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PennPIRG Public Health Campaign Associate

Posted on: October 6, 2020

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Job Description

PennPIRG Public Health Campaign Associate

Join the PennPIRG team, led by Advocate Emma Horst-Martz, on our cutting-edge campaigns to protect public health in Pennsylvania. 

From threats in the marketplace such as the overuse of antibiotics on factory farms, cancer causing pesticides sold to farmers and gardeners alike, makeup made with toxic chemicals and flavored tobacco products marketed to teens, to system wide issues like lead in school drinking water and sky-high prescription drug prices, there are numerous threats to Pennyslvanians’ health. 

The PennPIRG team will also continue advocating for improved access to testing and Personal Protective Equipment as necessary following the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic. Join us to stand up to powerful special interests that threaten Pennsylanians’ health, safety, and wellbeing.  

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


  • 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 campaign.
  • Lobby elected officials: Coordinate strategy with champions in Congress. Make a convincing case to legislators who are undecided on a particular vote. 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: Catalogue 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.
  • 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.


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


Fill out our online application by clicking here.


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. For the foreseeable future, all of our staff are working remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This position starts in August 2021. 


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 our core values page for things you should know about our network when you apply.

PennPIRG is an equal opportunity employer.


Philadelphia, PA



Job category

Employment type
Full Time

0+ years

$28,000 – $30,000

Start date
August 2, 2021

Application deadline
December 31, 2020