Positions in this job family are assigned responsibilities for assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of health education/promotion programs.
The functions in this job family will vary by level, but may include the following:
- Conducts needs assessments at the individual, organizational, and community levels to determine appropriate theoretical basis from which to initiate programmatic and strategic planning.
- Conducts programmatic and strategic planning with stakeholders in regard to health issues and infrastructure development.
- Implements and/or monitors the implementation of evidence based health education curricula and health promotion programs with an emphasis on program completeness, fidelity, and evaluation.
- Evaluates the effectiveness of health education/promotion programs and makes necessary changes.
- Assists in the development of grant related documents and proposals.
- Establishes and maintains partnerships with agencies, communities, or organizations in determining the need for specialized health education programs and the planning, implementation, and evaluation of such programs; this includes strategic planning, the use of logic models, development of performance measures, and specific application of health behavior theory.
- Prepares and delivers public presentations for selected audiences.
The Health Educator job family consists of three levels, which are distinguished by the complexity of the duties performed, the depth and breadth of accountability, and the level of expertise required for completion of assigned tasks.
Level I Code: X20A Salary Band: K
This is the career level where incumbents perform work at the full performance level in assessment, planning, implementing, and evaluating health education/promotion programs.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include knowledge of public health problems, principles and practices; of theoretical concepts of health behavior and application of such; of group organization and leadership; of community infrastructure development; of current social and economic problems as they relate to public health; of statistical methods; of basic epidemiology; and of grant preparation. Ability is required to speak to the public; to organize communities, establish and facilitate coalitions, and direct groups; to prepare a variety of educational materials, such as pamphlets, bulletins, oral presentations, articles for publication, newsletters and curricula; to use personal computers and applicable software such as word processing and digital/video presentation; and to show cultural competence in working with diverse populations.
Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of a bachelor’s degree in Health Education, Health Promotion, Community Health, School Health Education, Health Studies, Nutrition, Health Behavior, Public Health, or Nursing.
Level II Code: X20B Salary Band: L
This is the specialist level where incumbents are assigned advanced level responsibilities for assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating health education programs such as serving as a team leader or lead worker on specific projects, programs, or activities.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include those identified in Level I plus ability is required to coordinate and carry out advanced level projects.
Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of those identified in Level I plus one year of experience in public health education or community development.
Level III Code: X20C Salary Band: M
This is the leadership level where incumbents are assigned responsibilities for the supervision of others in assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating health education/promotion programs. This will include assigning and reviewing work, providing educator skills training and technical assistance, insuring the completion of required tasks and related administrative duties.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include those identified in Level II plus knowledge of supervisory principles and practices.
Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of those identified in Level II plus two additional years of experience in public health education or community development and certification as a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) OR a master’s degree in Health Education, Health Promotion, Community Health, School Health Education, Health Studies, Nutrition, Health Behavior, Public Health, or Nursing and certification as a CHES.
Some positions may require that the education and/or experience or the certification may be in a specific area.