Job Posting for the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission: Planner – Public Health

Title: Planner – Public Health

Organization: Berkshire Regional Planning Commission

Summary of Position

The Public Health Planner will support multiple Public Health Program projects, including Community Wellness and Equity projects, such as Pittsfield Gray to Green, Public Health Emergency Preparedness, and substance use disorder prevention and intervention. The Planner will also provide administrative and planning support to the overall Public Health program that serves all of Berkshire County.

Program/ Project Responsibilities

A. Gray to Green

  • Research and document production; analysis of best practices, plan review
  • Scheduling, logistics, notetaking, and other coordination of public meetings / public engagement, whether virtual or in-person
  • Attend and facilitate community events and meetings
  • Design community engagement programming
  • Assist with program evaluation
  • Assist with the implementation and review of the neighborhood audit program
  • Provide logistical support for community partners, residents, and funded partners
  • Represent BRPC at subcommittees, partners, and public meetings
  • Survey development and analysis

B. Public Health Emergency Preparedness

  • Provide support, including logistics, scheduling, and notetaking as needed
  • Research, as needed
  • Work with local Boards of Health to update Emergency Dispensing Site Plans and assist with required drills
  • Represent the Emergency Preparedness Coalition/BCBOHA at Regional Emergency Planning Committee (REPC), Western Advisory Group (WAG), MRC Advisory Group (MAG), Western Region Homeland Security Council (WHRSAC), Local/State Advisory Committee (L/SAC), Planner Summits and Health and Medical Coordinating Committee (HMCC) as assigned and requested
  • Assist with COVID response activities as required and assigned

C. County Health Initiative (CHI)/ Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP)

  • Assist with research, assessment, community outreach, and data gathering and analysis
  • Assist with meeting logistics and notetaking
  • Assist with the production and updating of the CHIP
  • Present CHIP findings to community groups
  • Work with partners to produce and implement the CHIP

D. Other / General

  • Other meetings or logistical functions as requested for all Public Health programs such as the Berkshire County Boards of Health Association (BCBOHA), Berkshire Public Health Alliance (BPHA), and Berkshire Opioid Addiction Prevention Collaborative (BOAPC).
  • Assistance with surveys or other information gathering or research functions as appropriate
  • Assistance with identification of grant opportunities and grant writing as appropriate
  • Research, data analysis, and document production
  • Interface with other BRPC staff and departments on projects that need public health collaboration
  • Other tasks as directed

Overall Agency Responsibilities

Details of the specific position responsibilities will be finalized depending on the unique skills and qualifications of the successful candidate from amongst the following items.

  • Assist with grant development
  • Support and assistance with agency outreach and educational activities such as the agency newsletter and webpage

Qualifications

Education or training:

  • Master’s in public health, planning, or an associated field from an accredited college or university or equivalent combination of experience and training, i.e., Bachelor’s and two years of directly related experience.

Special licenses, registration, or certification:

  • Driver’s license valid for use in the United States

Knowledge, skills, and abilities of this position:

  • Strong research and analytic skills working with a wide variety of information and data and utilizing it effectively in the public decision-making process
  • Ability to work on multiple projects on time and within budget
  • Excellent communication skills, especially the ability to write effectively and to provide guidance to local officials and boards
  • Knowledge of public health principles, including grounding in social determinants of health, harm reduction, anti-racism, and anti-poverty principles
  • Strong background and skills in a variety of public participation and education techniques
  • Working proficiency in Microsoft Office programs
  • Ability to conduct fieldwork, participate in public meetings in all parts of the region, and travel outside the region utilizing a personal vehicle.

To Apply

Submit a cover letter and resume to info@berkshireplanning.org by email only. Position description at: https://berkshireplanning.org/wp[1]content/uploads/2022/05/Planner-Public-Health-Position-Description.pdf

Please include the phrase Public Health Planner in the subject line of your email. No telephone calls.

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