Employment and Professional Development Opportunities


ORGANIZATION: Massachusetts Public Health Association (MPHA)

Employment Opportunity: Assistant Campaign Director

Organizational Overview

The Massachusetts Public Health Association (MPHA) is the champion for public health in the Commonwealth. We are a catalyst for change, eliminating health inequities and promoting healthy communities for all. As a statewide organization, MPHA engages local leaders, state organizations, public officials, and others to improve the health of all the Commonwealth’s residents. MPHA uses an effective combination of advocacy, education, community organizing, policy development, and coalition leadership to secure investments in public health, promote health equity, and bolster our public health infrastructure.  In all our work, we seek to improve the social conditions in neighborhoods, schools, and workplaces that have an impact on health and to listen to the voices and priorities of communities most impacted by health inequities.

Promoting racial justice is a core component of MPHA’s work and identity. As MPHA pursues policy changes to promote health equity, we strive to confront the history of systemic racism and other forms of oppression that have been embedded in public policy. MPHA’s Health Equity Policy Framework guides our external work and internal practices in addressing all forms of health inequities in our external work and internal practices. The framework places special emphasis on racial inequities because we believe that this injustice needs explicit attention.

Summary of Position

The Assistant Campaign Director will be a core part of a four-person Policy & Field Team working to advance MPHA’s health equity policy agenda. The Assistant Campaign Director will focus on developing and stewarding relationships with community-based organizations, local leaders, coalitions, and other allies to shape MPHA priorities and drive effective action that leads to winning policy campaigns. This position will also have an important role in shaping campaign strategy and tactics that strengthen engagement, leadership development, and advocacy skills of local partners – and ultimately, build the power of communities to advance health equity and racial justice.

We are seeking candidates with a proven track record in community, legislative, labor, or electoral campaigns. The successful candidate will be highly skilled at the art and science of leveraging time, resources, and relationships into concrete campaign victories.

The Assistant Campaign Director reports to the Director of Public Policy & Campaign Strategy.

Responsibilities - The Assistant Campaign Director will:

-  Cultivate and strengthen relationships with new and existing partner organizations, with a focus on community-based organizations and other local and regional partners addressing social determinants of health through a racial justice lens.

-  Engage partner organizations in developing MPHA policy priorities that are responsive to their communities’ needs.

-  Play a leadership role in the development of campaign strategy to win policy victories, working closely with the Director of Public Policy and Campaign Strategy and the full team.

-  Develop plans and actions to support campaign goals which draw on the skills and knowledge of partner organizations.

-  Coach and support partners to develop stronger advocacy and organizing skills through one-to-one and small group meetings, trainings, and other activities that build skills, knowledge, and confidence.

-  Grow the commitment and engagement of partners in campaign activities and actions, supporting local partners to move up the “ladder of engagement,” including mobilizing their own networks in support of campaign goals.

-  Develop and track measures and benchmarks to evaluate effectiveness of engagement and leadership development and to maximize likelihood of winning campaigns.

-  Supervise part-time field position working on a transportation and housing justice campaign in Worcester and Springfield (position to be hired in fall 2020).

-  Staff or represent MPHA in coalitions, working groups, and other partnerships.

-  Draft content for communications, training materials, and other collateral to support campaigns.


We are seeking candidates who excel at relationship building and strategy development that advances campaign goals. This includes:

-  Commitment: Demonstrated commitment and track record of leadership advancing equity and incorporating a racial justice approach throughout work processes and products.

-  Ability to align and move people into action: Skilled at communicating in ways that build credibility, inspire, align people, and motivate action. Experience identifying the appropriate asks of individuals, creating commitments, and establishing mutual accountability.

-  Partnership: Experience supporting racially diverse partnerships or coalitions and incorporating the perspectives of multiple communities, including communities of color, in decision-making processes. Ability to work with a wide variety of partners – e.g., grassroots leaders, policymakers, organizational staff, health care leaders, etc. – with flexibility and professional maturity.

-  Strategy development: Demonstrated success in designing and implementing campaign strategies and tactics that engage individuals or organizations and that deliver winning results for community, legislative, labor, or electoral campaigns.

-  Leadership development: Demonstrated success in leadership development, focused on increased advocacy and organizing skills and confidence of partners.

-  Highly organized and motivated: Exceptionally well-organized with strong attention to detail. Ability and desire to work in a fast-paced environment, and ability to prioritize and switch gears quickly between multiple projects and subjects. Fast and enthusiastic learner interested in growing knowledge in a wide variety of topic areas.

-  Strong communicator and team player: Strong written and verbal communication skills, including experience translating complex policy topics for a variety of audiences. Ability to flex communication styles and methods for a variety of organizational cultures and settings. Comfortable with public speaking and facilitating challenging conversations. Great sense of humor. Rigor and high standards are complemented with an ability to encourage fun and contribute to a strong team internally and among coalition partners.

-  Minimum of 5-8 years of experience working in community, legislative, labor, or electoral campaigns. Minimum of 2 years of supervisory experience preferred.

-  Knowledge of Massachusetts legislative process and political landscape preferred. Familiarity with local community-based initiatives and organizations in Massachusetts preferred. Experience with the Massachusetts legislative process, the public health policy landscape, and MPHA policy priorities in a plus.


Currently, all MPHA staff are working remotely and are not traveling. We anticipate that a gradual return to the office and traveling will occur at some point in 2020 or 2021, depending on public health guidance. As a return to the office occurs, this position can be based out of our downtown Boston office or may be based out of a home office elsewhere in Massachusetts.

Significant in-state travel is required. Availability for occasional early morning, evening, or weekend hours required.


Salary range will reflect a candidate’s experience, skills, and education: $55,000-$62,000. Excellent health, dental and paid time off benefits.

MPHA is an equal opportunity employer committed to a workplace that reflects the diversity of the people of Massachusetts, including populations most impacted by health inequities.  We make a particular effort to recruit people of color to apply.

To Apply

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  Individuals interested in applying should visit: https://tinyurl.com/MPHA-AssistantCampaignDirector. You will be asked to complete some basic application information and provide a cover letter and resume.



ORGANIZATION: Youth Build Boston

Employment Opportunity: Executive Director

YouthBuild Boston is seeking an exceptional purpose-driven leader committed to social justice, equity, and sustainable employment for young people to serve as its next Executive Director. We are seeking an outstanding role model who sees and believes in the possibility and passion of young people. We are seeking a leader who has the ability to enunciate a vision and to motivate the team to achieve the vision. The new Executive Director will be committed to helping young people transform their communities and their lives, breaking the cycle of poverty through a commitment to work, education, family, and community. 


Our Organization 

YouthBuild Boston (YBB) is an outstanding nationally respected organization committed to empowering low-income youth. Founded in 1990 with the goal of providing underserved young people with the support and credentials needed

to successfully enter the building trades, the new Executive Director will come into an organization with an extraordinary record of achievement in its 30-year history. YBB is a best-in-class leader in providing young people with fundamental opportunities for education and employment. With a budget of more than $2 million and approximately 20 employees, YBB has a diverse set of programs and income streams from grants, contracts, service fees, and revenue generated from its real estate holdings. 


Our Mission is to empower and assist underserved young people from the Boston area with the essential social, vocational, academic, and life skills necessary to navigate a positive pathway to self-sufficiency and neighborhood responsibility. 

While YBB promotes the core values of youth development and community service, it stands out as an innovative non-profit offering a hands-on approach to building trades training. Our programs provide vocational education, counseling, and other life skills training that readily strengthen and prepare students for the workforce upon graduation. We focus on the assets of each individual to enable young people to navigate a pathway to a meaningful livelihood. We connect young people to their peers, family, and community in a positive and supportive way.

Our programs include: 

Building Trades Explorations: This 6-9 month academic and building trades program is for young people aged 17-24 who do not have a high school diploma. Participants gain exposure to construction and landscaping safety, tools, materials, techniques, and methods while taking HiSet prep classes for their high school equivalency test. 

Pre-Apprentice: This 15-week program is for young people aged 18-25 who already have their high school diploma or equivalent and are interested in starting a career in the building trades. Students gain field experience on real construction sites to ensure that they are ready for employment in the field upon graduation. 

The Designery: These 7 to 10-week sessions are geared toward high school students who want an enriching after-school experience. Students are paid a bi-weekly stipend while they hone fundamental graphic, modeling, and design-thinking skills through real design projects for non-profit clients around the city. 

The Position 

YBB seeks a candidate who is passionate about and dedicated to improving the lives of young people in the community. The Executive Director leads with a sense of urgency to eradicate poverty and create a pathway for young people to contribute their energy, talent, and intelligence to strengthen their communities. YBB values applicants who seek a respectful, collaborative, and supportive work environment. 

To build upon YouthBuild Boston’s legacy, the Executive Director must possess extraordinary vision and entrepreneurial acumen with the ability to lead and manage a complex and dynamic organization. Key to the new leader’s success will be his/her ability to dynamically and successfully fundraise, cultivating and building critical relationships for organizational growth. The next leader will be driven by a sense of compassion, respect, love, and belief in the enormous potential of young people. S/he will have strong organizational, management, fundraising, and advocacy skills. The Executive Director must have well-honed collaboration skills that will be used in working with the Board of Directors, staff, participants, funders, industry representatives, community leaders and other major stakeholders, and will lead a highly-motivated and committed team with a strategic vision and sense of purpose. 


Qualifications Needed 

The successful candidate for this position must demonstrate: 

•   Success in developing, leading, and effectively managing a comparable organization to achieve exceptional, measurable results; 

•   The ability to grow and strengthen our diverse private and public funding, including cultivation of individual donors, industry supporters and institutional funders; 

•   The capacity to develop and strengthen programs that serve young people of color and respond to community needs; 

•   Experience managing day-to-day operations, including financial and program oversight; 

•   A strong record of partnership with an active and engaged Board of Directors; 

•   A history of being a team builder and mentor with experience hiring, managing, and promoting a talented 

and committed professional staff; 

•    Commitment to building upon our success as a persuasive advocate and community leader who can communicate 

effectively with funders, media, elected officials, and other stakeholders; 

•    An advanced degree in a related field is preferred. Significant practical experience will be considered. 


Characteristics Desired 

In addition to the qualifications listed above, the successful candidate should demonstrate: 

•    Passion for youth development and forging a path for youth to become positive leaders/change agents; 

•    Knowledge of workforce development trends and opportunities; 

•    Familiarity with the building trades; 

•    Experience and exposure to real estate development, finance, contracts, and transactions; 

•    Entrepreneurial qualities with the ability to adapt organizations and implement new initiatives; 

•    Experience cultivating and strengthening relationships with funders and community groups, particularly in Greater 


•    The ability to embrace community-articulated goals and to translate them into concrete action; 

•    Leadership with inspiration and a passion for engaging in collaborative partnerships. 

YBB is committed to social justice, fairness, and equity in all aspects of its work. YBB seeks a diverse pool of candidates for this position. 


To apply in confidence: 

Please send resume and cover letter to Susan Barry at Egmont Associates, sbarry@egmontassociates.com 

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