Program Associate

About the organization

Clean and Healthy New York (CHNY) is an advocacy organization building a just society in which toxic chemicals are unthinkable. Our work changes laws, shifts markets, and empowers people to advance innovative solutions and create a sustainable economy.  We envision a clean, safe, and healthy world in which all people are free to grow and thrive. We value collaboration, authenticity, justice, foresight, and fearlessness, and seek staff who embody these.


Since our founding in 2006, we have driven New York State’s environmental health leadership. We won bans on BPA in baby bottles, PFAS in food service ware, and flame retardants in furnishings. In 2020, we secured our keystone policy, the Child Safe Products Act. We have driven national retail chain buybuy BABY to establish a Restricted Substances List, phase out flame retardants in nursery items, and end presence of harmful chemicals in personal care and cleaning products. In service of this work, we have authored numerous reports, tested products and people for harmful chemicals, and presented to thousands of people across the US.  Learn more:


About the position

Reporting to the Director of Programs, the Program Associate will conduct research, write content, support event planning, engage the public, and participate in collaborative meetings. This is an entry-level position with opportunity for growth and advancement.  We seek someone who is a passionate about protecting communities, making our world a healthier place, and achieving the organization’s mission. You are an avid learner, enjoy compiling research necessary for our campaigns, and you’re ready to learn and grow from missteps. You are a creative problem solver and unafraid to ask for help when needed. You pay attention to your work’s details, striving for excellence in all you do. You communicate effectively, directly, and persuasively, with colleagues, allies, and the public. You enjoy being part of diverse and collaborative communities, within CHNY and across numerous coalitions. 


The position is full-time, with flexible hours built around a core availability of 10 am-4 pm ET. Weekend and evening hours will be necessary from time to time. We are based in Albany, NY, and employees will work remotely until it is safe for travel and work regularly in-person. Employees who are willing to work from home may be located within New York State or in close proximity, to make possible regular in-person time with CHNY staff, and to be able to travel to events as needed.



You will help CHNY enact our campaigns and programs effectively and with impact, by:

  • Assisting in legislative advocacy, including writing, compiling and distributing memoranda of support for priority issues. 

  • Supporting CHNY market campaigns by, for example, conducting research, and drafting reports and factsheets.

  • Creating opportunities for education through public events and the media, including coverage in local newspapers, press releases/events, and collaboration with partners on relevant events. Examples include staffing an informational table at a local event or recruiting submission of a letter to the editor about a priority issue. 

  • Developing draft educational or marketing materials, which may include: display board, event flyers, and handouts.

  • Drafting and presenting testimony for local, regional, or state public hearings.


You will coordinate and implement one or two key individual projects, for example:

  • Creating a database of legislators, including their contact information, party, biography, district location, committee membership, and relationship to CHNY.

  • Conducting research for a report that explores toxic chemicals in products and their potential health impacts.

  • Planning and implementing a strategy to educate and organize specific constituencies, people, or organizations. 

  • Representing CHNY at public events, to educate and organize the general public.



As our Program Associate, you will:

  • Have a bachelor's degree in a relevant field, such as public health, environmental science, political science, or communications, or have four or more years of experience in a nonprofit advocacy or sustainable business setting.

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.

  • Proficient in word processing, creating and manipulating spreadsheets, and basic website editing.

  • Demonstrable experience working with a diverse range of people and perspectives.  


We offer a salary commensurate with experience, paired with benefits that include a flexible work schedule, paid vacation days, sick and personal time, and holidays, health insurance, retirement contributions, and access to a cell phone and service.


How to Apply:

Please submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample and three references to Siobhan Burke ( Please include your location, salary requirements, and where you saw the posting. Please write the position title in the subject line of your email. Position open until filled.


Clean and Healthy New York is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a diverse workforce. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, childbearing status, or disability.

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