Job: Community Health Planner (Open)

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Job Title:Community Health Planner (Open)
Closing Date/Time:Mon. 12/19/16 11:59 PM Pacific Time
Salary:$36.43 - $45.55 Hourly
$2,914.40 - $3,644.00 Biweekly
$6,314.53 - $7,895.33 Monthly
$75,774.40 - $94,744.00 Annually
Job Type:Full-Time
Location:San Mateo County, California
NOTE: This recruitment schedule was amended on December 14, 2016 from a continuous recruitment to closing. The Final Closing Date will be December 19, 2016.
**Please note:  This position has been filled.**
Note: This recruitment schedule was amended on November 2, 2016 to extend the Final Filing Date.  This recruitment has been changed to "Continuous."

The County of San Mateo Health System is seeking a Community Health Planner to join the Health Policy and Planning team, a program within the Public Health, Policy and Planning Division. The Community Health Planner will be an integral part of the Health Policy and Planning team's Get Healthy San Mateo County initiative and will have expertise in advancing equity through policy and environmental changes in areas such as regional and city planning, transportation planning and economic and workforce development. This position requires a motivated individual with strong critical thinking, oral and written communication and data analysis skills. People from cultural, ethnic, racial and linguistically diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

The Health Policy and Planning (HPP) Program leads the Health System's work to advance health and equity by using primary prevention and place-based strategies to create the conditions that enable all County of San Mateo residents to live healthy lives. The team of 12 - 15 staff uses its expertise in policy, planning, research, epidemiology, communications and advocacy to achieve these goals. HPP is currently focused on four areas of work:
  • Stable and affordable housing
  • Complete neighborhoods
  • High quality education
  • Strong local economy
To learn more about HPPs work, visit

The Community Health Planner will work as part of the Health Policy and Planning team and will report to the Senior Community Health Planner. The Community Health Planner responsibilities include:  analyzing and presenting workforce, land use, transportation and planning data; identifying and completing analysis to support policy change in the areas of community and economic development, land use and transportation as well as other areas that emerge as priorities; build and support partnerships with community-based organizations, advocates and city staff; develop action plans and reports; analyze and develop policy recommendations at the local and organizational level; and supervise or work with a variety of professional, clerical or intern staff.

The Community Health Planner will be assigned to focus on the 'Healthy Economy' work in addition to contributing to the City and potentially Regional Planning work (Healthy Housing and Healthy Neighborhoods). Health Policy and Planning's 'Healthy Economy' work aims to maximize opportunity for people facing economic barriers in the County of San Mateo through access to stable employment, adequate income and well-paying jobs that can help build financial security and improve overall health and well-being. The Community Health Planner will work with cities, school, and businesses, community–based organizations and workers to design and help implement policies and strategies to ensure that all County of San Mateo residents and workers have the economic resources to be healthy.

The ideal candidate will be:
  • Knowledgeable in at least two of the three areas:  1) Community and economic development policies and programs; 2) City Planning; and 3) Regional/Transportation Planning and their intersection with public health.
  • Dedicated to advancing health and equity, as demonstrated through work experience and/or personal experience having been adversely affected by health inequities.
  • Able to think about health broadly including the relationship between place, race, equity, and health and the impacts of social, economic and physical factors on health outcomes and health inequities.
  • Familiar with policies and practices related to economic development, land use and/or transportation planning such as economic development plans, general plans.
  • Familiarity and experience with policy and advocacy strategies and processes.
  • Skilled in the use of health data and spatial analysis to develop policy recommendations and create policy change.
  • Able to facilitate and lead team projects with impeccable project management skills.
  • A creative thinker and problem solver.
  • Experienced with community engagement, collaboration and partnerships.
  • Experienced in maintaining relationships with advocates, community partners and government staff.
  • Experienced and have expertise in conducting research:  literature reviews, focus groups, survey development, conducting interviews, and drafting research proposals.
  • Politically astute and able to represent the Health System at public meetings.
  • Excellent in oral and written communication, including developing and writing reports, creating presentations and public speaking.
  • Experience in the use of spatial analysis software like GIS or statistical analysis software like R/SPSS/SAS is desirable.
NOTE: The eligible list generated from this recruitment may be used to fill future extra-help, term, unclassified, and regular classified vacancies.

Possession of a Master's degree in Public Health, Public Policy, Public Administration or other relevant field such as Community/Economic Development, Planning, with appropriate experience and knowledge of community health planning and health policy.

Knowledge of:
  • Practices and procedures of community organization and cooperation.
  • Principles and methods of strategic and community development and health planning.
  • Statistical and survey methods utilized in needs assessments and program evaluation.
  • 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.
  • Publicity and media practices related to dissemination of initiative results and development of health promotion campaigns.
Skill/Ability to:
  • Think strategically to guide priority community planning efforts.
  • Obtain and maintain community collaboration for health planning efforts.
  • Plan, organize and conduct health promoting and planning 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 and program information to perform community health planning, assessment and evaluation.
  • Write clear, concise, and effective reports, presentations, policy memos, correspondence and news releases.
  • Communicate effectively orally, including public speaking.
  • Originate, prepare and distribute publicity materials.

Anyone may apply. Responses to the supplemental questions must be submitted in addition to our regular employment application form. A resume will not be accepted as a substitute for the required employment application and supplemental questionnaire.

The examination process will consist of an application screening based on the candidates' application and responses to the supplemental questions. Candidates who pass the application screening will be invited to a panel 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 further evaluation of work experience may be conducted to group applicants by level of qualification. All applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through any subsequent phase of the examination. All examinations will be given in San Mateo County, California and applicants must participate at their own expense.

IMPORTANT: Applications for this position will only be accepted online. If you are currently on the County's website, you may click the "Apply Online" button above or below. If you are not on the County's website, please go to to apply.

~ Tentative Recruitment Schedule ~
Final Filing Date:  December 19, 2016

Combined Panel/Department Interviews:  NOVEMBER 14 and/or 15, 2016

The County of San Mateo does not require job applicants to disclose conviction history information until after the applicant successfully completes all examination phases for the recruitment. All passing applicants will receive instructions by email only from Human Resources staff to complete and submit a conviction history questionnaire online within a specified deadline of two business days.  Failure to do so within the timeframe will disqualify you from the rest of the process.  Please visit this link at to find out more information about the conviction history questionnaire so that you can prepare accordingly.

Note: Positions in criminal justice agencies currently required by law to pass background checks are exempted from this bill, and applicants may be required to submit conviction information at the time of application.
San Mateo County is an Equal Opportunity Employer

HR Analyst:  Yvonne Alvidrez (101216) (Community Health Planner - F055)

Keywords: community health, planner, health planning, data, analysis, GIS, SAS SPSS, master's degree, public health, health policy, health equity, place-based prevention


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