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Date: Aug 10, 2019

Location: SARASOTA, FL, US, 34240

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Requisition No: 67273 

Agency: Department of Health

Working Title: COMMUNITY PLANNER - 64002221

Position Number: 64002221 

Salary:  $43,143.00 

Posting Closing Date: 08/20/2019 



This program management position provides leadership and coordination for planning and public health policy development and implementation of strategies relating to land use, the built environment, climate change and community environmental health assessments.  This position also seeks to ensure that decision/policy making and implementation in the areas of land use and the built environment consider equity and social justice concerns.  This position works collaboratively with other Public Health officials to leverage limited resources to meet common goals on a variety of projects.  The individual will work within the Environmental Health Division and work closely with Health Department leadership and other key public health programs, including Health Promotion, Chronic Disease Prevention, and the Community Health Improvement Partnership (CHIP), Health in All Policies, and Vulnerable Populations Emergency Planning. 





  • A Valid Florida driver’s license and access to reliable transportation
  • Selected immunizations (MMWR Vol. 46/No.RR-18)
  • Participation in the direct deposit program within 30 days of employment as mandated per Florida Statute 110.113, 96-310, Laws of Florida
  • A Bachelor’s degree or higher in Urban Planning
  • American Institute of Certified Planners Certification or the necessary educational credentials and experience for AICP exam eligibility
  • Incumbent may be required to work before, during and/or beyond normal work hours or days in the event of an emergency.  Emergency duty required of the incumbent includes working in special needs or Red Cross shelters, or performing other emergency duties including, but not limited to, responses to or threats involving any disaster or threat of disaster, man-made or natural.





  1. Identifies and pursues opportunities where public health can be involved in policy and plan development on issues relating to land use, the built environment, and transportation. Provides support and leadership for various public health improvement initiatives. Coordinates environmental public health communication and education outreach.
    1. Serves as coordinator and provides leadership for Protocol for Assessing Community Excellence in Environmental Health (PACE-EH) program.
    2. Coordinates and provides leadership for Environmental Public Health Performance Standards Assessment and provides support for Community Health Assessment activities.
    3. Assists with Healthy Sarasota Initiative program and works closely with Health Promotions in CHIP activities. Works with Health Promotions to support and maintain Community Health Action Teams.
    4. Serves as a public information resource and communication liaison with department PIO and Health Promotion. Assists with development of environmental public health communication outreach and education, website updates, and environmental public health advisories and news releases.
    5. Provides leadership in management and cross-divisional coordination for health impact assessments.
    6. Participates as a public health advisor to elected officials and decision makers regarding county and municipal issues on water resources, air, soil, noise, and transportation.
  2. Develops and maintains relationships and creates partnerships with other public, private and non-profit agencies including planning and zoning directors, public works directors, land and project developers and the medical community. Leads environmental public health planning activities.
    1. Attends municipal and county planning, zoning, development review, and pre-application meetings and advocate, educate, and inform regarding environmental public health, sustainability, and built environment topics.
    2. Reviews site and engineering plans for proposed projects and developments and provide input and comments on behalf of the health department. Coordinates environmental public health review and assessments of proposals.
    3. Actively incorporates a community involvement process that ensures community input regarding policy development that assures equitable considerations are made in both the development and implementation of land use and built environment policies.
    4. Develops and implements strategies and training programs to build capacity within Public Health to actively participate in planning processes. Recommends short- and long-range health and environmental planning processes for the department and for local community groups.
  3. Actively participates or prepares others to participate as an environmental public health advisor to elected officials, department leadership, decisions makers and the public on issues such as the built environment, climate variability and threats, water resource quality and sustainability, and development and transportation planning.
    1. Speaks publicly on the connection between land use decisions and public health.
    2. Develops written reports and visual presentations for department data reporting needs, such as planning and reporting documents, grant applications, and presentations.
    3. Advises the Division and Department leadership on opportunities to educate and inform elected policy makers and decision makers on the connection between land use, the built environment and environmental public health topics.
    4. Researches, prepare, and provide leadership for grant opportunities, applications and submissions that will further the issues of the land use, environmental public health, and built environment issues.
  4. Coordinates data management activities including demographic, programmatic, socioeconomic, environmental, and health statistics data and scientific information.
    1. Produces relevant GIS maps and presentations.
    2. Creates visual graphics to display relevant data
    3. Monitors and documents community and environmental health status and trends.
    4. Serves as a resource to department managers and staff on all aspects of health and environmental data management and conducts data analyses for the purposes of program planning and evaluation and policy development or change including cost benefit analysis and performance measurement. Interprets results and makes recommendations to decision makers.
  5. Miscellaneous Activities.
    1. Attends team meetings, Health Department staff meetings and participates in staff development activities when appropriate.
    2. Maintains client confidentiality in a manner consistent with Florida Statutes and DOH policy.
    3. Performs related duties as necessary with adjustable scheduling.
    4. Performs other duties as assigned including providing assistance as needed in response to and recovery following natural or manmade disasters.
    5. Serves on advisory boards related to position duties depending on seat availability
    6. Emergency Duty - incumbent may be required to work during or beyond normal work hours or days in the event of an emergency.  Emergency duty required of the incumbent includes working in special needs or Red Cross shelters, or to perform other emergency duties including, but not limited to, responses to or threats involving any disaster, man-made or natural. 
    7. Other Duties as assigned





  • Knowledge of methods of compiling, organizing and analyzing data.
  • Knowledge of problem-solving techniques.
  • Knowledge of research techniques.
  • Ability to compile, organize and analyze data.
  • Ability to utilize problem-solving techniques.
  • Ability to analyze programs and proposed projects.
  • Ability to prepare reports and records.
  • Ability to plan, organize and coordinate work assignments.
  • Ability to communicate effectively.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.


Florida has the third largest population of veterans in the nation with more than 1.5 million service men and women.  The Florida Department of Health (DOH) is committed to serving members of the United States Armed Forces, veterans and their families by encouraging them to apply for vacancies that fit their area of knowledge and/or expertise.  Through the Departments VALOR program, which expedites licensing for military veterans, the Department also waives initial licensing and application fees for military veterans who apply for a health care professional license within 60 months of an honorable discharge. These initiatives help ensure that the transition from military service into the workforce is as smooth as possible and reflects our appreciation for the dedication devoted to protecting our country.  Certain veterans and spouses of veterans deemed eligible will receive preference in employment by the state (applies only to Career Service (CS) positions).

  • ** Note: Your responses to qualifying questions for this position must be verifiable by documentation provided through the electronic application process. **
  • This position requires a security background check and/or drug screening and participation in direct deposit. Fingerprinting is required of the successful applicant for a sensitive position. Successful completion of a drug test is a condition of employment for safety-sensitive positions. Note: You will be required to provide your Social Security Number (SSN) in order to conduct this background check.
  • Male applicants born on or after October 1, 1962, will not be eligible for hire or promotion unless they are registered with the Selective Services System (SSS) before their 26th birthday, or have a Letter of Registration Exemption from the SSS. For more information, please visit the SSS website:
  • If you are a retiree of the Florida Retirement System (FRS), please check with the FRS on how your current benefits will be affected if you are re-employed with the State of Florida. Your current retirement benefits may be canceled, suspended or deemed ineligible depending upon the date of your retirement.
  • The successful candidate will be required to complete the Form I-9 and that information will be verified using the E-Verify system. E-Verify is operated by the Department of Homeland Security in partnership with the Social Security Administration to verify employment eligibility.  Only U. S. citizens and lawfully authorized alien workers will be hired.
  • Incumbents may be required to perform emergency duty before, during, and/or beyond normal work hours or days.
  • If there are any problems applying online please call People First Staffing Administration: (877) 562-7287 Service Center hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET. TTY users call (866) 221-0268.

The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

VETERANS’ PREFERENCE.  Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply.  Candidates claiming Veterans’ Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code.  Veterans’ Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here.  All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement. 

Nearest Major Market: Sarasota
Nearest Secondary Market: Tampa

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