Overview

Job Description:
Program Specialist III –
Under the direction of the Community Health Improvement Project Manager, performs complex duties that support regional COVID-19 activities, specifically mental and behavioral health. Coordinate regional efforts to increase local communities’ capacity to address targeted public health issues. In coordination with community stakeholders, assists staff in development and implementation of public health solutions. Makes recommendations for improvements in program policy based on input from stakeholder groups. Provides consultative and technical services to elected officials, health and governmental agencies, schools, community organizations, local law enforcement agencies, and healthcare providers. Develops programmatic work plans including outcome-based strategies that are adjustable for community implementation. Coordinates administrative duties for the regional program team. Works under general supervision, with moderate latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgement. Member of the Incident Command Structure in response to public health emergencies. 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.

(40%) Serves as Team Leader or Lead Specialist for the Community Health Improvement Public Health Workforce staff including but is not limited to, training of staff, conducting meetings, and observation of staff adherence to agency policy and procedures. Provides data toward the performance evaluation of team members, make work assignments, prioritize workloads, coordinate the development of job descriptions and may make recommendations for reward and disciplinary actions. Responsible for compiling, analyzing and reporting data designed to facilitate management decisions. Develops activities and program milestones to meeting identified program objectives. Develops, tracks, and monitors staff productivity and quality. Completes monthly reports, charts, graphs, and management reports upon request. Monitors program production reports and make recommendations accordingly.

(40%) Leads regional mental and behavioral health activities, including the development of work plans containing outcomes to reduce health risks, identify targeted communities based on data for community assessments, and monitors progress toward reach population-based objectives. In partnership with other staff and county partners (including elected officials), gathers, complies, and analyzes Region 2/3 counties’ population-based health data. Plans, develops and coordinates activities related to PHR 2/3’s identified population-based priorities. 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 campaign. Facilitates staff and local partners to develop community solutions to address identified mental and behavioral health issues.

(15%) Serves as a resource in mental and behavioral health public health issues to local communities. Participates on committees and coalitions to promote program activities and services within the community. Attends local community meetings, public hearings, School Health Advisory meetings and other relevant events that would benefit the communities. Prepares and delivers presentations to community organizations and stakeholders to provide education on identified mental and behavioral health issues/gaps in services. Sponsors and coordinates population-based training programs, workshops, symposiums, and speakers in identified communities to address specific health needs. Maintains professional competency in the areas of community development and public health risks through trainings, conferences and membership in professional organizations.

(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; 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/or health related field.
– Application indicates at least 1-year of documented experience working with communities and/or organizations.
– Community Health Worker certification preferred but not required
– Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred but not required

Additional Information:
Requisition Number 515410

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 40% 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: There may be no military occupation(s) that relate to the initial selection criteria and registration or licensure requirements for this position. All active-duty military, reservists, guardsmen, and veterans are encouraged to apply if qualified to fill this position. 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.