Project Coordinator

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Description, Compensation and Benefits:

Job Title: Project Coordinator
Program Name: Saving Our Legacy, African Americans for Smoke Free Safe Places – The SOL Project
Location: Sacramento, CA Offices of Public Health Foundation Enterprises (DBA Heluna Health)
Position Status: Full Time, Exempt, Salaried
Compensation: $62,496-$70,344
Travel Required: 30%
Reports to: Senior Program Director
Closing date: Open Until Filled

Heluna Health and Saving Our Legacy: African Americans for Smoke-Free Safe Places (SOL) Project are searching for a Project Coordinator who is a highly organized person who communicates well both in written and oral form. This candidate must have experience organizing or facilitating collaborative partnerships with community based organizations, youth organizations, K-12 school institutions; or community residents in advocacy or policy efforts. The Project Coordinator is responsible for complex project management, including development of educational materials and reports, committee recruitment and management and relationship building with community leaders that leads to public health policy change.

Heluna Health
Heluna Health is the leading provider of program services and fiscal sponsorship for over 500 population health projects. We empower public health agencies, academic researchers, public/private consortia, and nonprofits. We envision a world where all people have access to the services and support they need to live healthy and productive lives.

Saving Our Legacy: African Americans for Smoke Free Safe Places (The SOL Project aka SOL)
The SOL Project advocates for healthy, smoke-free communities for African Americans and other populations who suffer disproportionately as a result of social conditions and tobacco use. SOL is also committed to engaging and developing African American youth advocates as agents of social change. Established in 2007, the SOL Project partners within the community to encourage local governments and boards to adopt and implement tobacco control policies that protect against harmful exposure to smoke or aerosol from plant based or synthetic products and limit the sale of menthol and flavored tobacco and vape products. SOL is located in Sacramento, California and serves 14 Northern California Counties that are considered the “Gold Country” Region. The SOL project also provides customized tobacco control trainings and technical assistance locally and nationally through partner organizations such as the African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council and the Center for Health Equity. The SOL Project is currently grant funded by the State of California Department of Public Health, Tobacco Control Program.

Under the direction of the Senior Program Director, the Project Coordinator (PC) is responsible for developing mutually beneficial partnerships to organize, empower and mobilize the African American and low socioeconomic communities to win real improvements in tobacco control through policy and advocacy. The PC will attend and actively participate in organization meetings, coalitions and associations. The intent is to deepen political consciousness, educate the members, and collectively address social determinants of health, that creates long- term systems and/or policy change in tobacco control; and build powerful relationships for future victories. The PC will also engage the community by participating in events and staffing tables at markets and festivals, recruiting and managing advisory committees or work groups, conducting public opinion polls and organizing town hall meetings or press events.

The PC develops presentations, trainings, social media campaigns and printed educational materials to increase awareness on the need and benefits of flavored tobacco restrictions in the retail setting, updating smoking definitions in existing nonsmoking outdoor policies leading towards a tobacco endgame. The PC should have a strong public health and community organizing framework experience utilizing prevention strategies focused on addressing social norms through laws, rules and policies.

This position requires the ability to work a flexible schedule, including some evenings, weekends and travel throughout Northern California and potential travel for national conferences.

This is full-time benefitted position, which is grant-funded by the California Tobacco Control Program through June 30, 2025. Employment provided by Public Health Foundation Enterprises, DBA Heluna Health.


Outreach & Promotion
  • Engage and educate the community by distributing materials, quit smoking kits and collecting public opinion polls by staffing tables/booths at events, festivals and fairs.
  • Actively participate in community organization meetings and associations.
  • Conduct presentations and trainings.
  • Produce appealing and relevant outreach materials (infographics, fact sheets, petitions, social media posts).
High-Quality Relationships
  • Maintain consistent contact with local law makers, tobacco control coalitions, youth agencies, groups and community based organizations or groups such as: neighborhood associations, churches, Black Student Unions, 100 Black Men/Women, NAACP and Pan-Hellenic organizations or other organizations reaching the community we serve.
  • Support other organizations’ efforts to establish mutually beneficial relationships.
  • Represent the SOL Project to networks and community in a professional way.
  • Recruit and maintain advisory committee or work group.
Program Leadership and Logistical Functions
  • Implement scope of work intervention activities that lead to adoption and implementation of tobacco control policies at the city and/or county level.
  • Organize and attend meetings, including preparing sites, agendas, minutes, and materials, with council members, board of supervisors, other key leaders, volunteers, community groups.
  • Write articles and develop other content to share in the organizations quarterly newsletter.
  • Assist with development, organization, collection and analyzing of evaluation activities (I.e., public opinion polls, key informant interviews, focus groups and material field testing).
Reporting & Record Keeping
  • Maintain documentation on implementation activities to prepare progress and final reports.
  • Track record of community organizing and conducting educational presentations.
  • Produce regular reports as required by funders.
Stay informed about local issues, trends and opportunities in the field
  • Scan local and state list serves and websites on tobacco control and social determinants of health.
  • Track policy related to projects.
  • Bring issues and opportunities to the attention of supervisors and share knowledge and resources with staff.
  • Bachelor’s degree in health or public policy, community or environmental health, behavioral science, or related field with a minimum two (2) years related experience working in public health, health-related organization, or community based organization; Master in public health or public policy preferred.
  • Track record of community organizing, and conducting educational presentations.
  • Experience planning and developing educational and social media materials, using Canva, Microsoft Publisher, or other desk top publishing software.
  • Experience with partnership development, collaboration building and community engagement.
  • Nonprofit experience as either a volunteer or as a professional (preferred).
  • Commitment to social justice, public health, and community organizing as strategies to affect change. Demonstrated capacity to work with the African American community or low-socioeconomic communities Significant experience in project management.
  • Strong project management, written and verbal communications skills.
  • Capacity to be self-motivated.
  • Commitment to SOL’s values of tobacco control, health equity, community, inclusion, innovation and social justice.
  • Ability to work on a variety of tasks simultaneously.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including some evenings and weekends.
  • Ability to travel as needed according to assigned scope of work
JOIN OUR TEAM! To apply, include a cover letter stating personal qualifications, resume, and statement in writing up to 300 words addressing “What interests you in a career in public health and tobacco control?”

Saving Our Legacy, African Americans for Smoke Free Safe Places and Heluna Health are an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against its employees or applicants based on race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, medical condition, ability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other impermissible basis. People of color, LGBTQ persons, minorities, women, veterans, and people with disabilities encouraged to apply. Youth Alumni who have participated and completed tobacco control, community health worker, and other public health programs are strongly encouraged to apply.

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Ability to secure timely transportation, licenses and insurance to fulfill travel requirements of the position.

  • Stand Frequently
  • Walk Frequently
  • Sit Frequently
  • Handling / Fingering Occasionally
  • Reach Outward Occasionally
  • Reach Above Shoulder Occasionally
  • Climb, Crawl, Kneel, Bend Occasionally
  • Lift / Carry Occasionally - Up to 50 lbs.
  • Push/Pull Occasionally - Up to 50 lbs.
  • See Constantly
  • Hear Constantly
  • Taste/ Smell Not Applicable
  • Not Applicable Not required for essential functions
  • Occasionally (0 - 2 hrs./day)
  • Frequently (2 - 5 hrs./day)
  • Constantly (5+ hrs./day)
General Office Setting, Indoors Temperature Controlled. Outdoors in reasonable weather as needed per scope of work assignments.