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 promoting healthy communities for all. As a statewide 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 secure 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 and to listen to the voices and priorities of communities most impacted by health inequities.
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 systemic racism and other forms of oppression that have been embedded in public policy. MPHA’s Health Equity Policy Framework guides our external work and internal practices in addressing all forms of health inequities. The framework places special emphasis on racial inequities because we believe that this injustice needs explicit attention.
Summary of Position
The Part-Time Central and Western Massachusetts Campaign Coordinator will be part of an MPHA-based team leading the Transit Justice & Stable Neighborhoods campaign, a joint 5-year project with Neighbor to Neighbor (N2N) Massachusetts. The organizer will develop relationships with community-based organizations, local leaders and decision-makers in Worcester and Springfield to advance a policy platform driven by low-income residents and residents of color. This position will help to shape local and statewide campaign strategy, build the advocacy skills of local partners, and support the campaign to win concrete local and state policy victories that advance health equity and racial justice.
The Transit Justice & Stable Neighborhoods project is unique in that it combines the expertise of a public health policy organization (MPHA) and a base-building organization (N2N). MPHA has a long history of successfully leveraging the power of community organizations and local leaders to advocate for state-level policy change, and N2N is skilled at building power and leadership among residents of color, immigrants, and people with low incomes. While the campaign will be rooted in the experiences and leadership of residents, community organizations and other local leaders will be essential to the campaign as they contribute essential relationships, resources, and skills that will enhance a resident-led campaign.
We are seeking a candidate familiar with issues, politics, and community organizations in Worcester and Springfield. The candidate should have 2-3 years of experience working (in a volunteer or paid capacity) in community, legislative, labor, or electoral campaigns. A successful candidate will be highly skilled at bringing together a wide range of stakeholders to identify needs, determine tactics, inspire collective action and leverage time and resources to achieve policy change. Black, Indigenous & People of Color and multilingual candidates are highly encouraged to apply.
Key Responsibilities of the Central and Western Massachusetts Campaign Coordinator include, but are not limited to:
- Listen deeply to the needs, priorities and ideas of residents in Worcester and Springfield, particularly those who are low-income, from immigrant communities and/or communities of color;
- Move community-based organizations, leaders and decision-makers to understand and act to support a policy platform driven by low-income residents and residents of color;
- Plan and manage the logistics of small and large community meetings (virtual and in-person);
- Facilitate community meetings that bring together stakeholders from diverse sectors to generate solutions to deeply felt issues;
- Work with a team comprised of MPHA staff, N2N staff, residents and community champions to identify key tactics that educate, persuade, and pressure decision-makers to adopt policy priorities;
- Implement organizing activities (letter-writing, call-in days, social media campaigns, etc.) that educate and mobilize community organizations and leaders around a resident-driven campaign;
- Develop communications material (e.g., slides, factsheets, action alerts) that educate local partners about complex policy issues;
- Build the capacity of organizational leaders to engage their constituents in advocacy activities;
- Participate in transportation and housing related meetings facilitated by partner organizations, local coalitions and policymakers in the Worcester and Springfield areas;
- Track process and outcome data on partner organizations and decision-makers for Worcester and Springfield campaigns.
We are looking for someone who is:
- People-first – ability to build relationships and establish deep trust with folks across identities and socially assigned circumstances (e.g., race, class, religion, orientation, gender).
- A humble leader – ability to listen well and support problem solving processes grounded in the experiences of low-income communities and communities of color; willingness to adapt plans and make decisions that align with the goals and values of resident leaders.
- Internally motivated and persistent – ability to allocate time across tasks within a timeline; willingness to follow up and follow through in order to maintain relationships with partners.
- An adaptive communicator – ability to clearly articulate project goals and messages to distinct audiences, including those in varying positions of authority, from service providers to decision-makers. Ability to communicate complex issues in a way that is easy to understand.
- A strategic thinker and connector – proven track-record of coordinating a network of people to analyze and issues rooted in racism and other injustices, identify actions and leverage time and resources to move decision-makers.
- Minimum 2-3 years of experience working (in a volunteer or paid capacity) in community, legislative, labor, or electoral campaigns.
- Familiarity with issues, politics, and community organizations in Worcester and/or Springfield strongly preferred.
- Proficiency in multiple languages preferred, one of which must be English.
Currently, all MPHA staff are working remotely and are not traveling. We anticipate a gradual return to MPHA’s Boston office in the second half of 2021, depending on public health guidance. As a return to the office occurs, this position can be based out of our downtown Boston office or may be based out of a home office.
- Significant travel is required in the Worcester and Springfield areas to attend meetings, presentations, and events outside the office. Reliable method of transportation required, including to reach locations not convenient to public transportation.
- Able to work on a computer, including remaining in a stationary position, for extended periods of time with or without reasonable accommodation.
- Frequent communication with the project team and community-based partners are required in this position. Must be able to exchange information quickly and effectively in these situations.
- Availability for occasional early morning, evening or weekend hours required.
- The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.
Hours and Compensation
This position is 20 hours a week.
Salary range will reflect a candidate’s experience, skills, and education: $22,000-$25,000. Excellent health, dental and paid time off benefits.
MPHA reimburses travel expenses including federal mileage reimbursement, Zipcar fees, public transit fares, and other reasonable travel expenses.
MPHA is an equal opportunity employer committed to a workplace that reflects the diversity of the people of Massachusetts, including populations most impacted by health inequities. We make a particular effort to recruit people of color to apply.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Individuals interested in applying should visit: https://www.tfaforms.com/4901212. You will be asked to complete some basic application information and provide a cover letter and resume.