Public Health Specialist I – Food Security Specialist

City of Minneapolis
July 14, 2021
Minneapolis, MN
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As the largest and most vibrant city in the state, Minneapolis depends on purposeful, dedicated and innovative employees. Minneapolis has a large variety of careers for people of all experiences and backgrounds who come together for a singular purpose--serving the residents, businesses and visitors of Minneapolis.

The Public Health Specialist I also known as Homegrown Minneapolis Food Security Specialist position will assist the Homegrown Minneapolis (HGM) Coordinator with planning, development and implementation of food security initiatives related to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, the position will work with the HGM Coordinator to organize events, activities, policy development, research, engagement and communications for the City of Minneapolis food policy and Homegrown Minneapolis activities.

There is currently one full-time non-exempt vacancy. This position will report to the Homegrown Minneapolis Coordinator.

This position is grant-funded with funding secured through June 2023; additional funding upon expiration of the grantwill be sought.
Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Support planning, scheduling and implementing HGM program activities and events.
  • Support planning and implementation of food security Requests for Proposals and contracts as well as programs and initiatives designed to reduce food insecurity.
  • Maintain and draft food security and other content updates for the Homegrown Minneapolis website.
  • Support social media and other program communications efforts.
  • Assist with primary and secondary research, including drafting surveys and analyzing collected data, analysis of potential policies, metrics and other related data for programs.
  • Prepare and make presentations for the program.
  • Support community outreach, engagement and communication with program partners and community members.
  • Participate in Public Health Emergency Preparedness planning, training, and response as needed and assigned by the department.
  • Complete other related duties as assigned.

Working Conditions: Office setting and potential hybrid work setting. Regular attendance of meetings and events in the community. Availability for occasional nights and weekends, including monthly weeknight advisory committee meetings is necessary.
Required Qualifications: Education: Bachelor's Degree in Public Health, Food Systems/Justice, Political Science/Government, Sustainability or in a related field.

Experience: One year of experience experience performing duties similar to those described above.

Equivalency: An equivalent combination of related education and experience may be considered.

Selection Process: Decisions concerning an applicant's qualifications for this position will be based on information provided in one's application materials. Fill out the application form as accurately and completely as possible. Screening questions, if any, should all be answered, as needed. The following tests may be used as part of the selection process: an evaluation of education, training, and experience; an oral exam; a written exam; work simulation exercises, candidate assessments; and/or other relevant selection tools. At each step of the process, HR reserves the right to limit the number of applicants to be tested.

Interview Selection: The hiring authority reserves the right to determine the maximum number of candidates to interview from the established eligible list. If the hiring authority decides to interview other than by exam score order, they may select additional people to interview based on a candidate's education or experience related to the field, work history, or skills uniquely related to the operational needs of the position.

Background Check: The City has determined that a criminal background check and/or qualifications check may be necessary for certain positions with this job title. Applicants may be required to sign an informed consent form allowing the City to obtain their criminal history and/or verify their qualifications in connection with the position sought. Applicants who do not sign the informed consent form will not be further considered for the position.

Union Representation: This position is represented by a collective bargaining agreement between the City of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Public Employees Association (MPEA). For more information on the terms and conditions of this agreement please visit: .

Eligible List: The names of applicants who meet minimum qualifications and who pass the screening process shall be placed on the eligible list for employment consideration. This list will be certified to the hiring managers who may use the list to fill a vacancy of the same job title. This eligible list will expire four months after it has been established.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Good analytical skills, and the ability to gather, arrange, and present information andideas.
  • Familiarity and experience with food security, local food systems, urban sustainability and/or food justice/policy issues and strategies
  • Experience with the concept of racial equity and integration of equity considerations into programs
  • Experience with community engagement
  • Experience managing complex and concurrent projects
  • Ability to navigate complex systems and communicate with various audiences
  • Good analytical skills, and the ability to gather, arrange, and present information andideas.
  • Proficient writing and communication skills for a variety of audiences
  • Ability to work effectively with community stakeholders particularly from BIPOC communities
  • Computer skills including Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint
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