Communications Coordinator – Planner Principal State – Health

Minnesota Department of Health
November 19, 2020
St. Paul, MN
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Job Details

Job Class: Planner Principal State - Health

Working Title: Communications Coordinator
Who May Apply: This vacancy is open for bidders and all qualified job seekers
Date Posted: 11/19/2020
Closing Date: 12/01/2020
Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH)
Division/Unit: Community Health Division / Office of Statewide Health Improvement Initiatives (OSHII)
Work Shift/Work Hours: Day Shift / 8am-4:30pm
Days of Work: Monday - Friday
Travel Required: Up to 25%
Salary Range: $27.56 - $40.61/hourly; $57,545 - $84,793/annually
Job Class Option: Health
Classified Status: Classified
Bargaining Unit/Union: 214 - Minnesota Association of Professional Employees (MAPE)
FLSA Status: Exempt - Administrative
Connect 700 Program Eligible: Yes

Job Summary
Job Summary
This position will plan, implement and coordinate communication strategies for health improvement efforts carried out through the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) and other grants associated with the Office of Statewide Health Improvement Initiatives (OSHII). The incumbent will develop and lead the communications plan for OSHII, focusing on policy and systems and environmental change initiatives that address the leading causes of chronic disease.
Responsibilities include: coordination of communications strategies within OSHII (focusing on content areas related to physical activity and healthy eating and the evaluation of those areas); management of media requests; development of legislative and other programmatic & evaluation reports, fact sheets, news releases, multi-media presentations, website content, and displays; collaboration with other MDH divisions, external advocacy groups and community groups to assure coordinated and consistent messaging around priority health improvement initiatives; providing training and communications capacity building support to local and tribal public health staff; developing and coordinating communications related technical assistance to local and tribal public health staff; and ensuring regular and responsive communications internally with MDH staff and externally with media, community partners, and the public.

Minimum Qualifications
Three years of professional Communications experience in Public Health, Public Policy, or a related field.
Previous experience must include the following to be considered:

  • Creating and developing culturally relevant communications materials while utilizing appropriate and multiple media platforms to reach diverse communities
  • Preparing and providing guidance on best communications practices for internal and external stakeholders.
  • Implementation and collaboration of communication strategies with co-workers.

Preferred Qualifications
Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.
Knowledge of effective media relations strategies and media advocacy techniques and methods.
Knowledge of principles and practices for planning, composing and editing various communication vehicles, utilizing a variety of writing styles.
Knowledge of individual and public health issues, and ability to identify sources of health information and resources.
Web design and content preparation sufficient to plan, organize, and create effective web pages for general and professional audiences and the ability to coordinate projects with application developers and/or web programmers.
The theories, principles, and practice of public health and policy, systems and environmental change strategies for population-level health improvement.
Ability to work effectively and respectfully with diverse populations and apply cultural capacity in all interactions and activities.
Knowledge of the statewide community health services system and health promotions programs.
MDH organizational structure, methods and procedures, departmental decision-making processes and policies sufficient to expedite complicated projects and communicate appropriately with clients.
Additional Requirements
This position requires successful completion of a background check.

Application Details
Why Work For Us
Come work for one of the best public health systems in the nation and you will contribute to our mission to protect, maintain and improve the health of all Minnesotans. We are working hard to achieve our vision for health equity in Minnesota, where all communities are thriving and all people have what they need to be healthy. Our collaborative, mission-driven work environment is a major factor in promoting a high level of employee health awareness, employee longevity and job satisfaction.
We offer a competitive benefits package including employee and family health and dental insurance, life insurance, disability insurance, health promotion programs, pre-tax benefits, vacation leave, sick leave, paid holidays, deferred compensation, retirement benefits, and more!
How to Apply
Click "Apply" at the bottom of the page. If you have questions about applying for jobs, contact the job information line at 651-259-3637.
For additional information about the application process, go to
If you have questions about the position, contact Lenny Thao at or 651/201-4130.
If you are a Connect 700 applicant, please email your certificate and the Job posting ID#/number to Lenny Thao at by the position close date.
If you are an individual with a disability and need an accommodation for an interview, you may contact the Department of Health ADA Coordinator at
The State of Minnesota is an equal opportunity, affirmative action, and veteran-friendly employer. We are committed to providing culturally responsive services to all Minnesotans. The State of Minnesota recognizes that a diverse workforce is essential and strongly encourages qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.
We will make reasonable accommodations to all qualified applicants with disabilities. If you are an individual with a disability who needs assistance or cannot access the online job application system, please contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email Please indicate what assistance you need.

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