Job description


  • Entry level
  • No Education
  • Salary $26.60 - $34.25 gross per hour
  • Madison


Starting hourly salary of $26.60 with further increases to $34.25, Dane County offers a wide range of benefitsincluding fully paid dental and HMO health insurance premiums for full time employees. The County will also provide contributions towards POS health insurance premiums and short/long term disability. Additional benefits available include long term care, vision coverage, flex spending account and deferred compensation programs paid in full by the employee and awellness program(for further details visit Employees hired after 7-1-11 must be expected to work a minimum of 1200 hours annually to be enrolled in the Wisconsin Retirement System when hired. Dane County alsoprovides 6 weeks of paid parental leave for birth or adoption of a child.
This recruitment will be used to establish an eligible list that will be good for 6 months

Equity, Definition and Examples of Duties
As an employer, we strive to provide a work environment where diversity and differing opinions are valued, creativity is encouraged, continuous learning and improvement are fostered, teamwork and open/honest communication are encouraged, and meeting customer needs through quality service is a shared goal. All employees must be able to demonstrate multicultural competence – the awareness, knowledge, and skills needed to work with others who are culturally different from self in meaningful, relevant, and productive ways. Applicants from traditionally underrepresented populations including women,racial and ethnic minorities, and persons with disabilitiesare especially encouraged to apply.

Under general supervision and/or as part of various workgroups and teams, the Public Health Specialist performs the following essential duties within the framework of Public Health Madison and Dane County's provision of the core functions and essential services of public health. The Public Health Specialist performs duties related to increasing organizational effectiveness and/or specialty public health priority areas aligned with PHMDC's strategic plan and accreditation objectives.

PUBLIC HEALTH SPECIALIST may work in one of the following areas:

Maternal and Child Health:
The Public Health Specialist in Maternal and Child Health works to eliminate health inequities by promoting population health through a policy, environmental, and systems change approach. This is done by assessing community needs, assets and capacity (specifically in communities of color and those experiencing poverty); then planning health strategies, interventions and programs. The Public Health Specialist administers the strategies, interventions and programs and acts as a community resource person and advocates for health prevention and promotion.

Project and Information Management:
The Public Health Specialist in Project and Information Management assists in the implementation of best practice strategies that are rooted in health equity; manages projects to increase organizational effectiveness and meet PHMDC strategic priorities; disseminates information to stakeholders, policy makers, and community members ; prepares reports and memos; serves as a consultant to individuals, contractors, and stakeholders interested in various health issues; leads or participates in workgroups or health coalitions using a collaborative leadership framework; participates in quality improvement projects; monitors and ensures compliance with HIPAA procedures and regulations to protect client confidentiality, participate in emergency preparedness activities as appropriate.

Health Impact Assessment:
This position works collaboratively with the community to promote the public's health, including the health & well-being of disenfranchised, underserved populations (specifically in communities of color and those experiencing poverty); and the entire community. This position fosters the rights and responsibilities of the community in identifying its health-related assets, needs, opportunities and priorities. This position also collaborates in the identification, development and sustainment of appropriate community partnerships and other resources to achieve desired outcomes.

The Public Health Specialist promotes individual and population health through policy, environmental and systems change initiatives/programs in a variety of settings for the diverse populations represented in Madison and Dane County. Core responsibilities include establishing, strengthening and maintaining community partnerships; developing, implementing, and evaluating programs and public health initiatives, and managing work plans and timelines. Work will change as the initiatives and projects evolve. The Specialist will implement grant objectives, work plans and respond to priorities set forth by the management team and direct supervisor.

Education, Experience & Special Requirements
Equivalent of a Bachelor's degree in social sciences, health education, community health, or related field. Plus at least six months experience in a community-based health services setting implementing or coordinating public health related programs; or other public health setting. Experience working effectively with culturally and socioeconomically diverse populations.

Other Requirements
Employees, as a condition of employment, must be current with certain immunizations and vaccinations. A complete list provided upon hire.
Possession of, or eligibility for, a valid driver's license.

Physical Demands
Sitting for long periods of time, extensive use of computer and phone; regular interpersonal contact with public health staff and community representatives; travel within Dane County and occasional out of town travel for statewide meetings; must have ability to transport oneself.

Some positions may require a criminal background check which can include fingerprinting due to the nature of the job's responsibilities. Wisconsin's Fair Employment Law, s. 111.31 – 111.395, Wis. Stats., prohibits discrimination because of an arrest or conviction record. However, Dane County may disqualify an applicant if the position's responsibilities are substantially related to the applicant's criminal history (e.g., the nature of the crime and its relationship to the position, whether hiring, transferring or promoting an applicant would pose an unreasonable risk to the business, its employees, customers and vendors, etc.) Management reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Knowledge of the core functions and essential services of public health; knowledge of policy, systems, and environmental change within the public health priority areas; project management best practices; proficiency in working with computers; possession of effective interpersonal skills; effective time management skills; data management skills; excellent oral and written communications skills; effectively communicates a broad amount of information to a wide variety of audiences. Demonstrates ability to make group presentations; ability to use problem-solving skills to effectively resolve program/client issues and the ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously; knowledge of effective community engagement strategies. Must be available to work nights and weekends, as needed.

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