Employment & Funding 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, the nation, and worldwide. As one of the nation’s largest and most comprehensive public health organizations, we are at the forefront of research and innovations to improve the efficacy of public health statewide, nationally, and internationally. PHI is 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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Employment Opening(s)

TITLE: Project Manager 


This position will work for the Center for Wellness and Nutrition (CWN), a program of PHI. CWN’s vision is for a healthy world where wellness is achievable for all individuals, communities, and nations. Its mission is to build capacity and leadership in communities and institutions to make optimal health accessible for everyone. PHI CWN’s work falls within the four primary areas of training, education, research and evaluation, and advocacy; All of which use a health equity framework and culturally tailored approach to variously address the priority areas of increasing access to and consumption of healthier foods, with a focus on fruits and vegetables; decreasing consumption of unhealthy foods and beverages, increasing consumption of water; increasing physical activity, and preventing obesity and chronic diet related illnesses.

The Project Manager works under the general direction and supervision of the Assistant Director, Global Nutrition & Partnerships. The primary purpose of this position is to provide project leadership and administration within a variety of food access, nutrition and wellness programs and initiatives. Integral to this position will be the development of potential interventions for pilots, drafting and monitoring scopes of work and budgets, overseeing project implementation and expenses, managing project staff and other staff supervisory responsibilities, provision of technical assistance and training, and liaising with funders. The Project Manager will also coordinate with other program staff and contribute to various projects as a subject matter expert. The Project Manager will be expected to effectively communicate and conduct work in Spanish, as needed.

Location: This full-time position is located in the Sacramento, CA region. It is a remote-hybrid position, meaning that the incumbent generally works remotely, but will occasional be required to visit the Sacramento office and client premises to meet business needs. Candidates who can work on a hybrid model of remote and in office are preferred, but consideration will be given to California based candidates who can only work remotely. Some travel in and out of the state will occasionally be required.

Employment Type: Full Time.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

60% Leadership, Management and Coordination

  • Lead the management and coordination of project/initiative teams and all aspects of projects and initiatives including planning, implementing, and evaluating the overall project to ensure goals and objectives are met.
  • Manage subcontracts, develop scopes of work and budget, maintain communication, track deliverables and quarterly reports, and write reports on progress. Continually monitor progress of projects and directly maintain communication with the funder. Report on program activities, updates, opportunities, and accomplishments on an ongoing basis.
  • Support local agencies in healthy food access and other nutrition and wellness interventions. This includes provision of technical assistance as well as developing and conducting training for local partners as needed.
  • Participate in internal project management meetings and rotating leadership of these calls.
  • Stay familiar with priority issues, evidence-based resources, and current events related to healthy food access, nutrition, the social determinants of health and community engagement.

20% Training, Technical Assistance, Translation and Content Development

  • Contribute to the development of program materials, resources and toolkits tailored to the needs of clients and diverse, low-resource priority populations. Provide content development and design support of communication and marketing tools, resources and materials including but not limited to toolkits, guides, one-pagers, success stories, recommendation reports, and other project deliverables and products as appropriate and client/funder-guided.
  • Provide English and Spanish translation-related services for work assignments and per other CWN needs that:
  • Require a Spanish speaker and/or comprehension of Spanish language materials/documents.
    1. Require brief written notices, notes, or messaging, or other such communications in Spanish (example: texts; flyers; communications with Spanish speaking partners; meeting notes/reminders, etc.).
    2. Involve drafting personal talking points and presentations in Spanish; and/or,
    3. Require supporting development of culturally tailored materials and resources through review of such professionally translated documents for context, clarity and effectiveness, and appropriateness regarding characteristic language patterns and social references, practices and expectations, as well as literacy level.

5% Staff Supervision and Oversight

  • Supervise and guide 1-3 staff members, who will support a variety of projects and initiatives on a matrixed basis, to ensure responsibilities are met and activities are implemented successfully.
  • Support the hiring process for new project staff, in collaboration with PHI and CWN leadership.

5% Business Development

  • Help to identify public and private contract and/or grant opportunities at the state, national, and international levels, and support the development and submission of funding proposals.

5% Partnership Development and Maintenance

  • Develop and maintain relationships and partnerships with external public and private organizations, which may include nonprofit health agencies, associations, governmental agencies at the local, state, and national levels, advocacy organizations, potential funders, and other entities with goals that align with CWN and PHI. Travel to meetings/events/conferences that require occasional evenings and/or weekends as needed, or attend virtually, as appropriate.

Minimum Qualifications

  • 5 years of relevant professional experience in public health, health promotion/education, chronic disease prevention, community outreach, or a related field, and in planning, overseeing, and implementing projects and staff oversight.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in nutrition, dietetics, community health, physiology, behavioral science, or related field; or substitute with four additional years of relevant experience.

Starting Pay: Full salary range for this position: $73,813 to $107,089 per year. The typical hiring range for this position is from $73,813 (minimum) to $90,451 (midpoint), based on 100% FTE. The starting salary is determined based on the candidate’s knowledge, skills, experience, as well as budget availability.


To view the full description and apply, please visit Project Manager – Public Health Institute (phi.org)


Funding Opportunity

TITLE: Request for Qualifications: Grocer Vendors and Food Delivery Service in Los Angeles County

INTRODUCTION: The PHI is dedicated to promoting health, well-being, and quality of life for people around the world through innovative solutions and collaborative partnerships. The PHI is partnering with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s Nutrition and Physical Activity Program to implement the American Rescue Plan Grocery Voucher Program.

Through this Request for Qualifications (RFQ), PHI seeks up to 3 vendors to provide Grocery Vouchers services and specifications as outlined below. The vendor will be able to provide grocery vouchers and/or food delivery to Los Angeles County (LAC) residents that live in zip codes that were most impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency, with at least 75% in the Highest and High Need Tiers of the COVID-19 Vulnerability and Recovery Index; have the highest rates of concentrated disadvantage; and have the highest rates of limited English proficiency. This program will distribute up to $7,976,171 ARP Grocery Vouchers (physical gift cards and/or online purchasing and delivery options) to up to 10,000 qualifying participant households redeemable at participating grocery stores/online vendors in LAC or with the ability to provide services in LAC.

Please review the specific qualifications to participate by accessing the RFQ: Grocer Vendors and Food Delivery Service in Los Angeles County (PDF, 196 KB). Vendors will not receive payment for administering the grocery vouchers.