Jul 05, 2019

Policy and Community Liaison

  • Community Health Councils, Inc.
  • Los Angeles, CA, USA
Programs Environmental Social Justice

Job Description

Community Health Council’s (CHC) policy work is achieved through local coalitions that address health disparities and equity. Under the direction of the Director of Policy and Research, the Policy and Community Liaison will work closely with CHC’s Region 2 Best Start team, as well as our health systems team. Primary responsibilities will be supporting policy tracking, review and analysis at the local, county, state and federal levels, as well as training and support on research design and community-based research projects in the Region 2 Best Start communities. Other responsibilities will include supporting stakeholder engagement, coalition building, and developing policy priorities and policy recommendations as defined by community and coalition partners. This position provides support in linking community-based and driven research, policy and systems changes with enduring community-level investments that promote health and well-being. 

Specifically, this position will:

• Provide technical assistance around research design, data collection and data analysis for community partners, including the Region 2 Best Start communities. 

• Design and facilitate trainings for community partners, including residents and organizational partners around research, policy, and community engagement.

• Stay up to date on policy topics and trends, such as housing and homeless services, streetscape improvements and parks/open space development, transportation, healthcare access and regulation, economic and workforce development, youth development, early childhood education, public and charter school systems, reduction of environmental contamination traditional and innovative food enterprises; reduction of environmental contamination; streetscape improvements to encourage walking, biking, and other active transportation; health promoting land use standards that support economic development, and conversion of under-utilized land for health benefits. 

• Research and translate complex policies into formats, visual or otherwise, that can be effectively presented to the community.  

• Provide input on the impact of changes in the policy landscape as it aligns with CHC priorities. 

• Support and build the capacity of a comprehensive and sustainable system of care for South Los Angeles, including an increased and strengthened workforce; increase the knowledge, participation, and leadership role of consumers and stakeholders in policy and local resource development to address health disparities; and ensure equitable access to high-quality healthcare for the under-served.

• Promote policies that transform the city’s infrastructure to create health supporting community resources for economic parity in South Los Angeles. 

• Engage a broad cross-section of community stakeholders to increase authority of underserved populations over local resources through capacity building, leadership, and economic development. 

Detailed Description of Duties and Responsibilities:

Community-Based Research and Training
  • Develop and implement strategies for conducting community-based research in partnership with community partners and coalitions; including overall research design, development of survey tools, data collection administration and data analysis and training;
  • Design and facilitate trainings on community-based participatory research, as well as other research strategies, for community residents, nonprofit organizations and other audiences;
  • Provide ongoing technical assistance on community-based participatory and other research strategies
  • Conduct and analysis research based on specific project needs and community interests and input, including interviews, focus groups, community surveys, observations, etc. 
Policy Monitoring, Analysis & Advocacy
  • Monitor and provide updates and analysis of relevant policy issues at national, state, county, and city levels;
  • Conduct primary data collection using a community based participatory approach as needed. This includes key informant interviews, focus groups, surveying, polling and environmental assessments. 
  • Deliver engaging presentations that effectively disseminate policy information;
  • Develop and produce policy reports, issue briefs, comment letters or similar materials to inform community members and policymakers;
  • Research and maintain a database of relevant materials related to policy priorities including news articles, regulations and/or best-practice models;
  • Develop and maintain relationships with government agencies, elected offices and other key advocacy organizations. 
Public Relations
  • Attend and represent the coalition/committee and CHC at all relevant external meetings, conferences, trainings, etc.; 
  • Create educational collateral to support coalition partners and other stakeholders (i.e. fact sheets, toolkits, presentations, newsletters and web content).
Stakeholder Engagement and General Administration
  • Outreach, organize, and actively engage community members in public decision-making processes at the local, state and/or national levels;
  • Plan, convene, and facilitate collaborations/community meetings, forums, trainings, focus groups and other activities as necessary; 
  • Build strong and vibrant coalitions to advance the policy priorities and ensure broad stakeholder input;
  • Cultivate, engage and support coalition and community members in a wide spectrum of policy and advocacy activities; 
  • Collaborate with team members across disciplines and subject matters; 
  • Provide administrative support on internal and external meetings, such as coordinating meeting logistics, including notices/flyers, printed materials, food, room reservations, informational updates, taking notes/minutes, etc.

Qualifications and Skills: 

  • Master’s degree in public health, public policy, urban planning, public affairs, sociology, anthropology, social welfare or other health-related field; AND
  • Minimum of one to two years of research or policy experience in a nonprofit, foundation or governmental setting; OR
  • Bachelor’s degree in public health, public policy, urban planning, public affairs, sociology, anthropology, social welfare or other health –related field PLUS at least three to five years of professional experience in a nonprofit, foundation or governmental setting.
  • Knowledge and experience in both qualitative and quantitative research methods, including community-based participatory research
  • Knowledge of policy development and legislative processes.
  • Knowledge of Los Angeles area policy issues, especially issues relevant to South Los Angeles preferred
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (especially Microsoft PPT and Excel); familiarity with GIS, SPSS, STATA, SAS or other quantitative software, and qualitative analysis software (e.g., NVivo) a plus;
  • Ability to interact with diverse populations, sectors and disciplines at all levels—public-legislatures, government, private enterprises, nonprofit organizations, and specifically with South LA residents.
  • Critical and strategic thinker who thrives in innovation. 
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment while maintaining an entrepreneurship spirit.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, as well as excellent public speaking skills.
  • Willingness and ability to travel locally.
  • Professional demeanor, able to function independently and within a team.
  • Knowledge of Asana Project Management software a plus.


Community Health Councils is a non-profit, community-based health advocacy, policy and educational organization. We offer a competitive salary and generous benefits including medical, dental, vision and 403b plans; vacation, sick and holiday benefits. CHC is an equal opportunity employer. Women and persons of color are encouraged to apply.


How To Apply

Please email a Cover Letter and Resume as separate attachments to humanresources@chc-inc.org and include the exact title of the position you are applying for in the subject line of your email.  

Title / Level of Responsibility

Coordinator, Entry Level

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