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October 31, 2016

Position Announcement: Environmental Public Health Community Outreach and Engagement

USC Environmental Health

The Community Outreach and Engagement Program announces the following position:
Program Specialist - Environmental Public Health Community Engagement

The Program Specialist is responsible for implementing community engagement and research translation related to public and environmental health for the Community Outreach and Engagement Program in the Division of Environmental Health at USC.  This position focuses on bi-directional community engagement and the communication of science and policy related to air pollution, goods movement, industrial contamination and other environmental health hazards with specific emphasis on impact to environmental justice communities in Los Angeles and Southern California.  The ideal candidate for this position will be grounded in best practices of community engagement and research translation in public and significant experience in the approaches we use (e.g., community engagement, research translation for professional and lay audiences, community-driven monitoring and/or community-based participatory research), and an interest in translating research to action.

Key tasks for the position include:

  • Develop and maintain partnerships with at-risk communities exposed to the traffic-related air pollution and other industrial hazards contaminants and to apply best practices in developing projects to reduce exposure.
  • Contribute to research translation efforts on multiple projects, including communicating and synthesizing scientific or technical concepts for policy audiences, and translating complex scientific writing for a public audience in both written and oral forms of communication.
  • Organize and participate in meetings, workshops and outreach events in the region
  • Respond to technical assistance requests from community partners, including training on air pollution monitoring, developing workshops and sharing environmental data.
  • Flexibility for some weekend and evening work effort, and for regional travel, approximately 10-20% of work hours monthly.

Preferred qualifications and experience:

  • Bachelor degree or equivalent experience
  • Proficiency in Spanish and experience in diverse communities
  • Familiarity with concepts of environmental justice and/or health disparities
  • Excellent communication skills

See the latest about the COEP’s ongoing work at:

More information about the history and scope of the COEP here.

Please send a cover letter and resume to:
Jill Johnston, Director Community Outreach & Engagement,  jillj @
Attn: COEP Job

Priority Deadline for consideration 11/10/2016


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