Public Health Policy & Program Specialist
- What Success Looks Like In This Job
The Community & Economic Development Department of Adams County Government, based in Brighton, CO, is looking for a Public Health Program and Policy Specialist to guide policies and strategies aimed at addressing and responding to public health issues within Adams County. The Public Health Policy and Program Specialist serves as an internal policy expert and a liaison between the Board of County Commissioners, Director of Community and Economic Development, Tri-County Health Department and the residents of Adams County in matters related to public health and environmental health.
We are seeking an individual to coordinate activity associated with public health program and policy development within Adams County, specifically focused geographically on unincorporated areas, but also working in partnership with municipalities. This includes performing inspections, surveys, and research to identify and eliminate conditions hazardous to life and health, providing consultative services and assistance in assigned areas of responsibility, ensuring corrective actions are taken to eliminate public health or other hazards, and ensuring compliance with applicable statutes and regulations. Strong capacities in relationship building, stakeholder engagement, data analysis, problem-solving, and program development are some of the necessary assets for this role.
- Examples of Duties for Success
The following duty statements are illustrative of the essential functions of the job and do not include other non-essential or marginal duties that may be required. The County reserves the right to modify or change the duties or essential functions of the job at any time.
- Serves as liaison to the Board of County Commissioners and Tri-County Public Health Department, and coordinates with the Office of Emergency Management, during public health emergencies to ensure rapid response and implementation of effective mitigation measures.
- May serve in a liaison capacity with local Board of Health and Board of County Commissioners in all other areas of public and environmental health.
- Plans policy development and outreach activities by engaging with multiple stakeholder groups, including Tri-County Health, municipalities, state agencies, coalitions and other key stakeholders as identified.
- Investigates evidence-based findings and analyzes information that can inform options for county and community level policies, programs, and services that promote good public and environmental health outcomes.
- Support and/or conduct community level, regional, and state level (where appropriate) initiatives to address community access to public health services, public health and environmental impacts of the built environment, and public health disparities, with an emphasis on Environmental Justice.
- Provides expertise to a variety of public health priorities including disease surveillance & prevention, environmental health, access to safe and healthy food, and access to healthcare.
- Reviews and analyzes records/reports and makes policy and regulatory recommendations to address gaps or needs in the proper control of public and environmental health hazards.
- Works in partnership with government, community, and professional organizations to coordinate and leverage resources that improve public health outcomes within our built environments. Encourages the inclusion of health-promoting policies in long range development plans, regional transportation plans, and other built environment related plans.
- Educates and shares information with stakeholders and the public about evidence-based practices and programs and advocates for healthier community environments.
- Provides public health context to long-range community and economic development planning efforts.
- Conducts surveys and investigations of communicable disease and epidemics which may be traceable to lack of environmental sanitation and provides guidance on mitigation measures.
- Assists in the planning and coordination of environmental and public health services during health emergencies (e.g. natural disasters, disease outbreaks, etc.) as needed to ensure and maintain public health.
- Reviews land use development plans for conformance with environmental and public health regulations and standards.
- Assists with grant writing and grant implementation in support of environmental and public health planning and program development.
- Plans and conducts routine and emergency environmental health inspections and investigations and provides technical expertise to ensure conformance with environmental health and public health regulations and development standards.
- Uses information technology in accessing, collecting, analyzing, using, maintaining, and disseminating data and information.
- Maintain knowledge and be able to communicate policy and regulatory actions being analyzed or proposed by federal and state legislative bodies and agencies.
- Prepares a variety of reports, tabular and narrative, as required.
- Prepares staff reports and presentations for the Manager of Environmental Programs, Director of CED and the Board of County Commissioners related to public health policy and actions in the county.
- Performs other related duties and responsibilities as required.
- Qualifications for Success
- Relevant federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, codes and/or statutes.
- Land use planning strategies that can contribute to improved public health outcomes
- Experience with and ability to understand, interpret, and apply statutes and regulations pertaining to public and environmental health.
- Educational and community outreach strategies.
- Methods for performing analysis of environmental data to evaluate impacts to public health and the environment and using data to evaluate and inform policy and program development and implementation.
- Reviewing and editing regulations and administrative rules, and the associated public process.
- Land use planning, administration of zoning regulations, analysis of development applications for compliance with development standards, compatibility with surrounding land uses, and land use mitigation methods
- Methods and techniques of research, statistical analysis, and report presentation
- Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. Ability to write and maintain accurate records and reports to meet project deadlines.
- Ability to establish, maintain, and foster positive and harmonious working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
- Must be able to handle sensitive information and situations as well as know when to pass these on to management.
- General knowledge of Geographic Information System (GIS) software programs to enable the individual to add minimal functions and use for directional and location information.
- Knowledge of and proficiency in the use of personal computer equipment and software such as MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook and other products as required by job.
- Decision Quality: Makes good and timely decisions based upon a mixture of analysis, wisdom, experience, and judgment; most of his/her solutions and suggestions turn out to be correct and accurate when judged over time; sought out by others for advice and solutions.
- Informing: Provides timely and relevant information to colleagues, stakeholders, or the public using appropriate means to facilitate understanding and decision making.
- Team Work: Must work as a part of the team, bringing together relevant partners (internally and externally) to achieve goals and objectives. Must be able to take the lead when necessary, but also follow through on other’s directives when needed.
- Organizing: Can marshal resources (people, funding, material, and support) to get things done; can orchestrate multiple activities at once to accomplish a goal; uses resources effectively and efficiently; arranges information and files in a useful manner.
- Problem Solving: Uses rigorous logic and reasoning methods to solve difficult problems with effective solutions; probes all fruitful sources for answers; can see hidden problems; is excellent at honest analysis; looks beyond the obvious and doesn't stop at the easiest answers. Must be able to make a good decision and stick with it.
- Process Management: Good at figuring out the processes necessary to get things done; knows how to organize people and activities; understands how to separate and combine tasks into efficient work flow; knows what to measure and how to measure it; can see opportunities for synergy and integration where others can't; can simplify complex processes; gets more out of fewer resources.
- Technical Learning: Picks up on technical things quickly; can learn new skills and knowledge; is good at learning new industry, company, product, or technical knowledge - like technology; does well in technical environment.
- Written Communications: Is able to write clearly and succinctly in a variety of communication settings and styles; can get messages across that have the desired effect to specific audiences.
- More Qualifications for Success
- Minimum of three (3) years of experience working in public health, environmental health, public policy planning required. Master’s degree in environmental health, public health, public policy, or closely related field may substitute for two (2) years of the required experience.
- Demonstrated experience writing policy analysis and outreach documents.
- Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Health, Public Health, Biological Sciences or closely related field.
- Knowledge of current best practices/policies to eliminate public and environmental health disparities, promote active living, deliver safe and equitable food access and integrating environmental health with community and economic development.
Background Check: Must pass a criminal background check.