Environmental Public Health Planner III

Company:  Public Health - Seattle & King County 

Location: Seattle, WA

Date Posted: May 23, 2017

Application Deadline:  June 2, 2017

Employment Type: Full time

Salary:  $38.66 - $49.00/hour

Environmental Public Health Planner III 

About the Position

Public Health – Seattle & King County (PHSKC) is seeking two Environmental Public Health Planners to join the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program (LHWMP).  These positions are part of the Environmental Health Services Division, whose mission is to identify and sustain environmental conditions that promote healthy people and healthy communities.

About the Positions - Near-term

Successful applicants will step into a leadership role for one of two project teams that are in the second year of a 5-year project. The teams are building and implementing social marketing projects aimed at changing behaviors to reduce specific health and environmental risks in target audiences. The Lead team is creating a project working with parents of young children to reduce lead exposures.  The Safer Cleaning Practices team is creating a project to reduce cleaning chemical exposures in the homes of people in the Latino communities.

Project team members are primarily comprised of Health & Environmental Investigators that work in two different agencies.  The Environmental Public Health Planner IIIs are expected to work as a member of these teams, in most cases, having assigned tasks as well as leadership responsibilities.  The work is also heavily directed and supported by people experienced in the Social Marketing process.

About the Positions - Long-term

These positions will continue to lead multi-year projects that seek to improve public health and environmental outcomes for King County residents and businesses.  They will work collaboratively with the Program's management and staff to develop objectives, goals, and projects that support the program's longer-term strategic direction. Successful applicants must be able to adapt their thinking and approach as resources, priorities and projects evolve and change over time.

Job Duties:         

  • Lead a multi-agency project team in a matrix structure:
    • Develop and maintain positive and productive team dynamics 
    • Manage staff resources to meet project needs
    • Oversee team and individual assignments
    • Maintain clear and regular communications
    • Provide performance feedback to team members and their supervisors
    • Identify and develop training to address competency and skills gaps
    • Problem solve and manage conflict.
  • Effectively plan and build a project that aligns with the Program's goals and objectives:
    • Assess the environmental health needs of populations and communities, analyze and evaluate programs and policies; use information to develop reports and plans to carry out project objectives
    • Plan and implement inclusive, thoughtful engagement activities and campaigns with diverse communities
    • Work closely with the Program's social researchers to develop and implement a behavior change-focused approach to achieve project objectives
    • Work with the Program's Performance Manager to establish performance measures; Assist in the development of project evaluation plans as needed
    • Prioritize competing responsibilities while staying focused on the larger strategic goals.
  • Ensure project implementation:
    • Successfully deliver a completed project on time, within scope and budget to the satisfaction of internal and external stakeholders; work with team on tasks to ensure timely completion of deliverables
    • Anticipate risks and head off issues that can jeopardize deadlines, budgets and project goals
    • Provide ongoing feedback and coaching to team members about work processes and products
    • Draft and develop project proposal, project plans, Request for Proposals (RFPs), budgets, and project schedules
    • Manage contracts, contractors and deliverables.
  • Develop effective communications with internal and external stakeholders:
    • Develop and present briefings and project proposals, budget and staffing needs to the management teams within the Program and Division
    • Interact with and influence a variety of stakeholders including the project team; lead and motivate people over whom there is no direct authority
    • Establish and maintain successful working relationships with internal and external partners.


Public Health Planning:

  • Ability to identify and prioritize public health issues within populations
  • Ability to use public health planning tools and approaches, apply risk prevention principles and design interventions which reduce health and environmental risks
  • Experience with population-based change and/or services
  • Working knowledge of evidence-based behavior change principles and practices
  • Demonstrated experience in identifying barriers to behavior change and developing creative strategies for addressing them
  • Ability to develop, coordinate and implement strategies that involve other public, non-profit and private partners.

Project, staff and team leadership:

  • Demonstrated experience and skill in implementing planned work; ability to manage multiple activities and focus on the most important priorities
  • Strong ability to explore and learn organizational processes and policies especially around contracting, performance management, and service equity
  • Ability to work well with team members from different agencies and organizations and who have diverse skill sets and qualifications
  • Ability to manage expectations through ongoing change; demonstrates adaptability, flexibility and persistence.

Strong communication skills:

  • Experience working with the public especially in diverse communities; working knowledge of inclusive community engagement, equity and inclusion best practices
  • Ability to present and express ideas and information clearly and concisely, whether oral or written, in a manner appropriate to the audience
  • Ability to use a broad range of communication styles and choose appropriate and effective ways to communicate with diverse audiences
  • Ability to encourage and motivate people to work together as a team to accomplish project goals
  • Strong interpersonal skills including the ability to interact, influence, and negotiate across all levels of an organization
  • Ability to remain calm during conflict; Seeks to listen and understand other points of view.

Strong problem-solving and analytical skills:

  • Ability to collect and analyze information, problem-solve and make decisions. Supports recommendations or decisions with sound information and reasoning
  • Working knowledge of and experience with project evaluation tools and best practices.


  • Proficiency with standard office computer software programs such as MS Office Suite or Office 365 -- Outlook, Word, and Excel.

Desired Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor's degree in Public Health, Environmental Health, or other closely related field of study; AND three years of experience in public health planning, service delivery design, community engagement, and/or project management OR any equivalent combination of experience and education that provides the applicant with the desired skills, knowledge and ability to perform the job duties
  • Experience using culturally-appropriate and inclusive engagement processes to reach diverse communities where English is not the primary language
  • Experience in designing and implementing evidence-based behavior change approaches to project development
  • Familiarity and experience with principles and approaches for community mobilization.

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