Project Coordinator, Public Health Institute

The Public Health Institute (PHI) is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting health, well-being and quality of life for people throughout California, across the nation and around the world. As one of the largest and most comprehensive public health organizations in the nation, we are at the forefront of research and innovations to improve the efficacy of public health statewide, nationally and internationally. PHI was distinguished as one of the top 50 “Best Non-profit Organizations to Work For” by the Non-Profit Times in a national search.

PHI is seeking a full time Project Coordinator to work with The Health Trust of Silicon Valley, a position that is managed under a grant to PHI. This position is located in San Jose, CA. The successful candidate will be part of a team that includes The Health Trust’s Director of Strategy, another PHI Fellow, and an AmeriCorps VISTA member.

This position is responsible for supporting the Director of Strategy in implementing The Health Trust’s Food for Everyone Strategy, and for coordinating The Health Trust’s AmeriCorps VISTA Program. Food For Everyone responsibilities include supporting the implementation of 2 distinct strategies: 1) Increasing food access for low income seniors and individuals who were formerly homeless, by working with local food assistance partners to bring food assistance programs to affordable and supportive housing complexes; and 2) Increasing restaurant participation in the CalFresh Restaurant Program, a program that allows individuals who are homeless, disabled, or seniors to use their CalFresh dollars to purchase meals at participating restaurants. The second part of this position is managing The Health Trust’s AmeriCorps VISTA grant. VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) is a national service program that places individuals for one-year terms with non-profits. Managing the VISTA grant involves recruiting VISTA members, coordinating data collection and reporting with partner agencies, and planning member training events.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Project Coordination & Implementation: (estimated @ 50%)

Coordinates with partners implementing Food for Everyone. Monitors and records partner progress to ensure project is on target. Using GIS, assists with mapping project impact, and identifying sites for future projects.

  • Assists with website and communications collateral, in partnership with The Health Trust’s Communications department and the Food for Everyone team. Works with team to develop collateral and messaging for internal and external communications, including newsletter, City and County staff, and elected officials.
  • Supports Fund Development and Food for Everyone team by assisting with funder research and proposal development.
  • Leads implementation of CalFresh Restaurant Program strategy. Analyzes data to identify potential restaurants, coordinates development of outreach and educational materials with program partners, and conducts outreach in target neighborhoods to recruit restaurants, and provide them with technical assistance to complete the Restaurant Program application materials.

AmeriCorps VISTA Project Coordinator: (estimated @ 50%)

  • Leads Silicon Valley HealthCorps, a consortium of four partner sites sharing seven VISTA members. As grant administrator, coordinates VISTA recruitment process, monitors and compiles all data and reporting for the member sites, maintains VISTA budget, and acts as liaison with state AmeriCorps VISTA office.
  • Coordinates bimonthly site supervisor meetings and keeps supervisors current on all VISTA-related information.


  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree in health sciences, political science, urban planning, public policy, sociology, or relevant field is required. MPH or advanced decree preferred.
  • At least 3 years of experience working in a progressively responsible position in the public health or related field preferred.
  • The ability to analyze, think critically, and understand systems.
  • Experience developing, tracking, and analyzing metrics.
  • Experience developing survey instruments and other data collection tools.
  • Experience doing community outreach in diverse communities.
  • Spanish language skills preferred.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills. Ability to independently and quickly research and synthesize information and prepare written reports on demand.
  • Strong computer and information management skills, including experience with Microsoft and Google products. Experience with GIS preferred.
  • Must be a team-player and able to work cooperatively and effectively with a team to set goals, resolve problems and make decisions that promote program effectiveness.
  • Strong initiative and ability to solve problems and undertake self-directed work with minimum supervision.
  • Must be professional, dependable and detail-oriented.
  • Ability to travel to community partners and perform site visits.
  • Must have exceptional leadership and organizational skills.
  • Ability to multitask and work effectively to meet tight deadlines.
  • Valid driver’s license required or must have available transportation and ability to commute to various locations other than the assigned office.


This is an exempt position and the salary is commensurate with experience. PHI offers a generous benefits package including medical, dental, vision, short/long term disability insurance, life insurance, 403b (group retirement annuity) and partial subsidy of public transportation cost. For more information about PHI’s benefits, visit our benefits page at

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