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Public Health Educator

Posted: 06/09/2022

Job Title:          Tobacco Prevention and Control Coordinator
Division:           Health Education                                             
Salary Level:    Health Educator I
FLSA Status:     Non-exempt

Reports to:  Director of Health Education
Approved Date:  2022

Summary:  Under direct supervision, plans, implements and evaluates a variety of health education programs; collaborates with a variety of community health agencies and organizations; supports policy systems and environment changes that promote individual and population health and wellness for diverse populations.
Duties and Responsibilities:
  1. Assist in leading and facilitating the Southern IL Tobacco Prevention Partnership coalition.
  2. Develop and maintain strong collaborative partnerships with sub-grantees, partners and key stakeholders in the tobacco control coalition.
  3. Coordinate and facilitate resources for coalition meetings (e.g. logistical assistance, training ops, health communication resources, etc).
  4. Assure coalition has opportunities to develop/enhance experience in effective tobacco control interventions through workshops, conference calls and evaluative activities.
  5. Coordinate training and technical assistance to the coalition, sub-grantees and partners.
  6. Communicate program goals and successes to professionals, decision makers, community leaders, contractors, and the media.
  7. Oversee details of each phase of the IL Tobacco Free Communities grant work plan implementation, and sub-grantee deliverables and reports.
  8. Ensure Smoke-Free Illinois Act Enforcement Plan is carried out in each partnering jurisdiction.
  9. Ensure use of accurate local and state data related to tobacco control issues.
  10. Mobilize community organizations to develop and implement community interventions and system and organizational level changes.
  11. Assist in planning and implementation of health education activities focused on a variety of topics (i.e. worksite wellness, cardiovascular disease prevention chronic disease prevention, school health, tobacco, etc.).
  12. Gather information regarding community needs and conducts programs designed to promote healthy behaviors; speaks before various community groups; prepares workshops and workshop materials
  13. Work with business owners and work sites to assess current wellness policies and to develop and implement new policies.
  14. Work with a variety of community groups in developing and improving their programs to promote healthy behaviors.
  15. Identify process/program deficiencies and recommend means for improvement
  16. Assist in writing reports and designing written materials with assistance and input from others. 
  17. Participate in the dissemination of health education materials; assists in evaluating the effectiveness of various health education methods and techniques; carries out studies and surveys to develop new or improve existing health education programming.
  18. Collaborate with local health committees regarding the development of community public health programs.
  19. Conduct training programs and activities designed to improve the health of the community
  20. Establish and further develop cooperative working relationships with community members, professionals, individuals, coalitions and various community health agencies and organizations.
  21. Assess health, social and education needs, and to formulate plans to meet those needs.
  22. Provide educational instruction to clients pertaining to health, social and educational issues.
  23. Incorporate ethical standards of practice into all interactions, including the use of data and information
  24. Adhere to HIPAA privacy regulations and OSHA safety standards pertaining to exposure to toxic substances or other hazards.
  25. Interact with diverse populations effectively and professionally, regardless of age, cultural, socioeconomic, educational, racial or ethnic background, sexual orientation, lifestyle and physical ability. And respect the cultural, language and religious practices of others.
  26. Assume responsibility for own professional growth and development by pursuing education, participating in professional committees and work groups and contributing to a work environment where continual improvements in practice are pursued
  27. Perform other duties as assigned.
            Education and Experience - Requires a Bachelor’s degree in health education, community health, public administration, business administration, behavioral or social sciences, physical or biological sciences with one year of experience working closely with coalition groups focusing on policy development and implementation.  
Technical  –
  • Requires competency in computer skills. Experience in data entry, word processing, and basic spreadsheet use is preferred.  
  • Competency maneuvering internet and social media platforms preferred.
  • Operate LCD equipment for presentations.
  • Requires travel by automobile on a regular basis. Valid driver’s license, proof of minimum insurance required.
  Physical - Must be able to move or carry up to 25 lbs.
Skills and Characteristics:
  • Ability to use correct grammar and maintain good written communication skills. Ability to present ideas clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  •    Ability to speak in public and develop informative data which educates general public on environmental health issues. Meeting facilitation skills and ability to plan and coordinate exercises.
  • Aptitude for communicating in a manner as to influence behavior and provide educational instruction to others pertaining to health, social and educational issues.
  • Possess strong organization skills and close attention to detail. Must be able to manage multiple programs and establish priorities.
  • Knowledge of the psychological and sociological concepts governing individual and group behavior.
  • Demonstrated ability to present and conduct self professionally; a commitment to confidentiality; and a willingness to work as part of a team. Sound judgment, independent decision making, problem-solving and critical thinking skills are also a must. 
  • Flexibility, strong interpersonal skills establish and further develop cooperative working relationships with community, governmental, subcontract agencies and other groups and work well with all levels of internal staff and external partners
Work Environment:
  •  Frequent interruptions and distraction with multiple concurrent tasks 
  •  Position may require evening or weekend work for special program events.
Specialized Training Requirements (post-hire):
  • Incident Command IS 100 and IS 700, minimally
  • Misc. trainings required under employment law
The above description is intended to designate the general nature and level of work performed by employees assigned to this position. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive list of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications. Jackson County Health Department reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities to meet business and organizational needs as necessary. Physical demands and work environment characteristics described herein are representative of those that will be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions.