Under direction, assesses individual and community health needs;
plans, implements and evaluates effective health education programs;
coordinates health education services; serves as a resource person
in health education, and communicates health and health education
needs, concerns and resources; does related work as required.
NOTE: The examples of work for this title are for illustrative
purposes only. A particular position using this title may not perform
all duties listed in this job specification. Conversely, all duties
performed on the job may not be listed.
EXAMPLES OF WORK
Develops a health education program to address community health
needs including drug and alcohol abuse control, smoking prevention
and cessation, nutrition, injury control, physical fitness, exercise and
other preventive health activities.
Identifies target populations and assesses health education needs
based on information from the New Jersey Department of Health
and Senior Services, community health organizations, and other
relevant health related data.
Prepares health education program plans.
Involves local community leaders in the planning, implementation,
and maintenance of health education services and programs;
collaborates with other agencies, and consults with subject matter
specialists in the planning, implementation, and maintenance process.
Applies appropriate health education interventions to provide for
the effective implementation of health education programs.
Provides consultation and training to agency staff in the
application of health education techniques.
Evaluates health education objectives.
Provides guidance to the local health officer to plan, organize,
and develop a program of health education for the community.
Provides guidance to various civic, fraternal, health, and
volunteer organizations to organize and develop study
programs in public health problems.
Provides guidance and consultation to community organizations
to develop and improve their health education activities.
Assists individuals and groups to develop good personal health
Visits and speaks before members of health, civic, and welfare
Interprets objectives and policies of the local health department.
Creates and stimulates a public awareness of public health needs.
Prepares press releases and written materials regarding the
programs and functions of local clinics and the health department.
Coordinates the health education activities of various community
Assists hospital, clinic, and health department staff to present
health information to patients and other individuals.
Identifies community health education needs, interests
Provides advice to instructional and other school staff in the
planning, development, and presentation of health education
programs for students.
Evaluates community health resources and health education
Prepares reports and correspondence.
Maintains records and files.
Will be required to learn to utilize various types of electronic
and/or manual recording and computerized information
systems used by the agency, office, or related units.
Graduation from an accredited college or university with
a Bachelor's degree in Health Education, Public Health,
Community Health Education, Nursing or a related Health
Two (2) years of experience assessing community health
education needs and, in the planning, implementation, and
evaluation of diversified health education programs in a local
health department or state or local health agency.
NOTE: A Master's degree in one of the areas listed above
may be substituted for one (1) year of the required experience.
Applicants must possess a certification as a Certified Health
Education Specialist (CHES) issued by the National Commission
for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.
NOTE: A Bachelor's degree in Nursing and a valid
certification by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
as a Community Health Nurse may be substituted for the Certified
Health Education Specialist (CHES) requirement specified above.
Appointees will be required to possess a driver's license
valid in New Jersey only if the operation of a vehicle, rather
than employee mobility, is necessary to perform the essential
duties of the position.
KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES
Knowledge of health education techniques and practices.
Knowledge of the methods used to develop health education
Knowledge of the methods used to collect and analyze health data.
Knowledge of the methods used to analyze and evaluate
community health needs and resources.
Knowledge of the principals of disease control, epidemiology,
and environmental health.
Ability to plan, organize, and develop a community health
Ability to provide guidance and advice on health education
issues and matters.
Ability to assess community health needs and resources.
Ability to identify community health education needs.
Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working
relationships with those interested in or involved in the
work of the program.
Ability to gather, analyze and interpret health data.
Ability to prepare reports and correspondence.
Ability to establish and maintain records and files.
Ability to evaluate health education programs.
Ability to learn to utilize various types of electronic and/or
manual recording and information systems used by the
agency, office, or related units.
Ability to read, write, speak, understand, or communicate
in English sufficiently to perform the duties of this position.
American Sign Language or Braille may also be considered
as acceptable forms of communication.
Persons with mental or physical disabilities are eligible as long
as they can perform essential functions of the job with or without
reasonable accommodation. If the accommodation cannot be
made because it would cause the employer undue hardship,
such persons may not be eligible.
This job specification is applicable to the following title code:
This job specification is for local government use only.
Salary range is only applicable to state government.
Local salaries are established by individual local jurisdictions.