To develop, implement and evaluate educational activities for the public and County staff on topics related to specific public health programs of a complex and specialized nature utilizing a high level of competence and independent judgment; and to provide technical and function supervision over professional, technical and clerical staff engaged in public health educational activities.
This is the advanced journey level class in the Health Education Program Coordinator series. Positions at this level are distinguished from other classes within the series by the level of supervision exercised, complexity and sensitivity of duties assigned, independence of action taken, by the amount of time spent performing the more complex duties, and by the nature of the public contact made. Employees perform the most difficult and responsible types of duties assigned to classes within this series including acting in a lead capacity and providing expertise and training for multiple program areas.
SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED
Receives general direction from assigned supervisory/management staff.
May exercise technical and functional lead supervision over assigned professional, technical and clerical staff, as well as contractors, volunteers and student interns.
EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES
Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
Plan, organize and implement educational activities related to specific public health programs.
Represent the Department of Health and Human Services and advise community organizations about health education topics and techniques.
Confer with various community groups and schools to encourage interest and activities that promote education about public health issues; and organize and arrange for discussion groups on health related topics.
Review publications and other educational materials for appropriate use in health education of various groups and populations; maintain and distribute health education materials to County staff and the community.
Interface and coordinate with other County staff and the community regarding public health education techniques and activities.
Prepare visual aids, graphics and display materials for outreach.
Conduct needs assessments and prepare reports and recommendations on public health matters and program development; and evaluate and report on health education services and programs.
Identify and implement methods for publicizing public health services through various media.
Provide leadership in program evaluation activities.
Oversee, train and review the work of lower level Health Education Program Coordinators and related professional, technical and clerical staff engaged in public health education programs.
Oversee health promotion and education teams and manage and track progress on projects.
Provide input into selection decisions, performance evaluations and disciplinary actions as appropriate.
Assist in the formulation or revision of program policies and practices; and implement strategies to improve the health of the community.
Participate in health education programs, health fairs, community events, conferences and meetings; provide consultation and guidance to participants; make presentations to community and youth groups; and facilitate community coalitions and advisory committees.
Develop outreach plans; assess the health education needs of the community or various target populations; research and develop policies and procedures; and write grant proposals.
Monitor and evaluate health education program budgets.
Interpret analytical data, compile data and present on findings related to the health education programs.
Oversee public health activities including grant writing and strategic planning.
Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other County employees and the public using principles of good customer service.
Perform related duties as assigned.
Work is typically performed in an indoor office environment and controlled temperature conditions. Position may require travel to and from other locations in a variety of outdoor weather conditions and lifting materials and supplies of moderate weight.
Experience and Training
Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:
Experience: Three years of responsible public health information or public health education experience performing duties Health Education Program Coordinator with at least one year of experience at the journey level.
Training: A Master's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in public health or a closely related field.
License or Certificate:
Must possess and maintain a Certified Health Education Specialist certification (CHES) issued by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC) by the completion of the probationary period.
May need to possess a valid driver's license as required by the position. Proof of adequate vehicle insurance and medical clearance may also be required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
Principles and practices of public health, especially as related to government agencies and community groups.
Principles and practices of public health education including an understanding of the theory of human behavior, the process of education, motivation and group work and the relationship of cultural patterns to human behavior.
Societal structure and organization, including the effects of economic forces.
Methods and effectiveness of various mass communication media and outreach strategies.
Research methodology and statistical interpretation, including the use of surveys and questionnaires.
English usage, grammar, spelling, vocabulary, and punctuation.
Principles and practices of training, assigning reviewing and evaluating work of professional, technical and clerical staff.
Principles and practices of work safety.
Differing cultural, religious, economic and social groups and their relationships to the delivery and acceptance of health care services.
Computer systems and software, including word processing, spreadsheet and presentation applications.
On a continuous basis, know and understand all aspects of the job; intermittently analyze work papers, reports and special projects; identify and interpret technical and numerical information; observe and problem solve operational and technical policies and procedures.
On an intermittent basis, sit at desk for long periods of time; intermittently walk, stand, bend, twist and reach while preparing for and conducting educational presentations.
Intermittently twist to reach equipment surrounding desk; perform simple grasping and fine manipulation; use telephone and write or use a keyboard to communicate through written means; and lift moderate weight.
Prepare, coordinate and implement effective educational work plans.
Prepare and/or effectively present articles, brochures, speeches and workshops.
Arrange and conduct public meetings.
Work with various cultural and ethnic groups in a tactful and effective manner.
Obtain information through interviews; and deal fairly and courteously with the public.
Analyze situations quickly and objectively and determine course of action.
Gather, analyze and evaluate data and information in order to reason logically, draw valid conclusions, take appropriate actions and/or make appropriate recommendations.
Train, assign, direct, prioritize and evaluate the work of professional, technical and clerical staff.
Work unusual or prolonged work schedules particularly as related to evening or weekend presentations.
Use general office equipment, such as a computer, calculator, telephone, photocopy machine, etc.
Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Establish and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other County employees and the public using principles of good customer service.
Understand, interpret and apply federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations.
Analyze budgets, grants and various proposals.
Length of Probation:
All permanent appointments from open eligible lists to open positions in the classified service shall serve a probationary period of twelve (12) months or two thousand eighty (2,080) hours, whichever is more.