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New Jersey Lead & Healthy Homes Technical Assistance Specialist

This is a grant-supported position, subject to funding availability

About the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative:

The Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) is a 501(c)(3) entity with the vision of advancing racial and health equity through healthy housing. With an emphasis on Black and Brown communities, GHHI delivers improved health, economic and social outcomes. GHHI supports housing, environmental health, and energy efficiency services for families in communities around the country, as well as conducting direct services in Maryland. GHHI’s delivery model is based on its data-driven philosophy that public and private social investments are optimized and social program outcomes are maximized when the energy, health and safety needs of an occupied home are addressed comprehensively, efficiently, and simultaneously. GHHI’s employees are all expected to work by the organization’s operating values of assume good intent, operate with transparency, deliver on time with excellence, and ensure racial equity and diversity is part of all policies, practices, and actions.

Vision Statement:

Advancing the social determinants of health and racial equity through healthy housing.

Mission Statement:

The Green & Healthy Homes Initiative is dedicated to addressing the social determinants of health and the advancement of racial and health equity through the creation of healthy, safe and energy efficient homes. By delivering a standard of excellence in its work, GHHI aims to eradicate the negative health impacts of unhealthy housing and unjust policies for children, seniors, and families to ensure better health, economic and social outcomes with an emphasis on black and brown low-income communities.

Our Model:

GHHI effectively integrates funding from private and public sources to deliver results for low-income residents.

GHHI Delivers:

  • Government innovation in service delivery and cost savings
  • Measurable improvements in health, economic and social outcomes for children and families
  • Development of community-based green jobs and social enterprise
  • Healthy, safe, stable, and affordable homes
  • Increased family economic security including wealth retention and reduced family displacement.

Project Description:

GHHI is deeply engaged in the elimination of lead poisoning in New Jersey. Our organization works with the New Jersey Department of Health to provide technical assistance and strategic guidance in regional and national best practices to local and state lead poisoning prevention programs. GHHI also works with core partners to convene a statewide coalition to advance policies that protect children from environmental lead hazards, with a focus on advancing statewide policy to address lead-based paint hazards in housing.

Project Responsibilities:

The New Jersey Lead & Healthy Homes Technical Assistance Specialist will report to the Vice President of Client Services and work on a team to engage and provide technical assistance to 24 local NJ departments of health, currently funded by the NJDOH to implement the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention (CLPP) Program. Technical Assistance activities include strategic guidance, partnership-building and assistance to build capacity and grow investment in addressing residential lead hazards, improve the efficiency of services to families of children with elevated blood lead levels, increase lead screening rates at the community level, and address other priority areas for technical assistance identified by local and state CLPP staff.

The Lead & Healthy Homes Technical Assistance Specialist will also work on a team convening Lead Free New Jersey, a collective impact model designed to build grassroots and grasstops support for statewide, holistic lead poisoning prevention legislative, regulatory, and funding priorities. The Lead & HH Specialist will staff the Lead in Housing Policy table, with guidance and support from the Policy Research Analyst, the Vice President of Client Services and GHHI executive leadership.

Project activities include:

  • Planning, organizing and implementing digital and (when safe) in-person outreach to key lead poisoning prevention stakeholders.
  • Effectively engaging a variety of stakeholders including local and state government, community-based organizations, service providers and residents in setting and advancing lead poisoning prevention policies.
  • Convening key partners in New Jersey to provide technical assistance and continuing education using GHHI’s national work as a model, including designing and conducting webinar series for lead poisoning prevention and healthy homes professionals and providers on a variety of topics.
  • Developing program plans to effectively deploy HUD and state funding to address environmental lead hazards in for each community.
  • Providing staff support to a coalition, including planning meetings, creating agendas, creating communications to members, and liaising with other backbone coalition staff.
  • Drafting and disseminating reports and other communications to funders, government partners and the public related to GHHI’s work in New Jersey.

Required Qualifications:

  • 5+ years of experience designing, planning, implementing and/or evaluating healthy homes, energy efficiency and/or lead poisoning prevention programs or initiatives, and/or experience in community-based work in the healthy housing, asthma, lead poisoning prevention or energy-efficiency fields.
  • Experience with coalition-building, advocacy, community organizing or related activities and a focus on housing, health, the environment, and/or energy and climate.
  • Residency in New Jersey, and/or experience working with community-based organizations and partners in the state.
  • Experience working with New Jersey grassroots and advocacy organizations on issues related to housing, health, the environment and/or energy and climate is a plus.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Valid drivers license and ability to travel throughout the state of New Jersey, pursuant to COVID restrictions on in-person gatherings.

This is a full-time, exempt temporary position. Position includes full benefits package and competitive salary commensurate with education and experience.

Green & Healthy Homes Initiative is an equal opportunity employer. We believe in hiring a diverse workforce and sustaining an inclusive work environment. We are committed to non-discrimination on any protected basis, such as disability and veteran status, or any other basis covered under applicable law.

Interested candidates should apply using the following link: GHHI Application