Public Health Advocate

Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; Denver, CO; or Washington, DC preferred


PIRG is hiring a public health campaigns advocate to help us tackle some of the greatest health threats we face. As an advocate, you’ll work with health experts across the country, training them to be effective communicators so we can make a bigger impact. You’ll advocate for re-building our public health infrastructure and measures to counter medical misinformation, as well as push for solutions to specific threats like antibiotic resistance and the epidemic of youth tobacco use. 

All Americans want a healthier, safer, more secure future. PIRG works to find common ground around common sense solutions that will help make that future a reality. The problems we work on aren’t progressive or conservative. They’re just problems that our country shouldn’t tolerate in an age of great abundance and technological progress.

At PIRG, we value ideas and policies that both improve the quality of our lives now and put us on a path to a better future. We are an advocate for the public interest. We speak out for a healthier, safer world in which we’re freer to pursue our own individual well-being and the common good.

PIRG’s Public Health Team

Too often industries or other special interests threaten public health, whether by pushing addictive and deadly products like tobacco on kids, misusing life-saving antibiotics on healthy livestock which can lead to deadly antibiotic-resistant bacteria ,  or spreading misinformation that could endanger millions. 

PIRG’s public health team partners with health experts across the country to share accurate information and call for solutions to health issues we shouldn’t have to tolerate. 

As an advocate, you may work on our campaign to stop the overuse of antibiotics in meat production. That includes building up our Coalition to Preserve Antibiotics, a group of physicians, farmers and veterinarians dedicated to keeping these miracle drugs effective. You’d help pressure major meat buyers to source meat raised without overusing antibiotics, and pursue legislation at the state and federal level on the issue. 

You could also help move PIRG’s End the Nicotine Trap campaign forward to reduce youth tobacco use. For decades tobacco companies have targeted kids with flavored products. That’s why we’re working to pass state legislation to end the sale of all flavored tobacco products.

Representative Responsibilities

  • Program Development: Help develop programs and campaigns, including researching the issue, creating viable policy solutions, and proposing the right political strategy and messaging.
  • Advocacy: Make the best case for our policies directly to decision-makers. Build relationships with players in regulatory agencies, corporate boardrooms, statehouses across the country, or in Congress.
  • Campaign Strategy: Work with the our public health team to develop plans to win on our campaigns; assess opportunities for building political support through grassroots organizing, media coverage, endorsements and message development.
  • Coalition Building: Meet with other groups who are concerned about this issue. Share strategies and allocate resources in order to maximize our impact.
  • Fundraising: Write grant proposals, build relationships with foundation staff, and meet with major donors. 
  • Media Outreach: Serve as the spokesperson for our campaigns through media events, press releases and opinion writing. Keep abreast of important public health issues, and raise the profile of our efforts in the media. 
  • Staff Recruitment and Development: Recruit new staff, interns and volunteers and provide training and leadership development opportunities. Potential to oversee campaign associates.

This position requires exercising discretion and independent judgment in making decisions in matters of significance.


Candidates must have at least 3-8 years of relevant professional experience. Qualified candidates will have a demonstrated commitment to public interest or consumer issues and to citizen-based social change, as well as a track record of leadership. We’re looking for people who are goal-driven and results-oriented, who have excellent verbal, written and analytical skills, the ability to speak persuasively in a charged atmosphere, and want to make positive policy change. Organizing and advocacy experience is a must. 

Compensation and Benefits

The starting compensation range is $34,000-$44,000 and depends on relevant experience and/or education. Candidates on the low end of directly relevant experience should expect to be on the lower end of this range; candidates on the higher end of relevant experience are likely to be on the higher end of this range. PIRG offers an excellent benefits package. Our benefits package may include medical, dental, and vision insurance for employees and dependents, needs-based student loan assistance, 401(k) plan with employer match, commuter benefit program, paid time off, parental leave and long-term disability insurance. We also offer an excellent training program and opportunities for advancement.

Things you should know before you apply

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PIRG 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 to learn more before you apply.

PIRG is an equal opportunity employer.

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