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

The Massachusetts Public Health Association (MPHA) seeks a Public Policy Specialist to join our committed team of health equity advocates. This position can be based anywhere in Massachusetts, with some travel to MPHA’s office and the Massachusetts State House in Boston required.  

Mission and Organizational Overview 

MPHA, a statewide nonprofit organization, is a champion for public health in the Commonwealth. MPHA uses a combination of coalition organizing, community capacity building, advocacy, lobbying, and communications to change laws, policies, and systems and supports grassroots leaders to build greater power to influence the policymaking process.   

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 structural racism that has been embedded in public policy. MPHA’s Health Equity Policy Framework is an evolving document 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.  

MPHA’s success depends on a small but excellent staff and its ability to work as a team. We believe that our ongoing success depends on a diversity of lived experiences and talents as we strive for greater health equity in Massachusetts. 

Position Summary 

The Public Policy Specialist will be a core part of a four-person Policy & Campaign 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 selected candidate will have a fire in the belly for justice and liberation and be a bold advocate for fundamental systems change. They will value teamwork and strong connections with staff and allies. 

MPHA is a multi-issue organization. The Public Policy Specialist will work on a variety of public health policies with a focus on local public health. Familiarity with Massachusetts’ local public health system is not required but is a plus. As with all MPHA policy staff positions, issue areas of focus for the Public Policy Specialist may shift over time as MPHA’s policy agenda evolves. The position reports to the Deputy Director. 

Job Responsibilities 

  • Coalition management: play a key coordination role in MPHA-led coalition efforts, including managing coalition membership and relationships, meeting agendas, logistics, facilitation, and coalition communications in order to drive coalition advocacy.  
  • Advocacy coordination: coordinate advocacy activities, including State House and field outreach, advocacy events, panels for public hearings, etc., as needed in support of coalition and/or MPHA priority campaigns.  
  • Research and writing: research and draft materials to support MPHA advocacy, including testimony, reports, fact sheets, action alerts, and talking points. 
  • Policy tracking: track and analyze policy developments related to MPHA priorities, including monitoring the state budget, legislation, and regulations. 
  • Gather and synthesize information: represent MPHA with coalitions, community partners, and policymakers and synthesize information from external partners for MPHA staff and Policy Council in order to propel MPHA’s policy agenda forward. 
  • 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. 

  • Trustworthy: able to build relationships and establish deep trust with folks across identities and socially assigned circumstances (e.g., race, class, religion, orientation, gender). 
  • Humble: able 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. 
  • Persistent: able to allocate time across tasks within a timeline; willingness to follow up and follow through in order to maintain relationships with partners. 
  • Strong communicator and team player: Strong written and verbal communication skills, including experience translating complex policy topics for a variety of audiences. Ability to flex communication styles and methods for a variety of organizational cultures and settings. Comfortable with public speaking and facilitating challenging conversations. Great sense of humor. Rigor and high standards are complemented with an ability to encourage fun and contribute to a strong team internally and among coalition partners.  
  • Strategic: skilled at communicating in ways that build credibility, inspire, align people, and motivate action. Experience identifying the appropriate asks of individuals, creating commitments, and establishing mutual accountability.  
  • Highly organized and motivated: exceptionally well-organized with strong attention to detail. Ability and desire to work in a fast-paced environment, and ability to prioritize and switch gears quickly between multiple projects and subjects. Fast and enthusiastic learner interested in growing knowledge in a wide variety of topic areas. 
  • Minimum of 2-4 years of experience working in community, legislative, labor, or public policy campaigns. A graduate degree may be substituted for professional experience.  
  • Knowledge of the Massachusetts local public health system or experience with municipal government preferred but not required. 

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. 

Salary and benefits 

The salary range for this position is $50,000 – $55,000. MPHA offers excellent health, dental, and paid time off benefits.  


Currently, all MPHA staff are working hybrid schedules. Staff are in the office together once a week and are requested to be in the office other days as needed. We anticipate that a gradual return to the office and traveling will occur in the coming months 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 elsewhere in Massachusetts. If based out of a home office, travel to the Boston office will be required from time to time for team building and other events. Availability for occasional early morning, evening, or weekend events and meetings is required.   

To apply:  

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Individuals interested in applying should visit: You will be asked to complete some basic application information and provide a cover letter and resume.   

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