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PennPIRG Public Health Campaign Associate

Posted on: October 8, 2021

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PennPIRG Public Health Campaign Associate

About the Job

PennPIRG is looking for a skilled and savvy organizer to build grassroots support for public health campaigns to protect Pennsylvanians’ health, safety, and wellbeing. This includes PennPIRG’s campaigns to get the lead out of school drinking water, convince vaccine hesitant Pennsylvanians to get the COVID-19 vaccinated, and advocate for high quality and affordable healthcare by lowering prescription drug prices and protecting patients from surprise medical bills. 

PennPIRG is a statewide, citizen based, non-profit organization advocating for the public interest. We speak out for a healthier, safer world in which we’re freer to pursue our own individual well-being and the common good. The problems we address aren’t progressive or conservative — they’re just problems that no one should tolerate in an age of great abundance and technological progress. That’s why we’re working to find common ground around commonsense ideas. Defending the public requires independent research, tough-minded advocacy and spirited grassroots action. 

The Public Health Campaign Associate will help to protect the public’s health on the local level, state and federal level, advocating for systemic policy change to our healthcare systems, and continuing our ongoing work to address the current challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Entry-level candidates are encouraged to apply; we provide training on advocacy and organizing skills as well as oversight and on-the-ground training from an experienced advocate. Ideal candidates will have leadership experience, top-notch written and verbal skills and an eagerness to learn, and will be ready for a challenge. We value organizing experience, including building campus or community groups.

Typical responsibilities

Build powerful coalitions: Reach out to like-minded organizations and affected constituency groups to demonstrate support for our campaign goals. 

Earn traditional media and social media attention: Organize news conferences and write opinion pieces. Build a following on Facebook and Twitter for your campaigns.

Lobby elected officials: Coordinate strategy with champions in the state legislature and local elected offices. Make a convincing case to legislators who are undecided on a particular vote to support the public interest policy position. When a critical vote is happening on your campaign, work to demonstrate the support you’ve been building on the ground to help line up the votes needed to win. 

Research and write reports: Catalog and analyze data relevant to the issue and our policy proposals to help influence public debate and earn media attention for our cause.

Identify and cultivate donors: Reach out to foundations and major donors and ask them to fund your campaign.

Recruit new people to your team: Help build your team recruiting volunteers, interns and full-time staff.

Run a grassroots campaign office each summer: Run a campaign office for the summer to raise money to support our campaigns, build our organization and membership, and help build critical and timely grassroots support to win key campaigns while honing your organizing and management skills.

Compensation & benefits

The target annual compensation for this position is $28,500-$30,000 in the first year. PennPIRG offers a competitive benefits package. We also offer an excellent training program and opportunities for advancement.


Philadelphia, PA

We’re also hiring campaign associates to work on other campaigns in locations across the country. We accept applications on a rolling basis. Currently all of our staff are working remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The PennPIRG position starts immediately and other positions start in August 2022.

To Apply

Fill out our online application: 

PennPIRG is part of The Public Interest Network, which operates and supports organizations committed to a shared vision of a better world and a strategic approach to social change. Visit for things you should know about our network when you apply.

PennPIRG is an equal opportunity employer.





Job category

Employment type
Full Time

0+ years

$28,500 – $30,000

The target annual compensation for this position is $28,500-$30,000 in the first year. PennPIRG offers a competitive benefits package. We also offer an excellent training program and opportunities for advancement.

Start date
August 1, 2022

Apply by March 17, 2022