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PUBLIC HEALTH EDUCATION SPECIALIST (TOBACCO HEALTH EDUCATION) - 40007988

Date: Jan 13, 2021

Location: Durham, NC, US, 27701

Company: Durham County

Durham County Government employs approximately 1,900 employees that work towards providing needed services throughout the community. With a wide array of services, Durham County Government is at the heart of a rapidly growing and diverse area offering residents, employees and visitors exciting opportunities to live, work, grow and play. For more information about Durham County Government, visit www.dconc.gov.

 

DEPARTMENT:       

Public Health Services

DATE POSTED:            

January 13, 2021

CLOSING DATE:           

January 31, 2021

SALARY MIN:  

$46,395.00

SALARY MAX:

$83,511.00

POSITION NUMBER:            

40007988

JOB TYPE:

Full-Time

 

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

 

This is advanced professional level work which incorporates all aspects of health education, including community assessment; program planning, implementation, and evaluation; and provision of technical assistance to other organizations. Position is responsible for ensuring that health education activities are documented and reported appropriately and are communicated through the agency management structure. Position may be involved in the grant writing for the area of responsibility.

 

Some early morning, evening and weekend work required. 

 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

 

  • Coordinates all activities related to the Durham County Board of Health smoking Rule (community education, media campaigns, evaluation, patrolling for compliance, enforcement and tracking).
  • Advances strategies to prevent the initiation of tobacco use; eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke; help tobacco-users who want to quit; and identify and eliminate tobacco-related health disparities among health populations.
  • Engages community leaders, stakeholders and residents to address the impact of tobacco use, including chronic conditions with risk factors related to smoking and/or substance use.  This may include the use of inhalants and other products frequently consumed by the public.
  • Identifies gaps, monitors trends and identifies sources of reliable and accurate program data.   
  • Utilizes the principles and practices of public health education in the provision of tobacco use prevention and cessation related services and information.
  • Works as part of a team to promote, organize and collaborate with community members and groups interested in tobacco use prevention and control.
  • Fosters partnerships between health-related organizations, health care providers and neighborhood residents to develop health advocacy and outreach activities. 
  • Shares health information and connects neighborhood residents with health service providers/agencies.
  • Addresses disparities in tobacco use within the Durham community, with a special focus on priority audiences, including young adults; low income and low education adults; adults with mental health and substance use disorders; pregnant women and young families; African Americans; and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities. 
  • Plans, organizes and conducts comprehensive health education services in the area of assignment.
  • Organizes community groups to identify and address relevant health problems.
  • Facilitates program related classes, presentations, support groups; convenes groups as needed.
  • Represents the agency on various task forces, committees etc.
  • Plans and conducts programs designed to promote and stimulate community awareness of and interest in public health issues and their involvement in health education activities.
  • Researches and writes grants in the area of assignment to maximize the program’s ability to provide needed services to the community.
  • Applies basic evaluation skills to measure effectiveness of health education initiatives and methodologies within the area of assignment using surveys and various techniques such as administering pre/post-tests.
  • Interprets data in a limited programmatic area.
  • Provides consultation and technical assistance to enhance program effectiveness.

 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

 

  • Considerable knowledge of theories, principles and practices of public health education. 
  • Experience working with tobacco prevention and control and environmental/policy change is a must. 
  • Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with individuals, groups and communities. 
  • Requires strong oral and written communication skills, cross cultural expertise, and ability to work independently and in a team environment. 

 

MINIMUM EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

 

Graduation from a four-year college or university with a major in public health or health education and one (1) year of experience in public health education or a related field; graduation from a four-year college or university and two (2) years of experience in public health education; or an equivalent combination of education and experience

 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

 

  • Master’s degree in health education or related field preferred. 
  • Candidates bilingual in Spanish will be strongly considered.

 

Durham County Government is an Equal Opportunity Employer


Nearest Major Market: Durham
Nearest Secondary Market: Raleigh