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Panner position - Public Health Institute

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  • Elisa Harvie
    Planner Nonprofit public health organization seeks full-time Planner for project in its Oakland office. The Planner will develop policy and provide statewide
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 5, 2006



      Nonprofit public health organization seeks full-time Planner for project in its Oakland office. The Planner will develop policy and provide statewide training and technical assistance on pioneering work to incorporate public health considerations into local planning decisions. Programmatic areas of focus include increasing access to healthy foods and physical activity opportunities through the use of local land use strategies.  This is anticipated to be a 3-year position with the possibility of additional years depending on the availability of funding.


      The Planner will work with local health departments, community-based organizations, city and county planning departments, and municipal attorneys throughout California as part of a dynamic team of community organizers and policy analysts who are developing local policies to improve public health through the built environment. The main focus of the position will be assisting in the development of written resources and providing technical assistance training and consultation on how traditional land use tools – general plans, zoning controls, conditional use permits, and redevelopment plans – can be employed at the municipal level to address public health issues such as the lack of healthy foods and access to physical activity, especially in low-income communities.


      Duties include developing resource and training materials for public health, and city planning audiences; providing training to public health professionals on basic land use planning concepts, facilitating discussions between planners and public health professionals, developing model language and policies; answering questions from advocates and local governments about existing and proposed land use laws; translating technical issues for a lay audience; and working collaboratively with local health departments and nonprofit organizations.  This is an excellent opportunity for an individual interested in developing cutting edge land use/public health policies.



      Masters degree in Planning or a related field strongly preferred; candidates with a Bachelor’s degree in Planning or a related field may substitute experience for a Masters degree on a year-for-year basis. Ability to work independently as well as capacity for teamwork are necessary. A strong preference will be given to candidates with at least 2 years experience working on land use with community-based organizations and/or local government agencies. Excellent written communication skills, research, and public speaking experience are essential.  Travel is required. 



      The ideal candidate is energetic and engaging, with a proven record working with new and innovative programs. This candidate demonstrates skill in motivating, guiding, and engaging citizens around local land use development issues, and can communicate with people from diverse backgrounds.


      Starting salary:

      $4580 per month with excellent benefits. Applications must be received by January 20, 2006.


      Applications must include a cover letter, a resume, a list of references, and a writing sample.  Materials should be sent to:                           


      555 12th STREET, 10th Floor


      OAKLAND, CA 94607



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