SENIOR PUBLIC HEALTH EDUCATOR 2621
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS
Under general supervision, an employee in this class supervises and participates in professional health education services for the Department of Health Services. The incumbent formulates and promotes a County-wide health education program. Work involves writing press releases, arranging demonstration programs, addressing community groups and conducting studies of needs and resources in the development of programs for schools and communities. The incumbent works with considerable independence, but the work is reviewed by a Supervising Public Health Educator through conferences and the achievement of program objectives. Supervision is exercised over a small number of professional and clerical employees. Does related work as required.
TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES
Plans and supervises public health education programs;
Develops written materials to be used as educational instruments and tools;
Works in conjunction with the Department of Health Services staff to promote public health education, and makes educational presentations at schools and community groups;
Examines community health needs and resources, and assembles technical information;
Selects, prepares and distributes posters, pamphlets and leaflets;
Prepares articles for Department of Health Services publications, as well as for publication in other journals;
Develops outlines and study materials for adult study groups and in-service training programs;
Plans and administers special health surveys, and participates in evaluating projects and formulating plans for their continued development and improvement;
May assist a Supervising Public Health Educator in planning and implementing media campaigns designed to promote health;
Consults with community leaders to secure their support and participation in community health development programs;
Directs local groups in setting up organized means of assembling information and pursuing appropriate action for the improvement of the public health program.
FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS
Thorough knowledge of the theories and practices of community health education, including public information techniques, methods of patient education, and curriculum development; thorough knowledge of current literature and sources of information dealing with community health education; thorough knowledge of the policies and programs of the Health Services Department; good knowledge of the health needs and resources of communities served by public health programs; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers and community agencies; ability to supervise the work of professional and clerical employees in a manner conducive to full performance and high morale; ability to express oneself clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.
(a) Graduation from a college with federally-authorized accreditation or registration by NY State with a Master's Degree in Public Health or Health Education, and one (1) year of experience as a public health educator; or,
(b) Graduation from a college with federally-authorized accreditation or registration by NY State with a Bachelor's Degree in Public Health, Health Education, Health Science, Health Promotion, Community Health, or Health Communications, and two (2) years of experience as a public health educator.
Two (2) years of permanent competitive status as a Public Health Educator.
NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENT
At the time of appointment and throughout employment in this title, employees are required to possess a valid license to operate a motor vehicle in New York State.