Monthly Salary Range: $6,555.93 – $7,968.78


The Contra Costa Tobacco Prevention Project is part of the Community Wellness & Prevention Program (CW&PP) in the Public Health Division of Contra Costa Health Services. We are pioneers in efforts to reduce youth access to tobacco, eliminate tobacco influences in the community, and address secondhand smoke exposure where people live, work, and play in the county.


The Contra Costa Tobacco Prevention Project is currently recruiting for two temporary Senior Health Education Specialists to work on this project. The Senior Health Education Specialist will work as part of a cohesive team on policy-related functions, including campaigns to prevent tobacco use and facilitating compliance with existing tobacco policies. The project’s work is focused on reducing tobacco-related health disparities through 1) Reducing secondhand smoke exposure in outdoor areas and in multi-unit housing; 2) Addressing tobacco influences in the retail environment; 3) Eliminating tobacco sales to minors through tobacco retailer licensing; and 4) Promoting tobacco cessation services.


Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to the following:

·         Plans, conducts, and evaluates the health education and prevention aspects of the program and recommends policies to protect and promote public health

·         Coordinates and carries out specific phases of the program as assigned, including developing and conducting education and technical assistance efforts as needed for the advancement of knowledge and skills in tobacco prevention policy efforts with the Contra Costa Tobacco Prevention Coalition, youth and adult community groups, key voluntary agencies, and others as appropriate

·         Carries out specific policy intervention and evaluation activities under the state funded Scope of Work

·         Coordinates various civic groups, community agencies, businesses, schools, and concerned individuals to encourage interest and activity in the promotion of public and environmental health

·         Coordinates multiple program elements, including the implementation of the County’s Secondhand Smoke Protections Ordinance, Tobacco Retailer Licensing Ordinance, and other relevant tobacco laws, including working with law enforcement and other County departments

·         Develops and conducts engaging presentations on tobacco prevention issues to both community and professional organizations

·         Represents the project in a variety of settings in the community and with other agencies

·         Responds to requests for technical assistance from cities in the development and implementation of citywide tobacco control policies

·         Responds to complaints regarding non-compliance with existing laws and ordinances, such as the County’s Secondhand Smoke Protections Law and city tobacco related laws

·         Ensures that tobacco retailers are in compliance with local ordinances through conducting store assessments

·         Assists in data collection, needs assessments, planning and development of tobacco prevention strategies in the County

·         Develops quarterly newsletters and social media communication strategies for the Tobacco Prevention Project and Tobacco Prevention Coalition

·         Drafts policy memos, fact sheets, and issue briefs related to the Tobacco Prevention Project’s areas of expertise

·         Assists with grant management activities, including tracking grant deliverables and completion of required progress reports

·         Other duties as assigned


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Under this Position Include:


Knowledge Of:

·         Principles, theories, techniques, and practices of public and community health education including the social determinants of health, relationships of cultural patterns in human behavior, equity vs equality, and effective strategies for reducing health disparities

·         Public health and related functions of official and voluntary organizations on the federal, state, and local levels

·         The structure of government, public health procedures, and the methods and effectiveness of various mass communication media

·         Canva graphic design website, MailChimp, and Microsoft 365 and related systems

·         Microsoft Excel

Ability To:

·         Provide and promote relationship building with community stakeholders for both internal and external partners

·         Acknowledge and respect cultural and linguistic differences of the County’s diverse population

·         Speak fluently and convincingly to the public on all tobacco prevention issues

·         Apply theoretical knowledge to the process of education and motivation with individuals and groups

·         Arrange and conduct public meetings

·         Deal tactfully with employees, officials, community leaders, and the public

·         Direct the work of others

·         Compile, analyze, and display data

·         Write clear and concise reports

·         Maintains consistent and predictable attendance and sufficient level of punctuality to meet mandated requirements and deadlines

Minimum Qualifications:


License Required: Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator’s License. Out-of-state valid motor vehicle operator’s license will be accepted during the application process.


Education: Possession of a Master’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in Public Health, Health Services Administration, Social Work, Health Education, Education, Sports Medicine, Kinesiology, Nutrition, or a closely related field.


Experience: One year of full-time, or its equivalent experience, which included direct responsibility for performing health promotion, health prevention or community health education work.


Substitution for Education: A Bachelor’s degree and two years of full-time, or its equivalent, experience in a health services agency or program performing health promotion, health prevention or health education work may be substituted for the master’s degree. No substitution is permitted for a bachelor’s degree.


Positions which function as health educators pursuant to Section 1303 of Title 17 of the California Administrative Code must possess a Master’s degree in Public Health with specialization in health education obtained in a program of study approved by the American Public Health Association.


Additional Requirements: Must be willing to work flexible hours, including some evenings and weekends. Must possess a valid California driver’s license and a reliable, fully insured automobile. Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated ability to write clear and concise reports, keep detailed records, and work well both independently and as a team member required.  Knowledge of tobacco prevention preferred. Master’s degree in Public Health with specialization in health education from a program of study approved by the American Public Health Association is preferred. Experience in health-oriented policy efforts is also preferred.


Salary:  Starting salary will be commensurate with experience. The monthly salary range is $6,555.93 – $7,968.78 per month. This is a full-time position with a competitive benefits package.


For consideration, please submit your resume and cover to Isabelle Kirske at Isabelle.Kirske@cchealth.org




Contra Costa Health Services is committed to creating a diverse workforce at all levels of employment. Candidates from diverse communities are highly encouraged to apply. It is the policy of Contra Costa County to consider all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, ancestry, medical condition, genetic information, military, or veteran.





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