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Impact Manager, Climate Resilience and Environmental Justice

San Francisco Bay Area, CA, USA

Full Time

About the Position

We are seeking a Health Equity Impact Manager to advance efforts that simultaneously address social equity, public health, and the impacts of climate change on behalf of our local health department members. This position will have a strong focus on influencing public investment decisions along with public policies and agency practices to establish new types of equity infrastructure that are designed for a new era of climate-related emergencies.

The successful candidate will have a strong background in community efforts, policy and advocacy, and/or design and delivery of trainings. This versatile candidate will also have strong generalist skill set that can be applied to different issue areas, including strong writing and communication skills, facilitation skills, public speaking/training experience, familiarity with quantitative data analysis, and ability to complete impartial qualitative analysis.

We are seeking candidates with a demonstrated commitment to equity, including capacity to create initiatives and analyze the impact of economic and social policies on people of color and other health equity populations. Relationships with equity communities in the Bay Area is strongly desired.

Because this is a versatile position, we expect candidates will need to learn on the job, so we’re looking for applicants with an orientation to ongoing learning and development. The Impact Manager will oversee BARHII’s climate program and provide support to colleagues working in other issue areas, so an interest in collaboration is a must.


BARHII is the coalition of the 11 public health departments in the Bay Area, founded to address the living conditions and power imbalances that have created decade-long differences in life expectancy by race, income, and neighborhood. Founded by four highly regarded social justice-minded public health directors, BARHII uses an explicit racial justice lens to advance health equity. Each year, we convene several hundred Bay Area public health staff. Through a combination of trainings and policy efforts, BARHII staff and members drive innovations in the field and secure public policies that improve the living conditions that impact health.

Support for Public Health Departments: BARHII is a leader in developing health equity resources and trainings. Over 1,000 Bay Area government staff have been trained by BARHII in the last three years. Our health equity framework, which calls for upstream interventions to reduce differences in life expectancy, has shaped the work of state and local health departments and now regularly appears in public health textbooks. Our popular publications address a wide variety of Social Determinants of Health (SDOH), including development and land use, housing affordability, climate resilience, and community engagement and power building.

Policy Efforts: BARHII is dedicated to improving healthy living conditions so that people live longer, healthier lives. Our staff advance research-based policies and innovative solutions at the state and local level that can have measurable impacts on the conditions that create health. For example, we helped secure emergency eviction protections for the Bay Area’s eight million residents to provide housing stability during COVID-19.

BARHII is a high-energy, high-performing, collaborative team of diverse professionals committed to health equity. We offer competitive salaries, employer paid benefits, matched retirement program, and attention to work-life balance.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Community Partnership and Coalition Building

  • Identify and engage community partners, including community-based organizations, with a strong analysis of policy and systems solutions. Identify points for collaboration that      advance health equity solutions.

  • Provide facilitation and project management for committees and other initiatives. Maintain a dual focus on outcomes for community and building capacity for public health departments  and others to impact health equity.

  • Create a safe space for diverse  partners, including those most impacted by inequity, to engage in discussions, make decisions, and take collective action.

Policy and Advocacy

  • In conjunction with our partners  and membership, develop health equity advocacy strategies for BARHII so that local public health departments are positioned and supported to advocate for policies that improve health equity by transforming the social conditions that impact health and health disparities.

  • Identify and pursue key leverage points  for advocacy and best practice integration within cities, counties, and the state for our policy priorities. Represent BARHII at public hearings.

  • Evaluate the equity and health benefits of existing and proposed policies and investments for Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) impacts. Research and summarize best practices, promising approaches, and potential improvements.

Communication and Training

  • Research, aggregate, and analyze  best practices on issues such as resilience, social equity, structural racism, and public health.

  • Develop a variety of public and  internal communication materials. Create research and data-informed policy briefs, advocacy letters, talking points, and other public materials.

  • Develop and deliver trainings,  briefings, and presentations that advance our priorities.

  • Other Duties as Assigned

Education and Experience

  • This position requires at least 10  years of experience in a busy, high-functioning team, or a graduate degree      and five years of experience.

  • Demonstrated experience analyzing policy impacts on low-income minority populations.

  • Demonstrated experience in, and commitment to, equity or related policy areas. Priority will be given to applicants with experience promoting environmental justice, equitable climate action, or support for communities who suffer disproportionately from  health inequities (including African American, Pacific Islander, Indigenous, and/or LGBTQI communities).

  • College level course work and/or equivalent professional experience in at least one of the following areas: public health, environmental justice, climate change, or health equity.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Excellent time management skills and ability to multi-task and prioritize work.

  • Strong organizational, planning,  and project management skills and the persistence to see tasks through to completion.

  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite, including Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.

  • Quantitative analyses (STATA, SPSS/SAS) and GIS/mapping skills preferred.

  • Commitment to and connection with Bay Area communities experiencing health equity challenges is highly desired, but not required.

  • Spirit of cultural sensitivity,      humility, and inclusiveness is required.

Organizational Relationships

This position reports to the Director of Policy and Planning and works collaboratively with BARHII members and staff, elected officials, vendors, and other advocacy partners to advance health equity.

Physical Demands

Must be able to transport training and meeting materials up to approximately three times per week.

Work Environment

  • This is a full-time (40 hour/week) position based in the Bay Area. We are currently fully remote and may return to an office setting in early 2021.

  • The position requires infrequent work on evenings or weekends.

  • The position requires work inside 95% of the time in an office environment.

  • The position requires frequent travel to Bay Area locations, as well as occasional travel outside the Bay Area.

EEO Note

BARHII, a project of Tides Center, is an “at-will” and equal opportunity employer. Applicants and employees shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender (including pregnancy and gender expression) identity, color, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law or ordinance. Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.

To apply, please send cover letter and resume to Resumes without cover letters will not be reviewed.

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