Healthy Built Environment Coordinator

Nova Scotia Health Authority
March 30, 2020
Laura O'Brien

Nova Scotia Health Authority is the largest provider of health services in Nova Scotia. We are over 22,000 employees who provide health care and support services in hospitals, health centres and community-based programs throughout Nova Scotia.

Nova Scotia Health Authority provides health services to Nova Scotians and some specialized services to Maritimers and Atlantic Canadians. We operate hospitals, health centres and community-based programs across the province. Our team of health professionals includes employees, doctors, researchers, learners and volunteers that provide the health care or services you may need. This is accomplished across four geographic management zones which are responsible for the operation of acute care health centres and the provision of a variety of inpatient, outpatient services including academic, tertiary, quaternary care and community based programs and services including continuing care, primary health care, public health, and mental health and addictions.


Reporting to the Manager Healthy Communities, the Healthy Built Environments Coordinator (HBEC) will work collaboratively with planners, engineers and other stakeholders  to identify strategic areas of action, and accelerate integration of health considerations into land use, transportation and various health built environment policies. Much of this work will align with principles of smart growth, Transportation Demand Management and Transit-Oriented Development. This position will also bring a focus on reducing health inequities related to the build environment.  As a member of the Healthy Communities team, the Healthy Built Environment Coordinator will contribute to an understanding of the health impacts of built environments, the opportunities for improvement and collaboration with stakeholders to promote community designs that facilitate active transportation and integration of physical activity in daily life.

The HBEC will support Public Health Services in adapting, implementing, evaluating and further disseminating the tools and promising practices that have been developed in other jurisdictions. S/he will foster meaningful engagement and collaboration with local community planners, engineers, NGOs, and other stakeholders in the development, implementation and evaluation of tools and interventions.

The HBEC will support the initial development of a Transportation Demand Management Plan for site facilities and implement activities that encourage employee mode shift. This position will also dedicate time towards focus on addressing housing from a built environment and land use planning perspective.


  • Undergraduate degree in Community/Urban Planning or Civil Engineering
  • Master’s degree preferred
  • Minimum of 5 years related experience
  • Professional Member of Canadian Institute of Planners (MCIP) required (Candidate Member/Provision Member may be considered provided incumbent is working towards MCIP)
  • Experience in urban and / or transportation planning and project management
  • Understanding of the association and policy issues related to health outcomes and built environment
  • Familiarity with land use planning, community planning, and transportation planning
  • Experience in the application of public health principles and practices, partnership development, and community development
  • Excellent communication skills, assessment skills and facilitation skills
  • Familiarity with population health, health promotion and disease prevention concepts
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a multidisciplinary team both within the organization and in the community
  • A valid Nova Scotia’s driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle
  • The HBEC must have proficiency with computers, including MS Office, internet, email
  • Competencies in other languages an asset, French preferred

Hours of Work

Long Assignment Full-time Position; 75 Hours Bi-weekly

Approximately 2 Years

Salary Information

$34.7899 – $42.3635 hourly

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