Placer Employment Opportunities

Health Educator

Recruitment #2017-14301-01


This recruitment will be open on a continuous filing basis. Applicants are encouraged to apply prior to the first screening deadline of 5:00 PM on August 16, 2017. Applications submitted after this date will be screened on a weekly basis.

Placer County Health and Human Services - Public Health Division is currently recruiting for a permanent Health Educator.

Public Health serves all people of Placer County by preventing disease, injury, premature death and disability; by promoting healthy lifestyles, behaviors and environments; and monitoring, controlling and investigating communicable diseases; enforcing laws and regulations that protect health and ensure safety; facilitating access for eligible families to health care for Medi-Cal, California Children’s Services, Child Health and Disability Prevention (CHDP), and other public programs; and preparing for and responding to public health emergencies and disease outbreaks.


The Health Educator will be responsible for planning, administering, and evaluating a scope of work for one of the Division's public health prevention programs.  Activities will include collaborating with public and private sector representatives, developing and disseminating health promotional materials such as infographics, fact sheets, and posters, delivering educational presentations to both large and small groups, drafting and proposing public policies, and engaging youth in health prevention activities.  The position will work in a variety of environments, both in the office and in the community. 

The eligible list resulting from this recruitment may also be used to fill future permanent or extra-help, and open or promotional vacancies in Public Health or Children's System Of Care. Extra-help appointments made from this eligible list may transition to permanent status, should vacancies arise. Temporary/Extra Help assignments are limited to 999 hours (or 960 hours for CalPERS retired annuitants) in a fiscal year and are not eligible for benefits.


To develop and implement educational activities for the public and County public health staff on topics related to specific public health programs.


Receives general supervision from professional or supervisory staff.

May exercise technical and functional supervision over technical and clerical staff.


Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following

  • Plan, organize and implement educational activities related to specific health programs.
  • Represent the Health and Medical Services Department to and advise community organizations about health education topics and techniques.
  • Confer with various civic groups and schools to encourage interest and activities that promote education about public health issues; and organize and arrange for discussion groups on health problems.
  • Review publications and other educational materials for appropriate use in health education of various groups and populations; maintain and distribute health education materials to public health staff and the general public.
  • Interface and coordinate with other public health staff regarding public education techniques and activities.
  • Prepare visual aids and display materials.
  • Prepare reports and recommendations on community needs and Department program development; and evaluate and report on health education services and programs.
  • Identify and implement methods for publicizing public health services through various media.
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other County employees and the public using principles of good customer service.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


Experience and Training
Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience: Two years of responsible public health information or education experience.

Training: Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in public health, nursing, environmental health, social work, psychology, education or a related field.

License or Certificate:
May need to possess a valid driver’s license as required by the position.  Proof of adequate vehicle insurance and medical clearance may also be required.


Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of public health, especially as related to the functions of official and voluntary organizations at Federal, State and local levels.
  • Principles and practices of public health education including an understanding of the theory of human behavior, the process of education, motivation and group work and the relationship of cultural patterns to human behavior.
  • Societal structure and organization, including the effects of economic forces.
  • Methods and effectiveness of various mass communication media.
  • Research methodology and statistical interpretation.
  • Principles and practices of work safety, especially as related to communicable diseases.
  • Differing cultural, religious, economic and social groups and their relationships to the delivery and acceptance of health care services.

Ability to:

  • On a continuous basis, know and understand all aspects of the job; intermittently analyze work papers, reports and special projects; identify and interpret technical and numerical information; observe and problem solve operational and technical policies and procedures.
  • On an intermittent basis, sit at desk for long periods of time; intermittently walk, stand, bend, twist and reach while preparing for and conducting educational presentations.
  • Intermittently twist to reach equipment surrounding desk; perform simple grasping and fine manipulation; use telephone and write or use a keyboard to communicate through written means; and lift heavy weight.
  • Prepare, coordinate and implement effective educational work plans.
  • Prepare and/or effectively present articles, brochures, speeches and workshops.
  • Arrange and conduct public meetings.
  • Work with various cultural and ethnic groups in a tactful and effective manner.
  • Obtain information through interviews; and deal fairly and courteously with the public.
  • Analyze situations quickly and objectively and determine course of action.
  • Work unusual or prolonged work schedules particularly as related to evening or week-end presentations.
  • Use a computer, calculator, typewriter, telephone, general office machines, postage meter and photocopy machine.
  • Type at a speed necessary for successful job performance.


Training & Experience Rating (100%)

Based upon responses to the supplemental questionnaire, the applicant’s education, training and experience will be evaluated using a pre-determined formula.  Scores from this evaluation will determine applicant ranking and placement on the eligible list.

All applicants who meet minimum qualifications will be required to respond to an online Conviction History Questionnaire, which will be sent as a link on their notification that minimum qualifications have been met.  Failure to respond to this questionnaire within (3) three calendar days of the minimum qualification notification will result in disqualification from the examination.


Prior to the date of hire, applicants must undergo a fingerprint test by the Department of Justice, pass a medical examination, which may include a drug screening and possibly a psychological evaluation, sign a constitutional oath and submit proof of U.S. citizenship or legal right to remain and work in the U.S.  For some positions, applicants may also be required to submit proof of age, undergo a background investigation and/or be bonded.


All new permanent employees, with the exception of sworn law enforcement and those in management and confidential groups, shall be required to join the employee organization or pay an 'Agency Fee' as a condition of employment.


The eligible list(s) resulting from this recruitment may be certified as a substitute list for a substantially similar classification.  For this purpose, a substantially similar classification is one at a lower level in the same classification (example: entry level vs. journey) and/or a similar classification (similar work performed, similar training and experience qualifications required). If you are contacted for an interview by a County department, you will be informed of the classification and other relevant information. If you choose not to interview for a substantially similar classification, you will remain on the eligible list for which you originally applied.


Placer County offers an expedited process for qualifying certain applicants for interviews. Candidates currently employed, or employed within the last year, by a public agency operating under a personnel civil service or merit system may be eligible to be placed on a Public Agency Eligible List and certified as eligible for appointment to a similar job assignment without going through the examination process. For more information on the Public Agency Eligible List, to download forms, or to apply, please visit our website at:


Thank you for your interest in employment with Placer County. Placer County is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to an active nondiscrimination program. It is the stated policy of Placer County that harassment, discrimination and retaliation are prohibited and that all employees, applicants, agents, contractors, and interns/volunteers shall receive equal consideration and treatment. All terms and conditions of employment, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, transfer and promotion will be based on the qualifications of the individual for the positions being filled regardless of gender (including gender identity and expression), sexual orientation, race, color, ancestry, religion, national origin, physical disability (Including HIV and AIDS), mental disability, medical condition (cancer or genetic characteristics/information), age (40 or over), marital status, military and/or veteran status, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions), or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law. Please contact the Human Resources Department at least 5 working days before a scheduled examination if you require accommodation in the examination process. Medical disability verification may be required prior to accommodation.


The following information represents benefits currently available to permanent Placer County employees and may be subject to change.  It is advisable that applicants inquire as to the most current benefit package during hiring interviews or by contacting the Human Resources Department.

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