Climate and Environmental Justice Project Manager

Durational Project Manager | Hybrid

Recruitment #230605-0415VR-001


The State of Connecticut, Department of Public Health is hiring!

The State of Connecticut, Department of Public Health (DPH) is seeking a qualified individual to join our team as a Climate and Environmental Justice Project Manager. This position will assume the role of Principal Investigator and Climate Coordinator of the Climate and Environmental Justice Taskforce. This role will work to address the intersection of climate change and health equity and will focus on proactive public health protection through establishment of measures to minimize impact to human health in communities most in need. Find more information on this great opportunity below!

Please Note: This is a durational position with an end date of August 31, 2026. An extension of one additional year may be possible based on available funding and agency needs.

There may be opportunities for an alternate work schedule and working remotely in accordance with State policies.

State of Connecticut employees participate in a competitive comprehensive benefits plan that includes:
  • Industry leading health benefits with medical and dental coverage
  • Generous paid time off, include 13 paid holidays per calendar year
  • Extensive pension plan and supplemental retirement offerings
  • Retirement healthcare offerings
  • Professional growth and development opportunities
  • A healthy work/life balance!
  • Oversee activities and program evaluation for work performed with Building Resilience Against Climate Effects (BRACE) grant funding
  • Direct, operate and provide leadership to the DPH Climate and Environmental Justice Taskforce under the direction of a DPH Deputy Commissioner
  • Define and fully integrate health equity and environmental justice into all climate change work performed
  • Provide coordination and develop climate change partnerships with other state agencies, local health directors, regional planning agencies, Connecticut universities, Yale Office of Climate and Health, CIRCA, non-governmental stakeholders, national climate organizations, other state agencies, federal partners and community organizations

The Mission of the Department of Public Health (DPH) is to protect and improve the health and safety of the people of Connecticut by:

  • Assuring the conditions in which people can be healthy
  • Preventing disease, injury, and disability
  • Promoting the equal enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health, which is a human right and a priority of the state.

DPH accomplishes this through the implementation of its Strategic Plan which outlines the actions that DPH is taking to accomplish its Mission.

Selection Plan

This position will be appointed in accordance with the provisions of Sections 5-198 (14) and 5-270 (g) of the Connecticut General Statutes.

To Apply:
  • In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening. The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
  • In order to receive educational credits toward qualification for this job posting, the institution must be accredited. If the institution of higher learning is located outside of the U.S., you are responsible for providing documentation from a recognized USA accrediting service which specializes in determining foreign education equivalencies to the recruiter listed on this job posting.
  • You must specify your qualifications on your application. You will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application for this posting to the JobAps system.
  • In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.
  • All application materials must be received by the recruiting agency by the time specified on the job opening for the position for which you are applying. Late applications may not be submitted and will not be considered. Exceptions are rare and limited to documented events that incapacitate a candidate during the entire duration of the job posting time period. It is the candidate’s obligation and responsibility to request an exception and provide a legally recognized justification to accommodate such exception. Requests should be made to
  • This position will be filled in accordance with contractual language, reemployment, SEBAC, transfer, promotion and merit employment rules.
Important Next Step Information for After You Apply:
  • Although applicants will receive correspondence via email, as a backup they are also encouraged to sign on to their Personal Status Board on a daily basis to monitor their status, view all emailed notices and complete tasks required in the recruitment process.
  • This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs). You can access these RQs via an email that will be sent to you after the posting's closing date or by visiting your JobAps Personal Status Board (Certification Questionnaires section). Your responses to these RQs must be submitted by the question's expiration date. Please regularly check your email and JobAps Personal Status Board for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders on a daily basis in the event an email provider places auto-notification emails in a user's spam.
  • Note: At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: a cover letter, resume, transcripts, diplomas, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.
  • The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
  • Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position.
  • Candidates who are offered and accept a position with the State of Connecticut are bound by the State Code of Ethics for Public Officials and State Employees which is available at
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  • Due to the large volume of applications received, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process.
  • Updates will be available through your JobAps portal account. If you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment please contact Joseph K. Fried at, 860-924-7053.
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In a state agency this class is accountable for making or conducting a special inquiry, investigation, examination or installation pursuant to Section 5-198(n) of the Connecticut General Statutes.


  • Work with stakeholders and workgroups to identify groups that are particularly vulnerable to climate change impacts and develop, execute, and evaluate adaptation actions to help prevent poor health related outcomes.
  • Develop public health data analytics to review and identify communities and populations in need due to climate change impacts.
  • Develop collaborations with academic institutions to further the science of climate change and impact on vulnerable populations.
  • Develop a public health approach and initiatives that directly conjoin the Governor’s Council on Climate Change priority Transportation Climate Initiative with a public health focus on asthma, air quality, and heat islands.
  • Assess climate impacts on CT’s most vulnerable populations to influence future planning efforts.
  • Provide direct programmatic management of multiple federal climate grants, including progress reports, requests for continued funding, and monitoring deliverables outlined in contracts with stakeholders.
  • Manage climate contracts to ensure financial and programmatic conditions are fulfilled and services are met.
  • Direct the Climate and Environmental Justice Taskforce and advocate for prioritizing, integrating, and implementing climate resiliency actions within DPH and with stakeholders.
  • Perform the role of the Principial Investigator for the CDC Grant.
  • Seek additional funding opportunities to fund future climate change and public health initiatives.
  • Work directly with Local Health departments and districts to develop a collaborative partnership in the implementation of public health adaptation and mitigation actions.
  • Coordinate and lead meetings to foster collaboration and communication on climate related public health and safety topics.
  • Propose climate resiliency related strategies to be incorporated into DPH’s State Health Improvement Plan and the agency’s five-year Strategic Plan.
  • Work with contractors to develop guidance for local heat and air quality response plans (including alerts and communication strategies) and support local implementation through training and capacity building.
  • Assess gaps in the department’s current climate/health knowledge and skills and develop training and/or other education materials to address those gaps, and prioritize, integrate, and implement climate resiliency actions within DPH.


  • Experience directing the development of climate change plans to address heat and impacts to vulnerable populations
  • Experience explaining and applying health equity principles within a climate change program
  • Experience collaborating with stakeholders, including Local Health Directors, on climate change initiatives
  • Experience leading work involving climate change effects on air quality or water quality within the environmental health field
  • Experience with grant reporting, monitoring deliverables, and program evaluation 
  • Experience leading a team, including stakeholder representation



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.


As defined by Sec. 5-196 of the Connecticut General Statutes, a job class is a position or group of positions that share general characteristics and are categorized under a single title for administrative purposes.  As such, a job class is not meant to be all-inclusive of every task and/or responsibility.