Obesity Prevention Consultant

Recruitment #200408-UNCX-172


The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is committed to providing quality health services to Oklahoma citizens. The mission of the Department of Health is to promote, protect and improve the health of all Oklahomans through strategies that focus on preventing disease and injuries. 

OSDH is seeking a full time Obesity Prevention Consultant providing support to Center for Chronic Disease, Prevention, & Health Promotion. This is an unclassified position (PIN 34001837) in state government, located in Oklahoma City. OSDH offers a comprehensive Benefits Packageincluding a generous benefit allowance to offset the cost of insurance premiums for employees and their eligible dependentsFor more information about the benefit allowance [click here]. The annual salary for this position is up to $52,847.

Position Description
The principal purpose of the position is to provide technical assistance and consultation to state and local partners regarding best practices and evidence based strategies for promoting physical activity, healthy nutrition, and reducing/preventing obesity. This position must establish partnerships with both internal and external groups to establish the type of assistance and level of intervention needed.

This position must stay current on research to competently advise partners on methods for enhancing obesity prevention initiatives in various populations. Due to many types of needs throughout the state requiring specialized expertise this position is essential to fulfilling the needs of statewide and community partners. There is a high level of expertise required to adequately provide consultation and assistance which requires this position to attend trainings and perform research to ensure that national standards are met. This position is essential to the mission of the Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion because obesity is a pressing public health issue that remains a top priority for the state. 

Duties include, but are not limited to:
Establish partnerships with outside agencies throughout the state with missions which contribute to obesity prevention.

Provide consultation on the implementation of obesity programming in specific settings.

Provide consultation on policy implementation in various settings.

Serve on and facilitate multi-disciplinary teams for affecting the obesity prevention program activities, data collection, analysis and processes to affect change.

Provide training opportunities to different organizations throughout the state.

Develop informational resource materials, such as guidebooks, playbooks, micro learning videos, and other new and innovative methods to provide information to partners across the state.

Prepare and deliver public presentations around physical activity, nutrition, and obesity prevention for selected audiences.

Provide expertise around community engagement and capacity building in communities across the state.

Coordinate with agency consultants and groups across the state to provide strategies to address health disparities related to obesity across the state.

Provide project management skills and abilities to effectively manage multiple obesity-related projects at various levels of the social ecological model.

Education and Experience
Bachelor Degree in public health, community health, nutrition sciences, education, physical education, nursing or public administration or other related field, and at least two years demonstrated experience in health policy/systems/environments work, coordinating technical assistance, training, consultation, and/or community engagement. Demonstrated experience in physical activity, nutrition, and/or obesity best practices.

Preferred Qualifications:
Master’s Degree in Public Health, Health Promotion, Education, Wellness Management, Nutrition, Exercise Science, Public Administration or equivalent and/or demonstrated experience in health policy or related areas. Registered Dietitian.   

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Decisiveness, flexibility, interpersonal skills,  oral communication, problem-solving, self-direction, technical competence, and clear written communication skills.

Physical Demands and Work Environment
Work is typically performed in an office setting with a climate controlled settings and exposure to moderate noise level. While performing the duties of the job, employee is required to talk, stand, walk, and reach with hands and arms.  This position requires long period of sitting and daily use of computer and phone. Applicants must be willing to perform all job-related travel associated with this position.


If education, certification or licensure is required to meet qualifications, applicants must provide documentation at the time of interview.

All applicants are subject to a background check and must be legally authorized to work in the United States without visa sponsorship.


Please read instructions carefully and include all required documents when you submit your application.

No additional information will be accepted after the application has been submitted.


Veteran's Preference Points Apply only for initial appointment in the Classified Service.