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Community Health Educator: Eau Claire City-County Health Department

Community Health Educator

Salary:  $44,998.51 - $56,247.98 Annually
Location:  Eau Claire, WI 
Job Type: Full-Time
Department: Health Department
Job Number: 2016-00111
Closing: 10/9/2016 11:59 PM Central
Job Description:
The Eau Claire City-County Health Department has an exciting opportunity for an innovative, community-focused health education professional. With a wide variety of programs and a collaborative dynamic agency, every employee plays a critical role in promoting and protecting the health and safety of the people in our community.  Find us on Facebook at:   
As a Health Educator you can expect to:
  • Apply health education expertise to department messaging, mass media and health promotion efforts.
  • Analyze public health data and communicate priority public health issues
  • Support grant writing and implementation.
  • Collaborate to support special population health needs.
  • Support other professionals in the agency with effective and efficient health education and health promotion materials.
  • Participate in improving agency performance, processes, programs and interventions through continuous quality improvement.
  • Participate in the department's community health assessment and health improvement planning processes by supporting data gathering, analysis and document development.
  • Perform other duties needed by your community.
 Your minimum qualifications must include:
  • A Bachelor's Degree in Health Education, Public Health or a closely related field with experience in community health. Master's Degree and CHEs certification preferred.
  • Knowledge of the principles of health education and best practice strategies for population health at an individual, community and systems level.
  • Knowledge of grant writing and grant management processes and practices.
  • Skill in oral and written communication with emphasis on communicating at levels of understanding appropriate to different audiences.
  • Knowledge of group facilitation, community organizing and collaborative leadership techniques.
  • A passion about both public service and a work-life balance.
  • Extraordinary people skills with a great attitude.
An enthusiastic and talented candidate can expect to take on program leadership roles and even be considered for career progression!
Full Position Description can be found below.
Eau Claire City-County Health Department is an equal opportunity employer functioning under an affirmative action plan.
General Function:
Under the general direction of the Health Education Supervisor, plans, implements and evaluates health education programs and resources for public health staff and the community around public health priorities. Improves individual and population health through assessment, community health planning, capacity building and program/policy implementation. Provides consultation and leadership in developing community-wide prevention programs.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities Include:
(Parentheses indicate a related Public Health Core Competencies
1. Provides effective, efficient, and appropriate public health communication with a variety of audiences
  • 1a.        Applies appropriate learning theories and culturally sensitive practices when working with individual clients and/or groups.
  • 1b.       Participates in grant writing efforts to support existing and new health education efforts that align with agency and community health priorities.
  • 1c.        Participates in the department's community health assessment and health improvement planning processes by supporting data gathering, analysis, and document development.
  • 1d.       Applies health education expertise to health department public messaging, mass media, and social media efforts including but not limited to website, Facebook, and Twitter.
2.  Supports collaboration to address local health priorities
  • 2a.        Analyzes public health education needs in the community and collaboratively designs, implements, and evaluates educational programs to impact on these needs at the individual and community level.
  • 2b.       Participates in community-based participatory research efforts to build evidence for community health education. 
  • 2c.        Participates in Eau Claire Healthy Communities Council as health department health educator in order to support assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation related to health promotion/education.
  • 2d.       Represents the health department by participating on community boards and inter-agency committees and collaborative task forces in order to coordinate services and avoid duplication of effort.
  • 2e.        May be assigned health –related projects in other Department divisions.
3. Provides health education support to agency-wide systems change efforts
  • 3a.        Supports quality improvement and performance management efforts in the health department (2A10)
  • 3b.       Serves as a health education resource for community educational initiatives carried out by department staff.
  • 3c.        Supports health department strategic plan and aligns health education efforts to strategic priorities.
4. Other Duties as Assigned
  • 4a.    Meets all HIPAA privacy standards for maintaining confidentiality of clients or other privileged information.
  • 4b.    Uses individual, team and organizational learning opportunities for personal and professional development (8A5).
  • 4c.     Arranges work area to reduce physical stress and increase productivity and efficiency, uses good judgment to act in a manner that is safe for themselves and their coworkers, and follows any Department safety procedures.
  • 4d.     May serve in assigned Incident Command System role during public health emergencies.
  • 4e.     May be assigned to complete objectives/deliverables for specific grants or projects.
  • 4f.    Perform other related duties as required.
Essential Knowledge and Abilities:
  1. Knowledge of the principles of health education, especially of adult learning theory.
  2. Knowledge of group facilitation, community organizing and collaborative leadership techniques.
  3. Knowledge of available educational resources, best practices, and research-based strategies for population health at an individual, community and systems level.
  4. Knowledge of grant writing and management processes and practices.
  5. Skill in oral and written communication with emphasis on communicating at levels of understanding appropriate to different audiences.
  6. Skill with conflict resolution and effective listening in individual and group settings.
  7. Skill in creating messages and presenting information to public health personnel, consumers, and collaborative groups.
  8. Skill in social media content development, use, and evaluation.
  9. Ability to facilitate a variety of groups.
  10. Ability to collect and organize information for program planning, implementation, and evaluation.
  11. Ability to work collaboratively with local agencies, organizations, and health care providers to share public health principles.
  12. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with public health officials, professional and lay groups, and the general public.
  13. Ability to use independent judgment, initiative and discretion in performing the duties without direct, immediate supervision.
  14. Ability to establish priorities and maintain current knowledge over a broad range of subject matters.
  15. Ability to professionally handle confidential information and sensitively work with diverse populations and organizations.
Training and Experience Required:
Baccalaureate degree in health education or related field with emphasis on health education and two years relevant work experience preferred;
or a Master's degree in health education or in a related field with emphasis on health education and at least one year work experience.
Health education experience in a non-institutional setting is preferred.
The training and experience requirements listed above are intended to represent the minimum levels required to perform the duties and responsibilities contained in this position description.  They should not be viewed as expressing absolute employment or promotional standards, but as general guidelines that should be considered along with other position-related selection or promotional criteria.
Physical Requirements:
While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to feel, finger or handle objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms.  Duties require sufficient mobility to work in normal office setting and community environments; use of standard office equipment including a computer and selected software; vision to read printed materials, and to view a computer screen; hearing and speech sufficient to communicate in person or over the telephone.  Ability to operate a motor vehicle.  Ability to lift and carry up to 25 lbs.
Reasonable accommodations will be made for otherwise qualified applicants unable to fulfill one or more of these requirements.
Working Conditions:
Over 90% of time is spent inside, while 10% of the time is spent working outside.  Working in very low or very high temperatures only occurs in unusual situations.  The risk of physical attack or injury and working in adverse atmospheric conditions (fumes, noxious odors, dust, poor ventilation, exposure to contagious diseases) is present only in unusual situations.
Other Requirements:
Requires travel throughout the County of Eau Claire and State of Wisconsin in all types of weather conditions
Possession of a valid state issued identification or driver's license
Reliable transportation and current insurance
Consequences of Errors:
Work requires significant accuracy and responsibility.  Daily decisions are made that have potential loss of time and money for business owners, property owners, contractors, and the Health Department. Document and staff management errors have the potential to cause harm to the health and well-being of department clients and the general public. 
The Eau Claire City-County Health Department is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Health Department will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages prospective employees and employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.

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