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Senior Public Health Educator*

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This is an invitation to join a strong team of dedicated public health professionals. The Orange County Health Department is looking for a self-starter willing to work smart and hard within a high-performing team. This dynamic, high energy position administers and coordinates the Healthy Homes Healthy Communities Program.
Plan, coordinate, organize implement and evaluate the Healthy Homes Program, focused on children with uncontrolled asthma in Orange County. Through home inspections, education and collaboration with key community partners, this position will work to improve health outcomes of those children and families living with Asthma.
This position will serve as the department's Community Liaison; by actively participating on coalitions and task forces to connect with key community partners and populations; along with assisting in all phases of public health education activities and outreach.
This position will serve as Deputy Public Information Officer to the department's Communication Manager and serve as the point person, managing the on/off boarding of student interns and volunteers.
Our mission is to enhance the quality of life, promote the health,
and preserve the environment for all people in Orange County.
Choose a career with Orange County, an award winning Health Department:
Stable work schedule
Tuition reimbursement program up to $1,900 per fiscal year
Annual Performance Award up to $1,000
Generous benefit plan including County Paid Health, Dental and Life Insurance for Employee, 11 paid Holidays, and Government Retirement Plan with supplemental retirement and a matching contribution up to $2,227 annually. To see more information about the benefits offered to employees Click here.
This is a safety sensitive position and participation in the Drug and Alcohol Program is required.
Examples of Duties:
A position may not include all the work examples given, nor does the list include all that may be assigned.
The Senior Public Health Educator will conduct home visits to assess, educate and provide resources to assist in remediation of housing-related health hazards (i.e. lead, pests, allergens and other asthma triggers, carbon monoxide, mold, radon, etc.)
Identify potential asthma triggers and health hazards in a home; provide resources to empower parents and caregivers to implement low-cost, reliable and practical methods to reduce health and safety hazards; documents structural hazards in ensuring remediation, as needed.
Compile findings for each family including environmental remediation tips and medical recommendations, as identified by an appropriately licensed professional.
Refer families to appropriate agencies for additional assistance.
Maintain all records/data; referrals, visit documentation, findings and follow-up will be documented in the Healthy Homes Database.
Manages program budget, including completing funding proposals, securing resources, materials management and grand administration.
Develops and delivers educational resources and workshops related to health promotion, disease and injury prevention. Plan and/or participate in community events. Coordinate community-based, issue-oriented groups. Publicize and market programs.
Builds and maintains effective working relationships with committee members and community organizations. Builds and promotes collaborative partnerships, identifies critical health needs, guides planning efforts to improve health, supports innovative health programs and advocates for health-promoting policies.
Provides technical assistance, advice and direction to community members and service providers on health and safety topics. Serves as an information resource.
Assure readiness and coordinates response(s) to public health events and emergencies.
Recruit, train, monitor and supervise volunteers, student interns and contractors. Promotes continued involvement through regular and ongoing contracts and activities.
Interacts and communicates with various groups and individuals such as committee members, community groups, County and State employees, elected officials, local media, businesses and organizations and the general public.
Prepares and disseminates media to the press, radio, television, social networks and online channels.
Supervision
Assignments are provided by defining objectives, priorities, and deadlines. Additional assistance is provided for unusual situations that do not have clear precedents. This classification typically does not supervise but may include responsibility for leading the work of those assisting with home visiting, such as; Environmental Health Specialist and Nurses. This position will provide on/off boarding management to contractors, volunteers and student interns as needed to carry out programs activities and goals.
Distinguishing Factors
This classification is distinguished from the Public Health Educator classification by the complexity of the work.
Typical Qualifications:
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities
Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of health education, health communication, adult learning and social, economic determinants of health, and/or age- and population-specific health and safety issues applicable to the position.
Knowledge of trends and innovations in the management and delivery of health education services, Asthma management and mitigation and smoking cessation; knowledge of theories, principles, methods, and techniques used in preparing and disseminating public health promotion information; preparing and implementing environmental and behavioral interventions and preparing and delivering behavior change interventions and supportive pharmacotherapy.
Skill in developing, implementing, and evaluating programs; facilitating meetings and training classes; detail oriented and accurate in preparing reports and correspondence; decision making and problem solving; gathering and analyzing complex data and developing short- and long-range plans.
Skill in public and interpersonal relations and ability to communicate and advocate effectively orally and in writing; ability to speak and present to groups; public speaking and media facilitation.
Ability to apply principles of equity, inclusion and diversity in practice, collaboration and service delivery.
Knowledge of available public and private funding sources for health services and available community resources; knowledge of government accounting and budgeting practices, grant application procedures and administration requirements.
Knowledge of relevant state and federal laws and regulations, County ordinances, and department policies and procedures.
Ability to operate standard office equipment such as a computer, calculator, scanner, copier, facsimile machine, and audiovisual equipment; must have excellent computer skills (i.e. Word, Excel, Data Processing and records management, Publishing, etc.) with the ability to design spreadsheets and materials.
Minimum Qualifications
Requires any combination of education and experience equivalent to a Bachelor's degree in Public Health, Health Education or related field and two years of experience in health education and/or health promotion.
Prefer Master's degree in Public Health, Public Health Administration and course work or experience in program planning/evaluation; learning and behavioral theory; community assessment; policy development; marketing and grant writing.
Bilingual applicants with fluency in Spanish are encouraged to apply.
May be required to obtain additional certification(s) as deemed necessary by supervisor.
Possession of or ability to readily obtain a valid driver's license issued by the State of North Carolina for the type of vehicle or equipment operated.
Supplemental Information:
Physical Activities
Must be able to physically perform the basic life operational support functions including: standing, walking, talking, repetitive motions of hands/wrists and feet, grasping, hearing, handing and reaching.
Examples of physical activities required in this position:
Sitting at a computer for many hours per day
Setting up displays or events--manipulating tables, chairs, display boards, and educational materials
Lifting, loading and transporting educational and training materials
Standing whiling presenting, exhibiting or training.
Filing papers
Walking to work station
Possible Hazards (chemicals, dangerous machinery, etc.)
Exposure to infectious disease or agent when responding to public health incidents
Adverse weather conditions when working outdoors
Unknown exposures and hazards when Home Visiting
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