Under general supervision of Department Director and under direct supervision of the Director of Health Promotion, performs complex public contact work designing and conducting community health education program. Is responsible for the development and implementation of prevention-oriented public health education program utilizing evidence-based approaches to tobacco prevention education and cessation, intentional and unintentional injury prevention, lifestyle management, sexual health and healthy relationships, chronic disease prevention and environmental health education programs under the guidelines set forth by the annual contract with the Utah Department of Health and Environmental Quality as well as the Utah Health Code and local rules and regulations of the Department.
(Any one position may not include all of the duties listed, nor do the listed examples include all duties which may be found in positions of this class.)
Will perform the following essential functions: Assess local health education needs in cooperation with community groups using valid public health data collection methods; documents and evaluates results and presents findings to key stakeholders; develops comprehensive local health education plans based upon identified needs. Develops, conducts and evaluates the effectiveness of health education/health promotion programs. Coordinates local, state, and national campaign promotions for Weber and Morgan County residents by implementing awareness campaigns, media relations and various marketing methods. Acts as a resource person by providing information to community-based programs for targeted audiences. Responds to public health emergencies as required by department or division administration. Policy development and/or implementation focused on population-based behavior change theory. Disseminates general health education information for the County Health Department; consults with, and educates, the divisions and/or assists in bringing together comprehensive prevention services throughout the county by assisting in consultation services and networking with other agencies or groups. Establishes and maintains working relationships with schools, hospitals, physicians, public officials, community groups and volunteer agencies which have interest in health promotion topics. Develops and prepares required reports and documents. Coordinates a health promotion team to develop plans and strategies to address program objectives; responsible for coordinating objectives with health promotion supervisor under the direction of the health promotion director.
Education: Graduation from a college or university with a Bachelor's Degree in Public Health Education, Community Health Education, Public Health, Lifestyle Management or a closely related field,
Experience: Three years of directly related work experience and/or demonstrated knowledge, skill, ability and proficiency in the program needed at the time of hire.
Certification: Certification as a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing.
A Master's Degree in Health Education, Public Health, Public Administration or a closely related field.
Knowledge: Considerable knowledge of the psychological and physiological effects of tobacco, alcohol and illicit drugs; Considerable knowledge and understanding of public health methods and procedures; Considerable knowledge of health education methods and preventative health practices; Considerable knowledge and understanding of public health behavior change theory; considerable knowledge of community analysis and survey techniques, needs assessment, and principles of community organization; considerable knowledge of educational tools and use of the media for information dissemination; considerable knowledge of state and local political processes; considerable knowledge of materials, aids, literature, and services available in the field of community health.
Skills: Skilled in delivering presentations to individuals and groups; considerable skill in communicating verbally and in writing; basic computer and word processing skills.
Abilities: Ability to develop curriculum, lesson plans, skill building activities, audio-visual materials and other motivational and educational materials; Ability to assess community and personal health needs and plan and implement effective public health programs; ability to work with antagonistic or even hostile people; ability to communicate effectively and professionally verbally and in writing; ability to adapt presentations and materials to meet the needs of culturally diverse populations; ability to establish good working relationships with federal, state and local agencies, employers, property owners, hospitals, health care providers, human service providers, and other local health departments, Utah Department of Health, local school districts, business and civic leaders, elected officials and the general public.
YOUR SPECIAL QUALIFICATIONS
Must be a non-smoker and non-tobacco user. Must be able to carry audio-visual equipment and educational materials. Must have a valid Utah Driver’s license and a good driving record. Must be available for periodic evening and weekend presentations and activities and occasional overnight travel. Work environment will consist of office, schools, stores, health fairs, public meeting places, etc.
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 frequently required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move more than 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is the clinic is moderately noisy.
***IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING THE POSITION
When recruiting, this description may be used to hire Health Educator positions with different areas of expertise. May also underfill to a Community Health Educator I.
Weber County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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