Strategic Communications Specialist

March 27, 2018

  • Full Time
  • Berkeley, CA
  • Applications have closed

Website Berkeley Media Studies Group

Berkeley Media Studies Group is seeking a Strategic Communications Specialist to help build advocates’ capacity to make the case for policies that reduce racial and health inequities.

At BMSG, we teach advocates how to engage the news media strategically to advance healthy public policies on a range of public health and social justice issues, including violence prevention, nutrition and physical activity, tobacco control, reproductive justice, and more. As part of the BMSG training team, the Strategic Communications Specialist will develop and conduct media advocacy trainings for BMSG clients in various settings from health departments to community-based grassroots organizations. The strategic communications specialist will also co-author BMSG publications and provide tailored technical assistance to support advocates in developing and carrying out their media advocacy plans.

For more information and to apply, visit this website jobs page of our parent organization, the Public Health Institute.

Classification Title – Technical Assistance Specialist IV

Position Title – #037-18 – Strategic Communications Specialist

Program Areas – Communications (PHI Central)

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with colleagues in designing, conducting, and evaluating media advocacy trainings with a wide range of community groups and public health professionals.
  • Develop and adapt media advocacy training materials, including presentations, interactive training activities, and case studies of public health advocacy campaigns.
  • Write and edit media advocacy papers and case studies for publication in professional journals, newsletters, websites, and advocacy materials.
  • Track news coverage of public health issues in traditional and digital media (e.g., newspapers and blogs) and provide strategic consultation to support BMSG clients in taking advantage of media advocacy opportunities.
  • Develop strategic consultation materials, including editing and/or developing news releases, media advisories, talking points, and other products.
  • Conduct outreach and ongoing communication with potential BSMG clients.
  • Support development of new project proposals and scopes of work.
  • Participate in project management activities, tracking and monitoring of project deliverables.
  • Prepare project progress reports for funders.
  • Attend various project and community meetings, and conferences.
  • Perform other writing, training and strategic consultation projects as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Commitment to improving community health and addressing racial and health inequities through social change and to building capacity in advocates through training and strategic consultation.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the public policymaking process at the local, state, and federal levels. Direct experience working on public health and social justice campaigns; covering public health and social justice issues as a journalist; or working internally within the legislative process on social justice and public health policy preferred.
  • A bachelor’s degree in public health, public policy, journalism or related field required. A master’s degree is highly preferred.
  • A minimum of 5 years relevant experience.
  • Ability to speak Spanish fluently preferred.
  • Experience developing communications strategies for advocacy campaigns preferred.
  • Excellent writing, public speaking, and analytical skills.
  • Experience developing and delivering engaging, effective trainings for a variety of audiences.
  • Substantial experience working with news organizations — print, broadcast or online — either inside newsrooms or as an advocate.
  • Experience providing effective strategic communications and/or advocacy consultations to a wide range of clients, for example elected officials, public health professionals, and community-based organizations.
  • Ability to clearly and sensitively edit client materials including press releases, briefing materials, and opinion pieces.
  • Ability to work well with minimal supervision.
  • Familiarity with online communications tools including Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
  • Willingness to travel throughout California and nationally: overnight travel is required and can be as often as once a week. (Availability on evenings and weekends occasionally required).
  • Proficiency on the Macintosh computer using System 10.5 or higher, Microsoft Word 2008 or higher, Excel and PowerPoint.


This is an exempt position and the salary is commensurate with experience. PHI offers a generous benefits package including medical, dental, vision, short/long term disability insurance, life insurance, 403b (group retirement annuity) and partial subsidy of public transportation cost. For more information about PHI’s benefits, visit our benefits page here.

Position – Open Until Filled

Location – Berkeley, CA

Supplement Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have the required education?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Do you have the required years of experience?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Do you have the necessary skills to perform this position?
    • Yes
    • No

Applicant Documents to Attach

Required Documents

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter

Optional Documents