Public Health Advocate, CALPIRG

CALPIRG seeks a Public Health Advocate to work on our campaigns to get lead out of school drinking water and reduce the use of toxic chemicals in everyday products.

At CALPIRG we stand up to powerful interests whenever they threaten our health and safety, our financial security, or our right to fully participate in our democratic society. For more than 40 years, we’ve stood up for California consumers, countering the influence of big banks, insurers, chemical manufacturers and other powerful special interests. We’re particularly proud of work we’ve done recently to pressure the livestock industry to stop misusing antibiotics that are essential to public health.


The Public Health Advocate will meet with elected officials and other decision-makers about our priorities; get media coverage for our campaigns; as well as run grassroots organizing, recruitment, fundraising and coalition-building to push for solutions that protect public health.

Right now we’re focused on two campaigns:

Lead-Free Schools: Every single child in California should have access to lead-free drinking water at school. Lead is a highly toxic heavy metal that impairs how kids learn, grow, and behave. But many school buildings were built using lead pipes and plumbing, back when we didn’t fully understand the danger. We’re working with parents, doctors, and supportive community members to require school districts to remove sources of lead, install filters on drinking water fountains, and regularly test the water kids drink.

Pledge to Be Toxic-Free: We are exposed to dangerous chemicals in our homes, schools, places of work and the products we use every day. The rates of serious chronic health problems like asthma, diabetes, 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. CALPIRG is currently targeting companies like Unilever to remove toxics from their personal care products like shampoo and lotion, and supporting state legislation to reduce exposure to toxic chemicals.


As the CALPIRG Public Health Advocate you’ll exercise independent judgment and discretion to help develop policy solutions and implement a variety of campaign strategies to mobilize the public and influence insiders. Representative responsibilities include:

  • 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 CALPIRG in legislative meetings and hearings. Build relationships with players in key regulatory agencies, the Governor’s office, the Capitol and more.
  • 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, school board members and others.
  • 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.


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.

Are you ready to speak for the public interest?

Pay & Benefits

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


Los Angeles, Oakland or Sacramento CA

Things to know when you apply

CALPIRG is part of The Public Interest Network — a group of organizations that share a vision of a better country, a set of core values, and a coordinated strategic approach to getting things done. Click here for things you should know about our network when you apply.

CALPIRG 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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