HEAL Utah Policy Associate Job Description

About HEAL Utah

  • We are a grassroots policy and advocacy organization that works to promote clean energy and to protect Utah from toxic, nuclear and dirty energy threats.
  • HEAL Utah is focused not only on educating citizens about problems, but building their civic skills to foster a better Utah. We believe that we must not just clean up our physical environment, but our civic one, to ensure that citizens shape the decisions that impact our health and environment.
  • Our current campaigns include: encouraging a transition away from the dirty coal power which is warming our planet and harming our families toward renewable energy and energy efficiency; pushing for bold policies to clean up the Wasatch Front’s polluted air; limiting the hazard of nuclear waste buried at EnergySolutions’ disposal site; and preventing the construction of a nuclear power plant in scenic southern Utah.
  • We are looking for a talented, experienced, committed, self-motivated individual who shares a passion for protecting public health and the environment to join us in these and other efforts!

Areas of Responsibility

  • The Policy Associate will be a junior level policy position which assists the Policy Director and the Senior Policy Associate in carrying out HEAL’s campaigns. The Policy Associate will support all of our current campaigns – clean energy, clean air, climate and nuclear – while eventually taking the lead on her or his own specific campaigns, as HEAL’s work evolves.


The work of the Policy Associate will include the following:

Regulatory and Legislative

  • Lobby and encourage others to influence an array of decision-making bodies, including but not limited to, the Public Service Commission, Air Quality Board and State Legislature. Responsibilities include attending hearings, developing testimony and presentations, submitting public comments, and having one-on-one meetings.
  • Work with Executive Director and policy staff to develop policy proposals that move Utah forward within HEAL’s key campaign areas.
  • Prepare testimony, attend, and recruit others to attend public hearings
  • Monitor and highlight important developments at State agencies and boards related to HEAL’s issues.


  • Via emails, social networking, and communications with allies, educate and engage Utah citizens in legislative and regulatory policy.
  • Work with affected communities and cultivate concerned citizens into active and engaged advocates who support HEAL Utah’s efforts by attending press conferences, regulatory meetings, and legislative hearings.
  • Educate and train citizen lobbyists to advocate for HEAL Utah’s priority initiatives at the Utah State Capitol and in front of regulatory bodies.
  • Create materials to encourage Utahns to comment on draft rules and other policy proposals.
  • Aid in the occasional staffing of HEAL’s tabling events in the summer.


  • Conduct research and compellingly convey findings in primary campaign areas. Campaign research will range broadly, but generally encompasses digesting dense regulatory, legislative and scientific documents and translating them for a broader audience.
  • Research laws and regulations pertaining to HEAL’s campaign issues at the local, state, and federal levels.


  • Draft emails to supporters within primary campaign issues, from updates to action alerts.
  • Use social networking to update supporters and press in real-time on developments in hearings, board meetings, etc.
  • Draft text for fact sheets, letters to the editor, and additional campaign materials.


  • Help with press relations and social media communications on HEAL campaigns.
  • Draft op-eds for local papers on HEAL issues.


  • Attend and play a supporting role at HEAL Utah’s major fundraising events.
  • As appropriate, draft email appeals or other campaign-specific fundraising materials.


  • Applicants must be passionate about HEAL Utah’s issues and in advocating for policies to protect public health and the environment. Excellent verbal and written communication skills, ability to quickly learn and synthesize complex information, and commitment to impeccable research are a must. College degree required; At least 2 years policy, grassroots or campaign experience desired, but internship and volunteer work may count. Interested individuals should be self-motivated, comfortable working independently, and excited to take initiative.


  • The Policy Associate position will pay in the mid-$30s per year, depending upon experience. HEAL offers an excellent benefit package: including four weeks of paid time off (a mix of holidays, sick/personal leave and vacation), fully paid health and dental insurance and an up-to-3-percent match of simple IRA retirement contributions.


  • Please send resume, cover letter, and one writing sample by Friday, Feb. 3 to jobs@healutah.org.  Questions can be directed to HEAL’s Executive Director, Matt Pacenza, at matt@healutah.org or 801-355-5055.

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