Openings and Opportunities

PHA Program Director

The Planetary Health Alliance (PHA) seeks a PHA Program Director who will be the senior staff person responsible for interacting with PHA’s Faculty and Executive Directors and for driving PHA’s key strategic programs from development to execution through managing and oversight of: 1) a staff of seven employees; 2) an annual budget of over $1M; 3) PHA's communications, University-wide outreach and external relations; 4) the global Planetary Health Annual Meeting; 5) a distributed network of volunteers around the world helping to build Planetary Health community in universities as well as lead discrete efforts and committees; and 6) the development of resources in conjunction with other PHA leadership and staff. In close partnership with the Faculty and Executive Directors, and in consultation with the Steering Committee, the Program Director will also help to conceptualize and develop new programs, strategies, and initiatives to advance the academic, educational, policy and programmatic agenda of PHA. Finally, the Program Director will be responsible for reporting on grant activities and assisting with development of new proposals for future funding.

The primary work location for this position is Washington, DC. This interview process will be conducted virtually.

Only applications submitted through the job portal will be considered. Do not submit resumes/cover letters directly to the PHA.

Senior Administrative Coordinator

Planetary Health Alliance (PHA) seeks a detail-oriented and motivated Sr. Administrative Coordinator to support the PHA team in building a global community dedicated to advancing the field of Planetary Health. The Administrative Coordinator will work in close collaboration with PHA’s Program Director and other staff to coordinate the organization’s administrative, financial, and operational activities on a day-to-day basis to successfully support its vision and mission.

The primary work location for this position is Washington DC. This interview process will be conducted virtually.

Only applications submitted through the job portal will be considered. Do not submit resumes/cover letters directly to the PHA.

Communications Specialist

The Planetary Health Alliance (PHA) seeks a detail-oriented and motivated Communications Specialist to support the PHA team in building an activated global community dedicated to advancing the field of Planetary Health and promoting the presence and impact of Planetary Health’s transdisciplinary science, stories, and solutions in mainstream media, to the general public, private sector, and policy makers. The Communications Specialist will work closely with the Communications Manager to assist with implementing a communications and branding strategy and optimizing all aspects of PHA’s programs and special projects through effective messaging. 

The primary work location for this position is Washington, DC. This interview process will be conducted virtually.

Only applications submitted through the job portal will be considered. Do not submit resumes/cover letters directly to the PHA.

Call for 2024 Fellows  

AboutThe Planetary Health Alliance is at the forefront of growing a global field and social movement focused on the human health impacts of our disruption and transformation of Earth’s natural systems (‘Planetary Health’). Never before has humanity’s footprint on the natural world been so large or so threatening to human health and well-being, and all life on Earth. The Planetary Health Alliance (PHA), based at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, is a global consortium of 380+ institutions in over 65 countries working to rapidly expand our understanding of, and ability to address, these threats. The PHA team is seeking to fill two voluntary fellowship positions: a Next Generation (Next Gen) Network Fellow, and a Global Outreach Fellow. 

  • Position will be remotely based; 
  • Position will be voluntary and at-will 
  • Position will be one year in length (January – December 2024), with an option to extend 
  • Weekly time commitment is flexible (estimated 5-10 hours) 
  • This position works closely with PHA Senior Fellow and reports directly to the DC-based Community Building and Outreach Coordinator 
  • Applications will close December 1, 2023, and selected candidates will be notified by mid- December 2023. Fellows will be expected to begin in January 2024. 
  • Demonstrated interest in Planetary Health  
  • Graduate degree (completed or in progress) in a relevant field  
  • Past participation in the PHA / PHA programs (preferred) 
  • Working English proficiency (both written and verbal) 
  • Minimum of 1-year relevant work experience 
  • Combination of relevant academic & professional experience are accepted  

To apply: 
Position Descriptions:  

Next Generation Network Fellow  
The Next Generation (Next Gen) Fellowis a volunteer position at the Planetary Health Alliance (PHA) from January through December 2024, with the option to extend further. With the mission of inspiring, activating, and convening the “next generation” of Planetary Health leaders from around the world – particularly at the university level – the PHA Next Gen Fellow will be responsible for conducting outreach and facilitating international collaborations through the PHA’s Next Gen Network (including via the Planetary Health Online Community on Hylo and regional hub efforts). The Fellow will also facilitate and interface with existing Next Gen programs, such as the Planetary Health Campus Ambassador (PHCA) program, Planetary Health Student Clubs, and Next Gen programming at the global Annual Meetings (e.g. Travel Scholar and Speaker Ambassador programs). Finally, the Next Gen Fellow will play a central role in updating the PHA’s Next Gen Network, for example through branding, streamlining, and/or expanding programs, in order to promote increased participation and cohesiveness within the PHA’s Next Gen initiatives.  

The Next Gen Fellow will: 
  • Be one of the primary points-of-contact (along with the Senior Next Gen Fellow and the Community Building and Outreach Coordinator) for the 2024 cohort of Planetary Health Campus Ambassadors (PHCAs) and help organize and lead programming associated with this initiative (e.g., orientation, mid-year check-ins, community calls, collecting success metrics, campaigns on Hylo and social media, etc.) 
  • Contribute to the ideation of the PHCA program and other Next Gen initiatives, particularly as we work to launch new programs (i.e., Travel Scholars Alumni Network) and strategically increase connectivity between our disparate Next Gen programs to create a cohesive “Next Gen Network” of initiatives 
  • Jumpstart and oversee PHCA and other Next Gen communications on the Planetary Health Online Community (Hylo) by responding to inquiries, posting content, and providing support (i.e. direction and encouragement) in all subcommunities associated with the Next Gen Network 
  • Assist the Senior Next Gen Fellow and the Community Building and Outreach Coordinator with the representation of Next Gen initiatives on the PHA website and other social media/communication channels (e.g. blog posts on Medium, Twitter, Hylo, etc.) 
  • When networking, encourage those interested in joining the PHA’s Next Gen Network to subscribe to our monthly newsletter, social media channels, and Next Gen specific list servs; to join Hylo and relevant subcommunities; and to engage in other Next Gen programming (e.g. PHCA, Travel Scholars, connect with regional hubs, start a planetary health student club, etc.) 
  • Assist with the management of the PHA’s internal Next Gen/Membership contact sheets/databases as needed 
  • Help plan and organize Next Gen programming at the Planetary Health Annual Meetings and lead such programming where applicable. 
Global Outreach Fellow 
One of the core functions of the PHA is building a global Planetary Health community that crosses sectors, disciplines, generations, and geographies. To this end, PHA is committed to expanding its membership and facilitating Planetary Health regional hubs around the world. Independently led Planetary Health regional hubs function as locally rooted communities of practice, bringing together PHA members within geographic clusters to collaboratively advance Planetary Health research, education, policy, and outreach pertinent to specific local contexts. The Global Outreach Fellow is a position at the PHA with a focus to help develop Planetary Health regional hubs and strengthen partnerships across geographies.  

The Global Outreach Fellow will be tasked with: 
  • Coordinating with the PHA team, Alliance members, and existing regional hubs on the strategic vision for the regional hubs initiative  
  • Serving as a point of contact between Planetary Health regional hubs and PHA, along with the Partnership Coordinator and Senior Global Outreach Fellow 
  • Work with the  Partnership Coordinator and Senior Global Outreach Fellow, helping PHA members develop concepts, frameworks, and partnerships to establish new regional hubs if none exist in their geographic scope 
  • Participating in all regional hub meetings 
  • Facilitating introductions between new PHA members (both individual and organizational) and existing regional hubs; supporting workshops to catalyze regional hubs’ strategic planning processes  
  • Organizing regular calls between regional hub leads to facilitate brainstorming, knowledge exchange, sharing of best practices, and identifying opportunities for inter-regional collaboration 
  • Developing and collecting key metrics from each regional hub  
  • Facilitating regional hub groups on PHA’s online networking platform (Hylo), and assist the Partnership Coordinator in onboarding hubs to Hylo 
  • As needed, updating regional hub information on the PHA web page including regional hub starter guides and packets 
  • Implementing initiatives to increase the engagement of Lower- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs), including increasing the number of LMIC participants at the Planetary Health Annual Meeting 

Planetary Health Alliance

The Planetary Health Alliance is a consortium of over 340 universities, government entities, research institutes, and other partners around the world committed to understanding and addressing global environmental change and its health impacts.
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