Healthy Communities Specialist/Community Liaison - Commercial Tobacco Prevention - Kitsap Public Health District
HEALTHY COMMUNITIES SPECIALIST
Commercial Tobacco Prevention
STATUS: Regular Full Time Appointment - 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday
BENEFITS: A comprehensive health benefit plan which includes medical, dental, and life coverage, generous paid time off, and twelve paid holidays per year. Includes participation in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), a defined benefit retirement plan managed by the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems.
The Chronic Disease Prevention (CDP) Program supports efforts in the community for the promotion of healthy lifestyles to prevent chronic diseases. This work is focused on planning and implementing activities by policy, systems, and environmental change strategies. This includes outreach and education to policy makers, individuals, and stakeholders on the value of a comprehensive commercial tobacco prevention program and best practices.
Within state and agency policies, under the general supervision of the Chronic Disease Prevention Program Manager, the Healthy Communities Specialist in the classification of Community Liaison will lead the District’s efforts in preventing commercial tobacco and vape use. The incumbent will participate in a regional initiative sponsored by the Washington State Department of Health. This effort includes Jefferson, Clallam, and Kitsap Counties, known as the Olympic Community of Health (OCH), a designated Accountable Communities of Health (ACH) region. The goals of this work are to assist those who use commercial tobacco to quit, prevent youth and young adults from ever starting, protect people from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke and vape emissions, and take strategic steps to eliminate tobacco-related disparities. Additionally, to successfully achieve the goals and objectives of this statewide program, the incumbent will work in collaboration with the other eight ACH regions and Washington State Department of Health. This work is focused on planning and implementing policy, systems, and environmental change strategies, and includes outreach and education to policy makers, youth, and stakeholders on the value of a comprehensive commercial tobacco and vapor prevention programs.
The incumbent will participate as a member of a multidisciplinary team and work with our community partners across the region to design, implement and evaluate evidence-based strategies. The incumbent will work closely with the Youth Cannabis Prevention Program to support coordinated intervention strategies for the prevention and reduction of commercial tobacco use.
This position is considered an in-office assignment and requires in-person interactions with staff and members of the public. Per District policy, employees are required to complete one of the recommended COVID-19 vaccination series (including the 2-week post vaccine waiting period) before starting this assignment. It is the District’s expectation that all employees who provide in-person services, both internally and externally, have completed their vaccination series to safely offer excellent public services to the community we serve.
If offered employment, the candidates must provide acceptable proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. If requesting an exemption for a medical disability or a sincerely held religious belief, a request for exemption will need to be completed and reviewed prior to completion of the hiring process. Appropriate forms will be provided during the hiring process.
This opportunity is also open to all current Kitsap Public Health District staff. The internal candidate would be classified as appropriate.
- Facilitates stakeholder groups in assessing, designing, planning, implementing, and evaluating strategic initiatives to reduce commercial tobacco and vape use and provide technical assistance as needed.
- Facilitates and achieves grant deliverables by focusing on policies, systems, and environmental changes.
- Promotes inclusive strategies to engage multiple sectors of the community.
- Aids existing community groups, coalitions, boards, and service providers to increase their capacity to develop community health programs, policy initiatives and implement community-level strategies.
- Acts as a facilitator to support community agencies and other stakeholders to mutually understand and act on opportunities to engage youth and families to promote healthy behaviors and make enhancements to environments that improve community health and prevent commercial tobacco use.
- Acts as a consultant both internally and externally to promote commercial tobacco use reduction.
- Participates in all meetings, training, and conference calls as required.
- Participates in staff and team meetings and committees; prepares reports as requested.
- Responsible for various aspects of grant management: review, budgeting, reporting, and evaluation.
- Maintains knowledge of policies, procedures, grant requirements and performs duties in accordance with applicable regulatory and grant requirements, regulations, and accreditation standards.
- Actively assists and participates to develop and distribute communication documents created for the funders, stakeholders, and/or community members highlighting the success of our work.
- Prepares public health information, letters, memos forms, reports, and other documents; operates computers utilizing a variety of software programs, including database and word processing applications, to produce documents with clearly organized thought using proper sentence construction, punctuation, and grammar.
- Identifies resource requirements and assists in the development of yearly budgets.
- Plans and implements outreach/education programs. Provides education, training, and technical assistance to community groups providing services for at-risk population as well as other concerned community groups.
- Conducts staff and community meetings. Makes presentations to community groups and other as needed.
- Prepares reports and maintains program records.
- Accurately completes and submits electronic timecard on a weekly basis as required.
- Works both independently and within a collaborative team-oriented environment; contributes openly, disagrees respectfully, understands the ideas of others, listens well, and works for consensus.
- Demonstrates cultural competency and embeds health equity into all aspects of assigned work and interactions.
- Models an organizational culture that promotes the practice of respect for people, openness, trust, safety, transparency, collaborative problem solving, managing with data, in the pursuit of continuous improvement and assurance.
- Responds to public health emergencies as required by the District.
- Establishes and maintains cooperative, effective working relationships with coworkers, other District employees, and the public using principles of good customer services.
- Reports for scheduled work with regular, reliable, and punctual attendance.
- Performs other duties as assigned.