Communications & Education Specialist | HEALTH PROGRAM SPECIALIST I
California Department of Public Health
Location: Richmond, California
Type: Full Time
Salary: $6,061.00 - $7,587.00
Internal Number: JC 338503
This position supports the California Department of Public Health’s (CDPH) mission and strategic plan by developing communication plans and education programs, and planning outreach activities especially for the Newborn Screening, but also for the Prenatal Screening Program. It supports key program activities necessary to ensure the quality and timeliness of prenatal screening services for pregnant people and newborn screening services for new parents in California. The Communications and Education Unit also provides education, outreach and accessible and culturally appropriate health communications for other sections and programs within the Genetic Disease Screening Program Division (GDSP).
The incumbent works under the direction of the Health Program Manager I (HPMI), Chief of the Communications and Education Unit. The Health Program Specialist I (HPSI) functions as a highly skilled, technical program consultant responsible for performing duties relating to the planning, developing, coordinating, implementing, and evaluating communications and education programs and activities for GDSP Division, and specifically for the California Newborn (NBS) Screening Program. The HPSI serves in a key role in advising and assisting the HPMI on communication plans for complex health programs and health education outreach and materials development that support the Division’s mission and goals. The HPSI also serves as a liaison for various newborn screening stakeholders and interagency groups to promote program policies and services. This position requires the incumbent to function independently, communicate effectively orally and in writing, provide consultation/technical assistance and maintain/develop skills related to GDSP and the NBS Program. This position involves travel, less than 5%.
Telework is available for this position, under Government Code 14200 for eligible applicants residing in California, and in accordance with CDPH’s Telework Policy and Procedures.
This position requires the employee to enter health care facilities to provide services or work as part of the duties. The selected candidate is mandated by CDPH to be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus as defined by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Proof of vaccination status will be required as a condition of employment unless an exception is granted. (This will be listed as a special requirement)
In addition to evaluating each candidate's relative ability, as demonstrated by quality and breadth of experience, the following factors will provide the basis for competitively evaluating each candidate:
Training and experience working in the field of health communications, including public health promotion and health education activities
Excellent written and oral communication skills, including drafting and editing content, presenting information, and addressing ADA compliance requirements
Excellent facilitation, coordination, project management, and organizational skills
Experience or interest in storytelling and presentations using videos, websites, social media, blogs, infographics, professional texting, interactive activities, and other relevant modalities that would be appropriate for working with communities
Commitment to developing and maintaining an up-to-date and extensive knowledge base related to genetic disease screening, health communications (including current trends in digital media/social media), health education, and health equity
Passion for and commitment to creating materials for marginalized, disadvantaged, or low-resource communities; non-English-speaking communities; or communities with literacy needs
Experience adapting to changing conditions and priorities to achieve success on simultaneous projects and meet deadlines for critical initiatives
Fluency in Spanish, Chinese or other languages is desired but not required
Required Application Package Documents
The following items are required to be submitted with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:
Current version of the State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at www.CalCareers.ca.gov. All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.
Resume is required and must be included.
Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting.
At the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), equity, diversity, and inclusion are at the core of our mission to advance the health and well-being of California’s diverse people and communities. We are genuinely and strongly committed to cultivating and preserving a culture of inclusion and connectedness where we can grow and learn together with a diverse team of employees. In recruiting for team members, we welcome the unique contributions that you can bring to us and the work we do.
The Human Resources Division (HRD) partners with CDPH’s programs and management to provide guidance and consultative services on HR matters that are necessary for the Department to carry out its mission to deliver quality public health services.