Public Health Planner

Salary: $59,722.17 - $73,000.00 Annually
Job Type: Full Time
Location: Durango, CO
Publish Date: Posted March 14, 2023
Applications have closed

Supports the planning functions of the newly forming Public Health Department by assisting management with monitoring health status and understanding health issues facing the community; engages community partners to identify and solve health problems; assists with developing public health policies and plans support population health initiatives. Responsible for researching, developing and writing grant proposals to support external funds development. Will consider PT &/or remote work for the right candidate. Must reside in CO.


Essential Job Functions:

Explores external funding opportunities that address population health as determined by health indicators, and other data sources.  

Acts as lead writer on all Public Health grant proposals; lead researcher & data gatherer for proposals. 

Analyzes potential funding opportunities and provides guidance on pursuing RFPs; ensures alignment with Public Health Department priorities, strategic plan and Health Improvement Plan. 

Interprets funding agency guidelines for management staff and leadership team. 

Provides supporting documentation to leadership staff regarding upcoming RFPs including proposal abstracts, recommendations about pursuing solicitations, and researching supporting proposals.

Provides monthly grant and contact activity reports and updates; assumes responsibility as assigned, works collaboratively with the Finance Department. 

Collects and manages reporting data and program service delivery information for all assigned contract/grant reporting (monthly, bi-annual, and annual). 

Develops & implements report procedures in keeping with grant/contract guidelines. 

Manages all electronic reporting portals and other web-based reporting systems. 

Collaborates with the Finance Director and Public Health Director to create and refine data tracking systems for current and future grants/contracts. 

Collaborates closely with staff & partners to obtain timely reporting content of grants and contracts. 

Collaborates with staff to complete proposals and reporting; provides support and coaching to staff related to submission and follow-up on grant award reporting. 

Conducts comprehensive reviews of evidence related to community health assessment and planning, and develops/maintains resources related to new and emerging methods such as health impact assessments. 

Develops and maintain relationships with funders, community partners, and other stakeholders. 

Serves on inter-jurisdictional or multi-agency committees involved in policy development related to community health assessment and planning. 

Collaborates on the development and maintenance of a La Plata County Board of Health Legislative Tracker to summarize key public health legislative initiatives at the local, state and federal levels. 

Performs other duties as assigned.

Regular and predictable attendance is required.



General Office Equipment


Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s degree in social sciences or related field; Master’s degree in public health or related field preferred;

At least three years of public Health experience; or Any combination of education, training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job.


Licenses and Certifications:

Valid Driver’s License.


Knowledge of:

Basic bookkeeping principles and practices.

Knowledge of applicable federal, state and local laws, codes, rules & regulations applicable to grants and cooperative agreements and the ability to read, interpret, and apply laws, rules, and regulations.  Knowledge of FEMA processes is a plus.

General office procedures, policies and practices, as well as basic knowledge of computer/VDT and other general office equipment.

Recordkeeping, report preparation, filing methods and records management techniques.

Standard business arithmetic including percentages and decimals.

All applicable state, federal and local laws, rules and regulations.

Computer applications related to the work.

Knowledge of Public health regulations, policies and statutes.


Skill in:

Using tact, discretion, initiative and independent judgment within established guidelines.

The use of a personal computer and general office equipment.

Communicating effectively both orally and in writing to make educational and informational presentations, and to submit quality required documentation and reports.  Requires regular communication with internal and external teams, elected officials and the Board of Health.


Ability to:

Manage grant-funded projects and administer grant funds.

Research and resolve questions and concerns effectively.

Prepare and timely file federal and state grant reports.

Ability to understand and carry out oral and written instructions.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of individuals.

Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.

Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions.

Ability to read, interpret and synthesize population health data. 


Non-Discrimination and Affirmative Action Statement

La Plata County prohibits discrimination against or harassment of any person employed or seeking employment with La Plata County on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, national origin, disability, veteran status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status or genetic information.

La Plata County is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.  La Plata County takes affirmative action to assure equal employment opportunity for protected classes, persons with disabilities and for covered veterans.  Covered veterans include: special disabled veterans, recently separated veterans, Vietnam era veterans, or any other veterans who served on active duty during a war or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaignbadge was authorized.

Inquiries regarding La Plata County’s equal employment opportunity policies may be directed to:

Director of Human Resources

1101 E 2nd Avenue

Durango, CO 81301

Tel: (970)382-6361

Fax: (970)375-7985


Job Benefits

  • Education / Training
  • Employee Recognition Program
  • Health Insurance
  • Mental Health Resources
  • Retirement
  • Wellness

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