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Job Opportunities

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Writer/Researcher for Project on Epilepsy and Seizures

Hesperian Health Guides, non-profit publisher of Where There Is No Doctor and other health publications, provides information and educational tools to help people around the world take greater control over their health and lives, and works to eliminate the underlying causes of poor health. Since our founding more than 45 years ago, Hesperian has joined with like-minded organizations and movements to promote health justice on a global scale.

Hesperian seeks a full-time Writer/Researcher for a Hesperian initiative to produce resources on Epilepsy and Seizures. This new staff position will research, review and create draft materials for a short chapter for Hesperian’s New Where There Is No Doctor and an expanded book-length resource on epilepsy; work with an editor to refine the editorial vision, organizational structure and scope of the resources; and carry out this vision by developing the content for both print and online presentation. Joining existing global epilepsy-related networks and creating relationships with interested individuals and organizations is an integral part of this position.

Background: In the US, about 3 million adults and ½ million children have epilepsy. While medical treatment for seizures is fairly accessible, social understanding of epilepsy is limited, leading to stigma and discrimination. Globally, about 50 million people have epilepsy and seizures, of whom 80% live in low- and middle-income countries where about 75% get no treatment. There is a worldwide need for understandable, politically progressive materials, accessible to people with epilepsy, their family members, and their caregivers, which focus on the physical and especially social aspects of epilepsy and seizing. These resources will deal extensively with stigma and its effects, helping people effectively counsel family members, friends and neighbors, as well as organize to change discriminatory policies and practices regarding people who have seizures. 

Responsibilities include:

The writer/researcher will be responsible for writing, research, and editing to generate a manuscript consistent with the editorial vision of the book. This includes work to:

  • Research and draft sections covering all aspects of epilepsy: its varieties, diagnosis, origins, treatment, stigma, relationship to violence, etc. 
  • Oversee any research conducted and compiled by interns, contractors, staff, and volunteers.
  • Work with production staff and external artists to modify and develop illustrations.
  • Edit any materials drafted by co-workers, contractors, interns and volunteers.
  • Organize, coordinate and participate in processes for consultation and feedback regarding the drafts among Hesperian staff, community reviewers, and external expert reviewers.
  • Collaboration with editorial staff to evaluate feedback from internal, external and community reviewers and help create and implement editorial plans for revisions based on this feedback.

The writer/researcher will support the management of the process to develop the book. This includes work to:

  • Reach out to and build relationships with networks, organizations, and individuals involved with epilepsy and related health topics.
  • Collaborate with the editor to develop quarterly and annual work plans for the project, annual project budgets, and periodic progress assessments.
  • Manage expenses for the project according to and within the parameters of the approved budget. Participate in project budget reviews. 
  • Support the editor in effective communication with the production staff.
  • Work with fundraising team to support the development of fundraising and reporting materials.
  • Represent Hesperian by participating in and presenting at events and conferences regarding epilepsy, and public health in general.
  • Participate in the development of other Hesperian publications, editorial, and staff processes as requested. 

Qualifications:

Proven ability to research and write non-fiction in a popular, non-academic style.

The ability to accept and respond positively to editorial feedback.

The ability to work and build relationships cross-culturally.

Also appreciated: experience living outside the United States; fluency in languages other than English; experience with epilepsy; familiarity with global public health issues and institutions.

Compensation and Benefits:

This is a full-time position with a starting salary range of $50,000 – $60,000 depending on experience.  Hesperian is located in the San Francisco Bay Area; due to the pandemic, this is a remote work position.

​Benefits: Medical, dental, and vision insurance, flexible spending accounts, 403(b) plan, paid vacation and personal days, professional development opportunities, and generous family leave policy.

To apply: please send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to: job [email protected]

No calls please.

 

Communications and Outreach Associate

Hesperian Health Guides seeks a full-time Communications and Outreach Associate to strengthen and integrate our communications and outreach to donors, customers, web users, and other organizational contacts.  The Communications and Outreach Associate is responsible for day-to-day coordination of Hesperian’s online promotions, mass email communications, social media campaigns, helps to develop partnerships with other organizations and participates actively in the planning of campaigns and development of new outreach and communications strategies. The Associate works closely with our fundraising team and collaborates across departments and work areas in the organization.

Our ideal candidate is a detail-oriented, creative problem-solver with prior experience in marketing and/or development communications and outreach. We are looking for a team player who is passionate about Hesperian’s work, has demonstrated comfort and skills engaging with data and database systems, and has good oral and written communication skills. This is a position with great growth opportunities for a successful candidate.

Hesperian’s diverse, devoted staff is committed to social justice and engages with the issues and politics of community and international health. We seek caring learners with proven ability to accomplish shared goals working successfully with people differing in life experiences and identities.

Core responsibilities:

  • Coordinate scheduling, planning, set-up and sending of weekly mass emails.
  • Develop and manage segmented contact lists through internal and external systems.
  • Play instrumental role in planning and implementing online promotion for targeted campaigns; coordinating with design team, drafting promotional content, and sharing content through a variety of platforms.
  • Help to develop and maintain partnerships with other organizations.
  • Collect and monitor engagement data and conduct analysis of engagement and response.
  • Contribute to the development of new campaigns and a robust outreach and communication strategy.
  • Participate in development and upkeep of Hesperian website.
  • Participate in the development of outreach materials for print and web distribution.
  • Participate in planning events and exhibiting at conferences. Occasionally represent the organization at conferences and other events.

The Communications and Outreach Associate supervises the work of several interns and volunteers.

Qualifications and Core Competencies

The ideal candidate for this position will have the following qualifications and characteristics:

  • Strong detail orientation
  • Proven comfort and skill with databases and excel
  • Prior experience with communications and social marketing. Proven success at managing social media campaigns
  • Creative problem-solving and strong organizational skills
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to self-manage while carrying out multiple tasks. Proven success at managing multiple projects and relationships
  • Experience with mass email providers, and/or familiarity with WordPress and html a plus
  • Experience living overseas and/or interest in global health a plus
  • Bilingual English/Spanish a plus
  • Commitment to promoting social justice, especially the right of all people to good health

Location: Work at home until Hesperian’s East Bay office re-opens.

Compensation and Benefits: This is a full time position. Starting salary is $43,000 to $50,000 depending on experience. Excellent benefits including medical, dental and vision care.

To apply: Interested candidates should send a resume, a cover letter, and a writing sample relevant to the position (up to 2500 words) to: [email protected]  ATTN: Communications and Outreach Associate.  Email:No phone calls, please.

 

Individual Giving Officer 

Hesperian Health Guides provides information and educational tools to help people around the world take greater control over their health and lives, and works to eliminate the underlying causes of poor health. Since our founding more than 45 years ago, Hesperian has joined with like-minded organizations and movements to promote health justice on a global scale.

Hesperian seeks a highly motivated Individual Giving Officer for our small development team. The ideal candidate is a hands-on, collaborative individual with enthusiasm for and commitment to Hesperian’s work, mission, and philosophy.  They possess the experience and motivation to develop and implement new strategies to expand Hesperian’s individual donor program; manage ongoing activities to sustain Hesperian’s existing individual donor program; provide appropriate stewardship to Hesperian individual donors; and contribute to the overall success of the development team. The Individual Giving Officer reports to our Development Director, works closely with the Executive Director and Communications and Outreach Officer, and with Hesperian’s finance team; participates in joint development and marketing team efforts; and works with volunteers and student interns.

Hesperian’s diverse, devoted staff is committed to social justice and engages with the issues and politics of community and international health. We seek caring learners with proven ability to accomplish shared goals working successfully with people differing in life experiences and identities.

The Individual Giving Officer position is a full-time position.  

Responsibilities include:

  • Work with the Development Director to develop annual fundraising plans for individual donors, in coordination with the Executive Director, and implement plans for solicitation of individual donors at all levels of giving.
  • Manage the appropriate stewardship of Hesperian’s existing portfolio of individual donors.
  • Lead the development and implementation of strategies to expand Hesperian’s donor outreach, such as expanding the use of social media, crowd-funding, events, and other creative avenues for donor cultivation.
  • Contribute to the identification and cultivation of new major gifts opportunities, and increased support from existing individual donors.
  • Maintain and expand Hesperian’s outreach strategy related to planned giving.
  • Manage gift processing, and fulfillment of donor recognition, donor correspondence, mailings, and other communications.
  • Work with Hesperian’s Finance team for financial projections and income tracking.
  • Work with Hesperian’s Marketing team to maintain copy on Hesperian’s website, draft outreach emails, blogs, etc.
  • Represent Hesperian at community events and meetings.
  • Support the Development Director and Executive Director,  engage with our Board of Directors to support Board fundraising efforts, and participate in Board Fund Development Committee meetings.

Qualifications:

  • At least two years of direct or related experience with individual donor fundraising, development support, or philanthropy.
  • Fluency in English with excellent writing, communications, interpersonal, and analytical skills.
  • Highly organized, strong attention to detail.  Able to take the initiative, work in a team, and be resourceful with excellent time management skills.
  • Working knowledge of ethical standards for development professionals and effective use of independent judgment.
  • Demonstrable flexibility and resilience in a dynamic work environment.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience and prior nonprofit employment.
  • Experience working with  CRM databases, Microsoft Office and G Suite.
  • Bilingual/bicultural is a plus, as is experience working or volunteering internationally.

We know that some great candidates may not meet all criteria and encourage you to apply.

Location:

Work at home until Hesperian’s East Bay office re-opens. Occasional evening and weekend work required.

Compensation and Benefits:

Starting salary range: $48,000-$58,000 

Benefits: Medical, dental, and vision insurance, flexible spending accounts, 403(b) plan, paid vacation and personal days, professional development opportunities, and generous family leave policy.

To apply:

Interested individuals should send a cover letter including what excites you about this opportunity and a summary of your qualifications (1 page), a resume (1-2 pages), and one relevant writing sample (up to 2500 words) to [email protected] with the subject line ATTN: Individual Giving Officer Search. No phone calls, please.

Hesperian is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions based on merit. Hesperian policy prohibits discrimination based on race, color, creed or religion, sex, marital status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, veteran status, genetic characteristics or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws.

Work Study Opportunities

Paid work-study opportunities are available. If you are a UC Berkeley student, please visit the work-study website for a listing of open positions. If you are a student at another institution and are interested in work-study opportunities, please email us at [email protected].