Mississippi Public Health Institute Seeks Qualified Applicants for Several Grant-funded Positions


The Mississippi Public Health Institute (MSPHI) is a nonprofit organization established in 2011 to engage in partnerships and activities to improve the health of all Mississippians.

We are seeking resumes to establish a pool of qualified candidates for several grant funded positions. MSPHI anticipates that this funding (from multiple sources) will be available during September and October. The salaries for the positions will range from $50,000-$75,000 plus benefits. The focus of the work will be on substance use disorder (SUD) prevention and maternal and child health.

The duties and qualifications below apply to all positions. However, a more specific job description for the particular position will be provided if a candidate is selected for an interview. Candidates will be asked to demonstrate their abilities (writing or oral communication) through an exercise during the interview.

To apply, please submit resume and cover letter to jobs@msphi.org by Friday, September 6, 2019. Please put Interested Candidate in the subject line. You will receive a confirmation that your information was received. No phone calls or drop-ins please!

Duties include:

  • Contribute to project planning, including development, implementation and monitoring of work plans, timelines, budgets, milestones and deliverables
  • Write, edit, and format publications, presentations and reports related to assigned projects
  • Support development of funding proposals and progress reports
  • Conduct background research and scope discussions for new projects
  • Represent MSPHI in partner, sponsor and vendor communications, and at meetings and conferences
  • Deliver presentations to diverse audiences
  • Research and analyze project impact, strategic value
  • Document project activities and accomplishments
  • Coordinate project activities with those of other MSPHI initiatives
  • Collaborate with MSHPI staff and contractors on intra-unit and inter-unit initiatives
  • Keep MSPHI leadership informed about progress, milestones, potential and emerging challenges, and feedback from project partners and sponsors • Represent MSPHI on working groups, task forces, and shared initiatives


  • Master’s degree required; concentration in Public Health, Social, Biological or Health Sciences, Education, Public Administration, or related discipline.
  • At least 5 years related professional experience
  • Authoritative command of written English
  • Exceptional communication skills
  • Knowledge of public health communications and evaluation
  • Knowledge of web-based communications tools and social media
  • Strong editorial skills
  • Confidence, judgment, and grace under pressure
  • Initiative and resilience in the face of ambiguity
  • Works well both independently and as part of a team
  • Flexibility; nimble in response to an evolving workload
  • End-user/customer/client/colleague service orientation; focus on product over process
  • Independent, critical thinking
  • Adept at learning new software and adventuresome with emerging technologies and tools
  • Ownership of work; a self-starter who can prioritize tasks and manage his/her time
  • Ability to see the connections among the discrete elements of a project, or across projects
  • Systematic approach to tasks that ensures consistent output quality
  • Openness to constructive feedback, input, redirection; positive, lifelong learning orientation
  • Attention to detail, but always in the service of bigger pictures objectives and outcomes
  • Commitment to the MSPHI mission and staff values

MSPHI is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit. We want to have the best qualified people in every job. MSPHI’s policy prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race, color, religion or religious creed, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, status as a protected veteran, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information or characteristics (or those of a family member), or any other consideration made unlawful by applicable federal, state, or local laws. It also prohibits discrimination based on a perception that anyone has any of those characteristics, or is associated with a person who has or is perceived as having any of those characteristics. All such discrimination is unlawful. MSPHI is committed to compliance with all applicable laws providing equal employment opportunities. This commitment applies to all persons involved in the operations of MSPHI and prohibits unlawful discrimination by any employee of MSPHI.