Monday, June 17, 2013

Planning/Policy Fellow; ChangeLab Solutions (formerly Public Health Law & Policy)

ChangeLab Solutions (formerly Public Health Law & Policy)
Planning/Policy Fellow

About ChangeLab Solutions

ChangeLab Solutions focuses on improving the public’s health by drawing on the expertise of an
inter-disciplinary team of lawyers, urban planners, policy analysts, and public health professionals.
ChangeLab Solutions works with community-based organizations, local public health and planning
departments, schools, elected officials, government attorneys, and private counsel to create
groundbreaking policy solutions to critical public health challenges. ChangeLab Solutions staff
provide comprehensive training, technical assistance, and legal and policy tools that reflect the most
creative and innovative thinking on a given public health issue.
ChangeLab Solutions is a non-partisan, nonprofit organization that educates and informs the public
through objective, non-partisan analysis, study, and/or research on improving public health. 

ChangeLab Solutions Program Areas

Planning/Policy Fellows will work in one or more of the following programs:
The Tobacco Control program provides legal and policy technical assistance throughout California.
The Tobacco Control program has served as a model for similar programs around the country.
The Healthy Eating and Active Living programs provide legal and policy technical assistance across
the country. The programs aim to empower advocates and policy leaders with legally sound
guidance and resources to make the places where we live, learn, work, and play healthier for

The Healthy Housing program works to advance policies to ensure the availability of safe and
healthy housing and, in turn, improve health outcomes for families and communities nationwide.
Please visit our website at for complete information on ChangeLab
Solutions’ current activities and staff.

Duties & Responsibilities: 

This one-year planning/policy fellowship will support our team to explore planning and policy
solutions to increase access to healthy foods and physical activity through improvements to the
built environment. Our team develops tools for training advocates about the relationship between
the built environment and public health and provides technical assistance for creating and
implementing land use policies that support healthier communities.

Under direction of staff attorneys, policy analysts, and urban planners Planning/Policy Fellows will
work on one or more of the following tasks:

• Conduct research and analysis to strengthen state and local policies to create healthy,
sustainable communities.
• Research and write well articulated memos about a variety of cutting-edge land use,
economic development, food systems, and transportation policy strategies.
• Collect and synthesize a variety of primary and secondary research sources, including
interviews, reports, municipal codes, general plans and zoning codes and other
planning/policy documents, and academic literature.
• Assist staff in the development of internal systems to enhance delivery of such
services to public health advocates.
• Other duties as required.


• Master’s degree in city and regional planning, public policy, or other related field.

Desired Qualifications 

• Familiarity with land use planning, transportation planning, healthy housing and related
policies, including economic development, infill and transit-oriented development, climate
change, food systems, and active transportation.
• Well-organized and detail-oriented.
• Excellent research, analytic, and writing skills.
• Able to translate complex policies into writing accessible to a layperson audience.
• Capable of working quickly on tight deadlines and multiple projects.


This is a full time one-year position. The salary for this position is $41,600 per year. For one year
appointments, ChangeLab Solutions offers a generous benefits package including PTO, medical, 
dental, vision, and long term disability insurance, life insurance, tax shelter annuity and a flexible
benefit plan.

How to apply: 

To apply for the 2013 Planning/Policy Fellow position please email all required information to Please include in the subject line: “2013 Planning/Policy Fellow.” 

The following are required to be considered for the 2013 Planning/Policy Fellow. Incomplete
applications will not be considered.
• Resume and Cover letter
• Writing samples - Please provide, at most, two (2) writing samples in a relevant substantive
• References – Please provide contact information (name, organization, email, and phone
number) for three (3) references.

We are proud to be an EEO/AA Employer