The Weld County department of Public Health and Environment in Greeley, CO is searching for a Public Health Communications Supervisor. Under limited supervision, provide supervision of positions, employees, and activities within the operations of the Health Education, Communication, and Planning Division. This includes coordinating staff trainings, assigning and reviewing work, participating in the interview and selection process of new employees, making recommendations impacting salaries, job status, and disciplinary action, evaluating performance independently or in conjunction the Division Director and approving time off. Participates in grant writing and management, writing and editing reports and media releases, public speaking, managing budgets and workplans. This position serves as a backup Public Information Officer and media liaison for the department. Position provides support as needed to population-based health initiatives, assessments, and plans. Also collaborates in the planning and outreach activities to prioritize health issues and monitor trends for chronic disease prevention in coordination and direction of the Division Director. Lastly, the position assists the department with communicable disease outbreaks and other emergency response planning and preparedness. Provides direct supervision to health education, communication, and planning program staff.
The ideal candidate to fill this vacancy will have a minimum of 5 years of experience in public health or health education; AND 2 years of management and/or leadership experience. Candidate must have confidence in making independent decisions, experience in managing staff, media communication, and managing multiple budgets and grants. Excellent writing and public speaking skills are mandatory. Experience with tobacco control and substance abuse prevention is preferred, but overall experience and training will be evaluated individually. The selected candidate will supervise and lead a team focused on tobacco control and substance abuse prevention.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS Education: • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in Public Health, Public Health Administration, or Health Education/Communication is preferred with a combination of training and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.
Required Experience: • 5 years of progressively responsible experience in population-based public health, including a minimum of 2 years of experience in a management and leadership role; experience with public information and media; public health accreditation, and chronic disease prevention.
Other Requirements: • Must have the ability to be reached via a mobile phone and work outside of normal business hours as necessary, especially during emergencies and as needed by the Health Department Executive Director and HECP Division Director.
• Have and maintain a valid Colorado driver's license and use of personal, insured vehicle is required to perform job duties. Dependable transportation and auto insurance, maintained at all times, as required by State law, is required.
Knowledge, skills and abilities: Knowledge of principles and practices of population-based public health education, chronic disease prevention best practices, planning and evaluation.
Knowledge of public health prevention strategies and emerging disease trends.
Knowledge and experience in report writing, sharing information with data graphics or visualizations.
Knowledge of electronic communication, social media, including word processing, managing files and records, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
Ability to read and comprehend public health journal articles, interpret basic data findings and communicate results in written, oral, and graphic form.
Ability to read and comprehend information and ideas presented in writing including all forms of correspondence and procedure manuals.
Ability to effectively present and communicate information, ideas, data, and respond to questions in one-on-one and small group situations.
Ability to communicate in public, such as public speaking; writing ideas so others will understand; ability to write routine reports and correspondence; and direct the development of audience appropriate graphics.
Ability to supervise teams and coach staff as appropriate; ability to problem solve independently and conduct appropriate performance appraisals.
Ability to collaborate and use limited oversight with independent judgment.
Ability to work well in a team environment; ability to work with a diverse group of people; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, professionals, other departments, agencies, and the public.
Ability to adapt to an ever-changing work environment, handle changing situations, and respond to requests on tight timelines.
Home to 31 incorporated municipalities, including growing cities, charming towns, thriving businesses and thousands of acres of prime agricultural land. As Colorado’s third largest county, Weld County covers 3,987 square miles in the northern part of the state and is larger than the size of Rhode Island, Delaware and the District of Columbia combined. The climate is dry and generally mild with warm summers, mild winters and a growing season of approximately 138 days. The land surface is fairly level in the east, with rolling prairies and low hills near the western border. Elevations in the county range from 4,400 to 5,000 feet. The South Platte River and its tributaries, the Cache la Poudre, the Big Thompson, the Little Thompson, the St. Vrain, and other smaller streams, flow into Weld County from the south and west, leaving the county on the east. With available services, location, resources and livability, Weld County offers unbounded opportunity for families to live, work and play. We have one more important ingredient as well: A positive attitude toward growth. We love being here, and we’d love having you here too!