Metropolitan Area Planning Council- Public Health Planner


The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) Boston's regional planning agency seeks an experienced candidate from the public health or planning fields interested in working to improve health outcomes of residents of Metro Boston. The Public Health Planner will work closely with local health departments and regional public health initiatives, other municipal departments and boards, and community-based organizations, assisting them to collaborate on projects that advance public health. This position offers opportunities to build and cultivate relationships with public agency, non-profit, and academic partners and to play a substantive role in policy and projects that will affect Metro Boston and Massachusetts. The Public Health Planner will also work as part of interdisciplinary teams to integrate health perspectives into municipal collaboration and shared services, transportation, and environmental projects. Above all, we seek an individual who is committed to integrating a public health approach into local planning and policy work in order to create a more equitable and sustainable region.

This is a position with MAPC's Public Health Department. The Department's goal is to ensure that residents throughout our region have access to open space and healthy food, healthy transportation options, violence-free communities, safe and affordable housing, community and clinical health care services, and neighborhoods free of environmental contaminants and pollution. The Public Health Department is a team of planners and public health staff who use a Health in All Policies (HiAP) approach to promote healthier outcomes in the Metro Boston region and who are committed to social equity and racial justice. The Planner will report to the Public Health Director.

About MAPC

MAPC's work is guided by our regional plan, MetroFuture: Making a Greater Boston Region as well as MAPC's 2015-2020 Strategic Plan and the 2018 State of Equity Policy Agenda. The Public Health Department's works, in particular, is guided by MetroFuture's Healthy Communities goals. For more information about MAPC and the Public Health Department, visit or
MAPC employs approximately 85 full-time employees located in downtown Boston in a transit-accessible and bike-friendly office. MAPC supports staff participation in professional development opportunities, including trainings, classes, and conferences. We take pride in the diversity of our workforce and encourage all qualified persons to apply.   

Examples of Duties

  • Assist city and town health departments and boards of health on projects that increase their capacity to individually or collectively provide Foundational Public Health Services.
  • Design and implement new projects that involve municipal public health departments, health systems and health centers, and community-based organizations, including the development of community health assessments and community health improvement plans.
  • Provide assistance to and build capacity of municipal and regional public health coalitions and organizations in their use of evidence-based and –informed best practices, collection and use of health data, and engagement of municipal and community stakeholders.
  • Assist cities and towns in the development of healthy community design projects and initiatives that address the social determinants of health.
  • Foster relationships between MAPC and those in and representing the local public health community (e.g., boards of health, health officers, public health nurses) in Metro Boston as well as across the state and nationally.
  • Work with staff from other MAPC departments (e.g., Municipal Collaboration, Land Use, Clean Energy, Arts and Culture) to provide public health-related expertise on projects.
  • Interpret both traditional and non-traditional data sources to inform local project and policy discussions.
  • Synthesize research and write documents (e.g., memoranda, reports, fact sheets, policy briefs) that communicate public health-related findings and recommendations to various audiences (e.g., local health departments, state and local elected officials, community based organizations, municipal planners, and the business community).
  • Work with other Department staff to ensure the sustained funding of the public health work plan by securing new projects, grant funding and fee-for-service contracts.

Participate fully in an inclusive, welcoming, diverse, and creative work environment. 

Typical Qualifications

Candidates will have a minimum of two years of public health-related work experience. A Master's degree in public health, planning, public policy, or related field is preferred, as is academic training in public health.  The successful candidate will demonstrate all or most of the following:

  • Demonstrated understanding of local and regional public health systems.
  • Demonstrated understanding of public health literature and health care and public health datasets.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the social determinants of health.
  • Demonstrated experience building and maintaining partnerships with external organizations.
  • Ability to provide leadership to change policies and systems to address health inequities and racial justice and ensure the inclusion of a social determinants of health framework.
  • Strong commitment to addressing issues of social equity, sustainability, and good governance.
  • Proficiency in project development and management.
  • Excellent written, verbal, presentation and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Experience or familiarity with local or regional planning.
  • Basic GIS skills are useful in this position, though not required.

Demonstrated experience with project evaluation is valued, though not required.

Supplemental Information

This is a full time exempt position. The starting salary ranges from $55,000 to $65,000, depending on qualifications and experience. MAPC offers excellent Massachusetts state employee benefits as well as a flexible, supportive, and family-friendly work environment.
How to Apply:
A review of applications will begin immediately. The position is open until filled. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample. Those who are interviewed will be asked to submit three (3) references plus a writing sample or other relevant work product.

Apply online at Candidates must have legal authorization to work in the USA and a valid driver's license and/or the ability to arrange transportation to meetings in different parts of the region.

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