Job: Public Health Educator (Open & Promotional)

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Job Title:Public Health Educator (Open & Promotional)
Closing Date/Time:Wed. 09/06/17 11:59 PM Pacific Time
Salary:$36.43 - $45.55 Hourly
$2,914.40 - $3,644.00 Biweekly
$6,314.53 - $7,895.33 Monthly
Job Type:Full-Time
Location:San Mateo County, California
The County of San Mateo Health System's Community Health Promotion Unit is seeking an experienced Public Health Educator to work as part of a diverse team that includes staff with expertise in health education, community capacity building, and policy development and advocacy. This position will serve as a lead staff member on health promotion initiatives on tobacco, nutrition, physical activity, alcohol and other drugs, health equity and educational attainment initiatives.

The Public Health Educator's primary responsibilities are to plan, organize, administer, conduct and evaluate health education and health promotion programs; create and lead needed health promotion strategies or programs in cooperation with other divisions of the Health System, community groups and other community organizations; and supervise a variety of professional, clerical and paraprofessional employees involved in community health education services and special programs.
The ideal candidate will be experienced in overseeing and administering health promotion programs; proficient in gathering and analyzing data and providing recommendations; well versed in representing a health organization; effective in conducting presentations to community agencies and members;  and have working knowledge of the social determinants of health and health inequities that impact chronic diseases. Experience in conducting alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention and promotion of nutrition, physical activity and educational attainment preferred.
The County of San Mateo Health System's Behavioral Health and Recovery Services mission is to build opportunities for people with or at risk of alcohol and drug addiction and mental health challenges to achieve wellness and/or recovery through partnership, innovation, and excellence. The Community Health Promotion Unit (CHPU) empowers communities to advance health equity and promote public health in the County of San Mateo. The focus of the unit is on the risk factors that contribute to the leading causes of death in the County of San Mateo: tobacco use, poor nutrition, lack of physical activity, and substance abuse. CHPU focuses on primary prevention efforts that utilize the Spectrum of Prevention and the Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative (BARHII) health inequity framework in building community capacity to address chronic diseases.

NOTE: The eligible list generated from this recruitment may be used to fill future extra-help, term, unclassified, and regular classified vacancies.

Education:  Possession of a Master's degree in Public Health with an emphasis in public or community health education as required by Title 17 of the California Administrative Code.

Knowledge of:  Principles and methods of health promotion and health education; practices and procedures of community organization and collaboration; knowledge of health literacy and effective framing of health promotion messages; principles, theories, standards, practices, strategies and procedures involved in enhancing learning and achievement; statistical, survey and data analysis methods utilized in needs assessments and program evaluation; dynamics of underserved communities and populations; socio-economic aspects and community-level determinants of health; and publicity and media practices related to dissemination of program results and findings, and development of health promotion campaigns.

Skill/Ability to:  Plan, organize and lead health promotion programs and initiatives; maintain technical and professional knowledge to effectively serve as a technical resource to the community; plan, organize, coordinate and implement state compliance programs; obtain and maintain community collaboration for health promotion efforts and programs; plan, organize and conduct health promotion efforts and think strategically to anticipate community health promotion needs; work with diverse staff and community members to address priority health issues; analyze and synthesize relevant quantitative and qualitative data and program information to perform program planning, assessment and evaluation; write clear, concise and effective reports, presentations, policy memos, correspondence and news releases; communicate effectively orally, including public speaking; originate, prepare and distribute publicity materials; and apply understanding of the social determinants of health in order to develop and implement health promotion initiatives to achieve health equity.
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. 

Responses to the supplemental questions must be submitted in addition to our regular employment application form. A resume will not be accepted as a substitute for the required employment application and supplemental questionnaire.

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.
Final Filing Date:  September 6, 2017
Application Screening:  September 12, 2017
Combined Panel/Department Interviews:  September 25 and/or 26 , 2017
Finalist interviews:  Week of October 9, 2017

The County of San Mateo does not require job applicants to disclose conviction history information until after the applicant successfully completes all examination phases for the recruitment. All passing applicants will receive instructions by email only from Human Resources staff to complete and submit a conviction history questionnaire online within a specified deadline of two business days.  Failure to do so within the timeframe will disqualify you from the rest of the process.  Please visit this link at to find out more information about the conviction history questionnaire so that you can prepare accordingly.
Note: Positions in criminal justice agencies currently required by law to pass background checks are exempted from this bill, and applicants may be required to submit conviction information at the time of application.
San Mateo County is an Equal Opportunity Employer

HR Analyst: Yvonne Alvidrez (081017) (Public Health Educator - F057)

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