Media and Communications Specialist | HEALTH PROGRAM SPECIALIST II
California Department of Public Health
Location: Sacramento, California
Salary: $6,658.00 - $8,334.00 monthly
Internal Number: JC-338598
This position supports the California Department of Public Health’s (CDPH) mission and strategic plan by protecting the public’s health and promoting health, wellness, and equity.
The incumbent works under the direction of the Health Program Manager III, Chief, of the Substance and Addiction Prevention Branch (SAPB). The Health Program Specialist II (HPS II) functions as a non-supervisory independent specialist who has the lead responsibility to implement the SAPB’s multifaceted, cutting-edge advertising and marketing campaigns. Prevention and awareness campaigns include a broad range of topics, including youth cannabis prevention; opioid misuse and overdose prevention; and problem gambling awareness. The HPS II oversees development of simultaneous advertising campaigns designed to effectively reach multiple priority target groups, utilizing paid media on broadcast, digital, social, and out-of-home media. The HPS II serves as a highly skilled communications specialist in the development of program policy, priorities, and long-term strategies in the use of media to prevent substance misuse and addiction. The HPS II provides consultation in relevant meetings with local, state, and federal agencies, and community organizations. Limited in-state travel (10%) with occasional overnight stays are required.
Telework is available for this position in accordance with CDPH’s Telework Policies and Procedures.
This is a 12-month limited-term position with possibility of being extended or becoming permanent.
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.
Please see Supplemental Questionnaire instructions below at end of posting. Any applications received that do not provide a written response to the SQ will not be scored/reviewed.
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.
Applicants must submit a Supplemental Questionnaire, with specific and relevant examples, that addresses how their experience, training, and education relate to the two questions listed below. The complete document answering both questions must be no more than two pages, single-spaced, using no less than 12-pt font.
1: Describe your knowledge and experience related to communications, media/social media, and public awareness campaigns.
2: Provide an example of a public health or public good awareness campaign that you feel is particularly effective. Why does it work? What would you do differently, if the campaign were under your direction?
You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.
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:
Understands how the historical, systemic, institutional, and community environments shape health equity.
Works with a high degree of initiative, responsibility, independence, and accountability, producing high-quality work products with minimal supervision.
Prioritizes and effectively manages multiple complex projects.
Shows flexibility and forward-thinking while managing multiple shifting priorities.
Demonstrates excellent verbal and written communication skills with clarity.
Possesses strong organizational and project management skills.
Public health, particularly in the field of behavioral health (e.g., substance use, misuse, addiction, nutrition, tobacco).
Policy, systems, and environmental change strategies.
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.