Public Health and Climate Planner II

Public Health and Climate Planner II

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The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) seeks a public health or planning professional with expertise in climate resilience and public health, and with a strong commitment to equity. The Public Health and Climate Planner II will share leadership of the Public Health Department’s climate change work which aims facilitate implementation of solutions (e.g., projects, policies, assessments) that promote climate justice and health equity in the cities, towns and communities that we serve. Primary projects for the Planner will focus on health-related climate risks, such as extreme heat, air quality and vector-borne diseases, and their potential impacts including on chronic disease, communicable disease, injury and mental health.  
The Public Health and Climate Planner will also support and contribute to interdisciplinary projects and efforts, bringing a public health perspective in project areas focusing on active transportation, housing affordability and stability, local and regional public health services, and economic opportunity, among others. The Planner will also assist with evaluation of environmental, behavioral, and policy changes and investments in social determinants of health by municipal, community and health care partner organizations.
 
About MAPC
MAPC is the Regional Planning Agency (RPA) serving the people who live and work in metropolitan Boston. Our strategic priorities are sustainable development, regional collaboration, and fostering an equitable and resilient region.  We are guided by our regional plan, MetroCommon2050: Shaping the Region Together. MAPC’s staff includes approximately 100 full-time employees located in downtown Boston in a transit-accessible and bike-friendly office.
The MAPC office has fully reopened.  MAPC staff will be expected to come into the office at least two days per week, on average.
MAPC strongly supports the professional development of each and every staff person, believing their growth to be consistent with the best interests of MAPC and the region. We encourage all our staff to develop new ideas to make MAPC’s planning and policy work more relevant and impactful, and to adapt to changing times.
This is an opportunity to work in a dynamic, interdisciplinary, and innovative environment with professionals who are committed to building a more sustainable and equitable future for everyone who lives and works in Greater Boston. For more information about MAPC or MetroCommon2050, please visit www.mapc.org 

About the Department
The Public Health and Climate Planner II will be part of MAPC’s Public Health Department and will report to the Director of Public Health. The department is a team of planners and public health staff who use a Health in All Policies (HiAP) approach to promote healthier outcomes in the Metro Boston region and who are committed to equity and justice. 
Our goal is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that all our colleagues feel a sense of belonging, and that their unique contributions to our mission are valued. We believe we can only achieve our mission by hiring and engaging a diverse workforce that reflects the communities in which we work. In addition to the requirements in our postings, we recognize that people come with talent and experiences outside of a job. Diversity of experience and skills combined with passion is a key to innovation and a culture of inclusion.

Responsibilities (including but not limited to) 

  • Co-manage the direction, project work and partnerships of the of the Public Health Department’s Climate and Health area of practice;
  • Develop and provide content expertise in projects and initiatives that focus on health-related climate change risks such as extreme heat, air quality, or other risks;
  • Support and contribute to projects and efforts that are topically interdisciplinary, bringing a public health perspective in project areas focusing on active transportation, housing affordability and stability, and economic opportunity, among others;
  • Build an understanding of health impacts and articulate evidence-based solutions and recommendations through a variety of approaches, including community-led research, published literature, and qualitative and quantitative data collection and synthesis;  
  • Produce project materials (e.g., plans, memoranda, reports, fact sheets) that communicate public health-evidence, findings and strategies to various audiences (e.g., local health departments, state and local elected officials, community-based organizations, municipal planners, and the business community);
  • Conduct project evaluation toward distilling best practices, informing quality improvement and advancing equitable outcomes; 
  • Collect, synthesize, and interpret a variety of data from a range of primary and secondary sources in assessment and evaluation efforts; 
  • Work with staff from the Public Health Department as well as other MAPC departments to provide public health expertise on projects and policy discussions;
  • Support the sustained funding of the public health work plan by securing new projects, grant funding, and fee-for-service contracts;
  • Foster relationships between MAPC and public health practitioners, municipal public health staff, health care organizations, academic researchers, and community-based organizations throughout the region and beyond;
  • Identify best practices, emerging trends, new analytical methods, and new approaches in the planning and public health fields and find ways to apply those in MAPC’s work;
  • Conduct other activities consistent with implementing the MetroCommon 2050 regional plan; and
  • Participate fully in an inclusive, welcoming, diverse, and creative work environment. 

Evening events, occasional weekend events, and local travel are a responsibility for this position. MAPC does not require that you have a vehicle; however, you must have a valid driver’s license and/or the ability to arrange transportation to meetings in different parts of the region. MAPC provides support for travel, including MBTA passes, a Zipcar account and BlueBikes membership. 

Qualifications

Candidates for this position should have a five (5) years of relevant work experience in the public health, climate, or planning fields OR a Bachelor’s degree and three (3) years of relevant work experience in the identified fields OR Master’s degree and two (2) years of work experience in the identified fields.
Successful candidates for this position will demonstrate all or most of the following:

  • Strong commitment to addressing issues of social equity, sustainability, and good governance;
  • Understanding of municipal departments and systems, and familiarity with regional, state, and community-based climate-related and health-related agencies, entities, and stakeholders; 
  • Understanding of critical health inequities facing Metro Boston and U.S. metropolitan areas;
  • Understanding of climate change risks and related health impacts, and familiarity with frameworks, research, and examples for understanding and communicating issues and solutions, in Massachusetts and in national contexts;
  • Multi-lingual and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience;
  • Experience building and maintaining partnerships with external organizations, including community-based organizations;
  • Excellent written, verbal, presentation, and interpersonal communication skills;
  • Proficiency in project development and management;
  • Experience with program or project evaluation;
  • Experience with data collection, analysis, and interpretation;
  • Proficiency in working on interdisciplinary projects and in collaborative settings; and
  • Strategic and analytical capabilities, capacity for innovation, self-motivation, self-learning, and goal-orientation.

Per MAPC COVID-19 Vaccine Policy, the selected candidate is required to be up-to-date with COVID-19 vaccinations, as defined by the CDC, by the agreed upon start date. See COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shots | CDC. 

Compensation and Benefits
The salary ranges from $60,000 – $70,000, depending on qualifications and experience. This is a full-time exempt position. MAPC offers excellent Massachusetts state employee benefits as well as a flexible, supportive, and family-friendly work environment and a commitment to continued professional development. 

How to Apply
Apply online at www.mapc.org/jobs. The position is open until filled, and applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume. Candidates selected to interview will be asked to submit three (3) references plus a sample of relevant writing or work product. Candidates must have legal authorization to work in the USA and a valid driver’s license and/or the ability to arrange transportation to meetings in different parts of the region. MAPC participates in E-Verify, which is a federal program that helps us to determine work eligibility in the United States. 
 MAPC is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We believe that a staff with a range of perspectives, experiences, and skillsets strengthens our work. We are committed to building a more equitable workplace that allows staff with diverse backgrounds and identities to thrive, grow, and lead. For more information on MAPC’s culture of equity, see our  Equity at MAPC page. 

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