Job Posting for the Town of Wakefield: Mystic Valley Shared Services Coalition Coordinator

Title: Mystic Valley Shared Services Coalition Coordinator

Organization: Town of Wakefield

Status: Full-time, exempt, 35 hours, full benefits

Starting Salary:  Up to $81,000, commensurate with experience

Supervisor: Mystic Valley Public Health Coalition Health Directors

Posted Date: June 29, 2021

Closing Date: Open until filled

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Summary of Position: The Mystic Valley Shared Services Coalition (MVSSC) is currently seeking a Public Health Coalition Coordinator to manage the Public Health Excellence Grant Program for Shared Services.

The Mystic Valley Shared Services Coalition Coordinator will have day-to-day responsibility for managing the Public Health Excellence Grant Program for Shared Services. This is a regionalized position that will serve as a shared resource for Wakefield, Melrose, Malden, Medford, Stoneham, and Winchester. The Town of Wakefield will be the employer.

The goal of this position will be to provide new ways to organize and support the local health departments of the Mystic Valley to raise standards, strengthen collaboration, better use technology, improve skills, and stabilize resources, while building on existing infrastructure and respecting local autonomy. By pooling resources, functions, and expertise, the six Mystic Valley communities can improve compliance with statutory and regulatory mandates and expand the protections and opportunities offered.

This is a grant funded, three-year opportunity with the possibility of sustainability beyond three years. The MVSSC is a coalition of health departments representing Malden, Medford, Melrose, Stoneham, Wakefield and Winchester. It was developed in 2004 to address Emergency Preparedness mandates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).


  • Develop and implement regional public health strategies focused on topics including food safety, environmental health, sanitation, vectors and public health pests, and other environmental health topics that arise.
  • Meet monthly with municipal Public Health Directors to provide updates on grant goals and objectives.
  • Manage grant budget; provide Department of Public Health (DPH) with quarterly invoices.
  • Oversee the development and refinement of a MVSSC regional work plan and strategic plan.
  • Prepare required reports in compliance with state requirements to ensure that the Board of Health has sufficient documentation.
  • Assist in maintaining department files and information.
  • Attend monthly check-in meetings with DPH Offices of Local and Regional Health staff and attend appropriate professional development opportunities.Examine documents for correctness, prepare forms and other documents, prepare correspondence as needed.
  • Stay up to date on public health topics, best practices, and emerging technologies.
  • Interact with state-wide colleagues.
  • Perform similar or related work as required or as situation dictates, or as directed by the Directors of Public Health.

Supervisory: This position will be under the supervision of the Mystic Valley Health Directors. The employee will operate in accordance with applicable state and local laws and regulations and department policies and procedures. This position will require the ability to plan and perform operations to independently complete assigned tasks according to a prescribed time schedule and the ability to independently establish one’s own daily work plan based on regular routine and special assignments. This position will supervise the MVSSC Public Health Inspector, MVSSC Communications and Outreach Specialist, and per-diem Animal Control Officer.

Qualifications: Applicants must have at least three years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional, program management, program administration, program coordination, program planning, and/or program analysis experience. Public Health experience, which must include experience in Local Public Health.

Education: A bachelor’s or higher degree in Public Health or a related field.

Requirements: Professional qualities should include: highly motivated, open to change, self-starter, innovative, well organized, problem solver, strong computer skills, and a team player. Proficient in computer skills including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access, and other database platforms.

  • Ability to maintain records and information in a confidential manner.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, supervisors, other agencies, program participants, community leaders, the media, and the general public.
  • Valid Massachusetts driver’s license, Class D
  • Certified Food Safety Manager
  • MAPHIT Housing and Food Inspector Certification
  • Certified Pool Operator
  • Completion of ICS100-300 & NIMS 700
  • Registration by the Massachusetts Board of Registration as a Registered Sanitarian and/or Certified Health Officer or receipt of such within one year of employment
  • Knowledge of FDA voluntary retail food program standards
  • Risk communication experience preferred

Job Environment: Some work is performed under typical office conditions and other settings include: restaurants, private residents, school facilities, other facilities, and outdoors environments. This position will have frequent contact with the general public, other town departments, officials from the Mystic Valley communities, outside agencies, businesses, vendors, other governmental organizations, and attorneys. Communication is by means of telephone, online meeting platforms, personal discussion, and written correspondence and involves discussing routine information requiring patience and courtesy.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions

To Apply: 

Interested applicants must complete the online Job Application on the Town of Wakefield’s
website at

The Mystic Valley Public Health Coalition (MVPHC) is a coalition of health departments representing Malden, Medford, Melrose, Stoneham, Wakefield and Winchester. It was developed in 2004 to address Emergency Preparedness mandates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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