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$ 24.00-$ 35.37 hourly, $ 50,112-$ 73,853 annually

Date Posted:   09/03/2014
Closing Date:   09/12/2014
Working Title:   Climate and Health Planner
Hiring Agency:   Health Department
Division/Bureau:   EH/ESA/EIA
Location:   Freeman Building, St. Paul
Who May Apply:   Open to all qualified job seekers
Posting Number:   14HEAL000311
Employment Conditions:   Permanent, Full-time
Work Shift:   Day Shift
Days of Work:   Monday-Friday , 08:00 AM-04:30 PM
Travel Required:   no
Job Grouping:   General Administration
Classified Status:   Classified
Job Description:   This position is located in the Environmental Impact Analysis (EIA) Unit of the Environmental Surveillance and Assessment (ESA) Section within the Environmental Health (EH) Division.

This position will provide principal-level professional interdisciplinary planning and analysis work. The incumbent will establish, through planning and administration, statewide and regional goals for new areas/projects implemented by the EIA Unit related to health impact assessments (HIAs), climate change impacts on public health, and other related environmental health diseases. The position is responsible for planning and implementing HIA efforts performed by the EH Division in coordination with a number of other Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Divisions and other federal/state/local agencies.

Duties include establishing and prioritizing program goals and objectives, providing technical assistance and training for HIAs, evaluating program performance, and reporting work orally and in writing via reports to state and federal officials. Tasks will include performing HIAs and managing several contracts, in the form of grant contracts, professional and technical services contracts, and annual plan agreements and assisting in preparing plans for climate change adaptation. This position serves as a planning resource for the EIA Unit and provides technical assistance to other units of government, and to division management in the development of plans related to assessment of impacts to public health.
Minimum Qualifications:   Bachelor's degree and two years of advanced professional experience in the planning, implementation and administration of environmental health, public health or environmental protection programs.

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 and experience in policy analysis and planning, research methods, and state and federal laws governing the development, management, and delivery of public health and environmental health programs.

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.

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.

Develop new 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.

Preferred Qualifications:   Experience conducting health impact assessments.

Experience/willingness to design and deliver health impact assessment training and adapt training materials to a variety of audiences.

Strong interpersonal skills.

Ability to work effectively with fellow MDH staff, local public health staff, professionals outside of the agency and the public.

Flexible/able to balance personal workload and willingness to assist with additional tasks related to health impact assessment and climate change as needed.

Experience working with comprehensive plans or other community planning tools.

Experience working with disadvantaged communities and/or populations.
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 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 (#14HEAL000311) 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 (#14HEAL000311) 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:   Daniel Symonik, (651) 201-4928/ .