Health Equity Manager with Public Health Institute

The Public Health Institute (PHI) is hiring a Health Equity Manager. The Public Health Alliance of Southern California (Alliance) seeks a full-time Health Equity Manager to collaborate with our eight-member local health departments on high-priority and emerging health equity activities across the region.

This role helps catalyze culture changes across sectors to address upstream barriers to optimal health including structural racism, systemic oppression, institutional bias, and built environment policies. The selected candidate will have exciting opportunities to engage on policy and institutional transformations designed to break status quo systems that sustain preventable health inequities that harm certain groups and benefit others.

The ideal candidate will be a passionate advocate of health equity and racial justice, with strong knowledge of the underlying root causes of health and inequity and capacity to educate and inform others. The selected candidate will have experience elevating equity challenges and policy solutions in a range of political and professional environments. The successful applicant will have a track record demonstrating both courage and compassion to facilitate difficult conversations, the ability to lead training sessions on sensitive issues, and possessing the poise and talent to constructively engage various partners on consensus decision-making.

This position is ideal for a versatile and dedicated social justice professional who can manage several projects that bring about successful policy, systems, and institutional changes across Southern California.

Specifically, this position will manage our Regional Health Equity work with our member health departments and implement our equity actions in partnership with community advocacy and/or organizing groups across Southern California. This position will also assist with our Healthy Communities work, including transportation, land use, healthy food, and other built environment policies. The successful applicant will have a proven track record that demonstrates their ability to effectively partner with multiple sectors and manage complex projects involving public health, race and health equity, and policy change strategies. The ideal candidate will have experience designing and delivering implicit bias and/or structural racism trainings.

About the Alliance

The Alliance is a coalition of the executive leadership of eight local health departments in Southern California. Its members have a statutory responsibility for the health of almost 50% of the state’s population. 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 The Alliance is fiscally administered by the Public Health Institute.

PHI is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting health, well-being and quality of life for people throughout California, across the nation and around the world. As one of the largest and most comprehensive public health organizations in the nation, we are at the forefront of research and innovations to improve the efficacy of public health statewide, nationally and internationally. PHI was distinguished as one of the top 50 “Best Non-profit Organizations to Work For” by the Non-Profit Times in a national search. To learn more about our meaningful work visit

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Manage day-to-day organizational needs related to our key strategy to Advance Health Equity following the Alliance’s two-pronged approach to policy and institutional transformations:

Accelerate Paradigm Shifts in Local Public Health Practice

  • Manage and facilitate regular Regional Health Equity Workgroup meetings with Alliance member departments to build regional relationships, share best practices and health equity tactics, develop a regional health equity plan, and provide quality resources or services that add value for the local health departments.
  • Lead the development of a training curriculum and facilitate multi-day workshops with hospital executives and population health partners on health equity, social determinants of health, implicit bias, systemic and institutional racial bias, and strategies to implement system changes inside and outside clinical settings to improve care, patient experience and health outcomes.
  • Expand Health in All Policies and health equity opportunities by representing the Alliance in inter-governmental and cross-sector partnerships at the local, state and federal levels.

Mobilize the Power of Public Health

  • Collaborate on power-building partnerships with community organizers, advocacy groups, cross-sector partners and local health departments to elevate comprehensive solutions for addressing the root causes of health inequity.
  • Provide subject matter expertise and advocacy support on local, state and federal policy opportunities affecting population health, racial equity, economic justice, and upstream social determinants of health such as transportation, land use, and healthy food.
  • Contribute technical assistance and policy support for member health departments on local policy initiatives impacting the social determinants of health.
  • Coordinate and implement health equity work for the Alliance, which requires working with multi-sectoral partners to examine and reshape practices, power, and influence for more equitable outcomes.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • First and foremost, a thorough understanding, sensitivity, and appreciation for equity, cultural humility, and inclusiveness
  • Bachelor’s degree in Public Health, urban planning or a related field, or an equivalent combination of education and relevant professional experience
  • 5 years of relevant professional experience (preferably in policy advocacy or systems change efforts) including experience working in or with communities of color or other underserved communities, working with institutional leadership, facilitating meetings, measuring and monitoring program evaluation activities and working in multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural, and multi-sectoral partnerships. A portion of the 5 years may include relevant experience through personal, family, or other lived experience dealing with inequitable economic, social, health and educational systems and environments
  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, and Excel)

Desired Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Public Health, urban planning or a related field
  • Experience developing and delivering trainings on implicit bias, racism, and/or the social determinants of health is strongly preferred
  • Policy analysis, development, and adoption experience is strongly preferred
  • Demonstrated capacity to manage start-up initiatives, design project plans, and implement activities
  • Determination to achieve outcomes, complete tasks, and deliver on professional commitments
  • Sensitivity to varied interests of many stakeholders, partners, advocates, elected officials, and colleagues
  • Strong group facilitation skills
  • Commitment to Southern California communities experiencing health equity challenges

Important Information

  • This is a full-time position (40 hours per week).
  • While our work is based in Southern California, we do not have a physical office space. The individual chosen for this position will be expected to work from their home office. A Los Angeles based candidate is preferred, but not necessary.
  • This position requires light daytime travel (2-3x per month) across the Alliance membership region.
  • 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.

How to Apply

  • To apply for this opportunity, submit a cover letter and resume via the application link listed at the top of this advertisement.
  • In your cover letter, please describe why you are enthusiastic about this opportunity and why you think you are a good fit for the position.

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 Please do not email your resume to us as we only accept applications through our career site. Given the high volume of responses we receive from a combination of job boards, please allow up to one week for a reply.


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