Public Health Organizer, Maryland PIRG

About the Job

Maryland PIRG seeks a Public Health Organizer to lead our campaigns to protect public health by reducing toxic chemicals exposure and the misuse of antibiotics on large farms.

The Organizer for the Healthy Kids, Healthy Maryland and Stop the Overuse of Antibiotics campaigns will advocate with legislators and the Governor’s office, meet with state regulators, plan media events and media outreach, run grassroots organizing, recruitment, fundraising, and coalition-building to push for solutions that protect public health.

Medical experts, including the World Health Organization, are warning that if we don’t stop the overuse of antibiotics, they could stop working, with potentially grave consequences for public health. Maryland PIRG is organizing the public to end the routine use of antibiotics on livestock in Maryland.

Dangerous chemicals are in our homes, schools, places of work and the products we use every day. The rates of serious chronic health problems like asthma, diabetes, childhood cancer, infertility and developmental disorders are increasing in the United States, and science increasingly links the occurrence of these health problems with toxic chemical exposure. The primary law responsible for ensuring chemicals are safe—the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)—was passed by Congress in 1976 and has never been updated. Maryland PIRG is organizing the public to take immediate action on the worst chemicals to protect our families, while running corporate and state legislative campaigns that contribute to a national movement towards TSCA reform.

The Organizer will primarily focus on these issues. Additionally, the Public Health Advocate will need to be nimble and ready to help represent Maryland PIRG on our entire legislative agenda in Annapolis when needed, which includes energy issues, consumer protection and reducing the influence of big money in politics.

Reponsibilities

As the Organizer with Maryland PIRG you’ll help develop policy solutions and implement a variety of campaign strategies to mobilize the public and influence insiders. The Public Health Advocate is responsible for:

  • Program development: Help develop programs and campaigns, including researching the issue, creating viable policy solutions, and proposing the right political strategy and messaging.
  • Advocacy: Represent Maryland PIRG in legislative meetings and hearings. Build relationships with players in key regulatory agencies, the Governor’s office, the capitol, etc.
  • Campaign strategy: Develop plans to win our campaigns; assess opportunities for building political support for our agenda through coalition-building, grassroots organizing, media coverage, and message development.
  • Coalition building: Build relationships and mobilize support with key constituencies, from health professionals, business owners, and farmers, to local elected officials and families.
  • Media outreach: Serve as the spokesperson for our campaigns through tactics like media events, press releases and editorial board meetings.
  • Fundraising: Write grant proposals, build relationships with foundation staff, and meet with major donors, all to bring more resources to our campaigns.
  • Managing interns: Recruit new interns and volunteers to increase our impact and build our power. Oversee interns to develop and implement work plans, provide training and leadership development opportunities.

Qualifications

We're looking for a goal-driven and results-oriented individual who is committed to the public interest — someone with leadership, initiative, and the verbal and written skills necessary to make the case that protecting public health must be a top priority. Candidates should have at least 3 years of relevant professional experience, including (but not limited to) work in political, policy, legal, journalistic or government settings. Advanced degrees, including a J.D. or masters in related fields, may count toward a candidate's professional experience.

Compensation & Benefits

Target annual compensation for this position is commensurate with the relevant professional experience and/or advanced degrees that a candidate has. Maryland PIRG offers a competitive benefits package.

Location

Baltimore, MD

Maryland PIRG is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran status.

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