Human Resources

Public Health Specialist

$18.33 per hour

This position within the City of Independence Health Department will perform duties associated with the Department’s Healthy Lifestyles programs and will assist with the coordination of all grants related to Healthy Lifestyles, assuring that all requirements, deadlines, and outcomes are met.  Duties include strengthening community partnerships through a variety of avenues including sharing of resources, participation on community committees and coalitions, and encouraging collaboration to meet common goals that support the mission and vision of the Health Department.  Will serve as a health resource, teaching in a variety of settings and to all population groups, as well as presentations to other health professionals.  Responds to inquiries from the general public and health care providers. Responsible for conducting ongoing research for program funding sources that support the Division’s Strategic Plan and that identify best practices and policies. As an outcome of research, may make recommendations and implement new practices or revise existing program and policies. Will assist Division Epidemiology staff, as needed, in completing an annual community health assessment and utilize the information gathered for the Healthy Lifestyles programs. Will conduct regular program evaluations for effectiveness, accessibility and quality of department’s population-based health services and collaborate with other community partners to assist in reducing barriers to accessing health care.  Collaborates as needed with division staff to assist in day-to-day job duties.  Participates on planning teams to implement the local public health emergency response guide and in the regional response exercises and drills.  Will participate and/or lead activities to assure goals are achieved and grant deliverables are met.  Will stay current on best practices and recommendations and recommend altering or implementing new programs accordingly. Duties include establishing and maintaining positive working relationships with various groups and leaders. Will maintain a healthy lifestyle, will operate city vehicle, and perform other related duties as needed.

Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college in  health science, health education, public health or closely related field, and; have three to five years of progressively responsible related experience with a minimum of one year in public health or related field. MPH is preferred.Will complete NIMS training within 6 months of hire.  Valid driver’s license and professional certifications as appropriate.  Should be skilled in record keeping, standard business math, and computer applications related to work responsibilities.  Requires knowledge of City of Independence structure and community needs and applicable laws and regulations.  Must be able to communicate effectively orally, in writing and deliver clear, effective public presentations with ability to respond to questions.  Ability to conform to varied work schedule when needed, (i.e. weekends, emergencies, etc.) and be able to meet deadlines.

Physical Abilities: While performing essential functions of this position the employee is frequently exposed to infectious or contagious diseases, toxic or caustic chemicals and outdoor weather conditions. Working conditions are typically quiet.

Drug testing, Background check will be required

In addition to the application, testing and/or examinations may be required for further consideration on this position.

Apply online at or by visiting the Human Resources Department, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 111 E. Maple, Independence, MO  64050Position Closes:  August 30, 2013. 





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