Lead Health Equity Planner and Policy Analyst

Urban Design 4 Health
United States
Professional Areas: 
Public Health
Public Policy
Regional Planning
Sustainability Planning
Transportation Planning
Urban Design
Experience Level: 
AICP Certification: 
Not required

Join Urban Design 4 Health (www.ud4h.com), a leading edge consulting firm established over 20 years ago engaged in transportation, land use, public health, and smart growth planning. Our internationally recognized work assesses how urban planning influences travel choice, air quality, greenhouse gas emissions, environmental justice, social equity and a wide range of public health outcomes.

UD4H is the pioneer in assessing built environment impacts on health and coined the term “walkability” in the early 90’s. UD4H remains at the cutting edge of this emerging field and is now conducting original high profile work monetizing health impacts of the built environment. UD4H has multi-year contracts, offers stable long-term employment, and is recognized as a leader in sustainable and healthy approaches to land use development and transportation investment. We support employees in the writing of academic journal articles, public consumption pieces, presentations at conferences, and other means of disseminating our work. We are looking to make an immediate hire to further expand our team.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A passion for health and built environment relationships Master’s or PhD degree in planning, public health, geography, transportation engineering, or related field. 
  • PhD is preferred. 
  • 3 years post-master’s relevant professional experience

A quantitative background:

  • Experience in developing, acquiring, preparing and maintaining large land use, transportation, and/or health databases 
  • Extensive experience with independently completing statistical analysis and modeling of travel behavior, land use and related outcome such as physical activity, air quality, and related health outcomes

Knowledge of and/or experience with:

  • Some economic analysis experience Scenario planning approaches 
  • Conceptual understanding of spatial variation in environmental exposures and health outcomes 
  • Highly motivated, collaborative, organized individual with good interpersonal skills 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, particularly in communicating technical information to a wide variety of audiences 
  • Demonstrated project management experience including progress reports, invoices, and management of day-to-day communications with clients 
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and writing successful proposals, technical reports, and academic journal articles

Highly desired qualifications:

  • Experience in marketing, business promotion and media relationships. Interdisciplinary training and/or experience in urban planning, sustainable development, active transportation, social equity, public health and implications on healthy behaviors and outcomes 
  • Experience with computer programming, including working within an open source and online environment, including R, Python, PostgreSQL Intermediate level Geographic Information Systems (GIS) knowledge and capabilities 
  • Ability to monetize health and workforce productivity impacts of transportation investments and land use actions of built, natural, and social environment. 

While the position is primarily expected to be analytical in nature, additional responsibilities will include coordination and project planning with other staff, interaction with clients, subcontractors and proposal development in a collaborative environment. The position requires efficiently producing a variety of products including analysis, reports, maps and other documentation.

The ideal applicant will have strong organizational, interpersonal, analytical, and communication skills and with a demonstrated record in project management. This position can be full or part time and offers considerable opportunity for advancement. We need someone that is self-motivated, collaborative, and who works well independently. The work hours are flexible as is the location where the applicant is located. Our team works primarily from their homes.

We prefer the applicant be located in the Portland OR, Seattle WA, San Diego CA, Rochester NY or Minneapolis MN, or Vancouver BC regions. Compensation is commensurate with experience and very competitive.

Please send letter of interest, resume, and writing sample to info@ud4h.com.

This position will remain open until it is filled. No phone calls please.


Published on:
March 6, 2018 - 9:20am
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