COVID-19 Public Health Specialist

Recruitment #210512-UNCX-244


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 two full-time COVID-19 Public Health Specialists providing support to Immunization Services. These are unclassified positions (PIN #34002246 & #34002439) in state government, located in Oklahoma City, OK. 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 based on education and experience.

Position Description:  
The purpose of this position is to assist where necessary in the implementation and continued work regarding the COVID-19 vaccine distribution and administration plan activities.

Position Responsibilities /Essential Functions
Job duties/responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
•Enrolls and trains pandemic providers on Enhanced OSIIS and Vaccine finder
•Advises on inventory of vaccines and supplies, and implements protocols based on CDC’s guidelines.
•Advises providers on COVID-19 vaccine storage and handling, administration, VAERS reporting etc.
•Maintains provider database to track training topics and information.
•Compiles monthly reports of activities, progress, barriers and success with a plan to address the barriers.
•Monitors Data quality for COVID administrations on a weekly basis through the data quality reports available in Enhanced OSIIS.
•Works with the regional Project Managers and COVID-19 Vaccine Specialists to provide them with materials and assist them in their duties.
•Works with the CHD administration to communicate to providers, partners, target populations, and general public regarding early, targeted vaccine efforts as well as widespread availability.
•Works with stakeholders including FQHCs, pharmacies, hospitals, districts/regions to ensure continuity across the state.
•Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Knowledge of public health practices, medical terminology as applied to immunizations and vaccine preventable diseases; vaccines, dosing schedules, vaccine administration; child care and school state immunization requirements. Skilled in communicating the role of public health within the health system and community to diverse audiences establish effective working relationships; communicate effectively to technical and non-technical audiences in both written and verbal methods; to plan, organize and prioritize time and workload to accomplish tasks and meet deadlines; create and implement training and presentations; development of distance training methods, including conference calls and webinar tools. Ability to use relevant information and individual judgements to determine whether events or processes comply with laws and use of common software products such as Microsoft Office Word, PowerPoint, Excel.

Physical Demands and Work Environment
Combination of office, vehicle, and public establishments. Travel may include traveling during inclement weather. Perform varied activities including sitting, walking, stooping, lifting, bending, pushing, and reaching. Ability to drive for hours at a time.

Work Environment
Office Environment; Computer Based.


A bachelor’s degree in a biological science, health science, social science, or a closely related field plus one year of experience performing duties such as public health inspections and investigations, training, emergency management, preventive health programs, public health nurse, adult educator.
Four years of experience in performing duties such as public health inspections and investigations, training, emergency management, preventive health programs, public health nurse, adult educator or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Possession of a valid permanent Oklahoma license as a licensed practical nurse as approved by the Oklahoma Board of Nursing or, Licensed Practical Nurse License recognized by the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC) and one year of practical nursing experience and two years of adult educator experience.


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.


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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.

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