Policy and Practice Associate

Brief Overview:

We are searching for a full-time Associate to join HRiA’s Policy & Practice team. This is an exciting opportunity to lead efforts around a Smoke Free Housing (SFH) program and the Massachusetts Asthma Action Partnership (MAAP), as well as assist with other initiatives at HRiA. The SFH and MAAP are funded by the MA Department of Public Health’s Tobacco Cessation and Prevention and Asthma Prevention and Control Programs, respectfully. The Associate will work with closely with both programs.

Position Description:

The SFH Program is a population-based initiative focused on policy and system approaches as well as creating tools and resources to support smoke free multi-unit housing. HRiA works with residents, including those impacted by secondhand smoke exposure to support policy change in their buildings and more broadly. MAAP is a statewide partnership which promotes education, best practices, and policies, with an aim to eliminate exposures to environmental triggers in homes, schools, and the broader community, as well as increase access to culturally competent and quality clinical care to support asthma management, particularly for low-income communities and communities of color.  The Associate work on other HRiA initiatives.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Project Work

  • Provide technical assistance and education for private and public property owners, property management companies, case workers and in-home service providers, and residents of multi-unit housing on the health impacts of secondhand smoke and the process of adopting and implementing a smoke-free policy.
  • Create tools to support adoption of widespread smoke-free multi-unit housing include capacity building for local and/or state policy change.
  • Work with residents and resident advocacy groups to prevent vulnerable populations, such as the elderly, people with disabilities, people with a mental health diagnosis or a history of substance abuse, from being exposed to secondhand smoke and being able to comply with the policy change.
  • Work with Massachusetts Tobacco Cessation and Prevention program and its locally funded program to provide overarching strategy and guidance about smoke-free housing policy statewide.
  • Serve as a liaison between Massachusetts’ housing and health sectors.
  • Coordinate MAAP efforts across MA, including facilitation of a Steering Committee and three sub-committees.
  • Provide/organize educational workshops, trainings, webinars and an annual summit.
  • Work with DPH to develop, disseminate, and promote tools about key provisions of smoke-free policies and/or asthma.
  • Coordinate and develop program reports and workplans; monitor progress of goals and objectives as defined by the program.
  • Write and edit materials including print and web copy for communication products and campaigns, including a quarterly newsletter.
  • Engage in formative research, including conducting environmental scans and literature reviews, supporting research plan and tool development, providing interview and focus group support, develop and lead up dissemination plans, conduct outreach for programs, and/or contribute to data analysis and report writing.
  • Assist project leads in project and client management, including developing meeting agendas, taking meeting notes, and developing project workplans and timelines

New Business Development & Thought Leadership

  • Work with Policy and Practice team and HRiA staff to in the new business development process as necessary including drafting, editing or supporting submission of new proposals.

Management and Supervision

  • Serve as a liaison with funders; manage clients, vendors, and consultants (graphic designers, printers, researchers, translators) and/or interns as appropriate.

This description is intended to indicate the kinds of work duties that will be required in this position.  It is not intended to limit, or in any way modify, the rights of any supervisor to assign, direct, and contract work of staff under his/her supervision.  The use of a description of duties shall not be held to exclude other duties, not mentioned, that are of a similar level or difficulty.

Candidate Qualifications:


  • Master’s in Public Health or Health Communication with 1-3 years of work experience OR Bachelor of Arts/Science with 2-5 years of experience.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills, and ability to juggle many projects and tasks at once.
  • Strong writing, verbal communication, interpersonal and facilitation skills.
  • Experience and skills in project management including developing workplans and working with clients, partners, community members and a range of stakeholders.
  • Keen understanding of public health issues and ability to remain current on issues and health communication practice.
  • Commitment to and understanding of health equity.
  • Experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint.
  • Ability to travel to offsite meetings (almost all in MA).
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team.
  • Flexibility and a sense of humor.


  • Successful track record in community organizing.
  • Experience working with diverse coalitions and/or local governments.
  • Ability to work with a wide-variety of personalities.
  • Demonstrated commitment to working with diverse staff and improving public health.
  • A valid driver’s license is a plus.
  • Spanish language skills are a plus.

How to Apply:

HRiA is actively seeking to build a diverse and experienced staff. The organization encourages multiple perspectives and experiences, supports a multicultural environment, and strives to hire and retain a diverse work force that reflects the populations we work with and the communities where we work. Diversity is a core value of HRiA resulting in culturally competent services, materials, resources, and programs. Our hiring and business practices appreciate the strengths offered through different backgrounds. HRiA is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.


HRiA offers an attractive benefits package including medical, dental and life insurance, retirement plan, tax-deferred annuity, and generous vacation.

To apply, submit your resume, cover letter, and salary requirements online.

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