Regional SHIP Coordinator job description

Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP) Healthy Northland Regional SHIP Coordinator


Northeast Minnesota Regional Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP) Coordinator

EMPLOYER: Carlton-Cook-Lake-St. Louis Community Health Board

SUPERVISOR: Director, Carlton-Cook-Lake-St. Louis County Community Health Board (CCLS CHB) in partnership with Aitkin Itasca and Koochiching Community Health Board


The Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP) is designed to prevent obesity and tobacco use through the implementation of policy, system, and environmental change interventions in the community, schools (K-12, post-secondary colleges and universities), and health care sector within a seven county region. SHIP addresses: Healthy School Foods, Active School Day, Active Living, Breastfeeding, Healthy Food Environments, Health Care Preventive Screenings and Referrals, as well as Tobacco Free Living.

This position is full time – 40 hours per week. Salary range is $24 – $27 per hour, dependent on education and experience. Employment is dependent upon grant funding.

General Responsibilities

· Primary grant liaison with MN Department of Health (MDH)

· Partner with local public health to manage contracts and ensure proper implementation of grant deliverables

· Partner with local public health to develop work plans

· Collect reports and synthesize and analyze the reports for MDH and counties

· Support effective communication between MDH, regional partners, and local agencies

· Partner with local public health in identifying, planning, prioritizing of strategy work and identification of priority populations

· Partner with local leaders in workforce development and training of staff related to skills necessary to carry out grant strategies

· Communicate/convey/advocate with MDH regarding the needs and capacity of local public health

· Provide local public health/coordinators new and relevant information related to grant work, best practices, opportunities, etc.

· Communicate statewide progress and updates back to local public health/coordinators

· Include highlights from MDH communications into local/regional newsletters and communications with local public health/coordinators as needed and appropriate

· Guide talking points/unifying messages for local public health/coordinators to inform elected officials

· Facilitate process of grant writing while partnering with local public health/coordinators in this process

· Guide evaluation process for the region and assure measurements/outcomes are consistent

· Convene and attend trainings, host monthly conference calls with team

· Prepare information regarding SHIP strategy work to inform annual reporting, particularly related to regional work

· May be asked to participate in a limited capacity by CHB Directors to inform aspects of the regional initiatives with the Community Health Assessment or Community Health Improvement Planning

· Work with the Financial Specialist to monitor grant expenditures.

· Serve as a regional liaison on behalf of Healthy Northland and region along with other regional coordinators.

· Attend meetings and provide presentations when requested, i.e., Community Health Board, Public Health Directors, community advisory groups, etc.

· Keep informed of best practices related to SHIP – Policy, Systems, and Environmental (PSE) strategies.

· Implement and oversee an evaluation plan in conjunction with MDH guidelines.

· Serve as a media contact and support media activities (i.e. public relations, blogs, website development, etc.).

· Develop and coordinate regional communication tools.

· Coordinate regular team meetings for the northeast region SHIP Staff.

· Provide on-going support and problem solving assistance to local SHIP coordinators and their local supervisors

Education and Experience:

· Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in public policy, public health, or a related field is preferred. Also preferred is experience working in community health, program coordination, and in grant management.

· Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

o Effective communication and problem solving skills; including personal, written and public speaking skills

o Ability to network and support collaboration with local and regional community members and agencies, and state staff and organizations.

o Self-motivated, with an ability to work independently. Ability to lead and follow as appropriate.

o Strong organizational skills

o Evaluation skills, specifically the ability to collect and interpret data and prepare accurate reports

o Effective team leader and coalition member

o Maintain a healthy lifestyle

o Proficient in computer skills specifically word processing (i.e., Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel), and use of the internet

o Commitment to strengthening public health promotion and disease prevention work in Minnesota

Work Environment:

Work is performed from a designated office space within the region, dependent on location of candidate. This Position requires use of employee furnished vehicle, valid driver’s license, and auto insurance for regional and in-state travel. Travel costs are reimbursed to the employee. The Coordinator works flexible hours including daytime, evenings and weekends as the work requires.