Lincoln County Health and Human Services
Health Education Specialist
Develops, plans, implements and evaluates comprehensive health education and promotion programs for the Lincoln County Health and Human Services (HHS) Department, including the areas of General Wellness, Behavioral Health, Gambling Prevention, Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drug Prevention and/or Chronic Disease Prevention. Contributes to community health assessments and improvement plan processes, and ensures Health Promotion programs are informed by and aligned with these documents.
Essential Functions/Major Responsibilities
a) Provides health education consultation to HHS staff and management regarding programs, issues, policies and special projects.
b) Provides HHS representation to relevant public committees and other allied health committees.
c) Develops and evaluates goals, objectives, policies and procedures for health education and promotion programs as assigned. Ensures programs are aligned with community health assessments and improvement plans.
d) Coordinates and implements health education and promotion programs, as assigned, to community members and organizational partners.
e) Provides health information, including trends, data and research to a variety of community groups and organizations.
f) Participates in ongoing professional development and trainings. "Teaches back" skills and information learned to Health Promotions team, HHS staff and/or relevant community partners.
g) Convenes and collaborates with key community members and health issue champions including coalitions for the development and advancement of health promotion programs and policies.
h) Assists in the development and maintenance of informational resource materials in assigned topic areas. Develops, prepares, reviews and evaluates audio-visual and written health education materials. Ensures standards are met for readability, appropriateness, content and graphics.
i) Assists in development of yearly calendar for media campaigns. Develops press releases, public service announcements, and participates in local media events in accordance with the HHS communications policy.
j) Assists in the development of annual and long-range health promotion plans. Works as a team member in Health Promotions Unit.
k) Assists in monitoring and reporting on assigned health promotion grants for compliance and accountability. Ensures all assigned grant requirements are fulfilled.
l) Assists in the research and writing of potential health promotion grants and other funding sources that will address gaps identified in community health assessments.
SPECIFIC JOB SKILLS:
Knowledge of relevant health issues for assigned projects, including general wellness, alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, gambling prevention, behavioral health, chronic disease, sexual health and pregnancy prevention is required. Knowledge of community development and participatory processes is also required. Knowledge and the ability to employ principles, policies, practices and techniques of educational theories is essential as is the ability to work with diverse populations. Familiarity with the root causes and drivers of health disparities is necessary. Must possess and employ strong professional written and verbal communications skills with individuals and groups within and external to HHS. Computer skills, including proficiency in using the Microsoft Office Suite, email platforms and willingness to learn new software applications are required. The ability to organize multiple responsibilities, define priorities and employ time management is crucial.
A Bachelor's Degree in Health Education, Human Services, Community Development or Nursing with major course work in community health, or a related field is required. Must have a minimum of one-year experience. A Certified Prevention Specialist or Certified Health Education Specialist is preferred. Continuing education units may be required in accordance with certification. Bilingual and/or bicultural competencies for the Latino population is preferred. This position also requires an insurable driving record and a valid Oregon driver's license within 30 days of appointment. The employee is required to maintain current and active licensures and certifications, as applicable, and to provide the appropriate verifications at the time of renewals.
Operates from established and well-known procedures with opportunities to contribute to development of new concepts and procedures. Performs a wide variety of health education duties. Work is of considerable complexity. Decisions are made within policy constraints. Operates independently with minimal supervision. Supervisor checks work and monitors progress.
Job Conditions and Physical Demands
Lift, transport and set up audio-visual equipment. Lift and transport educational materials and set up facilities for workshops and seminar presentations. Work flexible schedule to enable delivery of educational programs to the public on evenings and weekends. Requires travel throughout the County, out of county and occasionally out of state.
The physical demands are typical of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Physical capability to handle high mobility demands and complex personal interactions.
a) Physical Ability: Tasks involve the ability to exert very moderate physical effort in light work, typically involving some combination of stooping, kneeling, crouching and crawling, and which may involve some lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials of moderate weight (12-20 pounds).
b) Sensory Requirements: Some tasks require visual perception and discrimination. Some tasks require oral communications ability. Some tasks require the ability to perceive and discriminate sounds.
c) Environmental Factors: Tasks are regularly performed without exposure to adverse environmental conditions, such as dirt, pollen, odors, wetness, humidity, rain, fumes, temperature and noise extremes, machinery, vibrations, electric currents, traffic hazards, animals/wildlife, toxic/poisonous agents, violence, disease, or pathogenic substances.
Lincoln County will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities to allow them to perform the essential functions of the job when such individuals request an accommodation.
Lincoln County offers a comprehensive benefit package including vacation, holiday, and sick leave as well as medical, dental, vision which is paid at 90% by the County and 10% by the employee. Other fully paid benefits include life, AD&D, long-term disability insurance. Other optional insurances are available. A 401K retirement plan is also provided. The County's current contribution rate is 11%. Regular and Trial Service employees working between 20 - 39 hours per week on a regular basis are eligible for pro-rated employee benefits.
$50,616.00 - $58,668.00 Annually
How to Apply
Lincoln County Health and Human Services
36 SW Nye St.
Newport, OR 97365