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COMMUNITY HEALTH EDUCATOR IV (REPOST)

FULL TIME CONTRACTUAL

Recruitment #22-000276-0002

GRADE

17

LOCATION OF POSITION

MDH - Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission, 849 International Drive, Linthicum, MD 21090

Main Purpose of Job

Under direction from the Senior Research and Education Specialist, the Health Education Specialist plans, develops, implements, promotes and evaluates health education initiatives within the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission (MMCC), specifically within the Public Health Research and Education (PHRE) unit.

This full-time contractual position is responsible for day-to-day implementation of a dynamic portfolio of cannabis public health education programs and serves as a liaison between stakeholders, partners and organizations in the fields of health, education and social services. This position researches education campaigns and marketing strategies, public health education best practices, and lessons learned in other states. Utilizing the available evidence base and best practices, this position assesses stakeholder educational needs, makes recommendations on evidence-based programmatic efforts including public awareness and behavior change campaigns; updates and develops toolkits and resources for stakeholders; assists with developing and disseminating health communication materials; delivers presentations and provides overall support to the PHRE unit to ensure education goals and targets are achieved. 

This position must have knowledge of communication and marketing strategies, best practices, and tactics in public health, as well as expertise in developing evidence-based communication campaigns and understanding of models of behavior change. Additional skills include problem solving and the ability to link interventions to relevant evidence. This position must be able to navigate the challenges of communicating on a controversial issue. Knowledge of best practices related to harm reduction and prevention of cannabis use in circumstances with negative public health impacts is a plus. Strong communication and partnership building skills are required.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education:  A Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in Public Health Education, Community Health Education or Health Science.

Experience: Two years of experience planning, developing, implementing, promoting and evaluating health education projects, including one year of experience managing community health education projects.

Notes:  

1. Candidates may substitute a Doctorate degree from an accredited college or university in Public Health Education, Community Health Education, Health Science, Public Health Policy or related behavioral science and one year of experience managing community health education projects for the required education and experience. 

2. Candidates may substitute a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Public Health Education, Community Health Education or Health Science and three years of experience planning, developing, implementing, promoting and evaluating health education projects, including one year of experience managing community health education projects for the required education and experience. 

3. Candidates may substitute a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum of 18 credit hours in Public Health Education, Community Health Education, Health Science or related behavioral science and four years of experience planning, developing, implementing, promoting and evaluating health education projects, including one year of experience managing community health education projects for the required education and experience. 

4. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience at a rank of Corporal/Petty Officer or higher as a commissioned officer in Health Educator and Community Health classifications or Health Educator and Community Health specialty codes in the Public Health field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience and education.

DESIRED OR PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

The desired candidate should possess the following:

  • Knowledge and experience in developing public health education programs and campaigns  
  • Experience designing and evaluating educational training programs and curricula 
  • Proficient at implementing evidence-based health communication strategies and best practices   
  • Understanding of and experience with procurement and contract monitoring

LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS

Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator’s license valid in the State of Maryland.

SELECTION PROCESS

Applicants who meet the minimum (and selective) qualifications will be included in further evaluation. The evaluation may be a rating of your application based on your education, training and experience as they relate to the requirements of the position. Therefore, it is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application. Please report all related education, experience, dates and hours of work. Clearly indicate your college degree and major on your application, if applicable. For education obtained outside the U.S., any job offer will be contingent on the candidate providing an evaluation for equivalency by a foreign credential evaluation service prior to starting employment (and may be requested prior to interview). 

Complete applications must be submitted by the closing date. Information submitted after this date will not be added. 

Incorrect application forms will not be accepted. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application.

Candidates may remain on the certified eligible list for a period of at least one year. The resulting certified eligible list for this recruitment may be used for similar positions in this or other State agencies.

BENEFITS

Contractual employees who work for an agency covered under the State Employee and Retiree Health and Welfare Benefits Program, have a current employment contract and work 30 or more hours a week (or on average 130 hours per month) may be eligible for subsidized health benefits coverage for themselves and their dependents. As a contractual employee, you will be responsible for paying 25% of the premiums for your medical and prescription coverage, including any eligible dependents you have enrolled. The State of Maryland will subsidize the remaining 75% of the cost for these benefits. You can also elect to enroll in dental coverage, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, and life insurance, but will be responsible to pay the full premium for these benefits.

Leave may be granted to a contractual employee who has worked 120 days in a 12 month period. This leave accrues at a rate of one hour for every 30 hours worked, not to exceed 40 hours per calendar year.

FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS

Online applications are highly recommended. However, if you are unable to apply online, the paper application (and supplemental questionnaire) may be submitted to MDH, Recruitment and Selection Division, 201 W. Preston St., Room 114-B, Baltimore, MD 21201. Paper application materials must be received by 5 pm, close of business, on the closing date for the recruitment, no postmarks will be accepted.

If additional information is required, the preferred method is to upload.  If you are unable to upload, please fax the requested information to 410-333-5689. Only additional materials that are required will be accepted for this recruitment. All additional information must be received by the closing date and time.

For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact the MDH Recruitment and Selection Division at 410-767-1251.

If you are having difficulty with your user account or have general questions about the online application system, please contact the MD Department of Budget and Management, Recruitment and Examination Division at 410-767-4850 or Application.Help@maryland.gov

Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities are available upon request by calling: 410-767-1251 or MD TTY Relay Service 1-800-735-2258.

We thank our Veterans for their service to our country.

People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruitment, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State's diversity.



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