Health Equity Specialist

Recruitment #220422-X20C-02


The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is committed to leading Oklahoma to prosperity through health. Our mission is to protect and promote health, prevent disease and injury, and cultivate conditions by which Oklahomans can thrive. We value respect, collaboration, and service. 

This position will cover multiple counties, the duty station will be determined upon hire.  Counties Covered:  Creek, Kay, Lincoln, Noble, Osage, Pawnee, and Payne counties

OSDH is seeking a full time Health Equity Specialist providing support to Region 3.   This is a state employee position PIN 34002098 governed by the Civil Service Rules, in state. OSDH offers a comprehensive Benefits Package, including a generous benefit allowance to offset the cost of insurance premiums for employees and their eligible dependents.  For more information about the benefit allowance, follow this link  Plan Year 2022.The annual salary for this position is up to $60,000, based on education and experience.

Position Summary:
This position is responsible for strategic performance initiatives related to agency and statewide priorities.  Assigned responsibilities involve planning of complex initiatives, developing and coordinating state health improvement plan, systems and policy actions for the agency.  This position will interact with agency leadership as well as external key stakeholders, including executive level stakeholders, from both the public and private sectors in Oklahoma.  This position ensures the development of local strategic plans and goals that align with agency strategic plans and statewide goals. The overall mission of such plans, goals, and projects/programs is to improve population at the local level

Position Responsibilities /Essential Functions:
• Coordinates the planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of the strategic plan for the Oklahoma State Department of Health. 
• Develops goals, objectives, and outcomes for performance management policies, practices, and systems. 
• Coordinates the planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of local, regional, and state health improvement plans, systems, and initiatives in Oklahoma. Participates in efforts to identify tools and strategies aimed at improving health outcomes in the Oklahoma.
• Coordinates activities and efforts by conducting research, maintaining a statewide repository of tools and products, and consulting key stakeholders and agency leadership to ensure that strategic goals and health outcomes are developed, implemented, and monitored within prescribed period and resource parameters.
• Identifies and communicates needed areas of change and alternative solutions as necessary to advance the strategic performance initiatives related to agency and statewide priorities. Leads and develops teams as needed.
• Advises and assists leadership in identifying priorities, establishing goals, objectives, and outcomes, and providing feedback to guide decision-making and resource allocation.
• Serves as a consultant and subject matter expert concerning the strategic planning and performance management.
• Interacts with and provides technical assistance to internal customers (such as state and county health department leadership and staff) as well as external stakeholders from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors in Oklahoma.
• Facilitates meeting and reporting schedules for the development, implementation, and evaluation of health improvement plans, systems, and initiatives.
• Develops strategic partnerships to leverage resources.
• Ensures alignment of initiatives with state and federal entities as necessary.
• Coordinates and participates in data gathering and analysis for the purposes of health improvement.

Other Duties:
Demonstrates knowledge of and supports mission, vision, value statements, standards, policies and procedures, operating instructions, confidentiality standards, and the code of ethical behavior.  Works effectively in team environment, participating and assisting their peers.

This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Valued Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge and experience in strategic planning, performance management, policy development, stakeholder engagement, and public health. Ability to think critically is required.  Must possess analytical and problem-solving skills.  Ability to define planning-related needs and problems and to formulate appropriate recommendations; to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; to prepare and review complex planning reports; to interpret laws, rules and regulations; and to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others is required. Knowledge of cultural competency skills to incorporate strategies for interacting with people from diverse backgrounds.

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.

Travel Requirements:
Must be willing to perform all job-related travel associated with this position.




Master’s degree in any of the following fields: public administration, public health, business, social work, finance, or a closely related field and at least three years of professional experience in strategic planning, performance management, public policy, management of complex projects for public, private, or nonprofit organizations, and state and federal policies and regulations.


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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