Lead Health Strategist
Purpose and Summary
The Health Strategist applies a multi-sector approach to strengthen department, community, and interagency partnerships in addressing identified health needs in Sheboygan County. The Health Strategist is an engaged change leader who promotes and builds collaborative relationships and initiatives that investigate and act to make meaningful progress on community health issues, providing coordination, facilitation and leadership within the agency and community to foster gains in knowledge, practice and capacity for complex change initiatives across disciplines and organizations.
As part of various workgroups and teams, the Health Strategist performs the following assignments in accordance with the core functions and essential services of public health service delivery.
Public Health Sciences
Facilitates, coordinates, and leads the strategic planning of initiatives that promote health and prevent disease in settings including, but not limited to: Health & Human Services program divisions, community organizations, businesses, schools, and the community in general. Designs, promotes, and implements evaluation strategies that address improvement priorities in partnership with other departmental personnel as well as public and private organizations. Researches and disseminates information regarding evidence-based health promotion and health education initiatives, programs, and activities. Designs and conducts culturally appropriate, evidence-based health education and planning programs for the department, community organizations, other professionals, and members of the public.
Community Dimensions of Practice
Develops, proposes, and implements strategies to ensure public involvement and input in assessment and planning processes.
Analysis and Assessment
Leads the coordination and development of community health assessments, health improvement planning, and intervention activities.
Leadership and Systems Thinking
Demonstrates compliance with applicable professional practice guidelines and any Federal and State laws or regulations applicable to practice as a health and human services professional. Responsible for using quality improvement (QI) and performance management (PM) processes and/or techniques to improve the effectiveness of health and human services program areas. Facilitates the development of internal management systems that create transparent goals and establish strategic ways to track and monitor progress in achieving them.
Policy Development and Program Planning
Assists in developing and implementing engagement processes that assure the informational exchange necessary to achieve appropriate plans and policies as well as identify potential barriers to new policy development and implementation.
Communication and Cultural Competency
Delivers targeted, culturally-appropriate information to help individuals and groups understand health promotion and disease prevention information, public health policies, regulations and code, utilizing appropriate methods for interacting effectively and professionally with persons of all ages and from diverse cultural, socioeconomic, educational, racial, and ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, lifestyles and physical abilities. Ensures program planning and policy development that considers issues of health inequities and health disparities.
Financial Planning and Management
Ensures that resource allocation is in alignment with current health priorities through use of cost benefit, cost effectiveness, and cost-utility analyses. Contributes to the preparation of proposals for funding and grant opportunities involving external resources.
Practices emergency preparedness and performs duties as assigned and consistent with training in response to threats to the public’s health. Performs other duties as assigned.
The ideal candidate will be calm, organized, detail oriented, responsible, ethical and knowledgeable with good judgment and excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and a demonstrated track record of working successfully with colleagues, supervisors, and subordinates in a collaborative service delivery environment. Bachelor’s degree in public health, nursing, public administration, health promotion/education, social work or other closely related degree with three years of related public health/community development experience required. Master’s degree preferred. Must have strong technical skills and experience with Microsoft and database tools. Expertise with web based and various software applications and keyboarding proficiency are essential. Knowledge and understanding of business and government structure, terminology, processes, and procedures. Knowledge of services offered within Health and Human Services delivery systems. Ability to relate to people, demonstrate respect, and to communicate effectively in both written and oral formats. Ability to understand, interpret, and follow complex oral and written instructions. Ability to maintain confidentiality. Ability to protect and practice discretion with confidential information. Ability to complete tasks and to work closely with the supervisor and others. Ability to demonstrate reliability, resourcefulness, initiative, and good judgment. Ability to demonstrate attention to detail. Ability to plan, organize, and prioritize work. Ability to develop grant reports and ensure that grant objectives are met. Ability to manage time. Must have unlimited access to an automobile, a valid driver’s license, and the ability to independently and efficiently navigate to a variety of community, regional, and state-wide locations. Must complete National Incident Management System (NIMS)/Incident Command System (ICS) 100, 200, 300 and 400 certifications within six (6) months of employment.
Work Environment & Physical Requirements
Reports to Human Services Manager. Works with Public Health Professionals (Nutritionists, Sanitarians, Public Health Educator, Public Health Nurses), Human Services Assistants (Public Health Aide, Public Health Technician, WIC Assistant). Frequent contact with co-workers, consumers, members of the public, and representatives of other agencies. No direct subordinates. Frequent contact with co-workers, consumers, State, County, and other authorities, community partners and members of the public. Provides leadership and direction for staff.
Applications will be accepted until position is filled.