Community Health Planner (Open)
County of San Mateo 8 reviews - San Mateo County, CA

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The County of San Mateo is seeking two Community Health Planners to work in the San Mateo County Health System's Public Health, Policy and Planning Division. The Community Health Planners will plan, implement and evaluate place-based primary prevention strategies, initiatives and policies to address health inequities; lead strategic planning efforts in the areas of school wellness and land-use/transportation planning; build and support partnerships with community-based organizations, advocates and city staff; analyze and develop policy recommendations at the local and organizational level; and supervise or work with a variety of professional, clerical and paraprofessional employees involved in place-based primary prevention activities and initiatives.

The two Community Health Planner positions are part of a dynamic team of 7-12 Community Health Planners, Epidemiologists and Senior Community Health Planners responsible for the Health System’s work on land-use and active transportation, climate change mitigation, sustainable food systems, school wellness policy implementation and sugar-sweetened beverages. To learn more about the work of this team, visit: .

Each of the Community Health Planners will be assigned to focus on either School Wellness or Land Use/Transportation .

The ideal candidates will have work experience with and knowledge of the underlying causes of health inequities and place-based primary prevention strategies used to address them; the ability to synthesize data and conduct data analysis; the ability to facilitate workgroups, trainings and project teams; experience in writing policy reports, documents and website content; and the ability to develop and maintain relationships with stakeholders within their area of focus, such as advocates, community partners, government staff, and public or private partners that influence the work.

In addition, the ideal candidate for School Wellness will be familiar with policies related to school wellness and both local and macro level strategies for influencing healthy school, and surrounding neighborhood, afterschool and childcare environments particularly in the areas of healthy food and every day physical activity; and experienced in managing technical consultants.

The ideal candidate for Land Use/Transportation will be familiar with policies and practices related to land use and transportation planning such as general plans, complete streets, economic development plans and affordable housing; experienced with spatial analysis and GIS; and able to represent the Health System at public meetings.

Note: The list created from this recruitment may also be used to fill future vacancies. Anyone interested in a Community Health Planner position is encouraged to apply.

Licensure/Certification: Possession of a valid California driver license or equivalent.

Education: Possession of a Master's degree in Public Health, Public Policy, Public Administration or other relevant field with appropriate experience and knowledge of community health planning and health policy.

Knowledge of: Practices of community organization and stakeholder engagement; principles and methods of strategic and community health planning; statistical and survey methods utilized in needs assessments; dynamics of underserved communities and populations/ Socio-economic aspects of and community-level determinants of health; data analysis and synthesis of quantitative and qualitative research; San Mateo County school system (PK-12), afterschool and childcare environments; smart and emerging practices related to health and physical environments.

Skill/Ability to: Think strategically to guide priority community planning efforts; obtain and maintain community collaboration for policy development; plan, organize and conduct health planning and policy initiatives; work with diverse staff and community members to address priority health issues; analyze and develop policy initiatives to address high priority health issues; analyze relevant data to inform school afterschool and childcare wellness planning activities and processes; write clear, concise, and effective reports, presentations, and policy memos; communicate effectively orally, including public speaking; think creatively about emerging health issues and the relationship between health and place; ability to self-start and maintain long-term timelines.

Anyone may apply. A supplemental application form must be submitted in addition to our regular employment application form.

The examination may consist of an interview (weight: 100%). Depending on the number of applicants, an application appraisal of education and experience may be used in place of other examinations or a screening committee may select those applicants whose education and/or experience appear to best meet the needs of the position based solely on the information provided in the application documents. Because of this screening process, all applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement to the next phase of the examination process.

IMPORTANT: Applications for this position will only be accepted online. If you are currently on the County's website, you may click the 'Apply' button above. If you are not on the County's website, please go to to apply. Online applications must be received by the Human Resources Department before midnight on the final filing date.

Final Filing Date: May 30, 2013
Screening Committee: Week of June 3-6, 2013
Panel Interviews: Week of June 17-20, 2013

San Mateo County is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Analyst: Cristina Heinz (051713) (Community Health Planner - F055)

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