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Health Educator

Salary: $23.08-$28.17 hourly / $4,013-$4,900 monthly / Range: 5626

DEFINITION: Under direction, plans, evaluates, and coordinates the activities and staff of a public health education program within the Health Care Services Department; conducts health education presentations; and performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This class is the professional level classification in the health education series. Incumbents are assigned to administer and coordinate the health education activities of a specialized program, such as dental disease prevention, obstetrics, tobacco prevention, car passenger safety, animal regulation, and AIDS services.

This class is distinguished from Health Education Associate, Senior by the Educator's administrative responsibility for a specialized program countywide. Incumbents may supervise subordinate staff.

This class is distinguished from HCS Program Administrator and Administrator, Senior by the Administrator's higher level of responsibility for a wider scope and/or more complex programs, a larger and more complex budget, and the number and level of staff supervised.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES: Plans, develops, and coordinates public health education programs designed to prevent disease, promote health, and prolong life; directs and participates in needs assessment, development of program plans, and goals and objectives; develops procedures needed to accomplish program objectives and ensure compliance with State guidelines; supervises and coordinates the work of Health Education Associates and clerical support staff; selects, orients, and trains staff; develops and prepares grant applications to secure funds for the specialized program, and other program documents or reports; monitors program expenditures; assists with the development of contracts and monitors services; compiles data for development of the program budget; identifies staffing needs, salaries, supplies, and proposed sources of funding; prepares and distributes health education material including pamphlets, articles, and visual aids; consults with members of community organizations, public and private groups, health professionals, and school officials in developing effective health education programs; provides in-service training on public health issues to health care, social service, and community groups; interprets and provides technical expertise on health issues and departmental services to interested groups; establishes and maintains reference files and records; conducts health education presentations to explain health and nutrition concepts to program participants.


1. Possession of a master's degree in Public Health with an emphasis in community health education from a school of public health recognized by the American Public Health Association; or,
2. five years of progressively responsible experience in community health education including: developing, evaluating, and coordinating health education programs and activities; conducting needs assessment; and developing and preparing grant applications or contracts; or,
3. three years of experience performing duties equivalent to Health Education Associate, Senior with Santa Barbara County including: developing, evaluating, and coordinating health education programs and activities; conducting needs assessment; and developing and preparing grant applications or contracts; or,
4. equivalent combination of training, education, and experience that would provide the required knowledge and abilities.

Additional Qualifications: Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License. Incumbents will be required to travel within the County. Specific positions in this class may require the master's degree in public health, and may also require additional job-related knowledge and abilities.

Knowledge of: principles and practices of health education; program planning and development; program evaluation methods; public relations methods; report writing techniques; grant application or contract development and preparation; proper English usage and grammar; research methods; the sociological characteristics and health education needs of the community served; control of diseases; community organizations, resources, and services; methods of developing and presenting educational materials; group dynamics and human behavior; community outreach techniques.

Ability to: evaluate the health education needs of program participants; conduct surveys; develop and prepare a variety of reports and documents; collect and analyze data, draw conclusions, and make recommendations; plan, organize, and implement services; coordinate program activities; delegate work; plan and evaluate the work of staff; train staff; gain support and cooperation from the community; communicate verbally and in writing with individuals from diverse socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds; exercise independent judgment; classify and categorize health education materials; maintain working relationships with staff, the public, professional groups or individuals, and program participants; conduct and facilitate group presentations; work independently.

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