Employment Opportunities

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.

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Current Openings

Research Associate IV – Posting #057-18

To apply: https://www.phi.jobs/postings/5594

PHI is seeking a full-time Research Associate IV for the Center for Wellness and Nutrition (CWN). This position is located in Sacramento, CA.

Under the leadership of the CWN Research Scientist II, and in collaboration with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed) Program Chief of the CalFresh Branch at California Department of Social Services (CDSS), the Research Associate will provide research and evaluation support on a statewide SNAP-Ed evaluation program; including formative, process, outcome, and impact projects; data collection, analysis, and interpretation; policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) change evaluation; and other projects as required. Supports local-level evaluation planning, and collection, use, and reporting of data. Currently, CWN’s priority areas include increasing access to and consumption of healthier food, with a focus on fruits and vegetables; decreasing consumption of unhealthy foods and beverages; increasing consumption of water; and increasing physical activity opportunities.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Plans and monitors formative, process, and/or outcome/impact evaluation projects related to local-level nutrition interventions, either direct education and/or PSE change; maintains client relationships; prepares Institutional Review Board (IRB) applications for human subjects approval of evaluation projects; coordinates data collection and data entry; provides quantitative and basic qualitative data analysis and interpretation.
  • Serves as primary support for PEARS, a centralized database used for collection, evaluation, and reporting of evidence-based SNAP-Ed programs and interventions across California; ensures data quality through the reporting cycle and supports the maintenance of data quality throughout the data lifecycle; maintains relationships with PEARS subcontractors and vendors; maintains technical expertise and skills in use of PEARS database; provides database management and technical assistance and training expertise to statewide partners.
  • Collaborates on writing projects including statewide annual report, evaluation reports, research briefs, evaluation webinars, program implication and recommendation summaries, and fact sheets, as well as manuscripts for publication; prepares abstracts and presents oral and poster presentations for lay, professional, and scientific audiences; creates, proofs, and edits graphics and documents for reports and slide presentations (Microsoft PowerPoint, Word, and Excel).
  • Conducts literature reviews and writes reports; identifies validated tools, instruments, and methods for research and evaluation projects; collaborates with team and contractors to develop new methods for data collection and documentation; develops and conducts key informant interviews, focus group guides, and smaller-scale, non-population-based surveys as needed.
  • Performs other duties as required.
Research Associate III – Posting #032-18

To apply: https://www.phi.jobs/postings/5428

PHI is seeking a full-time Research Associate III for the CWN. This position is located in Sacramento, CA.

Under the leadership of the CWN Research Scientist II, and in collaboration with the SNAP-Ed Program Chief of the CalFresh Branch at CDSS, the Research Associate will provide research and evaluation support on a statewide SNAP-Ed evaluation program; including formative, process, outcome, and impact projects; data collection, analysis, and interpretation; PSE change evaluation; and other projects as required. Supports local-level evaluation planning, and collection, use, and reporting of data. Currently, CWN’s priority areas include increasing access to and consumption of healthier food, with a focus on fruits and vegetables; decreasing consumption of unhealthy foods and beverages; increasing consumption of water; and increasing physical activity opportunities.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Serves as primary support for PEARS, a centralized database used for collection, evaluation, and reporting of evidence-based SNAP-Ed programs and interventions across California; ensures data quality through the reporting cycle and supports the maintenance of data quality throughout the data lifecycle; maintains relationships with PEARS subcontractors and vendors; maintains technical expertise and skills in use of PEARS database; provides database management and technical assistance and training expertise to statewide partners.
  • Plans and monitors formative, process, and/or outcome/impact evaluation projects related to local-level nutrition interventions, either direct education and/or PSE change; maintains client relationships; assists in preparation of Institutional Review Board (IRB) applications for human subjects approval of evaluation projects; coordinates data collection and data entry; provides basic quantitative and qualitative data analysis and interpretation, with guidance as needed.
  • Collaborates on data analysis and writing projects including statewide annual report, evaluation reports, research briefs, evaluation webinars, program implication and recommendation summaries, and fact sheets, as well as manuscripts for publication; prepares abstracts and presents oral and poster presentations for lay, professional, and scientific audiences; creates, proofs, and edits graphics and documents for reports and slide presentations (Microsoft PowerPoint, Word, and Excel).
  • Conducts literature reviews and writes reports; identifies validated tools, instruments, and methods for research and evaluation projects; collaborates with team and contractors to develop new methods for data collection and documentation; assists in developing and conducting key informant interviews, focus groups, and smaller-scale, non-population-based surveys as needed.
  • Performs other duties as required.
Project Coordinator – Posting #065-18

To apply: https://www.phi.jobs/postings/5634

PHI is seeking a full-time Project Coordinator for the CWN. This position is located in Sacramento, CA.

CWN is seeking a community-driven and highly organized public health professional to fill the role of Project Coordinator. CWN is a national leader in developing campaigns, programs, and partnerships to reduce obesity and promote equity in the most vulnerable communities across the country. We have established relationships with local, state and national organizations, and through education, engagement, environmental changes and policies we work to make health accessible for all.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Implement projects related to healthy food access including healthy grocery retail interventions, farmers market promotion, food security strategies, and food bank and food pantry projects
  • Provide training and technical assistance to social service agencies in implementing Healthy CalFresh Initiative activities and campaigns including the promotion of CalFresh and other nutrition and food benefit redemption at local farmers markets
  • Prepare progress reports, narrative summaries, and other required documentation for funder reports
  • Develop and maintain partnerships with public and private entities to advance the objectives of CWN, specifically related to healthy food access, with an emphasis on fruit and vegetable partnerships
  • Contribute to the development of a wide variety of written and oral communications, including professional emails, newsletter articles, social media, memorandums of understanding, grant narratives, and professional presentations
  • Other duties as assigned
Project Manager – Posting #066-18

To apply: https://www.phi.jobs/postings/5636

PHI is seeking a full-time Project Manager for the CWN. This position is located in Sacramento, CA.

CWN is seeking a community-driven and highly organized public health professional to fill the role of Project Manager. CWN is a national leader in developing campaigns, programs, and partnerships to reduce obesity and promote equity in the most vulnerable communities across the country. We have established relationships with local, state and national organizations, and through education, engagement, environmental changes and policies we work to make health accessible for all.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Plan and lead monthly project management meetings with program leads to coordinate across 12 projects within the SNAP-Ed contract
  • Supervise the implementation of healthy nutrition and physical activity policies, systems and environmental change strategies for the faith-based pilot
  • Manage the relationships with collaborators including key staff from the CDSS, other state agencies, and the CWN leadership team
  • Develop project planning and tracking mechanism and track project progress
  • Support administrative staff in the timely completion and submission of quarterly reports and updates
  • Other duties as assigned