Community Engagement and Partnerships Manager

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Pennsylvania Health Access Network

PHAN is seeking a Community Engagement and Partnerships Manager to lead our newest initiative, BeHeard BeHealthy PA. This position will coordinate and support a diverse range of state partners, as well as facilitate groups of community leaders and support leadership development within the community to build statewide engagement on health policy, with supervision and support from PHAN’s senior staff.

Healthcare policy affects every Pennsylvanian, but rarely are the diverse voices of real people heard directly in health policy conversations at the state level. Through BeHeard BeHealthy PA, PHAN is building deeper infrastructure to involve Pennsylvanians in identifying community needs and barriers to good health, with a particular focus on supporting members of overlooked communities to amplify their voices. Working directly with communities throughout the state, as well as with organizational partners who have deep relationships in local communities, the Community Engagement and Partnerships Manager will be responsible for building the new BeHeard BeHealthy PA infrastructure and building PHAN’s base of organized Pennsyvanians.

About PHAN: The Pennsylvania Health Access Network (PHAN) works to ensure that all Pennsylvanians have a voice in decisions about healthcare made in Washington, Harrisburg, and in communities across the state. We are not afraid to take on the biggest challenges faced by ordinary people in healthcare today: big pharma, powerful insurance companies, and corporate profits that get in the way of everyone receiving high-quality, affordable care. We have a proven track record of empowering everyday folks to fight for a better healthcare system, whether its winning Medicaid Expansion, activating seniors to stand up against corporate interests that interfere with getting life-saving care, or defending the Affordable Care Act. We build power where it matters most: in local communities all across Pennsylvania. We are excited to be launching a new initiative to deepen consumer engagement and build leadership among disconnected communities in Pennsylvania.

Responsibilities: The successful candidate will be responsible for:

● Project Management: Launch and lead PHAN’s new BeHeard BeHealthy PA initiative over the next 30 months, culminating in the development of a new infrastructure for community engagement and an increased base of engaged Pennsylvanians from marginalized communities.
● External Stakeholder Engagement: Build and manage relationships with allies and stakeholders for the project. Work directly with stakeholders, including key project partners, grassroots community organizations, elected officials and their staff, funders, and community members.
● Community Education: Conduct outreach, have one- on-one conversations with community members; facilitate community conversations and small group meetings; build awareness of BeHeard BeHealthy PA and develop feedback mechanisms to shape community-driven policy initiatives.
● Curriculum Development: Working collaboratively with PHAN staff, develop a “meeting-in-a-box” curriculum that PHAN and its partners will use to facilitate discussion with communities statewide and to identify community health policy priorities and barriers to health.
● Community Organizing & Leadership Development: Working in conjunction with PHAN’s community organizers, build leadership within targeted communities, hold regional and statewide meetings both digitally and in-person to identify community barriers to health and community policy priorities and to advocate for those policy priorities.
● Community Outreach: Oversee implementation of all community outreach activities, volunteer engagement opportunities, supporter communications, and state and local leadership development, cultivation and maintenance in conjunction with PHAN campaigns and programs.
● Engaging Policymakers: Working with PHAN’s Policy Director and Executive Director, work directly with elected officials and their staff to create opportunities for communities to engage directly and advocate for their policy priorities.
● Branding, Writing, & Content Development: Work with PHAN’s Communications Director to write, edit, and produce compelling content related to the project, including both digital and print content, and to develop a strong brand for the project.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate possesses many or all of the following skills and experiences:
● At least 3 to 4 years of professional experience
● Passion for advocacy and social change
● Project Management Experience: Experience managing complex projects, especially launching new projects. Strong organizational skills and attention to detail are required.
● Working with Diverse Stakeholders: Experience working effectively and connecting with diverse populations and valuing differences of race, ethnicity, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, ability, and socio-economic circumstances.
● Building Coalitions: Experience with recruiting partners, building coalitions, and working with organizations, networks, and communities. Passionate about engaging diverse partners, including members of local communities, civic organizations, non profits, providers, faith communities and the broader community as a whole.
● Community Organizing: Commitment to and experience with working in close partnership with community members. Experience building leadership and mobilizing communities to advocate for policy change. Experience training and managing organizing staff a plus.
● Strong Oral & Written Communication Skills: Effective writing and speaking skills to present issues and ideas to diverse communities and groups
● Creativity & Willingness to Experiment: We are building a new public engagement infrastructure from scratch. A successful candidate will be willing to try new things, listen to the ideas of stakeholders, learn from unsuccessful strategies, and move the project forward.
● Self-Directed & Comfortable with Virtual Office: As a remote organization, PHAN relies on staff to independently manage workflow and pro-actively move ahead with projects without in-person supervision.
● Policy Background: Ability to process, understand, and translate complex policy issues and communicate them to diverse audiences
● Survey Research Background: Knowledge of survey design, survey panels, and community-led research a plus
● Language Skills: Proficiency in a language other than English is a plus, but not required.

Benefits: This position is a salaried full-time position with a generous PTO and benefits package including health, vision, and dental insurance. The base salary range is $55,000 to $65,000, depending on experience. Funding for the project is secured through September of 2022. Location: This is a full-time, virtual job with no physical office. The Community Engagement and Partnership Manager will work remotely and will communicate with coworkers through technology. Hours are flexible with some evening and weekend hours required. Extensive travel within Pennsylvania is required.

NOTE: Only applicants that live in or can quickly relocate to Pennsylvania will be considered

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter, resume, & salary requirements to Applications will be considered until the position is filled. PHAN is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to diversity – all qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.