Job Opening : Associate in Community Health, Climate Change & Neighborhood Design

This position is slated to begin as early as June 1st or as soon as possible…

The Yale Center on Climate Change and Health, Yale School of Public Health, and the Yale Urban Design Workshop, Yale School of Architecture, seek applications for an Associate in Community Health, Climate Change, and Neighborhood Design, to begin June 1, 2023. The associate will manage, support, coordinate, and execute, under the supervision of the principal investigators from the School of Architecture and the School of Public Health, the project Addressing Urban Heat in the Dwight Neighborhood of New Haven: A Prototype for Neighborhood-Level Planning, which was recently funded by a grant from the Climate Impact Innovation Fund of the Yale Planetary Solutions Project. A synopsis of the project can be found below. 

The associate will receive practical and technical training and professional mentorship on techniques of community engagement and advocacy around health, urban design, sustainability, climate change resilience, and urban research methods, with particular emphasis on advanced principles of neighborhood design and climate adaptation, instrumentation and data gathering. 

The ideal candidate for this position will be early-career and will have the interest and background to bridge between health, environmental science, and urban design in exploring community- and place-based strategies for improving community health outcomes through data gathering, community engagement, and urban design. Backgrounds in public health, epidemiology, medicine, urban planning, environmental management, urban design, architecture, and other related fields will be considered. 

The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications: 

  • Degree in an appropriate field, including public health, environmental management, urban planning, architecture, or urban design, from an outstanding program 
  • Minimum 1 year’s professional experience in a related field 
  • Experience working with underserved urban and minority communities 
  • Experience collecting and managing quantitative and qualitative data 
  • Experience and interest in community engagement and public education 
  • Strong qualitative and quantitative research, organizational, and interpersonal skills 
  • Strong written and communication skills in English 
  • Strong project management skills with attention to detail 
  • Experience working with a range of software tools. 
  • Interest in working in an intensive academic environment with students. Experience working with students preferred 
  • Collaborative and team-oriented personality, while also independent and self-motivating 
  • Experience developing maps and data visualization using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) preferred 
  • Urban and environmental research experience preferred 
  • Urban planning and / or design experience preferred 
  • Public Health research experience preferred 
  • Fluency in Spanish preferred 

This is a six-month, full-time position, and physical presence in New Haven is required. Occasional evening and weekend hours may be required to attend community meetings, presentations, and events. The stipend for 6 months will be a total of $40,000, without benefits. This will be a contract position, and applicants must have the legal right to work in the United States (visa support is not available for this position). The Associate will be physically located at the offices of the Yale Urban Design Workshop and will be part of the larger Yale community. 

Letters of interest, along with resume or CV, three references, and portfolio or writing sample (as appropriate) should be sent to Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position has been filled. 

Addressing Urban Heat in the Dwight Neighborhood of New Haven: A Prototype for Neighborhood-Level Planning 

Low-income communities of color living in inner-city neighborhoods are disproportionately impacted by heat that is worsening due to climate change, making heat vulnerability a critical climate justice issue. In this project, faculty from the School of Public Health and the School of Architecture will develop and test a model six-component methodology for research and analysis of environmental heat exposure, its impacts, and potential solutions in the low-income, inner-city Dwight neighborhood of New Haven. We aim to 1) test the hypothesis that there is meaningful heterogeneity in temperature exposure even within a small neighborhood such as Dwight; 2) to show that a deep- dive assessment of heat exposure, impacts, and potential solutions at the “micro” neighborhood scale will inform cooling solutions in a way that cannot be done using more “macro” approaches; 3) to provide a model that will be transferable to other neighborhoods in New Haven and in other cities; and 4) to provide primary data as scientific input into a Dwight neighborhood planning process, contributing directly to the development and siting of specific strategies and project proposals to mitigate the impacts of urban heat. 

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By Robyn Acampora
Robyn Acampora Director of Strategic Initiatives and Public Service Careers