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Public Health Alliance of Southern California

Equity Impact Storyteller

Employment type
about 2 months ago
Los Angeles

Posting Number: #038-20
Position Title: Equity Impact Storyteller (Southern California Region)
Application Link: Apply here! http://phi.org/work-with-us/employment/position-description/index.php?id=20203

The Public Health Alliance of Southern California (Alliance) is seeking an Equity Impact Storyteller to help drive transformative policy and systems change in support of racial, social and health equity. As our Equity Impact Storyteller you will have exciting opportunities to craft compelling narratives central to our key initiatives and amplify our regional public health voice. You will leverage the Alliance’s deep expertise in public health science, data and policy to generate easy-to-grasp and accessible materials. You will develop powerful stories that are critical to lifting community voices and building connections with multi-sector partners, policy makers, key decision makers, and philanthropy. You will devise the strategic approach for the design of visualizations, infographics and other illustrations to elevate the impact of data and stories. You will be growing our visibility by sharing stories and successes via print, video, digital, social media and other communication platforms to catalyze and accelerate institutional and systems change.

Our Equity Impact Storyteller will be a creative and strategic thinker, with a keen eye for design, and a successful track record of building narratives across a range of political and professional environments. Our ideal candidate is a team player with a passion for equity and justice, and a firm knowledge of the underlying root causes of health.

About the Alliance
The Alliance is a coalition of the executive leadership of eight local health departments in Southern California focused on improving population health and advancing policy and systems change. Our members have a statutory responsibility for the health of almost 50% of the state’s population. Our vision is, “Vibrant and activated communities achieving health, justice, and opportunities for all.” The Alliance works to mobilize the transformative power of local public health for enduring health equity. We believe that Southern California should be a place where everyone has the opportunities and resources necessary to live and healthy and productive life. To learn more about the Alliance’s meaningful work visit our website, the California Healthy Places Index and view our 2019-2024 Strategic Plan. The Alliance is fiscally administered by the Public Health Institute.

The Alliance recognizes the value of having a staff that brings a wide range of perspectives to this work based on language, ethnicity, race, gender, socio-economic background, political beliefs, sexual-orientation and disability. We are committed to maintaining a diverse, multicultural working environment and particularly encourage applications from candidates with lived experience in the communities we seek to serve.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

• Create compelling content (written, graphics and video) that advances equity across the Alliance’s key initiatives
• Communicate and translate complex data and issues into easily digestible and eye-catching formats
• Work with the Alliance’s graphic designer, data manager and other staff to guide development of visualizations, infographics and other illustrations of stories
• Collaborate with Alliance members, partners and communities to capture stories of communities impacted by health, social and racial inequities and tie these stories to goals for policy and systems change
• Identify target audiences to share these compelling stories who can assist with activating transformative policy and systems change.
• Support development and maintenance of key communications tools to ensure the Alliance has the infrastructure necessary to capture stories and elevate successes
• Update and lead implementation of the Alliance’s Communications Strategic Plan
• Curate use cases and stories from users of the California Healthy Places Index
• Advise on the redesign and launch of the Alliance website to lift up stories and creative messaging that advance organizational goals
• Provide copy-editing, grant writing and reporting support to the Alliance team to strengthen messaging on key initiatives
• Support media efforts including drafting press releases and statements, as well as developing press lists and other press outreach strategies
• Monitor and track news, social media and other communications channels to determine how the Alliance’s key initiatives are currently framed, as well as ensure awareness of big issues and framing our work accordingly.
• Manage the Alliance’s email lists, blog, social media and other digital tools and communications platforms
• Represent the Alliance in collaborative communications projects and campaigns with our members and key partners, leveraging each other’s capacity and expertise to elevate and advance equity through shared policy priorities
• Perform other duties as needed


• A bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, public relations, journalism, film, screenwriting, public health or a related field, or an equivalent combination of education and relevant professional experience.
• 5 years of relevant professional experience in narrative storytelling, communications, marketing, public relations, journalism, film, screenwriting, social justice advocacy, and/or a related field.
• Excellent storytelling skills (journalism, podcasting, blogging, publishing, writing background), with an ability to boil complex concepts into simple storylines that target different audiences and formats
• Experience working and creating content in various media environments, including print publications, screenwriting, script writing and/or filmmaking, and social media.
• Ability to communicate a vision for depicting stories to graphic designers
• Experience translating data into understandable information
• Strong design aesthetic and basic knowledge of graphic design elements
• Proficiency in MS Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, and Excel), Adobe InDesign, Venngage and other communications and graphic design software platforms.
• Project management experience

Desired Qualifications

• Hands-on experience with photography, film editing, and video production
• Experience working in or with the following groups:
o Government agencies
o The public health sector
o Policy and systems change campaigns within social and racial justice movements

Important Information
• This is a full-time (40 hours per week) position. We will consider candidates wishing to work a part-time schedule of between 30-35 hours per week.
• This is a remote position, with occasional travel throughout the Southern California region and the State of California. The individual chosen for this position will be expected to work from their home office in Southern California. We will not consider candidates who are located outside of Southern California.
• This position is eligible for PHI’s full suite of benefits including but not limited to medical, dental, and vision coverage, health care and dependent care flexible spending accounts, and generous time off.
• The application deadline is March 2, 2020.

To apply

How to Apply
Apply here by March 2, 2020: http://phi.org/work-with-us/employment/position-description/index.php?id=20203

• To apply for any position, you must create an account on PHI’s job application site (www.phi.jobs). After creating your account, you may search job listings for open positions and apply to this specific position.
• With your online application, you must submit a cover letter, resume, and a portfolio with a minimum of 3 communications samples. At least one sample should include a visual form of communication. In your portfolio:
o Please specify which elements were produced independently by you and where others contributed to developing or designing the piece.
o For visual forms of communication, please explain how design/visuals helped make the piece successful.

The Public Health Institute is proud to be an EEO/AA employer. We recognize the value of having a staff that brings a wide range of perspectives to this work based on language, ethnicity, race, gender, socio-economic background, political beliefs, disability and sexual-orientation. We are committed to maintaining a diverse, multicultural working environment and particularly support applications from individuals with lived experience in the communities we seek to serve.

Thank you for your interest in working with us at PHI. Do you have questions about this opportunity? If so, email our recruitment team at [email protected] Please do not email your resume to us as we only accept applications through PHI’s job application site (www.phi.jobs). Given the high volume of responses we receive from a combination of job boards, please allow up to one week for a reply.