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Date: Dec 6, 2017

Location: TAMPA, FL, US, 33616

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Requisition No: 25739 

Agency: Department of Health

Working Title: OPS HEALTH EDUCATOR - 64929129

Position Number: 64929129 

Salary:  $16.23 hourly 

Posting Closing Date: 12/16/2017 


Division of Community Health

Health Promotion & Education

4704 B West Montgomery Avenue

Tampa, FL  33616




Thank you for your interest in career opportunities with the Florida Department of Health - Hillsborough County.  If you're looking to build a great career in public health - you've come to the right place.  Many of our innovative and successful health programs are recognized throughout Florida. We hope you decide to join this team and make the Florida Department of Health - Hillsborough County your employer of choice.

The Department of Health’s mission is to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county, and community efforts.

The Florida Department of Health is responsible for the health and safety of all citizens and visitors to the state. As a public health agency, the Florida Department of Health must monitor the health status of Floridians, diagnose and investigate health problems, and mobilize local communities to address health-related issues. The Florida Department of Health develops policies and plans that support health goals, enforce laws and regulations that protect the health of all residents and visitors, and link people to needed health care services. The Florida Department of Health also provides specialized assistance to pregnant women, infants, and children with special health care needs, regulates health care practitioners, and provides medical disability determinations.


Health Educator

This position will serve in the Health Promotion and Education division of Community Health teaching and promoting the Diabetes Self-Management Education Program and the National Diabetes Prevention Program along with other obesity and chronic disease programs as needed.  Works independently under the supervision of the Public Health Nutrition Consultant. 

The Health Promotion and Education Program promotes a creative and low stress work environment where staff are encouraged to bring their professional and personal expertise from the healthcare and public health fields to the workplace, and to be innovative and creative in work products, marketing efforts and program delivery.  Professional enhancement is supported and highly encouraged.


This is work promoting, maintaining, and improving individual and/or community health by assisting individuals and communities to adopt healthy behaviors. Health Educators collect and analyze data to identify individual and/or community needs prior to planning, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating programs and/or services designed to encourage healthy lifestyles, policies and environments. Incumbents may also serve as a resource to assist individuals, other professionals, or the community, and may administer fiscal resources for health or nutrition education programs.


The Health Educator must have experience in public speaking, professional presentations, data entry, database management and marketing.


The ability to multi-task and communicate effectively with a wide variety of audiences is needed.


Trained as a Lifestyle Coach to teach the CDC’s Diabetes Prevention Program, Master’s degree in Public Health, Certified Health Education Specialist, and bilingual fluency in English and Spanish highly desired.


Responsibilities include:

  • Work as a team in teaching diabetes classes and other health and chronic disease topics to the lay public, community groups, worksite groups and other health professionals. 
  • Act as a liaison between other health professionals in the community and the Health Department working with adults promoting/marketing diabetes education, obesity and chronic disease prevention to the public and medical community.
  • Promote the agency and its programming to the community and health professionals to increase referrals to diabetes, diabetes prevention, and weight management classes. 
  • Assist in designing, developing and presenting literature, information brochures, program materials, presentations on obesity and chronic disease topics, as assigned.
  • Coordinate with health and social services according to need.


    Minimum Qualifications:

  • At least one year of experience marketing, promoting, or providing professional presentations
  • At least one year of experience working with individuals suffering from obesity, diabetes, pre-diabetes or other chronic diseases
  • At least one year of experience facilitating group education for diabetes or other chronic diseases
  • Bilingual English/Spanish


    Other Desirable Qualifications:

  • Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES)
  • Master’s Degree in Public Health
  • Trained as a Lifestyle Coach to teach the CDC’s Diabetes Prevention Program


    Knowledge, skills and abilities, including utilization of equipment, required for the position:

  • Public speaking and teaching skills, Lifestyle Coach with NDPP
  • Knowledge of national, state and global trends and strategies in health education and promotion; assessment and program evaluation skills, methodology & statistical analysis experience, coalition-building skills. 
  • IT skills including but not limited to Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint. 
  • Social marketing and grant writing experience preferred
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of health promotion and public health education
  • Knowledge of the principle and practices of community-based health promotion planning.
  • Ability to plan, develop and deliver health promotion and public health education services.
  • Ability to develop audiovisual materials.
  • Ability to collect and analyze data.
  • Ability to prepare reports.
  • Ability to plan, organize and coordinate work assignments.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and written.
  • Ability to understand and apply applicable rules, regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others


     Department of Health OPS employees enjoy the following benefits:

  • FICA Alternative Plan administered through Valic – 7.5% mandatory contribution required
  • Health insurance for individual or family coverage - State pays 80% of premium (must meet eligibility requirements)
  • Life insurance available – employee pays premiums
  • Additional supplemental insurances available such as dental, disability, etc.
  • Tax Deferred Child Care Reimbursement Account available
  • Additional benefits information can be found under the employment section of


    *Note: Your responses to qualifying questions for this position must be verifiable by documentation provided through the electronic application process. 


    Incumbents may be required to perform emergency duty before, during, and/or beyond normal work hours or days


    Current State Employees - Salary for current employees is based on employee’s current pay band/ paygrade. 

The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

Nearest Major Market: Tampa

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