Communications Strategist for the Los Angeles Office of Violence Prevention


This position will serve as Communications Strategist for the Office of Violence Prevention (OVP). Primary responsibilities will include the development and implementation of a comprehensive County-wide violence communications strategy. This will include guiding the understanding of the causes, distribution, and impacts of violence, along with the importance of addressing violence in its many forms. This position will work across DPH Programs and Bureaus and in close collaboration with a myriad of public agencies and community organizations.

Employment is provided by Heluna Health.



The duties of the Communications Strategist include, but are not limited to:

  • Work with internal and external stakeholders to assess public perceptions of violence in general and of specific violent incidents that impact County communities
  • Gather input through strategies including, but not limited to, listening sessions, public outreach, focus groups, surveys, and media analysis
  • Conduct data analysis
  • In collaboration with clinical experts, community partners, and diverse stakeholders: develop messaging to promote trauma awareness, avert exacerbation of trauma following violent incidents, and promote early identification and care of those most affected by trauma due to exposure to violence
  • Oversee design and implementation of violence prevention communication projects, such as developing communication work plans, coordinating workplan activities, and providing technical assistance to program staff on approaches to public education, community outreach, and emergency response
  • Collaborate with the DPH Chief Science Officer to ensure that appropriate data, evaluation, and quality assurance activities are incorporated into communication efforts
  • Confer with local, state, and national experts to ensure alignment of messaging and incorporation of best practices
  • Represent County on national coalitions and committees and at webinars and conferences concerning trauma, violence, and violence prevention
  • Coordinate with OVP's Data Warehousing & Reporting Unit to examine, interpret, and package data for use by community partners in their presentations and planning activities
  • Work with Bureau administration to manage relevant budget, procurement, and other administrative needs


Minimum Qualifications

A Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university in a discipline related to the core business function of the department (e.g., health, public health, public policy and/or social work/social welfare) -AND- four (4) years of experience in the analysis of public or non-public programs including those in health (e.g., medicine, physiology), public health, public policy and/or social work/social welfare. A Master's Degree from an accredited college or university in a discipline related to the core business function of the department may be substituted for one year of the required experience.


Desirable Qualifications

  • Experience in planning, implementing, and evaluating health education programs, including risk communication and/or health information campaigns
  • Content expertise in individual and community-level violence and trauma
  • Established ability to work in collaboration with community-based agencies and government partners
  • Computer literate and skilled in the use of MS Windows-based programs, including MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Experience with project management
  • Ability to make effective presentations to both professional groups and the public
  • Experience working with ethnically diverse Los Angeles communities
  • Willingness to work occasional evenings and weekends
  • Able to act with judgment, confidence, and personal initiative, and work in a fast-paced and highly visible work environment
  • Strong organizational skills, initiative, and follow-through
  • Strong interpersonal skills and a commitment to internal and external relationship building
  • Experience working with a variety of people and organizations to realize common goals
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills



A valid California driver’s license, proof of vehicle insurance, and reliable transportation or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job-related essential functions

Successful Clearance of LA County Live Scan Process

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Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter for consideration.

Heluna Health is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer that encourages minorities, women, veterans, and disabled to apply.

Apply on the organization's website.