Tobacco Prevention Project 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 currently recruiting for a Senior Health Education Specialist. This is a temporary 6-month position. The Senior Health Education Specialist will work as part of our team on policy-related functions, including campaigns to prevent tobacco use and facilitating compliance with existing tobacco policies. The Project’s work is focused on reducing tobacco-related health disparities through: 1) Reducing secondhand smoke exposure in outdoor areas and in multi-unit housing; 2) Addressing tobacco influences in the retail environment; 3) Eliminating tobacco sales to minors through tobacco retailer licensing; and 4) Promoting tobacco cessation services.

Responsibilities May Include, But Are Not Limited To The Following:

 Coordinate, develop and conduct education and technical assistance efforts as needed for advancement of knowledge and skills in tobacco prevention policy efforts with the Contra Costa Tobacco Prevention Coalition, youth and adult community groups, key voluntary agencies; and others as appropriate.

 Accomplishment of specific policy intervention and evaluation activities under the state funded Scope of Work.

 Coordinate implementation of the County’s Secondhand Smoke Protections Ordinance, Tobacco Retailer Licensing Ordinance, and other relevant tobacco laws, including working with law enforcement and other County departments.

 Develop and conduct engaging presentations on tobacco prevention issues to both community and professional organizations

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

 Respond to complaints regarding non-compliance with existing laws and ordinances, such as the County’s Secondhand Smoke Protections Law and city tobacco related laws.

 Assist in data collection, needs assessments, planning and development of tobacco prevention strategies in the County.

 Develop the quarterly newsletter and social media communication strategies for the Tobacco Prevention Project and Tobacco Prevention Coalition.

 Draft policy memos, fact sheets and issue briefs related to the Tobacco Prevention Project’s areas of expertise.


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. Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated ability to write clear and concise reports, keep detailed records, and work well both independently and as a team member required. Knowledge of tobacco prevention preferred.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

Master's degree

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 Prevention Project Senior Health Education Specialist Position.