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Program Specialist II

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Texas Health & Human Services Commission Houston , TX 77020

Posted 2 months ago

Under the direction of the Community Health Services Manager, performs complex consultative services and technical assistance work. Work involves planning, developing and implementing the Title V maternal and child health population based services work plan in assigned counties.

Provides consultative services and technical assistance to program staff, community organizations, elected officials and the general public on the assessment of health disparities and public health systems, development of health improvement plans, program development, implementation and evaluation related to Maternal and Child Health. Provides technical assistance and training to community leaders and members on strengthening local public health systems and building local capacity for public health. Consults with communities and coalitions to conduct public health system assessments, assessments of health disparities, development of health improvement plans, program development, implementation and evaluation related to Maternal and Child Health.

Work includes assessing and reporting on progress of short and long-term goals, coordinating and evaluating program activities. Works under general supervision, with moderate latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.Essential Job Functions:

Attends work on a regular and predictable schedule in accordance with agency leave policy and performs other duties as assigned.(45%)Under the direction of the Community Health Services Manager, performs moderately complex community and coalition focused work as it relates to maternal and child health. Contributes to team activities and performs planning, developing, implementing and evaluating the regional Title V Maternal and Child Health Population Based Services work plan in Health Service Region 6/5S.

Current performance measures may include reducing the following rates: teen pregnancy, rate of death in children due to motor vehicle crashes, rate of feto-infant mortality, and rate of school-age obesity. Focuses on policy, systems, and environmental-based change. Coordinates and collaborates activities with staff of other regional programs, local health departments, public health centers and other partners in the community.

May be assigned a geographic area and/or focus on specific performance measure(s). Work includes assessing and timely reporting on progress of short and long-term goals, coordinating and evaluating program activities. (30%) Utilizes leadership, teambuilding, negotiation, and conflict resolution skills to establish local health planning/advisory councils or community partnerships. Establishes and maintains linkages with key stakeholders. Facilitates development of a plan to implement policy including goals, outcome measures and implementation steps.

Identify community assets and available resources. Assist communities with the creation of key values and shared vision using principles to facilitate development of community health improvement plan. Consults with communities and coalitions to conduct public health system assessment, assessment of health disparities, development of health improvement plans, and other goals to improve health. (15%) In partnership with county officials gathers, compiles, and analyzes Region 6/5S communities and counties health data.

Utilizes the data for strategic planning in reducing risk factors and health disparities. Participates in coordination of health survey administration, data collection compilation and analysis of data. Provides data in concise, readable format to manager, regional leadership, advisory boards of health, coalitions, organizations, school health advisory councils and health professionals with recommendations for strategic planning.

Facilitate community solutions to address issues related to public health (5%) Maintain professional competency in the areas of community development technologies, diseases, and regulations through trainings, conferences and membership in professional organizations. Sponsor/coordinate training programs, workshops, symposiums, and speakers to address specific workforce/community needs. Provide internship opportunities to students and others when appropriate to assist in the development of essential public health skills.

Actively participates in worksite workgroups such as employee betterment and wellness. (5%) Performs other duties as assigned, including special regional initiatives. Other duties as assigned may also include, but are not limited to, actively participating in training and/or serving in a supporting role to meet the agency's obligations for disaster response and/or recovery or Continuity of Operations (COOP) activation. Such participation may require an alternate shift pattern assignment and/or location. Safe operation of either a state owned vehicle or personal vehicle is required to conduct state business and an acceptable driving record must be maintained in accordance with DSHS policy OS-3901, Fleet Operations and Management, Procedures and standards developed by the Texas Department of Public SafetyKnowledge Skills Abilities:

Knowledge of local, state and federal laws related to public health.Knowledge of public health

Knowledge of statistical analysis processes

Knowledge of program planning and implementation.Knowledge of theories/processes for development of system and/or community health improvement plans.Knowledge of theories/processes for capacity building.Knowledge of maternal and child health.Knowledge of population and community based public health work.Knowledge of evidence based concepts. Skilled in conducting community health needs assessments.

Skilled in facilitation of groups. Skilled in utilizing statistical software and analyzing data

Skilled in educating/training groups and/or individuals.Skilled creating and reviewing public health materials.Skilled in program development and evaluation Ability to devise solutions to problems.Ability to develop and evaluate policies and procedures.Ability to prepare reports.Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.Ability to analyze and/or interpret basic health data/information and/or statistics.Ability to train others.Ability to relate to individuals of varying socioeconomic and cultural and ethnic backgrounds.Ability to work independently without close supervision.Ability to prioritize and plan assignments, perform multiple tasks, and meet deadlines.Ability to coordinate/support work related activities of a variety of individuals/groups and/or programs.Ability to use spreadsheet and word-processing computer programs.Ability to meet travel demands associated with the position.Registration or Licensure


Initial Selection Criteria:

Bachelor degree from a US accredited college or university or a foreign degree determined to be an acceptable equivalent. Masters degree in Public Health (required)Experience working with health coalitions or community groups. Additional Information:

Must provide own transportation and meet driving policy to include checking driving records. Requires daytime and occasional late afternoon travel to assigned rural counties to perform population based work or trainings.

Mileage reimbursed in accordance with state policy. Must meet agency immunization policy. Required to serve as essential personnel in disaster response activities within regional jurisdiction, to include alternate work hours. Req #392953MOS Code:

Military occupation(s) that relate to the initial selection criteria and registration or licensure requirements for this position may include, but not limited to: 11B,13F, YN, OSS, 0111, 0231, 04. All active duty military, reservists, guardsmen, and veterans are encouraged to apply if qualified to fill this position. For more information see the Texas State Auditor's Military Crosswalk at

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In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), HHS agencies will provide reasonable accommodation during the hiring and selection process for qualified individuals with a disability. If you need assistance completing the on-line application, contact the HHS Employee Service Center at 1-888-894-4747. If you are contacted for an interview and need accommodation to participate in the interview process, please notify the person scheduling the interview.

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Program Specialist II

Expired Job

Texas Health & Human Services Commission