The Manager, Policy & Programs provides support to SOPHE’s advocacy outreach and communications at the federal level, in concert with SOPHE’s strategic plan, policy statements and resolutions. Coordinates planning, implementation, and evaluation of SOPHE’s annual Advocacy Summit. Supports the CDC Cooperative Agreement “Activating and Disseminating State and Local Public Health Strategies to Improve Nutrition and Physical Activity.”
60%- Supports SOPHE’s advocacy outreach and communications at the federal level, in concert with SOPHE’s policy statements and resolutions;
15% -Working with the Advocacy Committee or its subcommittee, provides leadership to the planning, implementation and evaluation of the SOPHE Annual Advocacy Summit;
20% - Supports CDC Cooperative Agreement on nutrition, physical activity and obesity;
5% -Assist with other SOPHE activities and duties upon request.
Master’s degree in public health, public policy, or health education with at least 2 years of post-graduation experience involving policy analysis and advocacy at the federal and/or state level; Or Bachelor’s degree in government relations, political science (or related field) with a minimum of 5 years’ experience in public health policy and advocacy at the federal and/or state level.
Strong working knowledge of Congress and regulatory agencies; experience working with federal legislative staff and organizing Hill briefings a plus
Experience with learning management systems and digital content delivery.
Demonstrated ability to work independently on multiple projects simultaneously, establish priorities, create and maintain production schedules, and meet deadlines, along with a proper balance of assertiveness, diplomacy, and discretion.
Is Highly analytical and able to perceive a policy issue from the lens of multiple stakeholders.
Operates well in a team-based setting and promotes a collaborative environment.
Detail-oriented and organized.
Excellent organizational, writing and public speaking skills.
Experience working with coalitions, boards, committees or workgroups.
Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) a plus.
Founded in 1950, SOPHE comprises some 4,000 behavioral scientists, university faculty, and health education practitioners working in state/local public health, community-based organizations, K-12 schools, health care settings, and businesses in the United States and 25 international countries. SOPHE members work at the intersection psychology/social sciences, health education, health promotion, and health communications to prevent, promote and protect the public’s health, especially underserved populations. Our 20+ state/regional chapters provide training and outreach at the local levels, including community-based organizations, clinics, schools and health departments. SOPHE is a dynamic and growing organization that publishes 3 peer-reviewed journals, conducts professional development meetings and distance education, advocates for health equity, and has established partnerships with both public and non-profit organizations.