’s experience, skills, and education:

  • Candidates with 3-4 years of related experience: approximately $40,000-$47,000
  • Candidates with 5-6 years of related experience: approximately $48,000-$55,000

Excellent health, dental and paid time off benefits.

MPHA is an equal opportunity employer committed to a workplace that reflects the diversity of the people of Massachusetts.  We make a particular effort to recruit people of color to apply.

To Apply

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Individuals interested in applying should click here.  You will be asked to complete some basic application information and provide a cover letter and resume.  No calls please.

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