CPCA’s mission is to lead and position community clinics, health centers and networks through
advocacy, education, and services as key players in the health care delivery system to improve
the health status of their communities.
CPCA’s Government Affairs Team is committed to strengthening California’s community clinics
and health centers by collaborating with our members, patients, allies and advocates, to
promote healthy people and healthy communities. We believe that individual health and
community health are the foundations of who we are today and who we strive to be tomorrow.
United in single voice, our advocacy coalition will advance the core values of health centers to
the benefit of our patients, communities, and health centers.
The Government Affairs Team is a multi-disciplinary unit that employs legislative, public policy,
legal, public affairs, and advocacy experts who specialize in the health and healthcare business
Summary of Position: Under the direction of the Assistant Director of External Affairs and in
partnership with community health center advocates, the Senior Coordinator of Public Affairs
will help design and implement a grassroots advocacy and public affairs strategy that advances
the mission of community health centers in California. Key areas of work will include public
policy analysis and advocacy, coalition building, internal and external communications, media
relations, copywriting, public speaking, committee and workgroup management, and direct
public affairs support to community health centers.
1. Primary responsibility for implementing CPCA’s grassroots advocacy strategy which seeks to
influence state and federal public policy through the mobilization of community health
centers advocates. Work may include coordination of direct advocacy campaigns and
events, public awareness campaigns, and coalition building.
2. Coordinate and collaborate with health center advocacy organizations, regional health
center networks, individual health centers, the National Association of Community Health
Centers and other coalition partners.
3. Coordinate and collaborate with Government Affairs team members, consultants, and
contract lobbyists on projects and efforts as assigned.
4. Provide technical assistance to health centers and other organizations to strengthen public
5. Provide analysis and technical assistance to health centers and health center networks in
assigned public policy or issue areas.
6. Coordinate information updates and action alerts, including compiling and editing articles
for updates, and posting updates and alerts on the website and other advocacy platforms.
7. Design, implement and manage a civic engagement program that includes voter education,
voter registration, technical assistance and training, get-out-the-vote, and appropriate
8. Coordinate federal advocacy with the National Association of Community Health Centers to
include National Health Center Week, ACES program, and other national or state recognition
opportunities that impact health centers or the patients they serve.
9. Lead coordination of statewide day of advocacy – Day at the Capitol (DAC). Coordinate with
regional health center networks, health centers, and internal staff.
10. Facilitate participation of regional health center associations and health centers in NACHC’s
Policy and Issues Forum (P&I), including coordination of material review and meeting
11. Assist in the implementation of CPCA’s health center-led policy prioritization process.
12. Manage and staff organizational committees, workgroups, peer networks, and task forces as
assigned. Provide verbal and written reports to the same.
13. Support the Assistant Director of External Affairs with internal and external communications
that may include e-mail communications, blogs, vlogs, podcasts, video, graphics and photos,
social media, opinion articles, letters to the editor, and other copywriting.
14. Support the Assistant Director of External Affairs with media relations, which may include
administrative support, media pitching, writing, research, preparing spokespeople, and
serving as a spokesperson when directed.
15. Develop metrics in all areas of work that supports impartial program analysis and
demonstration of program success.
1. Attends and participates in all staff meetings of the Association
2. Collaborates with the Development and External Affairs Team
3. Collaborate with
4. Promote and adhere to brand specific guidelines for California Primary Care Association,
CaliforniaHealth+, and CaliforniaHealth+ Advocates.
5. Participates in Association events
6. Other duties as assigned
Skills and Talents Required:
1. Strong written and oral skills (English language)
2. Knowledge of grassroots mobilization and organizing
3. Knowledge of media markets, including print, radio, and television
4. Knowledge of social media platforms and other communication methods
5. Knowledge of public policy and political landscape in California and Washington D.C.
6. Leadership skills
7. Strong interpersonal skills in order to establish rapport with staff members and others in business, media and community settings
8. Team work and collaboration
9. Efficient time and project management; ability to work under pressure on deadline
10. Proficient in Windows-based computer applications and computer research skills
11. Knowledge of health, healthcare, primary care, and/or community health centers preferred.
12. Oral and written Spanish language fluency preferred.
Education and Experience Required:
Bachelor degree, preferably in communications, journalism, public affairs, political science or government, and two years of experience in public affairs, politics, grassroots activism, media relations or comparable relative experience. Salary range $63 – 67K DOE + Excellent benefits.
To Apply: Submit cover letter, resume, professional references and salary requirements
in MS Word format to email@example.com or FAX 916-440-8172.