Public Health Communication Specialist I, II

Weld County Government Greeley , CO 80634

Posted 1 week ago

Description

The Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment in Greeley, CO, is searching for a Public Health Communication Specialist.

This position provides population-based health promotion and health education coordination and outreach. Position collaborates with the health promotion team on using evidence-based strategies to promote health and well-being.

This includes planning, developing, implementing, and facilitating community-based strategies. Must be self-directed, have excellent organizational and multi-tasking skills, and have strong group facilitation skills. Must demonstrate ability to speak effectively and professionally to a variety of audiences.

Position requires developed systems thinking, adult learning, and problem-solving skills, including knowledge of data analytics. Also, provides social media, communications, and other public health related support during emergencies.

Normal work hours are Monday

  • Friday, 8am

  • 5pm. However, work may be required outside of these days and/or hours.

Public Health Communication Specialist I - $55,834 - $59,274

Self-directed and has excellent organizational and time management skills. Promotes and expands strategies for either adults or youth or both; and community engagement with a variety of population groups.

Provides oversight of community board meetings and assists with problem solving. Collaborates with various partners and community groups to ensure the success of grant workplan deliverables; forms workgroups as needed to sustain activities and meet program goals. Selects program components (goals, objectives, strategies, interventions and activities) in a structured format to address health education and public health objectives using evidence-based strategies.

Conducts professional public speaking to various groups and audiences; identifies problems and develops solutions and takes a self-directed approach to solving the problems; develops and maintains an evaluation plan to ensure effectiveness of health education and public health problem solving; makes recommendations for future programming; completes program reports as required. Requires one (1) to three (3) years of professional work experience and a minimum of a bachelor's degree in a related field of health education.

Public Health Communication Specialist II - $60,121 - $63,817

Selects or develops advanced program components (goals, objectives, strategies, interventions and activities) in a structured format to address health education and public health objectives using evidence-based strategies. Initiatives supported include the Community Health Assessment (CHA), the Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP), and other reports.

Promotes and expands advanced strategies for either adults or youth or both; and community engagement with a variety of population groups.

Provides leadership of community board meetings and assists with advanced problem solving. Self-directed and has excellent organizational and time management skills. Collaborates with various partners and community groups to ensure the success of

grant workplan deliverables; forms and facilitates workgroups as needed to sustain activities and meet program goals. Conducts professional public speaking to various groups and audiences; identifies problems and develops advanced solutions and takes a self-directed approach to solving the problems; develops and maintains an advanced evaluation plan to ensure effectiveness of health education and public health problem solving; makes recommendations for future programming; manages and completes program reports as required. Requires three (3) or more years of professional work experience, including completion of a master's degree in a related field of health education or public health.

The ideal candidate for this position will have three (3) or more years work experience using population-based strategies to promote healthy eating and active living. The top candidate will have a passion for public health, while also understanding the unique challenges of community engagement and collective impact to promote health. In addition, this individual will be able to detail in their cover letter the evidence-based strategies they have used to address chronic disease prevention, including obesity.

A cover letter and resume must be included with any application. Applications without cover letters and resumes will not be considered. Please address the following in your cover letter:

1.Tell us why you want to work for Weld County

2.Describe your experience in using evidence-based strategies to improve population health, particularly around healthy eating and active living

OPEN UNTIL FILLED

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Any one position may not include all the duties listed nor do the listed examples include all duties which may be found in positions of this class; other duties may be assigned.

Self-directed and has excellent organizational and time management skills. Promotes and expands strategies for either adults or youth or both; and community engagement with a variety of population groups.

Provides oversight of community board meetings and assist with problem solving. Collaborates with various partners and community groups to ensure the success of the grant workplan deliverables; forms workgroups as needed to sustain activities and meet program goals.

Selects and/or develops program components (goals, objectives, strategies, interventions and activities) in a structured format to address health education and public health objectives using evidence-based strategies.

Conducts professional public speaking to various groups and audiences; identifies problems and develops solutions and takes a self-directed approach to solving the problems; develops and maintains an evaluation plan to ensure effectiveness of health education and public health problem solving; makes recommendations for future programming; completes program reports as required.

Monitors budget expenditures for the program, issues purchase orders and requests for program supplies and expenses. Identifies and accesses funding for programs by assisting in the preparation of grant proposals.

Performs as a member of the health promotion team to diagnose and track community health issues and helps to solve them through the selection and use of sound population-based strategies.

Collaborates with other health agencies and organizations, community members, and key leaders to coordinate provision of health education and public health services through coalitions and partnerships that maximize resources and minimize duplication of services.

Responds promptly to schools, community groups, elected officials, and members of the public, providing health promotion and health education information and resources.

Complete assigned work and duties in a timely and professional manner.

Efficiently use County resources and work to implement changes that increase efficiencies within the department.

Understand and work to ensure that County, department and division mission statements, visions, goals are met.

Use exceptional customer service skills to respond to community needs, enhance public relations, coordinate activities, and represent the Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment in order to promote and maintain a positive public health image and foster pride and professionalism in the workplace and community.

Maintain current licenses and certifications. Update program information and protocol by attending continuing education courses related to program responsibilities.

Keep up-to-date technically and apply new knowledge to the job. Complete position-specific training for public health emergency response activities. Acquire and retain knowledge of policies, procedures, and various local, State and Federal regulations related to various Health Department programs.

Have a strong working knowledge of computer programs used on a daily basis such as electronic health records, program specific software applications, Microsoft Windows, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, Visio and OneDrive, database user interface and query software (client databases), and web browser software.

Maintain sensitive and confidential records information. Follow the Weld County Code of Conduct and adhere to strict confidentiality guidelines, including HIPAA, and the appropriate non-disclosure and/or release of information.

Qualifications

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education:

Public Health Communication Specialist I -

Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in health education, communication, or closely related field.

Required Experience:

A minimum of one-year of work-related experience or training in health education or public health is required. A combination of education and appropriate health education or public health experience may be considered.

A Master's degree from an accredited college or university may be substituted for experience.

Public Health Communication Specialist II -

Education:

Master's degree in a related field of health education or public health.

Required Experience:

Three (3) or more years of professional work experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Valid Colorado driver's license and use of personal, insured vehicle is required to perform job duties. Dependable transportation and auto insurance, maintained at all times, as required by State law, is required.

Knowledge of the principles, practices, methods related to health education and health promotion, including evaluation methods, marketing, and media communications in a public health government setting.

Knowledge of public health systems and systems thinking; and how systems thinking functions within public health and the broader community.

Knowledge of problem solving and change management within public health.

Knowledge about the application of policies, laws, and regulations pertaining to population-based health issues, which may include drug use prevention, tobacco, food and food systems, traffic safety, injury prevention, obesity prevention, etc.

Knowledge of adult learning principles and practices.

Skilled in applying diversity, inclusion, and health equity into outreach and programming efforts.

Skilled in meeting facilitation and coalition building with diverse groups.

Skilled in the principles and practices of grant/budget management and administration.

Skilled in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with County employees, representatives of other agencies, organizations, and the community.

Skilled in using Microsoft Office tools, including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, and social media.

Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; ability to read and analyze professional journals and government regulations.

Ability to identify complex problems and review related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Ability to work well in a team environment and with a diverse group of people; establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, professionals, other departments, agencies, and the public; and bring others together to reconcile differences.

Ability to write correspondence and reports to funding agencies, community leaders, health professionals, etc. Ability to speak effectively before professional and community groups.

Ability to adapt to a fast-paced, high-volume and ever-changing work environment and to handle high-stress situations.

Ability to determine how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

Ability to work directly with municipal governments, local schools, and community groups to implement evidence-based prevention strategies.

Ability to read and interpret published research on health promotion and public health, as well as individual health topics.

Ability to use a calculator and track budget expenditures. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to display and interpret data.

Other Necessary Requirements

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

The physical demands described here are representative 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.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, talk, and hear. The employee frequently is required to walk or sit for long periods of time; use hands and fingers to handle or feel objects, tools, controls, or equipment; and reach with hands and arms.

Specific vision abilities required by this job include visual acuity according to Colorado driver's license requirements, including close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus such as that utilized when using a computer or reading. The employee is occasionally required to sit, stoop, kneel, and crouch; ride or drive in vehicles for long periods of time on all types of maintained and unmaintained roads. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift or move 50 lbs.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee may encounter while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works in outside weather conditions. The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts and is occasionally exposed to toxic or caustic chemicals, wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles.

This position may involve driving for extended distances and periods of time throughout Weld County in all weather conditions typical in Colorado throughout the year.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.



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Public Health Communication Specialist I, II

Weld County Government