Program Associate

Brief Overview:

We seek a full-time Program Associate to join HRiA’s Health and Racial Equity (HRE) team to advance our environmental health and equity work.

Position Description:

Founded in 1957, HRiA is a non-profit, public health consulting organization with a vision for “Healthy people thriving in equitable and just communities”. People come to HRiA because of our commitment to social justice and health equity, our wonderful clients and partners, and our dedicated and dynamic staff. People stay at HRIA because of our collaborative approach to problem solving, our friendly work environment, and our commitment to providing employees with challenging and exciting professional opportunities.


We are seeking a motivated, self-starting full-time Program Associate to join our HRE Team. This is an exciting opportunity to work closely with other HRiA staff, government agencies, community-based organizations, and other partners to support and build upon initiatives to promote environmental justice and health equity.

Our ideal candidate will have experience working in a community-based or environmental justice organization, participating in coalition work, and coordinating events. They will have a strong commitment to, and understanding of, health and racial equity as well as root causes of inequities and how racism is a public health crisis.  They will have good strong written and verbal communication skills as well as interpersonal skills. Experience with platforms – to develop newsletters and support a simple website – is a plus.

This position will initially support the: Massachusetts Ashtma Action Partnership (MAAP) through two EPA funded MAAP initiatives: Healthy Environments Advance Learning: Building Capacity for Resilient Schools and Healthy Air Network, as well as general MAAP and other initiatives focused on asthma, healthy homes, etc.  Over time, there may be the potential to contribute to a range of other projects. The Program Associate  will report to HRE’s Director of Policy and Practice. More details are provided in Duties and Responsibilities below.

Salary and Benefits

This is an exempt, full-time position. The salary range is $62,000 – $66,000 and based on skills and experience. HRiA offers health insurance, a retirement plan, flexible summer hours, vacation starting at 4 weeks, 13 paid holidays, and sick time, plus office closure time during the last week of December.

Location and Hours

This is an MA-based position (candidates living in adjacent states will be considered on an individual basis). HRiA has adopted a ‘hybrid’ work environment, enabling staff to work remotely and/or in the Boston office. Typical work hours for HRiA staff are Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, though we offer flexible work schedules to accommodate the needs of staff. For this position, evening and weekend hours, as well as travel, may be occasionally required.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Project Work

  • Conduct outreach and recruitment of partners (including community-based organizations, municipal or state agencies, and others) to participate in initiatives and events.
  • Work with team, other staff, consultants, and subcontractors to develop, lead, and/or support capacity building efforts with partners, including coordinating, developing, and/or assisting with technical assistance, consultations, training and meetings – predominately focused on healthy schools and air quality monitoring, and coalition support. This includes coordinating logistics, and assisting in program design, planning, and/or implementation, and potentially educational/communication content, such as infographics, videos, and/or other resources.
  • Coordinate external communication efforts, including newsletters, website and other resource and document updates and edits. Contribute to content development and writing.
  • Conduct environmental scans and literature reviews, interviews. focus groups, etc.
  • Contribute to reports and/or proposals for funding.
  • Engage regularly with staff and leaders of CBOs, FBOs, or other public health organizations, the Department of Public Health/funders and/or other stakeholders
  • Participate in project team meetings.

Broader Organizational Support

  • Support the work of the HRE cluster by participating in team meetings and initiatives.
  • Participate in and help facilitate committees, staff/team meetings, etc.

Thought Leadership

  • Contribute website content, and other communications efforts to share and promote organizational approaches, expertise, and learning, as appropriate.
  • Contribute to presentations at conferences and events with senior staff, as appropriate.
  • Suggest ideas/improvements in project and/or organizational processes and systems through participation in teams and committees.

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 their supervision. The use of a particular illustration describing duties shall not be held to exclude other duties, not mentioned, that are of a similar level or difficulty.

Candidate Qualifications:

Minimum qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and at least three years of professional experience working in community- or faith-based organizations, environmental advocacy/ research, and/or other public health organizations. For candidates without a bachelor’s degree, five or more years of similar professional experience.
  • Commitment to and understanding of health and racial equity.
  • Experience working with diverse communities and vulnerable populations.
  • Ability to work with people across a diversity of thought, backgrounds, and perspectives.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team and take initiative to complete tasks.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills, and ability to juggle multiple tasks at once.
  • Strong written and verbal communication, interpersonal, and facilitation skills, including communicating in person, and/or by video conference or phone, and ability to adjust style and messaging depending on the audience and medium.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (e.g., Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Teams).
  • Ability to work virtually with a strong and stable internet connection, and to occasionally for meetings or engagement.
  • HRIA requires that staff be up to date on their COVID-19 vaccinations and must show proof of vaccination upon hire.

Ideal/preferred qualifications

  • Proficiency in or capability of learning new software (e.g., Zoom, Google Suite, Square Space, Canva, Asana, and other multimedia or design applications)
  • Knowledge of environmental justice and environmental health issues and their impacts on vulnerable communities is a plus.
  • Fluency or proficiency in a language other than English common in MA (e.g., Spanish, Haitian Kreyol, Mandarin, Cantonese, etc.) is a plus.
  • Interest in learning technical skills related to setting up air quality sensors and supporting this activity.
  • Driver’s license is strongly preferred, and a willingness to travel occasionally across New England.
  • Flexibility and a sense of humor

How to Apply:

Submit your cover letter and resume online by February 16, 2024. However please note, we will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis. Please respond to the following question in your cover letter. What draws you to doing work focused on promoting health equity and/or environmental justice?

The process will consist of a brief phone screening, up to two interviews with team members, space to demonstrate relevant skills, and if selected as a finalist, an interview with our VP of HRE and President.  If you require accommodation, we welcome your request at any point in the application process.

More on HRiA

Equity & Inclusion are core values of our organization. Our hiring and business practices appreciate the strengths offered through varied backgrounds. As public health practitioners with a social justice focus, we are committed to better understanding and learning from the institutional structures that create disparities among us and our work. We are actively seeking to build a diverse and experienced staff.

HRiA is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information. For more information about the organization visit

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