Placer Employment Opportunities

Health Education Program Coordinator - I

Public Health Division

Recruitment #2019-11795-01


The Health Education Program Coordinator - I will be responsible for planning, administering, and evaluating a scope of work for one of the Division's public health prevention programs.  Activities will include collaborating with public and private sector representatives, developing and disseminating health promotional materials such as infographics, fact sheets, and posters, delivering educational presentations to both large and small groups, drafting and proposing public policies, and engaging youth in health prevention activities.  The position will work in a variety of environments, both in the office and in the community. 

The eligible list resulting from this recruitment may also be used to fill future permanent or extra-help, and open or promotional vacancies. Extra-help appointments made from this eligible list may transition to permanent status, should vacancies arise. Temporary/Extra Help assignments are limited to 999 hours (or 960 hours for CalPERS retired annuitants) in a fiscal year and are not eligible for benefits.


Under general supervision, to develop, implement and evaluate educational activities for the community and County staff on topics related to specific public health programs; and the development and implementation of strategies to improve the health of individuals and communities.


This is an entry level classification in the Health Education Program Coordinator series. This class is distinguished from the journey level by the performance of more routine tasks and duties assigned to positions within the series. Employees at this level are not expected to perform with the same independence of direction and judgment on matters allocated to the journey level class. Since this class is typically used as a training class, employees may have only limited or no directly related work experience. Employees work under immediate supervision while learning job tasks.


Receives immediate supervision from assigned supervisory/management staff and may receive technical and functional lead supervision from a Health Education Program Coordinator - Senior.        


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; and 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.
  • 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 a health program budget.
  • Interpret and analyze new or updated regulations to identify needed program changes.
  • 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.


It is the responsibility of applicants to identify in their application materials how they meet the minimum qualifications listed below.

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: No experience required.

Training: Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in public health or a closely related field.

License or Certificate:

  • 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.

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.


Knowledge of:

  • Basic principles and practices of public health, especially as related to government agencies and community groups.
  • Basic 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.
  • Basic societal structure and organization, including the effects of economic forces.
  • Basic methods and effectiveness of various mass communication media and outreach strategies.
  • Basic research methodology and statistical interpretation, including the use of surveys and questionnaires.
  • English usage, grammar, spelling, vocabulary, and punctuation.
  • 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.
  • Report preparation.
  • Computer systems and software, including word processing, spreadsheet and presentation applications.

Ability to: 

  • 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.
  • Learn to prepare, coordinate and implement effective educational work plans.
  • Learn to prepare and/or effectively present articles, brochures, speeches and workshops.
  • Learn to 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.
  • 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.
  • Learn to understand, interpret and apply federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations.
  • Learn to analyze budgets, grants and various proposals.


Training & Experience Rating (100%)

Based upon responses to the supplemental questionnaire, the applicant’s education, training and experience will be evaluated using a pre-determined formula.  Scores from this evaluation will determine applicant ranking and placement on the eligible list.


Prior to the date of hire, applicants must undergo a fingerprint test by the Department of Justice, pass a medical examination (which may include a drug screening and possibly a psychological evaluation), sign a constitutional oath and submit proof of U.S. citizenship or legal right to remain and work in the U.S.  For some positions, applicants may also be required to submit proof of age, undergo a background investigation (which may include a voice stress analysis and/or a polygraph) and/or be bonded. Additionally, positions in law enforcement classifications, and those supporting law enforcement functions will be required to complete a conviction history questionnaire prior to or during the interview process. Applicants for positions with access to Medi-Cal billing software or who are licensed providers must clear the Federal Exclusion List, credentialing, and social security verification. Failure to clear these requirements may result in an employment offer being withdrawn.


The eligible list(s) resulting from this recruitment may be certified as a substitute list for a substantially similar classification.  For this purpose, a substantially similar classification is one at a lower level in the same classification (example: entry level vs. journey) and/or a similar classification (similar work performed, similar training and experience qualifications required). If you are contacted for an interview by a County department, you will be informed of the classification and other relevant information. If you choose not to interview for a substantially similar classification, you will remain on the eligible list for which you originally applied.


Placer County offers an expedited process for qualifying certain applicants for interviews. Candidates currently employed, or employed within the last year, by a public agency operating under a personnel civil service or merit system may be eligible to be placed on a Public Agency Eligible List and certified as eligible for appointment to a similar job assignment without going through the examination process. For more information on the Public Agency Eligible List, to download forms, or to apply, please click here.


Thank you for your interest in employment with Placer County. Placer County is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to an active nondiscrimination program. It is the stated policy of Placer County that harassment, discrimination and retaliation are prohibited and that all employees, applicants, agents, contractors, and interns/volunteers shall receive equal consideration and treatment. All terms and conditions of employment, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, transfer and promotion will be based on the qualifications of the individual for the positions being filled regardless of gender (including gender identity and expression), sexual orientation, race, color, ancestry, religion, national origin, physical disability (Including HIV and AIDS), mental disability, medical condition (cancer or genetic characteristics/information), age (40 or over), marital status, military and/or veteran status, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions), or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law. Please contact the Human Resources Department at least 5 working days before a scheduled examination if you require accommodation in the examination process. Medical disability verification may be required prior to accommodation.


The following information represents benefits currently available to permanent Placer County employees and may be subject to change.  It is advisable that applicants inquire as to the most current benefit package during hiring interviews or by contacting the Human Resources Department.

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