Overview

Job Description:
Program Specialist II – Under the direction of the Community Health Improvement Manager, performs moderately complex (journey-level) public health education and promotion work on Covid-19. Performs duties that support identified population-based regional issues, increasing local capacity to carry out public health essential functions and create or enhance the public health presence in rural counties with limited or non-existent public health resources. Responsible for assessing community needs, resources and capacity; plan, implement, manage and evaluate health education and promotion interventions and campaigns; and serve as health education and promotion subject matter expert. Collaborate with internal and external stakeholders to offer a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary approach to health education and promotion to address community health Covid-19 gaps and needs. Works under general supervision, with limited latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. Member of the Incident Command Structure in response to public health emergencies such as Covid-19 Emergency Response. Must comply with HHS, DSHS, Texas Department of Public Safety applicable policies/procedures/standards.

Essential Job Functions:
Attends work on a regular and predictable schedule in accordance with agency leave policy and performs other duties as assigned.

(45%) Plans, develops and coordinates equitable population-centered evidenced-based interventions addressing identified Covid-19 priorities. Conducts assessment of communities by identifying existing resources that engage individuals and populations in health behaviors while examining quantitative and qualitative county-level, regional, state and national health, social and economic data to identify Covid-19 gaps and priorities. By identifying patterns and gaps in data and interventions, make recommendations for new health education programs and promotions. Collaborate with internal departments, organizations, community members and officials through workgroups, committees and special projects to determine and/or facilitate course of action for development, implementation, management, evaluation and sustainability of equitable population-centered services to meet identified health issues. Serves as health education and promotion subject matter expert through the provision and/or development of resources; training; consultation; and implementation, management and evaluation of strategic health education and promotion interventions and campaigns.

(30%) Prepares, delivers and/or coordinates presentations and trainings to community organizations and stakeholders to provide education on identified health issues. Identifies presentation and training needs; develops goals and objectives; develops evaluation plan; evaluates processes, techniques and impact; and propose recommendations for improvement. Maintains professional health education competency in the essential public health services, community collaboration and development, Covid-19, and associated population-based priorities and interventions through trainings, conferences, webinars, and membership in professional organizations.

(20%) Facilitates and/or participates in community organizations and coalitions in assigned communities. Provides support, direction, technical assistance, and training to local organizations/coalitions to ensure most current Covid-19 is provided to communities. Identifies and develops communication strategies and techniques for increased awareness of Covid-19 and sustainable interventions that may assist communities in reducing Covid-19 cases. Facilitate communications with multidisciplinary stakeholders to develop Covid-19 strategic plan identifying goals, objectives and evaluation of interventions. Serves as health education and promotion subject matter expert to community organizations and coalitions.

(5%) Other duties (include, but not limited to): Participates in regional assignments/duties/special initiatives. Being required to work other than normal business hours in order to respond to public health emergencies; actively participates and/or serves in a supporting role to meet the agency’s obligations for disaster response/recovery/Continuity of Operations (COOP) activation- requires completed of at least ICS 100, 200, 300, 400, 700 and 800 and may require an alternate shift pattern assignment and/or location. Maintains compliance with DSHS Policy, Fleet Operations and Management & Procedures and Standards, and a current valid Texas Driver’s License. Compliance with DSHS Immunization Policy required: serologic evidence of immunity to, or documented evidence of vaccination against measles, mumps, rubella, varicella (chickenpox), Tdap, and annual vaccination against influenza (and hepatitis B, if applicable).

Knowledge Skills Abilities:
KNOWLEDGE OF:
Principles and practices of effective public health practice and health equity; Community health needs assessment processes; Continuous quality improvement; Concepts of health education and promotion including planning, development, implementation, management and evaluation of programs/interventions/campaigns; Public health best practices and evidence-based interventions; Collective Impact model; and Texas laws and statues related to public health.

SKILLS IN:
Conducting community health needs assessments; Analyzing public health data; Planning, implementation, management and evaluation of public health education and promotion programs/interventions; Project management; Facilitating strategic planning and collaborations to achieve objectives; Development, delivery and/or coordination of health-related presentations and trainings; Oral and written communication that is culturally sensitive; and Use of office equipment, desktop/laptop computer equipment and software (such as Microsoft Suite applications, Internet Explorer, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Forms.

ABILITY TO:
Work independently and as part of a team; Gather, assemble, correlate and analyze data information from a variety of sources; Prepare programmatic reports; Devise solutions to problems; Complete required certifications (i.e., Community Health Worker, Child Passenger Safety Technician); Interpret policies and procedures; Establish and maintain effective communication and working relationships with employees, management, and general public; Prioritize work, plan assignments, and manage time effectively; Serve as health education and promotion subject matter expert by providing guidance to others; and Meet travel demands associated with the position, which includes driving long distance and overnight stays on a regular basis.

Registration or Licensure Requirements:
– Valid Class C Texas Driver’s License.
– Certified Community Health Worker preferred but not required.

Initial Selection Criteria:
– Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major course work in public health, community health, health education and promotion, or related field OR Certification as a Community Health Worker may be substituted for degree and one year experience in public health, community health, or a healthcare environment.
– Application indicates at least 1-year experience working with communities and/or organizations/coalitions
– Application indicates at least 1-year of experience in preparing and delivering presentations
– Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred but not required
 
Additional Information:
Requisition Number 515803

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of an application but may be provided as supplemental materials. All fields on the application must be filled-in completely. Applicants must provide information relevant to the required experience for this position in the job history sections of the application and must clearly state how applicant meets initial selection criteria in the summary of experience section of the application.

Must be able to travel up to 50% of time – including significant overnight travel.

Applicant will be required to complete a skills assessment exercise at the end of the oral interview.

Prior to beginning employment, employees/applicants who indicate they hold a degree from an institution of higher education must provide an original college transcript indicating they earned a degree from a U.S. college or university or foreign degree determined to be equivalent by an acceptable education evaluator.

In compliance with DSHS Immunization Policy, you must provide documented serologic evidence of immunity to, or documented evidence of vaccination against measles, mumps, rubella, varicella (chickenpox), Tdap, Hepatitis B, influenza and rabies.

Employee must provide transportation. If an employee operates a personal or state motor vehicle in performance of their official duties, the employee must possess a current valid Texas Driver License for the appropriate type vehicle.

HHS agencies use E-Verify. You must bring your I-9 documentation with you on your first day of work. I-9 Form – Click here to download the I-9 form.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), HHS agencies will provide reasonable accommodation during the hiring and selection process for qualified individuals with a disability. If you need assistance completing the on-line application, contact the HHS Employee Service Center at 1-888-894-4747. If you are contacted for an interview and need accommodation to participate in the interview process, please notify the person scheduling the interview.

MOS Code:
Note: Military occupation(s) that relate to the initial selection criteria and registration or licensure requirements for this position may include: 21-1091.00. For more information see the Texas State Auditor’s Military Crosswalk at http://www.hr.sao.state.tx.us/Compensation/JobDescriptions.aspx.
HHS agencies use E-Verify. You must bring your I-9 documentation with you on your first day of work.

I-9 Form

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), HHS agencies will provide reasonable accommodation during the hiring and selection process for qualified individuals with a disability. If you need assistance completing the on-line application, contact the HHS Employee Service Center at 1-888-894-4747. If you are contacted for an interview and need accommodation to participate in the interview process, please notify the person scheduling the interview.