Public Health Outreach and Social Media Position – Program Coordinator Job

Job Type

Part Time
Contract

Salary

Details: $15/ hour

Published

10/03/2018

Start Date

10/24/2018

Application Deadline

10/17/2018

Address

295 High Street
Holyoke
Massachusetts
01040
United States

Description

About this Project:


Don't Take That Receipt! is a public health and environmental justice group operating under the fiscal sponsorship of Filmmakers’ Collaborative, a registered 501(c)(3). Our mission is to educate vulnerable populations - those who work in stores, restaurants, and hospitals - and the general public, about the presence of bisphenol-A (BPA) and other phenols in receipts and thermal paper products like tickets and labels. We provide businesses, institutions, and the public with assistance for reducing exposure and creating behavior and systems changes that benefit the health of workers and customers.


BPA and BPS is used to coat thermal receipt paper and rubs off onto skin with contact. Counterintuitively, using hand sanitizer increases the rate of absorption. BPA (and BPS) can interfere with hormonal regulation and are associated with nearly a dozen health problems; it's most harmful to women, pregnant women, teens, and kids. Our goal is to educate about this widely unknown issue that affects nearly everyone. After creating a humorous video, educational website, and outreach campaign, we spent 8 weeks of the summer communicating about the dangers of BPA through personal exchanges and through online social media, and promoting behavioral and systemic change to create healthier communities. Our work has been based in the low-income community of Holyoke, MA, and will expand into the surrounding towns. 


About our Campaign:


Our goal is to reduce exposure for populations that are most likely to have extensive exposure to the toxin BPA (and BPS) while working low-paying retail, food service, and healthcare jobs. While our office is based in Holyoke, MA, some of this work will take place in surrounding towns.  In our campaign we will continue to conduct store-to-store visits with local restaurants, bodegas, supermarkets, and stores, to equip managers and cashiers with options for reducing their exposure to phenols from receipts. We will also advocate for more institutional changes at local hospitals, recycling plants, chambers of commerce, libraries, and banks.

We will also spend parts of each week strategically sharing our funny 3 minute educational video, website, and petition campaign with targeted organizations and groups around the state and country via social media to reach an audience of tens of thousands.  Our team of youth and adults will collect data throughout and evaluate campaign progress. Please check out our short video and campaign website at www.bpa-free.me.


About this Position:


Our small team consists of a part-time director, two paid part-time high school-aged youth, and part-time work study students (pending). Our small team is looking to hire a part-time Program Coordinator that will work will work 6-10 hours a week from October 2018 through spring 2019. Hours and duration may increase or decrease depending on our available funding. This is a contractor position. While some of our work hours will take place in the afternoons to coincide with our youth staffs’ schedules, there may be some flexibility in scheduling part of the hours earlier in the day. There may be opportunities for some work hours to be done remotely, though in-person time is preferable.

 

Responsibilities:


●     Work alongside youth and adult staff to responsibly conduct in-person visits to local stores and restaurants to speak with cashiers and managers about phenols in receipts. The team will educate about these chemicals and provide an array of easy steps for reducing exposure and creating healthier protocols for their employees and customers.

●     Make presentations with a small team to local decision makers and power-holders. This may include meetings at hospitals, libraries, stores, restaurants, banks,  recycling plants, colleges, and for local leaders, etc.

●     Coordinate appointments and outreach, collect data on responses.

●     Online social media outreach: co-create and follow message -specific outreach through various social media platforms to strategically share our video, website, and corporate campaign petitions with relevant organizations and groups throughout the country.

●     Co-mentor and supervise two high school aged youth as they also run this store to store outreach, making sure of their safety and conveying correct information.

●     Be a friendly purveyor of accurate information and resources.

●     Help plan and evaluate this outreach, including making iterative changes throughout as we learn the most effective strategies for communicating about these health messages.

●     May include leafleting at local branches of a large target corporation for which we intend to run a public pressure campaign encouraging a switch to non-phenol receipt paper.

●     Participate in weekly check-in meetings in which we check in personally, discuss progress, forward plan, and troubleshoot any challenges. 

●     Strategically forge connections with local and national organizations, groups, businesses, unions, etc. who would be interested in this message and sharing it with their networks.

●     Coordinate programming and resources for the team and for the youth staff.

●     When relevant, position may entail working on a college campus to promote safer receipt practices in the dining halls and school stores.

●     Reach out to local media outlets to get media attention to our campaign and the issue of toxins in receipts

 

About the Perfect Candidate:


●     You have a commitment to social, environmental, and/or health issues and are willing and wanting to work hard to get this important message out to as many people as possible.

●     You are skilled at using social media for online communications, and are strategic about distribution and outreach.  You can write and communicate verbally in an accurate and professional style, as well as with humor.

●     You feel comfortable talking to new people and do so with a friendly and approachable demeanor.

●     You have experience and passion for working with and alongside youth.

●     You take initiative, have great attention to detail, and work well independently. 

●     You are extremely reliable, and can be counted on to get the job done well. 

●     You are creative but can also do the hard, often repetitive work required to get a message out to thousands of targeted groups, organizations, businesses, and the like. 

●     You know how to take feedback, you can give candid feedback, are very organized, and work well within a team as well as independently

●     You have great computer skills—internet, G-suite, email, Microsoft Word, basic Excel

●     You have reliable transportation.

●     Bilingual English/Spanish a plus but not required.

 

 

Candidates of color are strongly encouraged to apply, as well as candidates from Holyoke. Please email a cover letter and resume to info@bpa-free.me. Thank you for your interest!


Our office is located at 295 High Street, Holyoke, MA.

Benefits

Unfortunately we are not in a place to offer benefits at this time.

Level of Language Proficiency

●     Bilingual English/Spanish a plus but not required.

Professional Level

Professional

Minimum Education Required

High School

How To Apply

info@bpa-free.me
http://www.bpa-free.me

Please email a resume and cover letter specific to this job posting, in which you describe your interest in this position, your qualifications, and your relevant experience. Please also include your general availabilities during the week (days of the week and time frames). Please also mention what sort of transportation you can reliably depend on, as this job will entail travel to different towns in Hampden and Hampshire Counties and may include transporting high school staff.


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