Health Promotion and Education Supervisor (HSC4) - State of Washington Department of Health

CLOSING DATE: September 4, 2020


JOB #: 16176

POSTED: August 4, 2020


Application review begins on August 7, 2020, and will be ongoing thereafter.

The Washington State Department of Health works to protect and improve the health of the people of Washington State.

The Center for Public Affairs (C4PA) is our approach to foundational policy, communications, health promotion, community engagement and partnership work. It is a place, both physical and virtual, where DOH staff and partners can engage to develop public health policy, explore ways of communicating, create interventions based on health promotion theory, find new partners and build new relationships.

The Health Promotion and Education office serves as consultants to the rest of the agency using health promotion theory, best practice, and effective communication strategies to improve health literacy and health behaviors of people in Washington. We assist the agency in strategic thinking and consistent messaging related to preventing disease, promoting a healthy start in life, making healthy choices, and accessing services.

This position manages the work of the Child Profile Health Promotion System and supervises six staff members. This includes overseeing work assignments, product development, management of contracts and budgets, and supervising personnel. It also requires developing and maintaining strong working relationships with other agency programs, state agencies, and community partners. This position reports directly to the Health Promotion and Education Deputy Director (WMS2).

Note: Under the Governor’s Directive, 20-08, this position will be subject to one furlough day per month beginning August 1, 2020, through November 30, 2020.

About the Department of Health
Washington State Department of Health (DOH) works with federal, state, tribal, and local partners to help people in Washington stay healthy and safe. Our programs and services help prevent illness and injury, promote healthy places to live and work, provide education to help people make good health decisions, and ensure our state is prepared for emergencies.

Benefits of Working for DOH
Washington is America’s Top State according to U.S. News (2019) and provides one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation.

Tumwater is a vibrant city just south of Olympia, the state’s capital, with a small-town feel conveniently situated between Seattle and Portland. Tumwater enjoys the benefits of an engaged and educated community and a well-supported school system, with two universities and a community college within a ten-mile radius.

DOH offers:

  • A healthy life/work balance by offering flexible schedules and telework options for many positions.
  • Growth and development opportunities.
  • A wellness program that offers education, access to healthy food, and fitness classes.
  • Opportunities to serve your community through meaningful work.
  • A commitment to diversity and inclusion by fostering an inclusive environment that encourages all employees to bring their authentic selves to work.
  • An Infant at Work Program that is based on the long-term health values of breastfeeding newborns and infant-parent bonding.
  • A modernized workplace.


Duties include:

  • Developing supportive and trusting relationships with staff to facilitate a cohesive and effective team.
  • Overseeing and assisting in the development of health promotion initiatives and health education materials.
  • Supporting staff in meeting job responsibilities by meeting regularly, setting clear expectations, setting goals and objectives, developing work plans, and providing regular oral and written feedback on staff performance.
  • Participating in C4PA supervisor discussions, planning, and alignment activities.
  • Developing and maintaining strong working relationships with other agencies and community partners.
  • Leading the Child Profile Health Promotion System (our state’s immunization and well-child visit reminder system) by working with staff and management to set goals, develop plans to meet those goals, coordinate work among staff to be as efficient as possible, problem solve as issues arise, monitor performance
  • Maintaining connections between the Health Promotion System and the Washington State Immunization Information System (IIS), including being engaged in the oversight and decision-making.
  • Overseeing the testing, user training, and collaboration between the Child Profile Health Promotion Team and the IIS Section.
  • Managing personnel matters per office/division and agency policies/procedures by identifying issues; communicating clearly with staff regarding expectations and staff performance
  • Assists with emergency response activities assigned during a public health emergency.



What we’re looking for
Success in this position requires one to be a team player, independent thinker, defined as having a driving passion for the work, bringing humility to their job and people interactions, and understanding how their words and actions affect others.

Required Qualifications

Option 1:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in public health, social and behavioral science, health communication, health education or promotion, or a closely allied field.
  • Five (5) years of management or consultative experience in health education or health promotion programs.
  • Three (3) years serving as a team or project lead for a project that included developing work plans, setting the direction for work, coordinating work among team members, monitoring performance, and giving feedback to team members.
Option 2:
  • Seven (7) years of management or consultative experience in health education or health promotion programs.
  • Three (3) years serving as a team or project lead for a project that included developing work plans, setting the direction for work, coordinating work among team members, monitoring performance, and giving feedback to team members.

Desired Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in public health, social and behavioral science, health communication, health education or promotion, public administration, or a closely allied field.
  • Three (3) years experience supervising professional staff.
  • Two (2) years of experience in developing and managing complex budgets.
  • Two (2) years of experience working with and managing part of a federal grant.
  • Two (2) years experience in a public health or primary prevention health program.
  • CHES (Certified Health Education Specialist) or MCHES (Master Certified Health Education Specialist) certification.
  • Expertly able to write, edit and speak English and one other language.
How to Apply:
Application Process

Intrigued? We’d love to hear from you. Click "Apply" to submit your detailed application profile along with the following:
  • letter of interest, describing how you meet the specific required and desired qualifications for this position.
  • A current resume.
  • Three (3) or more professional references, to be included in your profile. Please include at least one supervisor, peer, and (if you have supervised staff) a subordinate.

Important Note: Do not attach documents that contain private information (social security number, date of birth, transcripts, etc.) or documents that are password protected. These documents will not be reviewed and may cause errors within your application when downloaded. Veterans, please feel free to attach a copy of your redacted DD214.”

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment that is inclusive and respectful. It is our policy to prohibit discrimination based on race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of our workforce.

Conditions of Employment/Working Conditions
With or without accommodation, I am willing and able to:
  • Legally operate a state or privately owned vehicle or provide alternative transportation.
  • Occasionally work more than 40 hours per week and/or to adjust normally scheduled hours, which may include evening and weekends.
  • Occasionally travel throughout the state (including rural areas) which may include overnight stays.
  • Move object weighing up to 25 pounds

If you have questions, need alternative formats or other assistance please contact Zach Covington at (360) 236-2406,, or TDD Relay at 1-800-833-6384 or 711 (Washington Relay). Technical support is provided by neogov, 855-524-5627 (can’t log in, password or email issues, error messages).



Supplemental Information

Only applicants who follow the directions and complete the Application Process in-full will have their responses reviewed for consideration.

Education and experience selected, listed and/or detailed in the Supplemental Questions must be verifiable on the detailed applicant profile submitted.

This recruitment may be used to fill other positions of the same job classification within the agency.


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