Public Health Policy Fellowship

Speak Up For The Public Interest
When decisions are being made that affect our health, our safety, or our rights as consumers and citizens, U.S. PIRG speaks up on behalf of the public.

Whether it’s a decision about how to address the misuse of our life-saving antibiotics in agriculture, or how to stop the mishandling of our personal information by companies like Facebook and Equifax, or addressing our country’s plastic waste crisis, the problems we work on aren’t progressive or conservative. They’re just problems that we shouldn’t tolerate any longer.

What It Means To Be A Fellow
You won’t just sit behind a desk. You’ll be out in the real world, working to protect consumers and enable citizens to lead healthier, safer, more secure lives. You’ll be recruiting new groups to join a coalition, speaking in a church basement or town hall to win a new endorsement, organizing a news event or rally, meeting with an editorial board, or doing whatever else it takes to get results. You’ll run a grassroots campaign office each summer during your fellowship where you’ll hire and manage a staff of 20 canvassers to raise money, build our organization and membership, and help win one of our key campaigns.

This is a two-year program, expressly designed to prepare future leaders with U.S. PIRG. We look for smarts, leadership experience, top-notch written and verbal skills, and an eagerness to learn. We value organizing experience, including building campus groups.

Pay & Benefits
The target annual compensation for this position is $27,000 in the first year. U.S. PIRG offers a competitive benefits package. We also offer an excellent training program and opportunities for advancement.

Locations & Start Dates
We’re hiring for positions in Washington, D.C., Boston, MA, Portland, ME, and Chicago, IL. If you’re flexible, you can apply for multiple locations. We accept applications on a rolling basis. Positions start in August 2019. Visit to see our immediate openings.

U.S. PIRG is part of The Public Interest Network—a group of organizations that share a vision of a better country, a set of core values, and a strategic approach to getting things done. Visit to learn more.

U.S. PIRG is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, disability, pregnancy, or veteran status.

Project Coordinator – Maine Farm to School Network (Part-Time)

Do you have a passion for healthy, local food and agricultural education of students in Maine schools?  Medical Care Development, Inc. (MCD), a nonprofit public health services organization in collaboration with Healthy Communities of the Capital Area (HCCA) is accepting applications for a Project Coordinator for the Maine Farm to School Network to join our team!  This position is part-time, 30 hours per week with occasional evening and weekend work as well as statewide and out of state travel.  This position is grant funded for 2 years with the possibility of renewal and is eligible for MCD’s benefit package.

The Maine Farm to School Network (MFSN) is led by a Leadership Council of farm to school stakeholders whose mission is to build a communication and coordination infrastructure at the school and community level to support farm to school programs throughout Maine.  The Project Coordinator will oversee implementation of the Network’s strategic plan priorities while advancing farm to school strategies and partnerships across the state of Maine with the goal of increasing procurement of Maine produced foods by schools, experiential agricultural education, and school gardens.

In collaboration with the MFSN team, this position will support the missions of HCCA and MFSN for outreach and farm to school initiatives including developing and maintaining relationships with stakeholders, serve as the primary contact for MFSN, and work with the MFSN Leadership Council and partners on network development and strategy.  The Project Coordinator will design outreach and publicity materials including regular e-newsletters and partner organization activities/events, and manage MFSN website content and social media accounts.  This position will also provide general administrative and organizational support to MFSN including subcommittees and affiliated Maine Farm to Institution (MEFTI) Network.  The Project Coordinator will facilitate meetings including developing agendas, coordinating logistics, etc.


Qualifications, Skills, and Experience:


  • Bachelor’s degree in health related field or an equivalent of education and experience. (A combination of four (4) years of education, training, and/or experience in health, public health, or related field.)
  • Excellent public speaking and writing skills.
  • Strong organizational skills, strong interest in network building, and organizational promotion and visibility.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office suite, Google Apps, website content management, and marketing materials development using Canva or similar software.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and manage workload and deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to engage team members.
  • Strong collaboration skills and ability to interact effectively with diverse constituents both remotely and in-person.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience within local food systems, particularly as related to farm to school.
  • Experience developing and delivering webinars.
  • Experience with event planning and fundraising.

Successful applicants will be a creative thinker, energetic, self-starter who enjoys new challenges and are able to function comfortably in a fast paced team environment or independently and relate well to co-workers, stakeholders, and the public.  This position requires flexibility and the ability to manage time and multiple tasks with little direct supervision.

This position offers a career path to growth and development within the organization.  MCD deeply values diversity, inclusiveness, empowerment, and collaboration.

Position:  Professional level

Location:  Gardiner, Maine

Projected start date:  Immediately


Application Requirements

NOTE:  All applicants must be authorized to work in the United States.

To apply, please submit the following:

  • A cover letter and resume
  • Your salary expectations
  • Two writing samples (URL address acceptable)
  • Three professional references

Applications should be sent to  Position is open until filled.

Please ensure to send all of the requested information to be considered.  No phone calls please.

MCD deeply values diversity, inclusiveness, empowerment, and collaboration.


Medical Care Development, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Organization and Affirmative Action Employer

Community Health Promotion Specialist (Part-Time)

Community Health Promotion Specialist (Part-Time)
Health and Human Services Department-Public Health Division

Part-time (22.5 hrs./week), Project Position – Grant funded through September 30, 2019. – Seeking qualified individual for a part-time project position assisting with the Family Health Program. This grant funded position will be a Community Health Outreach Worker (CHOW) in our Minority Health Program. This person will assist in reducing the risk of lead poisoning in young children, will facilitate maternal child health nurse visits in their respective community, coordinate multiple contract CHOWs for the Minority Healthy Program for interpreter, translation, and cultural brokering, implementation of Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) Standards, as well as administrative tasks such as appointment confirmations and invoicing. Bilingual strongly preferred, Portuguese and/or French-speaking preferred, but any multi-language speaker welcome to apply. Position requires a bachelor’s degree in a public health-related field or an equivalent combination of experience, education, and training. Certification of Medical Interpreter training is required; additional proof of translation assessment test preferred. Experience required in Portuguese, French, or other language interpretation and/or translation. Excellent group process and conflict management skills welcome. Experience in program implementation, clinical office work, or maternal child health, as well as experience working within a targeted ethnic community is desired. Must have excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, especially to convey clinical findings. Funding only guaranteed through September 30, 2019. Additional funding potentially available beyond this period. Offers of employment are contingent upon the completion of a satisfactory criminal background check. Starting pay rate is $22.16/hour. 
Accepting applications/resumes 11/7/2018 through 11/19/2018.

To apply:

Research Analyst I: Rural Health

The University of Southern Maine’s Muskie School of Public Service invite applicants for a full-time, grant-funded position as Research Analyst I: Rural Health on the Portland Campus.

The Research Analyst I for the Maine Rural Health Research Center’s work focuses on research and evaluation in the area of rural health, particularly rural hospitals and health care delivery systems and the policy environment in which they operate. S/he works in a team environment and participates in various research and evaluation activities including proposal development, research and evaluation design, data collection and analysis, and oral and written dissemination of findings. The Research Analyst I directs small projects and portions of larger projects while working independently and as part of multiple teams. Major responsibilities include participation in proposal development; identification, review, and summary of relevant research and policy literature; and collection, management and analysis of quantitative and qualitative data. This position also works with project teams to ensure reliable data cleaning, quality and security, and contributes to the development and writing of funding applications, work plans, interview protocols, data products, and reports.

The USM community is committed to building a culturally diverse team of leaders, faculty and staff. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.

The University of Southern Maine provides a highly competitive benefits package that includes: Paid Time Off (Holidays, Vacation, & Sick), Health Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Life Insurance, Short and Long Term Disability Insurance, Tuition Waiver Program for Employee & Dependents, a 403(b) Retirement Plan, and more.

Want to know more about employment, benefits and local resources? Our Employment webpage has additional information to help you become more familiar with developing a new career at USM as well as exploring everything the Greater Southern Maine area has to offer.

USM’s three environmentally friendly campuses are unique, yet all share the extensive resources of the university — and all are energized through strong community partnerships. Offering easy access to Boston, plus the ocean, mountains and forests of coastal, inland and northern Maine, USM is at the heart of Maine’s most exciting metropolitan region.

• Master’s degree in public health, health policy or related field and one year of experience working in health policy, health care, public health, human services, or related professional field; OR, Bachelor’s degree and three to five years’ experience
• Knowledge and understanding of U.S. health policy
• Ability to work independently and collaboratively
• Knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research methods
• Strong critical thinking, writing and oral communication skills
• Demonstrated organizational, work management, and group process skills, ability to take initiative to identify and propose new tasks and procedures
• Knowledge of qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis
• Knowledge of SAS, SPSS, or other statistical analysis software
• Experience developing integrated literature reviews
• Ability and willingness to travel
• Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of rural health and hospital policy and the health care needs of rural populations
• Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of hospital and health care system finance and operations
• Demonstrated experience analyzing health policy data with SAS® or other statistical analysis software
• Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the evaluation of state and federally funded grant programs
• Experience working collaboratively with a research team
• Experience with citation management software such as EndNote®

Apply online at: You will create an applicant profile and complete an application. You will need to upload a cover letter, resume/curriculum vitae and a list of the names and contact information for three references.

All required materials must be submitted by November 30, 2018.

Appropriate background screening will be conducted for the successful candidate.

The University of Southern Maine is an EEO/AA employer, and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Sarah E. Harebo, Director of Equal Opportunity, 101 North Stevens Hall, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469-5754, 207.581.1226, TTY 711 (Maine Relay System)