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$ 22.62-$ 33.34 hourly, $ 47,231-$ 69,614 annually

Date Posted:   07/15/2013
Closing Date:   07/22/2013
Working Title:   Community Initiatives Planner
Hiring Agency:   Health Department
Division/Bureau:   OSHII/Community Initiatives
Location:   Golden Rule Bldg., St. Paul
Who May Apply:   Open to all qualified job seekers
Posting Number:   13HEAL000278
Employment Conditions:   Permanent, Full-time
Work Shift:   Day Shift
Days of Work:   Monday-Friday , 08:00 AM-04:30 PM
Travel Required:   yes
Job Grouping:   General Administration
Classified Status:   Classified
Job Description:   This vacancy is located in the Office of Statewide Health Improvement Initiatives (OSHII).

This position exists to lead the planning, management and implementation of OSHII state and federal grants to local communities for physical activity, healthy eating and tobacco use prevention. Local communities include Community Health Boards and tribal governments, their staff, and other state and local agencies. State and federal funding includes the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP), Community Transformation Grant, and Tobacco Prevention and Control grants. Leadership for planning and implementation will include coordination within MDH and with other state, regional and national subject matter experts.

Primary responsibilities will include 1) providing strategic planning, report writing, presentation and other assistance for the Statewide Health Improvement Program; 2) providing planning and direction for the management and implementation of OSHII's state and federal grants to local communities; 3) providing consultation, guidance, technical assistance and support to local community grantees so they can successfully implement effective health improvement initiatives addressing physical activity, healthy eating, and tobacco use prevention (including grant administration); 4) working with OSHII Training and Technical Assistance Coordinators to facilitate grantee access to technical assistance providers that meet their identified needs; and 5) establishing and maintain a working relationship with Community Health Boards, Tribal Governments, and other local communities not funded by other OSHII grants to increase the involvement of additional local communities in health improvement efforts.
Minimum Qualifications:   Bachelor's degree and two years of advanced professional experience in the planning, implementation and administration in the area of public health programs or related field.

Principles and practices of research and analysis techniques sufficient to formulate study design and methodology and to coordinate and direct work of consultants and interdisciplinary task forces.

Knowledge of planning principles, methods and techniques and ability to apply laws, rules and regulations sufficient to develop or assist in the development of statewide plans.

Considerable knowledge of and experience in strategic planning, policy development and implementation, program evaluation and coalition building.

Ability to review and evaluate technical reports and planning documents.

Ability to identify and evaluate information/data and develop policy and program management recommendations and to conceptualize alternative solutions to complex issues and convey them to diverse audiences.

Ability to write, edit and organize material from diverse sources to prepare comprehensive plans and communicate oral and written presentations for use within and
outside the department.

Ability to develop techniques and procedures for accomplishing goals and objectives to design work plans for major studies and to direct their implementation.

Ability to organize and lead diverse internal/external stakeholder teams.
Requires occasionally lifting and/or carrying such articles as file folders, ledgers, and small tools. Although a sedentary job is defined as one which involves sitting, a certain amount of walking and standing is often necessary in carrying out job duties.
Preferred Qualifications:   Master's Degree in Public Health or related.

Knowledge of:
Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP);
Community Transformation Grant (CTG);
Minnesota?s Community Health Services system;
Tribal nations and their health systems located within Minnesota boundaries;
Population-based health improvement initiatives that emphasize policies, systems and environmental changes;
Evidence-based strategies to increase physical activity, healthy eating and tobacco use prevention;
Basic statistical methods, their applications and limitations, sufficient to use procedures appropriate to the problem and to interpret end results;
Tabulation and data processing equipment used for storing information sufficient to apply procedures for editing, reviewing, processing and disseminating information;
Planning practices and procedures sufficient to identify findings and issues and prepare draft plans.

Ability to:
Write clear, concise and understandable narrative summaries of findings;
Construct tables, charts and graphs which appropriately and correctly depict data;
Interpret and explain statistical data in an understandable manner;
Read and comprehend information necessary for report preparation.

Grant management experience.
Selection Process:   The selection process is a resume-based, skill-matching process. All applicants who apply to this posting will be evaluated against the Minimum Qualifications stated above. If your skills match the required skills for this position, the department may contact you.

Recently Separated Veterans (RSV) - Effective July 1, 2009, legislation provides that the top five RSV applicants who apply and meet the qualifications for a vacancy be granted an interview. To qualify as a RSV, you must meet all of the following criteria: 1) have separated under honorable conditions from any branch of the armed forces of the United States; 2) have served on active duty for 181 consecutive days or more or for the full period ordered to active duty or have separated by reason of disability incurred while serving on active duty; 3) be a United States citizen or resident alien; and 4) have served in active military service at any time on or after September 11, 2001, as shown on your DD-214 form. To be considered under this legislation, you must: 1) meet all of the Minimum Qualifications identified in this posting; 2) meet all of the above RSV criteria; and 3) submit a copy of your DD-214 form by the closing date to or fax to 651-201-5779. Failure to submit your DD-214 form will affect your consideration for an interview under the terms of this legislation. Note that all vacancies will be filled in accordance with applicable union contract (OR PLAN) provisions.

Certain Disabled Veterans - Effective August 1, 2012, legislations provides state agencies with the option to appoint certain disabled veterans on a noncompetitive basis if you meet the following criteria: 1) meet service requirements and has verified service-connected disability rating of at least 30%; 2) provide qualifying documentation verifying the disability; and, 3) meet all of the Minimum Qualifications identified in this posting. To be considered under this legislation you must submit all documentation by the closing date to or fax to 651-201-5779.
How to Apply:   This vacancy is open to all qualified job seekers. If you are interested in being considered for this position, please do one of the following by the closing date:

1) Submit your resume through the on-line Resume Builder at You may copy and paste your existing resume or let the software create a resume for you. After you've completed your on-line resume, apply directly to this job posting (#13HEAL000278) by checking the "Apply for This Job" box and then clicking the "Apply to Selected Jobs" box at the bottom of the posting.

2) If you are unable to apply on-line via Resume Builder, submit your resume and a completed State of Minnesota Employment Application form to: Minnesota Management & Budget (MMB), 200 Centennial Office Building, 658 Cedar Street, St. Paul, MN 55155. Please include this job posting number (#13HEAL000278) on your application. The paper application is available on the MMB website at or by calling 651-259-3637.

Current State Employees: Please note that employment provisions (including but not limited to seniority and leave accrual) vary among the three branches of Minnesota State government. When considering a job with another branch of state government, you are highly encouraged to explore these differences. For assistance, please direct questions to your current or anticipated Human Resources office.
Contact for More Information:   Rachel Cohen, (651) 201-5442/