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We Breathe Tobacco Program Coordinator

 We Breathe Tobacco Program Coordinator– Los Angeles or Sacramento, CA

Position Summary: 

The CA LGBTQ Health and Human Services Network, a program of Health Access Foundation, seeks a dedicated and energetic candidate to take a leadership role as Program Coordinator for the We Breathe: Supporting Tobacco-Free LGBTQ Communities project and advance LGBTQ health equity through education, outreach, and advocacy. In addition to supporting the overall health equity goals of the CA LGBT HHS Network. This position will specifically work on a project of the CA LGBT HHS Network to reduce LGBTQ tobacco related health disparities through education, outreach, media, and systems changes. 

The Tobacco Program Coordinator will be a skilled coalition organizer and policy advocate. Strong communication skills, work ethic, and passion for LGBTQ health and equity is essential. Candidates must be able to work within a team, have proven leadership ability and experience handling a great deal of responsibility. Strong self-direction and the ability to take initiative are also necessary qualifications. 

The position can be based in either Los Angeles County or Sacramento, CA with a hybrid work structure. This position will include occasional travel to other parts of California, including overnight trips, and will be directly supervised by the CA LGBTQ HHS Manager of Programs with oversite from the CA LGBTQ HHS Director. 

Specific responsibilities include: 

  • Coordinate program activities with other LGBTQ health and equity programs, tobacco control programs, and policy advocacy. 
  • Facilitate meetings of the CA LGBTQ Tobacco Program Regional Projects and Community Engagement Agreements (subcontractors). 
  • Identify additional LGBTQ-serving organizations and reach out to potential new coalition partners; maintain the broad diversity of organizations participating in the CA LGBTQ Tobacco Program. 
  • Develop and execute a Public Health Pipeline intern project, including the development of a leadership program 
  • Research, design, and conduct issues and skills trainings to help coalition partners effectively advocate for policies that will reduce LGBTQ tobacco-related disparities. 
  • Research LGBTQ tobacco use, tobacco-related diseases, and tobacco control best practices and draft educational materials. 
  • Work with other CA LGBT HHS Network staff to maintain the CA LGBTQ Tobacco Program webpage, keeping the information on tobacco policy work current, and providing links to educational materials. 
  • Attend state agency meetings about topics that are relevant to LGBTQ health and tobacco control; present public comment representing the CA LGBT HHS Network’s and the LGBTQ Stakeholder Project’s positions and comments on various topics. 
  • Oversee communications and outreach activities related to the CA LGBTQ Tobacco Program such as the Program website, social media, coalition listserv, paid and earned media activities. 
  • Coordinate evaluation of the Project with Program Evaluator and California Tobacco Control Program staff. Evaluations will be used to measure the success of program interventions and inform ongoing programming to address LGBTQ tobacco-related disparities. 
  • Report the progress of the CA LGBTQ Tobacco Program to California Tobacco Control Program staff. 
  • Assess the needs of coalition partners and LGBTQ stakeholders to inform all work of the CA LGBTQ Tobacco Program. 
  • Oversee all communications and organizing work related to the program. 
  • Provide support to other projects and/or programs as needed 
  • Other duties as assigned 

Qualifications and Requirements: 

We know it’s common for women, femmes, Black, Black/Brown, TGI, and formerly incarcerated folks, and/or LGBTQIA2+ individuals to not apply for positions unless they believe they have every competency. Whether or not you meet all of the competencies/qualities, we welcome you to apply. We don’t expect candidates to meet every qualification or preference. We also value non-traditional career pathways. 

  • Passion for and commitment to addressing the issues, needs and interests of LGBTQ people of color, youth, adults, families and community, including knowledge of the spectrum of gender identity and transgender issues. 
  • At least two years of experience in a leadership role in community and/or political organizing, communications, and/or policy advocacy; or equivalent relevant educational experience; 
  • Strong organizational skills, ability to stay focused with attention to detail while working on multiple projects; 
  • Skilled at electronic communications and social media (Facebook and Twitter); proficient with Microsoft Office; quick to learn new technologies; 
  • An independent thinker, self-motivated, problem solver, and team player, with a commitment to excellence; 
  • Familiarity with the complex health care and/or healthcare delivery issues in California, understands connections with mental and behavioural health; 
  • Passion for and commitment to addressing the issues, needs and interests of LGBTQ youth, adults, families and community, including knowledge of the spectrum of gender identity and transgender issues; 
  • Commitment to inclusive, multi-cultural programming; prior experience working within coalitions with diverse communities and an understanding of intersectional oppressions; 
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with a wide range of personalities; 
  • Must be able to meet deadlines, be responsive, and demonstrate excellent communication skills; 
  • Knowledge of mental health policy, state agencies and state legislative process, and/or non-profit advocacy is a plus; 
  • Write professional correspondence; 
  • Strong computer skills (MS Office environment); 
  • Bi-lingual skills a plus but not required. 

Work Environment: 

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to loud, as multiple telephone conversations and normal office equipment continue throughout the day. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. This is a full-time position that may require work outside of the typical 9-5 workday (i.e., weekend and evening events). Work may be completed remotely, and/or from Health Access offices. 

Compensation & Benefits: 

The anticipated salary range is $67,000 – $78,000. However, depending on qualifications, a successful candidate can be hired above or below this range. 

Benefits include: 

  • Health, vision, and dental insurance with premiums 100% paid by Health Access 
  • Wi-Fi, phone, and parking reimbursement 
  • 401(k) retirement plan with 7% employer match 
  • 10 paid vacation days within the first year, 3 personal days, 12 days of sick time, and 13 paid holidays a year 

Expected Start Date: May 1, 2023 

About Health Access: 

Health Access is the state-wide health care consumer advocacy coalition working for quality, affordable health care for all Californians. Our coalition consists of organizations representing seniors, children, people with disabilities, immigrants, 

communities of color, LGBTQ people, health care professionals, people of faith, labor, and working families. Health Access offers a competitive salary with excellent benefits including health, life, and disability insurance, 401k savings plan, and a fastpaced but casual work environment. For over 30 years, Health Access has been a leader in the state’s health care reform movement, most recently as the lead coalition working to pass, implement, and defend the Affordable Care Act in California. Health Access was the leading sponsor of the California HMO Patient Bill of Rights, the Hospital Fair Pricing Act, and worked to expand and preserve Medi-Cal and Healthy Families health coverage. 

Promoting diversity is integral to the mission of Health Access. Health Access seeks applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, veteran status, or physical or mental disability. Health Access embraces equality of opportunity and treatment for all employees in all employment matters. 

Grant Funded Positions Disclosure: Positions funded by external grants are subject to immediate conclusion if the grant funding ceases. 

How to Apply 

Please submit a cover letter, resume, contact information for three references to jobs@health-access.org. When applying, please write “We Breathe Tobacco Program Coordinator” in the subject line.