Hiring: Healthy Hampshire Coordinator


The Healthy Hampshire Coordinator works in collaboration with Healthy Hampshire partners and fiscal agent, under the supervision of the Healthy Hampshire Program Manager, to plan, implement and evaluate proven community health prevention strategies aimed at improving the health of residents and reducing the burden of chronic disease in four primary communities in Hampshire County (Amherst, Belchertown, Northampton, Williamsburg) as well as 11 towns in the Hilltown region.
Healthy Hampshire is funded both by a Mass in Motion Municipal Wellness and Leadership Grant, and a State and Local Public Health Actions to Prevent Obesity, Diabetes, Heart Disease and Stroke grant (1422) through the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. The City of Northampton is the fiscal agent for this grant and contracts with the Collaborative for Educational Services to provide staffing to implement the work plan.

Essential Functions:
  • Work with the Healthy Hampshire Program Manager to implement the community health prevention strategies, working both within member communities as well as across communities.
  • Work with the Healthy Hampshire Program Manager to implement healthy retail policies and initiatives that promote healthy food access in the community.
  • Work with Healthy Hampshire Program Manager to integrate active transportation goals into municipal policy and plans of member communities.
  • Develop and expand regional SNAP incentive program known as SNAP & Save to other member communities and increase access to locally grown food for priority populations (e.g. low income people, elders, etc).
  • Work with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and community partners to develop and monitor measurable goals and objectives, design and implement community assessments, collect and analyze data, and prepare written reports that are communicable to laypeople.
  • Work with municipal and community partners to recruit and engage community members in coalition activities and public policy advocacy.
  • Maintain and submit reports and records as required by coalition grant requirements in a timely manner in conjunction with the Healthy Hampshire Program Manager, the evaluator, and the City of Northampton.
  • Research and apply for grants on behalf of Healthy Hampshire’s partners and/or the Collaborative for Educational Services.
  • Design communication materials, or work with external designers, as needed for chronic-disease prevention strategies.

Education/Basic Training: Master’s Degree in public health, education, public administration, public policy, city planning, regional planning, transportation planning, geography, or related field preferred; Bachelor’s required.
Experience: 2 years’ experience in social services, public health, advocacy programs, or transportation planning; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Knowledge, Ability, and Skill:
  • Able to work independently.
  • Ability to effectively plan and implement projects or initiatives without direct day-to-day oversight or supervision.
  • Understanding of community health principles and approaches.
  • Understanding of transportation and land use planning and how it interacts with and affects peoples’ health.
  • Understanding of the role of policy, systems and environmental change strategies in changing behavior.
  • Ability to establish equitable working relationships with people from a diversity of groups, including but not limited to: people of different races and ethnicities; people for whom English is not their native language; people with both physical and mental disabilities; people who lack resources such as effective and reliable transportation, adequate income, housing or other supports.
  • Strong facilitation and presentation skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing in a variety of settings.
  • Comfort with reaching out to new people and organizations and establishing effective working relationships.
  • Strong emotional intelligence.
  • Ability to assess situations, seek multiple perspectives, gather in-depth information, and synthesize information from a variety of sources to draw conclusions.
  • Proficient in the use of telephone, office equipment, computers and software programs, including Word, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Excel.
Physical Demands:

Minimal physical effort required in performing duties under normal office conditions. Position requires the ability to operate a keyboard and other office equipment. Some physical effort required to travel to meetings, trainings and field work. Be physically able to walk on uneven ground. Occasionally may be required to walk and stand for extended periods of time during field
investigations. Specific vision requirements include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, and the ability to adjust focus and distinguish colors.

Work Conditions:

The office of the Healthy Hampshire Coordinator will be located at 123 Hawley St. Northampton. As this position frequently involves attending meetings in communities across the county, candidate must have access to a car and valid driver’s license. Bicycle, walking and public transportation use are encouraged. Candidate must be able to attend occasional night and weekend meetings.

Terms of Employment:

Full time includes benefits. Salary range $45,000 – $53,000
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CES is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome candidates from all cultural, ethnic and racial backgrounds. Candidates whose backgrounds are well suited to understanding and addressing the need of the diverse student populations we serve are encouraged to apply.

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