Posted by: acbuildingblocks | January 4, 2012

The Alameda County Prosperity Project is hiring!

The Alameda County Public Health Department is seeking a new Program Associate!

Join a dynamic team working for health and social justice!
We are seeking enthusiastic candidates with a passion for creating community change!

The Alameda County PROSPERITY PROJECT Program Associate will work on with day-to-day activities for Alameda County Public Health Department’s new PROSPERITY PROJECT, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The Prosperity Project is a cooperative effort of the Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD) Place Matters and Life Course Initiatives (read more at and the Urban Strategies Council, which each coordinate collaborative economic justice and health efforts.

The Prosperity Project will advance local policies and increase ACPHD’s organizational capacity to support low-income families to protect their incomes and develop financial assets. The Prosperity Project Program Associate’s duties include: implementing a financial education pilot within Maternal and Child Health home-visiting programs; coordinating and managing logistics for project-related trainings (e.g. policy advocacy and savvy consumer toolkit); providing staff support to the Prosperity Project steering committee; and participating in economics policy workgroup and ACCAN’s program committee workgroup meetings. Below you will find more details on the major areas of responsibility and the requisite knowledge, skills, and qualifications.

This is a temporary position, 32-40 hours a week, available immediately through the close of the project grant period in October 2013; the opportunity for the position to become permanent may exist. The hourly rate is $21.

Please send a resume and cover letter describing your interest and experience to Bina Shrimali at by January 13. If you do not have access to email, please contact Deana Aspinall at 510-267-3277 to arrange another means for delivering your cover letter and resume.

This position is open until filled. Interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis.

Project Overview:
Too many Alameda County residents rely on predatory financial institutions to meet their families’ needs. These families pay more to cash their paychecks, pay their bills and lack a safe place to keep their money.  It is easy to get caught in the cycle of dependence on check cashers, payday lenders, rent-to own stores- where interest rates can reach several hundred percent. The costs to the community of relying on predatory financial products are significant: If 10% of West Oakland residents (2000 people) borrow $500 using a Payday Loan, and it costs them $675 in interest – that’s $1,350,000 that is being leached from West Oakland. Socioeconomic status is a “fundamental cause” of health because it provides access to a wide range of resources such as “money, knowledge, power, prestige, and beneficial social connections”—all of which can be leveraged to avoid risks and protect health. A healthy and vibrant Alameda County starts with keeping more money in our communities, especially during these tough economic times. Current asset development work is geared toward individual choices, not systemic change in banking policies. This initiative is an opportunity to link service providers, clients, and other residents to influence policy to ensure financial products that meet families’ needs.

Position Overview:
The Prosperity Project Program Associate will be involved in multiple levels of the Prosperity Project:

1. Implement Family Health Services (FHS) Financial Education Pilot

  • Convene and coordinate a workgroup of FHS staff to incorporate financial education into ongoing perinatal health programs using AC CAN’s Savvy Consumer Toolkit, and develop stronger linkages to Place Matters Economic Policy workgroup
  • With FHS-pilot workgroup, adapt Building Movement Project’s Social Change for Service Providers
  • Participate in AC CAN’s program committee to inform appropriate design of Savvy Consumer Toolkit and related trainings for health workers
  • Set up Savvy Consumer Toolkit and Policy Advocacy discussions and trainings for all FHSstaff
  • Develop protocols, procedures, and record keeping for using Savvy Consumer Toolkit materials with FHS clients
  • Provide technical assistance to staff using the Savvy Consumer Toolkit with clients
  • Document implementation process for future use in ACPHD programs and other dissemination as needed
  • Maintain appropriate communication with Life Course Initiative Steering Committee

2. Advance Local Policies to Protect Income and Assets

  • Attend economic policy workgroup meetings to move forward policies that expand income protection and wealth building opportunities in low income communities
  • Develop linkages between service providers and policy action
  • Set up Savvy Consumer Toolkit and Policy Advocacy discussions and trainings with other groups to advance policy work, including Building Blocks Collaborative, Alameda County Community Asset Network, and others
  • Maintain appropriate communication with Place Matters Planning and Coordination Team (PACT)

3. Project Implementation & Coordination

  • Organize logistics for and provide staff support to the Prosperity Project steering committee (including scheduling, meeting setup and minutes)
  • Coordinate with CAPE staff to design and complete project evaluation
  • Assist with preparing grant reports and other information, as requested for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

4. Other duties as assigned by supervisor: Health Equity Innovation Manager

Knowledge and Skills

– Strong written and oral communication, including the ability to communicate effectively and
collaborate with various stakeholders; experience facilitating groups
– Experience with collaboration with community partners and across sectors (health, community
development, etc.)
– Strong organizational skills and project management ability
– Experience in policy analysis/advocacy and program planning/coordination are a plus but not
– Flexibility, ability to build trust and relationships, and follow-through are a must!
– Low income people and people of color strongly encouraged to apply!

Minimum Qualifications:
– Education: equivalent to graduation from an accredited four year college or university, with focus
in public policy, economics, public health, social welfare, or similar degree preferred (but not
– Experience: equivalent to one year of fulltime work
– Demonstrated commitment to social justice

To learn more about the PROSPERITY PROJECT, visit our Projects page.

To download a PDF of the Program Associate position: Prosperity SCOPE OF WORK_Final 12 23


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