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Employer: Dakota County
Located in: Hastings, Minnesota
Degree Required: Bachelors
POSTING TYPE: Open Competitive
DEPARTMENT: Public Health
HOURS: Full Time (Grant Funded through October 31, 2019 with potential to be extended)
HIRING RANGE: $57,890-65,126.00/year (108 Grade Level)
LOCATION: West St. Paul
UNION: Teamsters 320
CLOSE DATE: Continuous until filled. First review of applications will be 10/13/17. This posting will remain open until the ideal candidate is identified. It is in your best interest to apply early.
Come join us at Dakota County and "Be more". Dakota County employs nearly 1800 skilled individuals whose talents and contributions make Dakota County a premier place to live and work. The work County government does is unique. Dakota County offers important careers – the kind of careers that make a difference in people's lives. You will not be just another employee; you'll be a valued employee making a difference in the lives of Dakota County residents every single day. Will you be the next person to join us at Dakota County?
We are focusing on chronic disease prevention in our increasingly diverse community and are looking for someone to help us do this work inclusively. This position will implement effective community-based health promotion strategies primarily in nutrition and physical activity with a focus on policy, systems and environmental change. This position is needed to advance wellness initiatives related to students and adults. Duties include community engagement, building partnerships, conducting presentations, meeting facilitation, assessment, strategic planning, policy development and implementation, evaluation, and providing consultation and assistance to individuals and groups in one or more of these settings: community, child care, and school.
• Bachelor's or higher degree in Public Health, Health Education, Nutrition/Food Science, Health Policy, Human Services, Communications, Community or Organizational Development or related area.
• 1 or more years of work experience in a community, health care, school system, or work site in the area of nutrition, physical activity, tobacco, dementia, falls prevention or wellness policy and/or programming.
• Valid driver license
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS BEYOND MINIMUM REQUIRED:
•Experience engaging diverse populations and community organizing
• Master's degree in Public Health or related field
• Bilingual (e.g. Spanish, Somali) skills highly desirable..
• Experience in Public Health.
• Experience in community engagement, policy, and system change.
• Experience with school nutrition and/or physical activity
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
These examples do not include all possible tasks in this work and do not limit the assignment of related tasks in any position of this classification. Regular attendance according to the position's management approved work schedule is required for all positions.
1. Oversee assessment of school policy, systems, and environments related to nutrition and physical activity including training staff to collect data.
2. Provide technical assistance, resources, and training to aid schools in wellness policy development, implementation, evaluation and compliance with federal guidelines for nutrition and physical activity.
3. Provide technical assistance and resources for other health promotion initiatives as assigned (e.g. child care, community engagement, equity, etc.).
4. Engage diverse populations in identifying and addressing needs related to social determinants of health and chronic disease prevention.
5. Share expertise and consult with co-workers, committees, and community partners to improve the community and school environments and promote wellness.
6. Monitor and report results and outcomes of a policy or program.
7. Engage the community through public presentations, meetings with organizational leaders, residents, and others to work on public health policies and issues.
8. Develop educational and promotional material, reports, plans, grant applications, and related communication tools to support health policies or programs.
9. Represent the department and county to the public, internal and external groups and organizations. Develop and present educational material.
10. Perform public health emergency response functions as trained and assigned within the department's emergency response plan.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: Duties 1-10 are essential functions.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES AND WORK ENVIRONMENT
. Knowledge of nutrition, physical activity, and tobacco principles, policies, and practices.
. Knowledge of employee wellness programs.
. Knowledge of public health principles, programs and practices.
. General knowledge of health promotion (population and community-based primary prevention).
. Knowledge of community organization systems, norms, and resources.
. Knowledge of principles of community needs assessment, effective policy and program development, program evaluation outcome measurement, and research tools.
. Knowledge of educational, training and consultation principles, practices, materials, and tools with various populations.
. Ability to establish effective working relationships with staff, community, and professional groups.
. Ability to exercise tact, judgment, initiative.
. Ability to work independently and set own work priorities.
. Effective communication skills, both oral and written.
. Ability to monitor, record, and report progress and results of program activity.
. Ability to perform computer and program related software
Work is performed in a County office building and in the community. Lifting requirement up to 20 pounds on an occasional basis. Types of equipment used may include, but are not limited to, personal computer, telephone, fax machine and other general office equipment.
SELECTION PROCESS: The examination/selection process for this classification will consist of a rating of your training and experience from the application materials submitted. The top scoring candidates will be forwarded to the hiring department for further consideration.
Posted on 10/06/2017
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