Tobacco Prevention Senior Health Education Specialist

Job Type

Full Time Temporary


Minimum: $65,929.00
Maximum: $80,138.00
Details: Commensurate with experience. This is a temporary 40 hour/week 6-month position. Monthly salary range for this position is $5,494.15 - $6,678.17.



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United States


The Contra Costa Tobacco Prevention Project is part of the Community Wellness & Prevention Program (CW&PP) in the Public Health Division of Contra Costa Health Services. We are pioneers in efforts to reduce youth access to tobacco, eliminate tobacco influences in the community, and address secondhand smoke exposure where people live, work and play in the county.


The Tobacco Prevention Program’s scope includes several policy initiatives focused on reducing tobacco- related health disparities through: 1) Addressing youth tobacco influences in the retail environment; and 2) Reducing secondhand smoke exposure in outdoor areas and in multi-unit housing. We  are  currently recruiting for a Senior Health Education Specialist position that will focus on health equity. This is a temporary 6-month position.


The Senior Health Education Specialist will work with community-based organizations to address youth- friendly tobacco products in the retail environment, location of tobacco retailers near schools and other youth-sensitive areas, and secondhand smoke exposure in multi-unit housing and in outdoor areas. The Senior Health Education Specialist will work as part of a team to provide education, technical assistance and information related to the need for policies to address these issues with our funded community partners.


Responsibilities May Include, But Are Not Limited To:

·      Coordinate, develop and conduct Tobacco Prevention Partnership educational trainings related to research supporting the need for policy and current policy options to address the sale of flavored tobacco products, pack size and tobacco retailer density/location issues, as well as community-wide and multi-unit housing secondhand smoke protections.

·      Coordinate, develop and conduct Partnership trainings on how to conduct and facilitate skill building and strategy chart sessions for community members.

·      Respond to requests for technical assistance from cities in the development and implementation of citywide tobacco control policies.

·      Assist in data collection, needs assessment, planning and development of strategies to address tobacco in the retail environment in the County.

·      Convene and facilitate regular Partnership meetings Coordinate communication with the Partnership agencies, the Tobacco Prevention Coalition and social media strategies for the Tobacco Prevention Partnership.

·      Collaborate with the project team on evaluation activities.

·      Assist with grant management activities, including tracking grant deliverables and completion of required progress reports.

·      Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Under this Position Include:


Knowledge of:

  • Principles, theories, techniques and practices of public and community health education including the relationships of cultural patterns in human behavior
  • Public health and related functions of official and voluntary organizations on the federal, state, and local levels
  • The structure of government, public health procedures, and the methods and effectiveness of various mass communication media


Ability to:


  • Provide and promote excellence in customer service for both internal and external customers
  • Acknowledge and respect cultural and linguistic differences of the County's diverse population
  • Speak fluently and convincingly to the public
  • Apply theoretical knowledge to the process of education and motivation with individuals and groups
  • Arrange and conduct public meetings
  • Deal tactfully with employees, officials, community leaders, and the public
  • Direct the work of others
  • Compile, analyze, and display data
  • Write clear and concise reports
  • Maintains consistent and predictable attendance and sufficient level of punctuality to meet mandated requirements and deadlines.



Minimum Qualifications:

License Required: Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator's License. Out-of-state valid motor vehicle operator's license will be accepted during the application process.


Education: Possession of a Master's Degree from an accredited college or university with a major in Public Health, Health Services Administration, Social Work, Health Education, Education, Sports Medicine, Kinesiology, Nutrition or a closely related field.


Experience: One (1) year of full-time, or its equivalent experience, which included direct responsibility for performing health promotion, health prevention or community health education work.


Substitution for Education: A Bachelor's Degree and two (2) years of full-time, or its equivalent, experience in a health services agency or program performing health promotion, health prevention or health education work may be substituted for the Master's Degree. No substitution is permitted for a Bachelor's Degree.


Positions which function as health educators pursuant to Section 1303 of Title 17 of the California Administrative Code must possess a Master's Degree in Public Health with specialization in health education obtained in a program of study approved by the American Public Health Association.


Additional Requirements: Must be willing to work flexible hours, including some evenings and weekends. Must possess a valid California driver’s license and a reliable, fully insured automobile.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and copy of their resume via e-mail to or mail to the Tobacco Prevention Program, Attention: Marta Rincon, 597 Center Ave., Suite 110, Martinez, CA 94553 by April 23, 2018. In your email, please state that you are interested in the Temporary Tobacco Senior Health Education Specialist Position.