Recruitment #2209-4122-002


Located on the western shore of Lake Michigan, Milwaukee is an urban hub bursting with energy. Milwaukee provides a casual sophistication – big city appeal without the big city hassles. We are accessible and affordable, and our residents are welcoming. Milwaukee has evolved through the years, bringing together its unsurpassed old-world charm with a breathtaking Art Museum, top-flight arts and cultural attractions, professional sports, lakefront festivals, recreational opportunities, and great restaurants.

The City of Milwaukee is proud to employ a diverse workforce that is committed to providing exemplary service to the City’s residents. If you have a passion for being a part of an inclusive team of public servants, please consider the following opportunity.


The Public Health Strategist-Emerging Issues provides public health program consultation and technical support to strengthen policies, systems, and community environments that influence health and equity among City of Milwaukee residents.

The Public Health Strategist will manage a portfolio of projects related to emerging public health issues including lead, housing, substance abuse (e.g., e-cigarettes, opioids), food systems, built environment or other public health issues.

Essential Functions

Public Health Strategy and Policy

  • Develop, implement and evaluate strategic and operational plans related to emerging public health issues within the City of Milwaukee.
  • Prepare and provide public presentations related to the public health role, strategy and impact associated with emerging public health issues.
  • Develop options for policies, programs, services, ordinances, resolutions, legislative position, etc. related to public health issues
  • Examine the feasibility and implications (e.g., fiscal, social, political, legal, geographic) of policies, programs, and services.
  • Explain the importance of evaluations for improving policies, programs, and services.
  • Conduct health impact, community needs, and capacity assessments.
  • Identify and champion grant opportunities within the organization, and write grants, applications, develop grant budgets, and building new or existing projects through grants.
  • Oversee implementation of awarded federal and state grants, contracts and initiatives.
  • Assist in the development of media campaigns to address public health issues.
  • Provide analysis of public health policy. with particular emphasis on the social determinants of health and achieving greater health equity.

Community Engagement and Partnership Development

  • Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with other city departments, state and federal regulatory and funding agencies, medical providers, community-based organizations, advocacy agencies and academic institutions to coordinate and consult on comprehensive city-wide efforts.
  • Participate in relevant workgroups, committees, meetings with the City, County, Region and State.
  • Negotiate for the use of community assets and resources through Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) and other formal and informal agreements.
  • Utilize facilitative group processes effectively to advance community involvement.
  • Integrate the role of governmental and non-governmental organizations in the delivery of public health services.
  • Utilize community input when developing public health policies and programs.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of community engagement strategies on public health policies, programs, and resources.

Community Engagement Coordination

  • Assist in implementing the department’s community engagement strategy.
  • Process and screen all community education requests that the department receives.
  • Arrange the department’s presence at community events and ensure that the representatives have appropriate outreach materials.
  • Engage in evaluation and quality improvement practices to ensure that community engagement activities are effective.

We welcome qualified individuals with disabilities who are interested in employment and will make reasonable accommodations during the hiring process in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, as amended by the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008.

Conditions of Employment

Please be advised that new employees are required to have received either both doses of the Moderna or Pfizer or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine prior to their employment start date or have an approved religious or medical accommodation prior to their employment start date.  You can find further information relative to the City’s Covid-19 Vaccination Policy here.

  • Travel outside the City of Milwaukee, occasionally overnight, for training purposes or for participating in meetings representing the City.
  • Carry a mobile device during business hours.

Minimum Requirements

  1. Bachelor’s degree in psychology, health education, public health, community health, social services or a related field from an accredited college or university.
  2. Three years of professional experience performing health-related program coordination, coalition coordination, or community mental health, behavioral health, and/or health/human services related programing duties.
  3. Valid driver's license and access to a properly insured vehicle at time of appointment and throughout employment; mileage reimbursement provided pursuant to Section 350-183 of the Milwaukee Code. 

Equivalent combinations of education and experience may also be considered.

NOTICE: Please do not attach your academic transcripts to your employment application. The hiring department will verify candidates’ education as part of the background screening process prior to extending any job offers.

Desirable Qualifications

Master’s degree in psychology, health education, public health, community health, social services or a related field from an accredited college or university.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities & Other Characteristics


  • Knowledge of public health research, evaluation methods and effective strategies that contribute to the development of a vision for a healthy community.
  • Ability to operate programs within budget and contribute to the development of program budgets.
  • Ability to provide information for development of contracts and other agreements for programs and services.
  • Knowledge of performance management systems for the program and organization.
  • Ability to gather information and contribute to developing options for policies, programs, and services.
  • Ability to examine the feasibility and geographic implications of policies, programs, and services.
  • Ability to use public health informatics to develop, implement, evaluate, and improve policies, programs, and services.
  • Ability to use qualitative and quantitative data to determine the factors affecting the health of a community.
  • Ability to use performance management systems for development of contracts, (MOUs), and other agreements for programs and services.
  • Ability to assess consequences and trends accurately to create competitive and breakthrough strategies and plans.
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents.
  • Knowledge of mathematics and the ability to make accurate calculations relative to statistical and quantitative data.
  • Knowledge of and ability to work with computer applications, including database, project management, spreadsheet, and word processing software. 


  • Ability to provide oversight of organizational efforts to achieve and maintain the mission and vision of projects.  
  • Ability to effectively and efficiently apply management principles related to the development and implementation of community projects and processes.
  • Ability to support diverse perspectives in developing, implementing, and evaluating policies, programs, and services that affect the health of a community.
  • Ability to provide training, mentoring, peer advising, and coaching to coworkers, interns and fellows.
  • Ability to foster an environment of inclusion wherein all employees are treated respectfully, are valued for their strengths and feel that they can safely express themselves.


  • Ability to effectively engage and present information to top management, public groups, boards of directors, the media, and legislative bodies.
  • Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and policies that are publication ready.
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, staff, and the general public.
  • Ability to solicit input from individuals and organizations to improve the health of a community.
  • Ability to describe the roles of governmental public health, health care, and other partners in improving the health of a community.
  • Ability to present ideas effectively in formal and informal situations.
  • Ability to convey thoughts clearly, concisely, and accurately, both inside and outside the organization.

Interpersonal and Professional

  • Ability to develop relationships with individuals and organizations to improve the health of a community.
  • Ability to build and maintain good working relationships with a multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary staff, the public, various City of Milwaukee officials, and other agencies.
  • Ability to work cooperatively, effectively and fairly with coworkers and residents whose backgrounds may differ from one’s own.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to work under pressure and handle multiple and changing priorities.
  • Ability to respond quickly and efficiently in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to represent the department with professionalism, honesty and integrity.
  • Highly motivated, self-directed, and well organized.
  • Commitment to continuous professional development in public health.

Current Salary

The current salary range (2IX) $63,302-$83,481 and the resident incentive salary range for City of Milwaukee residents is $65,201-$85,986. Appointment above the minimum is possible based upon level of experience and other qualifications and is subject to approval.


The City of Milwaukee provides a comprehensive benefit program that includes the following:

  • Defined Benefit Pension Plan
  • 457 Deferred Compensation Plan
  • Health and Dental Insurance
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Comprehensive Wellness Program
  • Onsite Clinic Services
  • Onsite Employee Assistance Program
  • Alternative Work Schedules
  • Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Group Life Insurance
  • Tuition Benefits
  • Paid Vacation
  • 12 Paid Holidays
  • Paid Sick Leave and other paid leaves
  • Flexible Spending Arrangement
  • Commuter Value Pass

For full details of the benefits offered by the City of Milwaukee, please visit

Selection Process

THE SELECTION PROCESS will be job related and will consist of one or more of the following: education and experience evaluation; written, oral, or performance tests, or other assessment methods. The Department of Employee Relations reserves the right to call only the most qualified candidates to oral and performance examinations. Oral examinations may include written exercises. Selection process component weights will be determined by further analysis of the job.

INITIAL FILING DATE - The examination will be held as soon as practical after the deadline listed above. Receipt of applications may be discontinued at any time after this date without prior notice. However, recruitment may continue until the needs of the City have been met. Qualified applicants will be notified of the date, time, and place of the examination. Unless otherwise required by law, the City of Milwaukee will not provide alternative test administration. The applicant is responsible for attending all phases of the job selection process at the time and place designated by the City of Milwaukee.

Additional Information

  • APPLICATIONS and further information may be accessed by visiting,
  • If you would like assistance completing an application, please contact the Department of Employee Relations at (414) 286-3751 or
  • The Department of Employee Relations is located at City Hall, 200 E. Wells St., Room 706, Milwaukee, WI 53202


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The City of Milwaukee values and encourages diversity and is an equal opportunity employer.