Job: Community Program Specialist II - Family Health Services (Open & Promotional)

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Job Title:Community Program Specialist II - Family Health Services (Open & Promotional)
Closing Date/Time:Fri. 12/15/17 11:59 PM Pacific Time
Salary:$31.85 - $39.81 Hourly
$2,548.00 - $3,184.80 Biweekly
$5,520.67 - $6,900.40 Monthly
$66,248.00 - $82,804.80 Annually
Job Type:Regular
Location:San Mateo County, California
San Mateo County Health System's Family Health Services Division is seeking an experienced Community Program Specialist II to fill a Full-Time vacancy. Community Program Specialists, under general supervision, perform a variety of technical tasks and community development work related to the planning, implementation and coordination­ of community service delivery programs; make programmatic decisions, establish basic programmatic policies and coordinate functions with other program areas; and do related work as required.

The current vacancy is in the Nutrition Education Obesity Program (NEOP) program and is located in San Mateo.

The ideal candidate is an experienced Health Educator, and possess a Bachelor's degree in Health Education, Nutrition or Dietetics (highly preferred). The ideal candidate is experienced in: coordinating community events; providing health and nutrition technical assistance to organizations; developing and distributing nutritional and physical activity information to targeted communities; preparing multi-media presentation materials; planning nutrition education curriculum and keeping programs current; collaborating with community partners; training others to provide program curriculum; motivating and promoting behavior change in low income populations. Spanish fluency is preferred but not required. 


Community Program Specialist II is the fully experienced, journey level class in this series capable of independently performing the full range of duties in one or several specialized programs. Employees are normally given substantial latitude in determining approach, procedures, systems and methods in accomplishing the work goals. They make basic programmatic decisions that require the exercise of independent judgment and are responsible for coordinating functions or processes. This level is distinguished from Senior Community Program Specialist classification in that the latter assigns, directs and reviews the work of a small program staff or performs the most difficult, technical, complex program oversight responsibilities.
 Examples Of Duties:
Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

The primary responsibilities of the Community Program Specialists II are to:
  • Provide technical assistance and consultation on programs to subcontractors, related agencies, community groups and other interested organizations.
  • Provide technical assistance to school programs making improvements to the food and physical activity opportunities for children enrolled in their programs.
  • Collect and analyst data and prepare presentations for peers, the community and State education events.
  • Organize and coordinate workshops and community events to disseminate information and solicit input from the community.
  • Develop and distribute relevant nutrition information to targeted communities including writing and producing newsletters for teens and the Hispanic/Latino community.
  • Prepare reports, develop poster presentations, informational publications, including web media, and multi-media presentations including video clips.
  • Plan and maintain nutrition education curriculum and develop updated concepts to keep program current.
  • Collaborate with schools, school programs, and community partners to plan and implement Train the Trainer activities in these settings.
  • Train volunteers and students to provide program curriculum.
  • Assist in grant writing and program planning to obtain additional funds to implement effective community programs.
  • Analyze and utilize data to identify needs of underserved communities.
  • Conduct literature searches to update information provided to the public.
  • Create interactive educational programs to meet culture and linguistic needs of community.


Note: The level and scope of the knowledge and skills listed below are related to job duties as defined under Distinguishing Characteristics.
Knowledge of:
  • Principles, practices, and administrative requirements of the program to which assigned.
  • Contemporary social, political and economic trends and problems related to community services.
  • Principles of social planning and program development related to community services.
  • Specialized technical knowledge related to assigned program area.
  • Monitoring and evaluating systems for community services programs.
  • Formulation and function of community and volunteer organizations.
  • Current social and community needs.
  • Principles and practices in community development and services planning.
  • Methods applied to the collection and evaluation of statistical data.
  • Principles of community organization.
  • Applicable federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations and County and program policies and guidelines.
  • Computer applications related to the work.
  • Office administrative practices and procedures, including records management and the operation of standard office equipment. 
Skill/Ability to:
  • Make independent judgments and work independently.
  • Prepare concise reports and recommendations.
  • Communicate effectively in writing and orally.
  • Coordinate multiple facets of a program function.
  • Interpret rules, regulations and guidelines at all government levels.
  • Compile, analyze and interpret data using statistical and research techniques.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with members of other departments and diverse community groups.
  • Plan, organize, promote and coordinate diverse community program activities.
Education and Experience:
Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to qualify is:
Community Program Specialist II: Four years of experience in an organization providing social services which has included responsibility for community service program development such as planning, evaluating, monitoring or coordinating projects.

Open and Promotional:
Anyone may apply. Current San Mateo County and San Mateo County Superior Court employees with at least six months (1040 hours) of continuous service in a classified regular, probationary, SEIU or AFSCME represented extra-help/term position prior to the final filing date will receive five points added to their final passing score on this examination. 

The examination process will consist of an application screening (weight: pass/fail) based on the candidates' application and responses to the supplemental questions. Candidates who pass the application screening will be invited to a panel interview (weight: 100%).  Depending on the number of applicants, an application appraisal of education and experience may be used in place of other examinations or further evaluation of work experience may be conducted to group applicants by level of qualification. All applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through any subsequent phase of the examination.  All examinations will be given in San Mateo County, California and applicants must participate at their own expense. 

IMPORTANT: Applications for this position will only be accepted online. If you are currently on the County's website, you may click the "Apply Online" button above or below. If you are not on the County's website, please go to to apply. Online applications must be received by the Human Resources Department before midnight on the final filing date.

Deadline to Apply: 
December 15, 2017
Application Screening: December 20, 2017
Combined Civil Service/Departmental Interview: December 28, 2017
County of San Mateo is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Analyst: Carolyn Burns (120117) (Community Program Specialist I/II - G226/G227)

Keywords:  nutrition, education, obesity, dietetics, health education, community partners, collaboration

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