Communications Associate

California LGBT Health and Human Services Network
Mission Statement: 

The California LGBT Health and Human Services Network is a statewide coalition of non-profit providers, community centers, and researchers working collectively to advocate for state level policies and resources that will advance LGBT health.  We strive to provide coordinated leadership about LGBT health policy in a proactive, responsive manner that promotes health and wellness as part of the movement for LGBT equality.  The Network seeks to:

  • Advocate for policies advancing the health of LGBT communities
  • Expand coverage and improve access to quality health care
  • Strengthen programs and build capacity for member organizations
  • Increase funding to LGBT health and human services organizations


Position Description: 

Position Summary:Health Access Foundation seeks a Communications Associate for the California Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health and Human Services Network (CA LGBT HHS Network), a statewide coalition working to advance LGBT health. The position will assist in developing and coordinating Health Access’ statewide communications strategies and coalition communications with a focus on digital media technologies. This includes targeting, planning, coalition building, working with policy staff and supporting organizers in efforts to build Health Access’ advocacy and organizational capacity via web and email based programs to advance the dynamic CA LGBT HHS Network policy agenda. Excellent communication, motivational skills, work ethic, and a passion for health care policy are essential. The position can be based in either our Sacramento or Los Angeles offices and will be directly supervised by the CA LGBT HHS Network Director based in Sacramento. Specific responsibilities include:

  • In collaboration with CA LGBT HHS Network staff and coalition partners, develop an annual communications plan to support various programs.
  • Maintain CA LGBT HHS Network website, including the blog and pages for #Out4MentalHealth and LGBTQ Tobacco Control campaigns, keeping the information on legislation and broad policy work current, and providing links to fact sheets, sample letters from our partner organizations, and other resources.
  • Draft evergreen articles related to LGBTQ Tobacco-related disparities.
  • Develop sample Letters to the Editor.
  • Develop print and digital advertisements about LGBTQ tobacco-related disparities.
  • Track the penetration of CA LGBT HHS Network communications efforts through traditional and social media platforms.
  • Facilitate CA LGBT HHS Network listservs as needed.
  • Maintain a Network blog, which may include writing Network blog posts, soliciting guest posts, and maintaining the blog webpage.
  • With the Network Director, develop and send regular email updates to the CA LGBT HHS Network and LGBTQ Stakeholder Project participants about trainings, webinars, policy developments, advocacy opportunities, and funding opportunities.
  • Work with program and evaluation staff to conduct consumer testing of education materials and advertisements.
  • Create educational materials, such as fact sheets, blog posts, infographics, and brochures in collaboration with policy and organizing teams.
  • Edit press and media advisories and conduct outreach to media.
  • Conduct outreach to potential statewide and regional coalition partners.
  • Build effective relationships with the organizing and communications staff of coalition partners to create an expanded capacity for grassroots education, outreach, and advocacy.
  • Refer, assist, and publicize individuals with specific stories of experience with our health system.
  • Maintain an updated and robust press list.
  • Provide research, writing and analysis support on various topics for papers, publications and reports.
  • Maintain Facebook and Twitter accounts for the CA LGBT HHS Network.
  • Work with Health Access Communications staff to coordinate messaging, timing, and efficiently deploy communications resources.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • 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.
  • Bachelor degree or equivalent relevant work experience.
  • At least 2-5 years of experience in communications, legislative, and/or non-profit management.
  • Background in digital media technologies such as website content management, email/CRM programs, and/or social media optimization.
  • An independent thinker, self-motivated, problem solver, and team player with a commitment to excellence.
  • Have strong organizational skills and ability to stay focused with attention to detail.
  • Experience with graphic design a plus.
  • Skills designing flyers, PowerPoint slides, and/or social media graphics is a plus.
  • Strong public speaking, writing, and analytical skills and experience.
  • Strong interpersonal and relational skills.
  • Ability to understand and communicate complicated policy to a lay audience.
  • Must be able to meet deadlines, be responsive, and demonstrate excellent communication skills.
  • Read and comprehend general instructions, correspondence, and memos;
  • Write professional correspondence.
  • Spanish language fluency a strong plus but not required.
Application Deadline: 
Friday, March 30, 2018
Application Instructions: 

Interested candidates should send both: cover letter and resume. Reference LGBTQ Communications Associate position in the subject line to: LGBTHealth [at] or 1127 11th Street, Suite 925, Sacramento, CA 95814.

Amanda Wallner
Country/US Territory: 
United States