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Job Specification

 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.

 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 
 and practices.

 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 
 Education field.


 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 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 
 education program.

 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:
Local or
Class of
01981LC N/A25-

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.