County of San Mateo – Community Health Planner

San Mateo County Health is seeking a well-qualified Community Health Planner to join the Health Policy and Planning team, a program within the Public Health, Policy and Planning Division. The Community Health Planner will be an integral part of the Health Policy and Planning team’s Get Healthy San Mateo County initiative and will have expertise in advancing health equity through policy and environmental changes in areas such as city and community planning, economic and workforce development, and collaborative programming for youth success. This position requires a motivated individual with strong critical thinking, project management, facilitation, oral and written communication and data analysis skills. People from cultural, ethnic, racial and linguistically diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

$7,103 – $8,882 / Month

The Health Policy and Planning (HPP) Program leads the Health System’s work to advance health and equity by using primary prevention and place-based strategies to create the conditions that enable all County of San Mateo residents to live healthy lives. The team of 9-12 staff uses its expertise in policy, planning, research, communications and advocacy to achieve these goals. HPP is focused on the following areas:

  • Fostering Healthy Places with transportation options, stable housing, good jobs, and sustainable food systems.
  • Nurturing Healthy Kids and Youth by advancing a healthy school community, restorative justice practices, strong wellness policies and healthy school meals.
  • Strengthening Community Healing through increased social connections, civic empowerment, advancing racial equity, and robust economic opportunities for all.

HPP values equity, partnership, accountability, and participation of those most impacted by policy decisions in policy processes. To learn more about HPPs work, visit and Community Collaboration for Children’s Success for more information.

The Community Health Planner will work as part of the Health Policy and Planning team and will report to the Senior Community Health Planner. The Community Health Planner responsibilities include advancing health equity by: advancing institutional strategies for fostering racial and economic equity; analyzing and presenting workforce, land use, housing data; identifying and completing analysis to support policy change in the areas of community and economic development, land use and community planning, and other areas that emerge as priorities; building and supporting partnerships with community-based organizations, advocates and city staff; drafting and monitoring scope of works and budgets for public contracts; designing and implementing popular education curriculum and trainings; developing action plans and reports; analyzing and developing policy recommendations at the local and organizational level; and supervising or working with a variety of professional, clerical or intern staff.

The Community Health Planner will work with cities, school, businesses, community–based organizations and community leaders to design and help implement policies and strategies to ensure that all County of San Mateo residents and workers have opportunities to share their needs and aspirations related to healthy, equitable communities.

The ideal candidate will be:

  • Knowledgeable in at least three of the following areas: 1) Community and economic development policies and programs; 2) City Planning; 3) Civic Empowerment; 4) Racial Equity; 5) Collaborative Programming for Youth Success, 6) Creative Placemaking, and their intersection with public health.
  • Dedicated to advancing health and equity, as demonstrated through work experience and/or personal experience having been adversely affected by health inequities.
  • Strong project management skills.
  • Able to think about health broadly including the relationship between place, race, equity, and health and the impacts of social, economic and physical factors on health outcomes and health inequities.
  • Familiar with policies and practices related to economic development, workforce development, land use and/or transportation planning such as economic development plans, general plans.
  • Familiarity and experience with policy and advocacy strategies and processes.
  • Familiarity with how municipalities function and how to advance policies within city and county government
  • Skilled in the use of health and socioeconomic data and spatial analysis to develop policy recommendations and create policy change.
  • Experience in popular education curriculum development and training particularly for people of color and low-income communities.
  • Able to facilitate and lead team projects with impeccable project management skills.
  • A creative thinker and problem solver.
  • Experienced with community engagement, collaboration and partnerships and strong facilitation.
  • Experienced in maintaining relationships with advocates, community partners and government staff.
  • Experienced and have expertise in conducting research: literature reviews, focus groups, survey development, conducting interviews, and drafting research proposals.
  • Politically astute and able to represent the Health System at public meetings.
  • Excellent in oral and written communication, including developing and writing reports, creating presentations and public speaking.
  • Experienced with analyzing and visualizing data for a diverse array of audiences Possess a strong organizational development analysis and experience implementing institutional change efforts.
  • Fluency in Spanish, Tagalog or Mandarin is preferred, but not required.

Education:  Possession of a Master’s degree in Public Health, Public Policy, Public Administration or other relevant field with appropriate experience and knowledge of community health planning and health policy.

HOW TO APPLY:  Applications for this position will only be accepted online. If you are currently on the County’s website, you may click the “Apply “ button. If you are not on the County’s website, please go to to apply. Online applications must be received by the Human Resources Department before midnight on the final filing date.


Final Filing Deadline: March 2, 2020
Application Screening: March 4, 2020

Combined Civil Service and Departmental Interviews:  March 16 and/or 17, 2020

The County of San Mateo is a diverse, inclusive workplace, where employees are valued and respected for their different perspectives, experiences, backgrounds, and contributions. We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.