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Date: Nov 24, 2021

Location: OCALA, FL, US, 32301

The State Personnel System is an E-Verify employer. For more information click on our E-Verify website.

Requisition No: 451901 

Agency: Department of Health

Working Title: OPS HEALTH EDUCATOR - 64942311

Position Number: 64942311 

Salary:  $20.00 - $25.00 

Posting Closing Date: 12/07/2021 



This position requires the following:

  • An IBCLC or CLC
  • A current valid driver's license
  • Willing to travel to clinics using your own vehicle
  • Experience providing breastfeeding education to clients or medical professionals


Preference will be given fore the following:

  • WIC, Healthy Start, or Healthy Baby experience
  • Bilingual
  • Willing to interpret



Duties and Responsibilities:

- Subject to emergency duty in the event of a natural disaster

- Completion of all mandatory or assigned trainings within the required time frame

- The incumbent in this position is responsible for educating women and families about breastfeeding and human lactation.


Provide holistic, evidence-based breastfeeding support, care, risks of not breastfeeding and education from preconception to weaning for women and their families which supports initiatives of the state. Conducts bedside lactation rounds as needed in county hospitals in coordination with Healthy Start and WIC staff. Consults with mothers having breastfeeding problems, refer as appropriate.


- Serves as the designated breastfeeding expert for the WIC Program. Responds to referrals from breastfeeding peer counselors and WIC funded staff as needed. Provides support in person, as well as by telephone contact, for clients receiving electrical breast pumps in accordance to the Breast Pump Equipment Guidelines from the WIC Procedure Manual. Maintains the Breast Pump Follow-Up Contacts spreadsheet regarding the number of contacts provided to each client for each month.


Assists the WIC Coordinator with policies and procedures regarding breastfeeding promotion. Assists the WIC Coordinator with the training curriculum for the breastfeeding peer counselors.

- Conducts assessments, develops an Individualized Breast Care Plan or Breastfeeding Plan.

- Conducts hospital and physician office visits to provide services to families and breastfeeding support.

- Supports and develops the Healthy Babies Initiatives throughout Marion County.

- To facilitate the development of policies which protect, promote, and support breastfeeding and act as an advocate for breastfeeding, to support initiatives of the state. Create a culture that promotes breastfeeding and learning for staff, health professionals and the community about breastfeeding and human lactation. Provide holistic, evidence-based breastfeeding support, care, risks of not breastfeeding and education from preconception to weaning for the community and its partners. Plans, teaches and evaluates classes/in-service education for employees and providers of FDOH Marion, in county hospitals and private practice offices. Provides materials to individuals and programs on state initiatives and services offered by FDOH


Marion. Selects appropriate breastfeeding related supplies for clinic and educations materials for the community at large.

- Assists in the recruitment and coordination of local community partnerships by helping to organize meetings and conducting business and activities of the partnership. Coordinates partnership activities within the county. Represents Florida Department of Health Marion at community events and meetings including but not limited to: support groups, workshops, health fairs, trainings, community based organizations, local coalitions, and taskforces.

- Assist in the identification, planning and implementation of targeted screening, outreach programs based on basic analysis of health trends and distribution among various cultural, social, economic, and subgroup populations in the community as part of state initiatives.

- Coordinates program activities with communicable disease staff, community health staff, Healthy Start, WIC, and health department staff as needed. Submits regular reports as required to ensure appropriate progress on work plans. Prepares documents for vendors and ensures compliance with state guidelines. Provide information as needed and regular in-service trainings. Completes forms and paperwork in hard copy and electronically as required.

- Conducts quality assurance programs to monitor the effectiveness of the program and its partners as pertains to state initiatives.



All applications must be completed online through People First.  No faxed or mailed applications will be accepted by the agency. Applications and resumes should include relevant internship work.
**NOTE:  Your responses to qualifying questions for this position must be verifiable by documentation provided through the electronic application process. **
This position requires a security background check and participation in direct deposit.
Note: You will be required to provide your Social Security Number (SSN) in order to conduct this background check.
Male applicants born on or after October 1, 1962, will not be eligible for hire or promotion unless they are registered with the Selective Services System (SSS) before their 26th birthday, or have a Letter of Registration Exemption from the SSS. For more information, please visit the SSS website:
If you are a retiree of the Florida Retirement System (FRS), please check with the FRS on how your current benefits will be affected if you are re-employed with the State of Florida. Your current retirement benefits may be canceled, suspended or deemed ineligible depending upon the date of your retirement.
The successful candidate will be required to complete the Form I-9 and that information will be verified using the E-Verify system. E-Verify is operated by the Department of Homeland Security in partnership with the Social Security Administration to verify employment eligibility. 
Incumbents may be required to perform emergency duty before, during, and/or beyond normal work hours or days.
Other Personal Services (OPS) employment is a temporary employer/employee relationship used solely for accomplishing short term or intermittent tasks.  OPS are at-will employees and are subject to actions such as pay changes, changes to work assignment and terminations at the recommendation of the employer.


  • State of Florida 401(a) FICA Alternative Plan- Mandatory
  • Workers’ Compensation- Mandatory
  • Reemployment Assistance (Unemployment Compensation)- Mandatory
  • Participation in state group insurance (upon meeting eligibility requirements.  Consult with People First and/or the serving HR office)
  • Deferred Compensation- Voluntary
  • Employee Assistance Program- Voluntary





  • Any form of paid leave
  • Paid holidays
  • Participation in the Florida Retirement System
  • Reinstatement rights or retention rights

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: Tallahassee