OPS SENIOR HEALTH EDUCATOR - 64943163

Date:  Jun 11, 2024
Location: 

STUART, FL, US, 34994


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Requisition No: 828633 

Agency: Department of Health

Working Title: OPS SENIOR HEALTH EDUCATOR - 64943163

 Pay Plan: Temp

Position Number: 64943163 

Salary:  $25.00 per hour 

Posting Closing Date: 06/27/2024 

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Open compettitve.  This is a part-time position with the Florida Department of Health in Martin County, WIC Program

 

Your Specific Responsibilities:

The WIC Breastfeeding (BF) Coordinator is an individual with specialized credentials and extensive experience helping mothers with complex breastfeeding problems. The BF Coordinator promotes breastfeeding as optimal infant nutrition and operates within the policies and procedures of the WIC program.

 

The WIC Breastfeeding Coordinator duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Responsible as the agency Designated Breastfeeding Expert (DBE) and the BF Peer Counselor Coordinator.
  • Assists WIC mother/infant dyads with complex breastfeeding challenges and provides follow-up breastfeeding support to participants. Refers mom to her or her baby’s health care providers for further assessment and medical care, as appropriate.
  • Assesses, contributes towards the development of a care plan and counsels the mother/infant dyad with complex breastfeeding challenges. Communicates care plan to the rest of the WIC breastfeeding team, as appropriate.
  • Acts on referrals from peer counselors and other WIC staff regarding complex breastfeeding challenges.
  • Serve as a breastfeeding resource and mentor for WIC agency staff.
  • Provide in-service instruction and training on breastfeeding education for staff and community partner(s) including the annual World Breastfeeding community event.
  • Ensures the clinic environment clearly endorses breastfeeding, including updating bulletin boards and maintaining the nursing mother’s room.
  • Promote breastfeeding within the community.
  • Maintains lactation credentials and certifications and acquires ongoing continuing education to stay abreast of current lactation profession information and enhance skills.
  • Attends and actively participates in monthly breastfeeding conference calls, monthly WIC staff and Florida Department of Health meetings.
  • Performs monthly breast pump inventory for Martin County WIC, updates breast pump policy and issues equipment in compliance with WIC procedures.
  • Reviews, analyzes, and reports on breastfeeding indicators at least quarterly including WIC Indicators, FL Charts and Healthy People national goals.
  • Trains Peer Counselors (PC) and WIC staff per standardized curriculum.  Provides PC communication including case consults, monthly meetings, and ongoing updates, as needed.
  • Monitors Peer Counselor documentation including Employee Activity Report and FL-WiSE client records and review of assignments
  • Timely and accurate data entry and written documentation including: FL-WiSE, Progress Notes, Loving Support forms, Employee Activity Reports in the Health Management System and timesheets bi-weekly in People First. 
  • Routinely communicates with the Public Health Nutrition Supervisor all relevant activities, requests, and updates.
  • Attends conferences, seminars and workshops as assigned.
  • Completes Florida Department of Health, WIC, and Breastfeeding trainings.
  • Travel may be required, as needed.  Private transportation and driver’s license is required. 
  • Emergency duty is required in response to or threats involving any disaster man-made or natural.   Emergency duties include working in special needs or Red Cross shelters, or performing other emergency duties as assigned.

 

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Experience counseling breastfeeding mothers and infants who experience complex breastfeeding challenges
  • Breastfeeding Assessment and Care Plan Development
  • Experience providing breastfeeding training and education 
  • Compassion and desire to help mothers resolve breastfeeding challenges
  • Active listening, rapport building and communication
  • Collaboration with other WIC staff and community partner(s)
  • Literacy and Language skills appropriate to address the needs of a diverse population
  • Proficiency in computer communication skills and applications.

 

Qualifications:

Mimimum:

  • Minimum of one year of experience in counseling breastfeeding women.
  • Certified as an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), or is a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) willing to obtain IBCLC credentials.
  • Have a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, or have completed a minimum of 8 college courses from an accredited institution in the Health Sciences (suggested coursework includes but is not limited to the following areas: Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, Biology, Infant Growth and Development, Nutrition, Counseling Skills, Sociology, Introduction to Clinical Research, etc.). 
  • Proficient in computer skills and applications.
  • Must have the ability to be at your workstation on time on a daily basis to serve clients.
  • Must be able to work a flexible schedule. Some days may start at 7:30am, other days may end at 6:00 pm.
  • Must have have a driver’s license and access to a vehicle.  Mileage reimbursement is available.
  • Must be willing to accept $25/hr
  • Willing to work before, during and/or beyond your normal work hours in a Special Needs Shelter or to perform other emergency duties including, but not limited to, responses involving any disaster or threat of disaster.

Preferred:

  • Bi-lingual

 

Florida Department of Health Mission, Vision, and Values:

Mission:

To protect, promote & improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county & community efforts.

Vision:

To be the Healthiest State in the Nation.

Values:

nnovation: We search for creative solutions and manage resources wisely.

C ollaboration: We use teamwork to achieve common goals & solve problems.

A ccountability: We perform with integrity & respect.

R esponsiveness: We achieve our mission by serving our customers & engaging our partners.

E xcellence: We promote quality outcomes through learning & continuous performance improvement.

 

Where You Will Work:

3441 SE Willoughby Blvd, 34994, Stuart 

 

The Benefits of Working for the State of Florida:

Working for the State of Florida is more than a paycheck. As an OPS employee, the benefits below are available:

 

  • State of Florida 401(a) FICA Alternative Plan (mandatory)
  • Participation in state group insurance (upon meeting eligibility requirements.  Consult with People First and/or the serving HR office)
  • Workers’ Compensation (mandatory, if needed)
  • Reemployment Assistance (Unemployment Compensation) (mandatory, if needed)
  • Deferred Compensation (voluntary)
  • Employee Assistance Program (voluntary)
  • And more!
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    For a more complete list of benefits, including monthly costs, visit www.mybenefits.myflorida.com.

 

Please be advised:

 

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/or drug screening and participation in direct deposit. Any misrepresentations or omissions will disqualify you from employment consideration. Note: You will be required to provide your Social Security Number (SSN) in order to conduct this background check Successful completion of a drug test is a condition of employment for safety-sensitive positions.

 

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: http://www.sss.gov 

 

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.

 

Florida has the third largest population of veterans in the nation with more than 1.5 million service men and women.  The Florida Department of Health (department) is committed to serving members of the United States Armed Forces, veterans and their families by encouraging them to apply for vacancies that fit their area of knowledge and/or expertise.  Through the Department's VALOR program, which expedites licensing for military veterans, the Department also waives initial licensing and application fees for military veterans who apply for a health care professional license within 60 months of an honorable discharge. These initiatives help ensure that the transition from military service into the workforce is as smooth as possible and reflects our appreciation for the dedication devoted to protecting our country.   

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.


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