Building Healthy Communities Initiative (BHC) Health In All Policy Specialist

Wild Rivers Community Foundation | Crescent City, California

Background

The Wild Rivers Community Foundation focuses on building local philanthropy by connecting people to the cause that matters most to them. As a regional arm of Humboldt Area Foundation, we build partnerships with individuals, families, organizations and foundations to benefit projects and programs that meet a broad range of community goals. 

The Wild Rivers Community Foundation serves as the backbone organization for the Building Healthy Communities Initiative, a place-based initiative supported by The California Endowment, directed at improving the health and well-being of Del Norte County and the Adjacent Tribal Lands through systems and policy change driven by residents and collaborative partnerships, and the Aspen Opportunity Youth Initiative, a collective impact effort that brings cross-sector stakeholders together to improve education and employment outcomes for disconnected opportunity youth. 

Job Summary

This is an exempt, full time (40 hours/week) position based in Crescent City, CA.  Compensation is $45,000 to $60,000 DOE, and includes health, retirement benefits, and paid holidays and sick time.

The Building Healthy Communities Initiative (BHC) Health In All Policy Specialist will work with community stakeholders and policy makers across multiple sectors and government entities to ensure that health is considered when policies are developed and to secure new resources from public and private entities to address the social determent of health in Del Norte and the Adjacent Tribal Lands.  

The ideal candidate believes that Del Norte and Adjacent Tribal Lands (DNATL) can be a healthy community for all of its residents and is eager to work collaboratively with others to achieve this vision. We seek applicants with a Bachelor’s degree in public policy, education or public health who are able to facilitate collaboration and communication between diverse groups of people to guide policies that will lead to health equity.  A successful candidate will have excellent written and oral communication skills; ability to establish and maintain working relationships with individuals from diverse backgrounds; competence in working with Native American, Latino, Hmong, youth and rural communities; and possess a valid driver’s license, auto insurance, and access to a vehicle.

Responsibilities

The Health In All Policy Specialist will be responsible for coordinating and implementing a “health in all policies” agenda including a focus in educational equity.  General responsibilities include developing mechanisms to ensure that health and well-being are considered when policies are developed; using data to identify inequities and raise the profile of public health and educational equity; disseminating information about health disparities in DNATL to a wide variety of community stakeholders; and establishing connections with state and local agencies and organizations and creating relationships with local individuals and groups. Schedule may include some weekends, evenings and out of town travel.

Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in public policy, education or public health
  • Past work experience which has provided the individual with the knowledge, abilities, and skills listed below:

 
Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills

  • Demonstrated competency and experience facilitating large groups through community meetings and collaborative processes
  • Ability to push teams to hold each other accountable to continued progress and performance indicators
  • Ability to work the hours required for this position, and is both a punctual and reliable
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a diverse population, is able to establish and maintain working relationships with individuals from diverse backgrounds, and has demonstrated sensitivity to cross-cultural perspectives and experiences
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team, and takes initiative in problem solving
  • Organizes time wisely and prioritizes workloads to meet deadlines in a busy office environment
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Handles interactions with creativity and diplomacy
  • Maintains confidentiality and protects sensitive information in accordance with organizational standards
  • Competence in working with Native American, Latino, Hmong, youth and rural communities
  • Ability to provide leadership and guidance concerning creating policies that will lead to health equity
  • Willingness to follow existing policies and procedures and ability to create, learn, adapt to, and track new systems and procedures
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license, access to a car and current auto insurance 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Equivalent to three to five years in public policy
  • Master’s degree in public health, policy or administration
  • Experience in project management and grant writing with multiple stakeholders and community teams
  • Knowledgeable on current local, state and national issues and demonstrates ability to think strategically with research based information and content that will help inform local decision makers
  • Ability to develop community leaders and create local ownership and buy-in to health in all  policy agenda
  • Bilingual proficiency preference (Spanish, Hmong, Tolowa, Yurok and/or other native languages)
  • Knowledge about local community resources

Compensation

This is an exempt, full time (40 hours/week) position based in Crescent City, CA.  Compensation is $45,000 to $60,000 DOE, and includes health, retirement benefits, and paid holidays and sick time.