• Jefferson County Colorado
  • $47,570.00 -75,920.00/year*
  • Fort Morgan , CO
  • Advertising/Marketing/Public Relations
  • Full-Time
  • 17637 Co Rd M

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Jefferson County Public Health is currently hiring a Public Health Strategic Initiatives Coordinator. This position provides you the opportunity to work for a county that thrives on working collaboratively and overcoming challenges. We are seeking a game changer, someone that loves what they do and is motivated to share their knowledge with those that they work with.

Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) is seeking an adaptable individual with leadership skills to join our team as a Food Systems Coordinator. This is a two-year, grant funded position and is part of a regional Denver metro collaboration funded by the Cancer, Cardiovascular, and Chronic Pulmonary Disease (CCPD) Program from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. The Food Systems Coordinator will work with the Jeffco Food Policy Council (FPC) and community members, elected officials, policy makers, partner organizations, entities involved in all aspects of the local and regional food systems, and JCPH and County staff to eliminate food insecurity and hunger in Jefferson County through policy, systems and environmental changes. The Coordinator will also work in collaboration with staff from the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment (DDPHE) and Tri-County Health Department (TCHD), addressing food insecurity and hunger on a regional basis.

Creating health equity, which means everyone has the opportunity to attain their highest level of health, is a guiding principle of Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH). All positions within the agency are expected to contribute toward achieving health equity in Jefferson County. JCPH is committed to the diversity of its staff, as well as providing culturally responsive programs and services that help to reduce health inequities in Jefferson County. As such, JCPH welcomes and encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds and abilities to apply for positions within the agency.

About Jefferson County Public Health:

Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) is committed to promoting health and preventing injury and disease for the residents of Jefferson County, Colorado. Public health is what we as a society do collectively to prevent illness and premature death and promote health in our neighborhoods and communities.

JCPH Mission

Promoting and protecting health across the lifespan through prevention, education and partnerships for all people

JCPH Vision

Healthy People, Healthy Places

Guiding Principles
  • Respect: We approach all people with esteem, understanding, dignity and empathy.
  • Equity: We approach all people with fairness, impartiality and a willingness to help others.
  • Collaboration: We work collectively for the mutual benefit of the community through the sharing of information, responsibility, resources and ideas to achieve our mission.
  • Trust : We act with benevolence, integrity, transparency, reliability and competence.
  • Innovation: We empower our staff to develop ideas, measure processes and improve methods to achieve our vision.

  • Read more at JCPH About Page!

    Essential Duties

    The Strategic Initiatives Coordinator will be able to:

  • Identify and analyze food access barriers and develop new policies and regulatory practices to reduce food insecurity and hunger
  • Support food access planning as an integral component to community and comprehensive planning to reduce the number of people living with food insecurity.
  • Support and promote urban farming through community facing events, identifying grant opportunities, addressing municipal and county regulatory concerns.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with community, local and regional government elected officials, planners, and economic development to support integrated approaches to land use, regulatory processes and allocation of resources to address food access, security and systems.
  • Educate policy makers at the federal, state, county and local levels about policies related to food access and sustainable food systems.
  • Continue building a successful Food Policy Council that is coordinated, collaborative and action-oriented with a diversity of stakeholders and equitable representation of the community.
  • Lead efforts within JCPH to increase food security through the Community Health Improvement Plan. The Plan identifies food security as a high priority issue to address within Jefferson County. Work to create sustainability of this effort.
  • Assesses community health needs related to increasing food access by analyzing a variety of food security, health and demographic data.
  • Addresses data gaps and use participatory approaches to analyze and present health data in an interesting and compelling way to department staff, elected and appointed boards, coalition members, community partners, and business leaders.
  • Assess technical assistance needs and provide technical assistance to FPC members and community residents
  • Work to align activities with local, regional, state and national food systems programs and policies.
  • Regional Responsibilities (within the CCPD grant)
    Work with local health department partners at DDPHE and TCHD aka Regional Planning Committee to:
  • Lead the grant funded staff and provide mentoring and guidance
  • Develop joint assessment tools, evaluations, surveys and other resources.
  • Participate in and lead Subcommittees of the Regional Planning Committee
  • Prepare for and lead Regional Planning Committee meetings on a rotating basis
  • Identify opportunities for collaboration across county borders; implement programs and policy change.
  • Partner with up to three Jefferson county communities to work towards policy alignment between neighborhoods, cities and counties.
  • Develop, implement and monitor program budget.
  • Develop and monitor progress of implementation plan.
  • Complete quarterly and annual progress reports and other reporting requirements.
  • Qualifications

    Minimum Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor's degree and a minimum of three years of work related experience in Urban or Regional Planning, Public Health, Public Policy, Public Administration, Sociology, Nutrition, Sustainability, Community Development, or other social science related field.
  • Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master's degree is preferred and two or more years working with local or regional government, planning, policy development, systems or environmental change, related to food access, security or systems.
  • Competency in working with population health data sources, databases and analytical software preferred
  • Effective collaborator with skills to integrate diverse opinions, resolve conflict and prioritize complex issues.
  • A minimum of 3 years of experience in the facilitation of a regional multisector health-related community coalition
  • Experience working with the social determinants of health, Health in All Policies, or using a health equity approach to reduce health disparities, a plus
  • Knowledge of Spanish, Russian or Vietnamese a plus
  • Experience in policy advocacy, educating decision-makers, developing a policy agenda
  • Experience working with farmers, urban agriculture, marketing options for small scale growers and/or buy local campaigns
  • Ability to prioritize and complete activities in a fast-paced and environment
  • Knowledge of SNAP, WIC, Double Up Food Bucks and other federal nutrition Programs,

  • Knowledge, skills, and attributes that would be beneficial and lead to success in this role include:
  • High threshold for frustration
  • Ability to thrive in ambiguity
  • Emotionally Intelligent
  • Outstanding written and oral communication, presentation and facilitation skills.
  • Proficiency in using Microsoft Office, i.e., Word, Excel, Power-Point and Outlook.
  • Ability to work with groups or individuals in a professional and nonjudgmental manner.

  • Additional Information

    Must have valid driver's license, if you are from out of state, you must obtain a valid Colorado driver's license within 30 days of hire date and you must not have any major violation conviction in the past three years.

    Must provide immunization record at time of hire, or prove immunity, to comply with departmental Communicable Disease Control Policy

    Offer of employment contingent on criminal history and MVR check and education verification.

    * The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.

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