Public Policy Lead, Blue Zones Project Jacksonville
Be part of a team that’s bringing innovative leaders together from across the community to lead and ignite a movement to improve well-being on a significant scale — a movement that promises to help your friends, family, and neighbors in Jacksonville live better, longer.
Join us if you are a policy advocate driven to make a difference; If you enjoy working with people who are passionate about improving the well-being of others; if you have a proven track record leading strong, results-driven teams and enjoy challenging yourself and others to find creative solutions.
Within the policy sector, Blue Zones works with our partners and local governmental staff to change, add, or remove policies and practices in the built environment, food, tobacco, and alcohol arenas. Policies can be regulatory, e.g., modifying parking regulations or updating school nutrition standards, or non-regulatory, e.g., expanding access to recreation assets or enabling more farmer’s markets. Across all policy areas, Blue Zones conducts significant outreach and education to increase understanding of how specific policies may impact well-being. For more information regarding Blue Zones Project please visit bluezones.com/bzpjacksonville/
The Public Policy Lead is responsible for the successful advancement of the Blue Zones Project within the policy sector. This will include adding, changing, or removing policies that span county-wide regulations and standards. The Public Policy Lead will collaborate with policy partners to establish, implement, and communicate policy priorities and projects. Success is achieved when policies are passed, projects are implemented successfully, and the local businesses adopt the recommended changes to improve well-being. Throughout this process the Public Policy Lead will have access to Blue Zones’ best-in-class experts. Changing and implementing policies requires a coalition of invested stakeholders, technical knowledge, and commitment to change. The Public Policy Advocate will be responsible for building and managing this coalition.
Essential Job Functions:
- Build the necessary partnerships to pass and implement identified policies that favor health and well-being.
- Develop and maintain positive working relationships and collaborate with leaders/advocates (government, schools, non-profits, employers and health care organizations) to move policy initiatives.
- Assist in the development and update of the Community Blueprint (action plan) for policy initiatives.
- Identify and manage policy sector(s) performance/value measures and outcomes data.
- Manage and execute the Blue Zones 4D Policy process (discover, design, develop and deploy) for making policy change and community transformation through implementation with support from national experts and community stakeholders.
- Develop and meet monthly targets to achieve annual Community Blueprint metrics.
- Ensure Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) and a focus on health equity in policy initiatives as appropriate to the local community/state.
- Compile community impact stories.
Specific Skills/ Attributes:
- Proven ability to design an advocacy strategy and convene community leaders and volunteers to adopt and implement community policy priorities.
- Strong experience in a Player/Coach model of leadership with proven ability to lead a small team and work alongside that team to accomplish goals and outcomes.
- Strong interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to work professionally with internal staff, external leaders such as political leaders, city and county staff and any other organizations.
- Ability to communicate best practices in the areas of built environment, tobacco, alcohol, and food policy and the importance of policy in creating sustainable environmental change.
- Understand local policy making process as well as local, state and federal jurisdictions as they relate to identified community policy initiatives.
- Knowledge of existing related local, state and/or federal potential partnerships, policies or projects.
- Understand local, state and/or federal funding mechanisms, cycles and barriers.
- Ability to organize and prioritize meetings and work to meet deadlines.
- Compelling written/oral communication skills as it relates to driving initiatives related to policy within the community
- Excellent computer skills including familiarity with Google Workspace, Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint as well as Internet search capabilities. Experience in the use of CRM software is a plus.
- Comfortable working in a team environment.
- Energetic, charismatic, collaborative
- Energized by the Blue Zones Project mission.
- Bachelor’s degree required – public health, public administration, urban design, planning, social policy or health promotion preferred.
- 5+ years of experience as a people leader/manager for a small team of 2-5 professionals
- 5+ years of experience in coalition building, public policy, food policy, advocacy, city planning, community organizing, and/or planning related fields.
- Resident of Jacksonville required. Position is onsite and will require a COVID-19 vaccination or qualifying exemption.
To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to [email protected] with the job title in the subject line.