Public Policy Manager

Environmental Health Project

Website Environmental Health Project

Defending Public Health Since 2012

Job Title: Public Policy Manager
Reports to: Executive Director
Location: McMurray, PA/Greater Pittsburgh region
Job Type: Exempt, Full-Time

Organization Description:

The Environmental Health Project (EHP) is a nonprofit public health organization that provides wide-ranging support to communities impacted by shale gas development. That support includes health impact assessments, environmental and health monitoring, data and research interpretation, and public health guidance. EHP’s team includes a varied and skilled group of health care professionals, scientists, community educators, analysts, and communications experts. The organization opened in 2012 and has become a national leader in the comprehensive understanding of, and response to, the public health consequences of shale gas development. We seek to support more policy dialogues at the local, state, and national levels regarding the public health implications of shale gas development.

About the Position:

The Public Policy Manager will guide EHP’s increasing support of policies that protect public health from the risks posed by shale gas development. EHP’s advocacy efforts are grounded in quantitative and qualitative research, and the Public Policy Manager has a critical role in strategically applying the findings from our Data and Health teams to the policy space. The Policy Manager will focus some time on state and local policies in Pennsylvania, while also growing our involvement regionally and nationally.

Primary Duties:

  • Set and support EHP’s policy agenda, as guided by board-directed organizational priorities
  • Manage EHP’s Policy Team and oversee advocacy efforts at the local, state, and federal levels
  • Identify strategic partnership opportunities to support and expand advocacy efforts in Pennsylvania and other states impacted by shale gas development
  • Author testimonies, comments, and talking points for relevant EHP actions; speak at hearings
  • Lead communication and collaboration with state and federal agencies, when appropriate; take point on managing ongoing relationships and coordinating relevant meetings
  • Foster working relationships with elected officials and related advocacy organizations
  • Participate in relevant coalitions and working groups; support internal communication across teams assisting various coalition efforts
  • Conduct research relevant to EHP’s policy goals

Other Duties:

  • Work closely with Communications, Health & Wellness, and Data Team managers on combined goals
  • Support Development Team to identify funding opportunities and submit applications for EHP policy work; ensure Policy Team members are effectively supporting grant obligations and cross-team initiatives
  • Participate in grant implementation for deliverables that include policy-related activities
  • Provide feedback to Executive Director on Policy Team needs, including bandwidth and budget
  • Support EHP’s profile as the nation’s premier public health organization focused on how shale gas operations impact public health

Core Attributes Required:

  • Ability to thrive in a dynamic, deadline-oriented environment with demonstrated ability to balance multiple, competing demands and prioritize them effectively
  • Excellent written and oral communication to broad and diverse audiences on a range of complex and technical issues
  • Ability to offer creative solutions to complex problems and translate options into actionable solutions
  • Attention to detail and comfort with managing deadlines and resources across multiple project teams
  • Proven flexibility in the face of new challenges and situations
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills
  • A “roll up your sleeves” attitude and willingness to take initiative to address issues proactively
  • Ability to strategize with team members, with a focus on organizational improvements
  • Comfort communicating and coordinating with remote teams
  • Passion for the organization’s mission to defend public health in the face of shale gas development

Education and Experience Required:

  • Master’s degree in Public Policy, Environmental Studies/Public Health with a policy focus, or related field
  • Minimum five years of policy experience, ideally in the environmental health or public health space
  • Experience interacting with government officials at various levels
  • Experience collaborating with multiple partners for similar goals
  • Comfort accessing, reading, and tracking legislation
  • Comfort assessing academic research
  • Basic understanding of current events related to public health and fossil fuel policy issues
  • Knowledge of Pennsylvania politics a plus

Compensation: Commensurate with experience

Application Instructions: Submit cover letter explaining why this role is a good fit, resume, and salary requirements to Patrick Dooling at

Apply by May 31, 2022 for first round review.

All applicants and employees will enjoy equality of opportunity and fair treatment without regard to, race, color, age, religion, pregnancy, sex, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, or prior protected activity.

Environmental Health Project is a 501(c)(3) Pennsylvania Nonprofit Corporation.

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