Job Announcement: Toxics & Plastics Program Associate

Physicians for Social Responsibility – Los Angeles (PSR-LA) is seeking a Toxics & Plastics Program Associate. This is a new position that will carry out coalition building, policy advocacy and general campaigns aimed at reducing, eliminating and addressing the life cycle of toxic chemicals.


The Associate will support community education and advocacy efforts that promote prevention, safe alternatives, and strong protections from exposure to toxic chemicals to protect the most vulnerable populations such as frontline communities and workers, children, low income communities and communities of color. Reporting to PSR-LA’s Environmental Health Program Manager, they will work as part of an internal team that is supported by the Executive Director. The Associate will also work in close partnership with statewide coalitions including Californians for a Healthy and Green Economy (CHANGE), Californians for Pesticide Reform and other emerging coalitions that address issues of plastics and a just transition to a non-toxic economy.


  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in public health or a related community health or environmental science field; work experience in these fields will be considered in lieu of a degree
  • Knowledge of toxics issues including, but not limited to, plastics, toxic chemicals and pesticides
  • Minimum of 1-2 years of experience in project coordination, including working with and managing coalitions
  • Experience in providing popular education, health education and technical assistance to community-based organizations
  • Experience working respectfully with base-building organizations
  • Effective communicator, both written and verbally, with diverse audiences; capable of authoring blogs, policy briefs, grant proposals, and reports
  • Strong facilitation skills and the ability to address conflicts and build consensus
  • Strong analytical and strategy-development skills
  • Strategic, well organized, and results-oriented
  • Creative and dynamic advocacy skills
  • Ability to display leadership and nurture leadership in others
  • Commitment to public health and social, environmental and racial justice
  • Familiarity with nonprofit organizations and the medical and public health community
  • Ability to work as part of a fast-paced, close-knit team
  • Conversational fluency in a second language, preferably Spanish

Employment Status: Full-Time Exempt Salaried

Location: This position is based in Los Angeles, CA. We are working remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic and anticipate that in the future PSR-LA will continue with a hybrid office structure. However, qualified applicants should reside in the Los Angeles metropolitan area and be able to work and attend meetings in the Los Angeles region.

Compensation: Salary ranging from $60,000 – $65,000 based on experience. PSR-LA offers a robust benefits package that includes employer paid healthcare, dental, vision premiums for employees and dependents, as well as paid time off, professional development and staff wellness benefits.

Preferred Start Date: April/May 2022

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume and writing sample for consideration to [email protected].

This position is open until filled. PSR-LA is an equal opportunity employer. Women, BIPOC and LGBTQ people are strongly encouraged to apply.

About Physicians for Social Responsibility – Los Angeles (PSR-LA)

PSR-LA places health and equity at the center of public policy. For over 40 years, we have elevated the trusted voices of health care professionals to support transformative, community-led movements for environmental justice and nuclear disarmament. Our programs equip doctors, nurses, public health workers, allied health care professionals and students with the tools they need to successfully advocate for policies that foster healthier, stronger communities across Southern California and beyond. The majority of PSR-LA staff members are people of color and for the last 20 years our growth has been led by a woman of color. Our collective work to build a more caring, restorative economy demonstrates how the health voice can support the creation of resilient communities.

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