Overview

Public Health Specialist

Position Summary:

The Public Health Specialist provides technical assistance, expertise, and consultation on issues of public health, health communication, health intervention strategies, and carry out research and other projects to identify, define, and prevent disability, morbidity, and mortality associated with disease, injury, and related health issues. Working as a team member, under the direction of a Senior Epidemiologist/Program Manager, the Public Health Specialist provides assistance and support to Tribal Nations on important public health matters. Attendance as scheduled is an essential function of this position. Frequent travel is required to meet the needs of the position.

The Senior Public Health Specialist manages communication channels between all project(s) partners as well as any advisory groups and committees; serves as primary contact for internal and external project leads on assigned project(s); creates health communication strategies and products, supports program manager in ensuring compliance with funding requirements, if appropriate, such as time and effort reporting, grant deliverables, and contract deliverables, is met; works closely with program manager in the implementation of project(s) scope and objectives as well as in developing project(s) budgets and tracks project spending as appropriate; assists in the development of detailed work plans, which include clear milestones and assignment of project(s) task responsibilities and schedules, as well as the collection, analysis and reporting of project data and reports findings and outcomes as requested; conducts project(s) meetings and is responsible for project tracking and monitoring; conducts and provides direction in program or project evaluation.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities
Public Health Specialist:
·         Provide various public health functions and assist the Tribes, Tribal Health Departments, and staff in the Indian Health Services (IHS) Bemidji service area.

·         Engage in public health practice with Tribal communities, organizations, and systems.

·         Research and identify appropriate evidence-based or promising practices for a variety of public health areas and disease topics.

·         Serves as a resource for technical information in existing public health information, scholarship, and practice, including innovations in the field.

·         Implements projects or programs under the direction of the program manager including coordination of staff, contracts, and partner meetings.

·         Establish and maintain effective working relations with partners, advisory groups, and committees to facilitate the implementation of all project goals.

·         Comply with established project(s) timelines and performance standards for overall program.

·         Identify potential problems and collaborate with staff to prevent or solve problems in project(s) implementation.

·         Track the day-to-day activities required to ensure project(s) tasks are completed on time, successfully, and in a manner consistent with the objectives and goals of the program according to the funding agency’s terms and conditions, if applicable.

·         Work closely with the program manager in the implementation of program scope and objectives as well as program monitoring. Assists in program or project evaluation, as appropriate.

·         Provide logistic support to other staff, partners, contractors, subcontractors, and participating Tribal organizations and communities in the performance of activities.

·         Able to synthesize disparate information and apply public health principles to complex health issues to identify potential approaches or solutions. Assists in data collection and management.

·         Communicate all requirements and commitments (both verbally and in writing) to the program manager, internal and external partners.

·         Make oral presentations to diverse audiences, both scientific and non-scientific.

·         React to requests for information from community partners and follow progression through to completion including written and oral responses.

·         Work with State public health staff and Indian Health Service staff to coordinate public health training and initiatives within Tribes.

·         Coordinate with Epidemiologists serving Tribes in the Bemidji area to produce regional data products, write semi-annual and annual reports, provide training, and coordinate program advisory committee.

·         Participate in projects as assigned by Senior Epidemiologist/Program Manager and the Epidemiology Center Director. Follow direction from senior staff and integrate perspective.

·         Participates in writing for grants and other funding proposals.

·         Engage in networking activities to ensure awareness of services available.

·         Assure that all services are delivered in a culturally sensitive manner.

·         Participate on various committees and workgroups outside and within the organization as deemed necessary and appropriate to the position and supervisor.

·         Attend all training sessions and meetings as scheduled.

·         Attend technical conferences and seminars to stay current on technological advances.

·         Perform other duties as necessary to fulfill the responsibilities of this position.

Senior Public Health Specialist

Principal Duties and Responsibilities of the Public Health Specialist apply to the Senior Public Health Specialist position, in addition to the items below:

·         Knowledge of Native American politics.

·         Knowledge of the principles and competencies of public health practice. This includes foundational knowledge in the areas biostatistics, environmental health, epidemiology, health policy and management, social and behavioral sciences, communication and informatics, diversity and culture, leadership, biology, program planning and evaluation, and systems thinking.

·         Skill in establishing and maintaining cooperative working relationships and collaborative partnerships with others.

·         Skill in reading and interpreting technical reports and peer-reviewed literature.

·         Skill in integrating concepts into policies and procedures and systems improvement initiatives.

·         Skill in working independently.

·         Skill in survey design techniques.

·         Skill in communicating, including visually, with lay and professional Tribal and Non-Tribal audiences.

·         Skill in grant writing and project management including.

·         Skill in providing technical instruction and guidance to peers.

·         Skill in utilizing project management applications.

This is a full-time opportunity working Mon-Fri 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM 40 hours per week with a work location in Lac Du Flambeau, WI. Limited travel may be required. This position has a starting rate of $40,000 – $50,000 with benefits including Annual/Personal Leave, Holiday Pay, Health, Dental, Life & AD&D, STD and LTD Insurance, FSA and 401(k) Retirement Plan. Background check and drug screen will be required before employment. 

Working Relationships and Scope:

Reports directly to Senior Epidemiologist/Program Manager; works independently with acquired experience. The supervisor assigns specific projects, sets deadlines, and provides assistance/guidance. Planning, coordinating, and execution of work are reviewed for accepted methods, consistency, timeliness, and overall presentation and outcome. Daily contact with assigned program team members. Regular contact with all GLITC Epidemiology Center staff members. Frequent contact with employees throughout organization for the purpose of gathering and sharing relevant information.  Frequent contact with Tribes and Tribal Health Departments to obtain and provide information. Occasional contact with federal and state agencies for purposes of remaining current on various issues.

Performance Dimensions:

Supports mission of Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council, Inc. Demonstrate a basic understanding of tribal customs, traditions, values, and beliefs. Quality, quantity, accuracy, timeliness and thoroughness of work performed; quality of communications and development of good working relationships with others internal and external to the Agency; honesty and integrity in the execution of all activities; customer satisfaction with services provided; maintain and comply with all Agency policies and procedures; reliability in reporting to work regularly and on time; soundness of business decisions made; maintain the integrity of confidential business information; stay current in field and utilize that information where practical.  Demonstrate a friendly and helpful approach and attitude to internal and external customers; professionalism; and commitment to the job.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Public Health Specialist:

An equivalent combination of relevant education and/or training may be substituted for experience. Required: A Bachelor’s Degree in a discipline relevant to the scope of this position. Two (2) years of public health work experience, project implementation and monitoring. Knowledge of the principles and competencies of public health practice. This includes basic knowledge in the areas biostatistics, environmental health, epidemiology, social and behavioral sciences, communication and informatics, diversity and culture, biology, program implementation and monitoring, evaluation, and systems thinking. Preferred: Master’s Degree in Public Health or related field. Certified in Public Health (CPH) or Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES).  Experience working with Native American Tribal Health Departments, Tribal organization and/or not-for-profit agency. Ability to work independently and as a program team member.  Individual must possess: Excellent verbal and written communication skills; professional demeanor and appearance; problem solving skills; ability to manage time effectively; self-motivation skills; work effectively under pressure; ability to build positive work relationships with internal and external customers; ability to interact professionally with a wide variety of people; speak in front of groups.  Individual must be able to address a wide range of intellectual and practical problems, create health communication products, and have the ability to compose complex business correspondence (reports, health profiles.) Requires a high level of confidentiality. Must possess valid driver’s license and/or reliable transportation with adequate insurance and ability to travel.

Senior Public Health Specialist:

Required:  Master of Public Health, Master of Science in Public Health, Master of Social Work, or Master of Science or Arts in health-related field. Progressively responsible professional work-related experience, education, or training may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for college education. Non-supervisory: five (5) years of full-time public health work experience or project development, implementation, and monitoring. An equivalent combination of relevant education and/or training may be substituted for experience. Preferred:  Doctoral-level in Public Health-related or health-related degree. Certified in Public Health (CPH), Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES). Individual must possess: Excellent verbal and written communication skills; professional demeanor and appearance; problem solving skills; ability to manage time effectively; self-motivation skills; work effectively under pressure; ability to build positive work relationships with internal and external customers; ability to interact professionally with a wide variety of people; speak in front of groups.  Individual must be able to address a wide range of intellectual and practical problems, create health communications products, and have the ability to compose complex business correspondence (reports, health profiles.) Requires a high level of confidentiality. Must possess valid driver’s license and/or reliable transportation with adequate insurance and ability to travel.

**Only the most qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview. Background check and drug screen are required prior to employment. Due to COVID-19, a period of self-isolation may be required if relocating to the area.

Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council (GLITC) is an equal opportunity employer applying Native American Preference as defined in Title 25, U.S. Code, Section 44-66 and 47, and fully subscribes to the principles of Equal Employment Opportunity. It is the policy of GLITC to provide employment, compensation and other benefits related to employment based on qualifications of the job applied for, without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, veteran status or disability, or any other basis prohibited by federal or state law. As an equal opportunity employer, GLITC intends to comply fully with all federal and state laws and the information requested on this application will not be used for any purpose prohibited by law. Disabled applicants may request a needed accommodation from the representative of the Human Resource Department, PO Box 9 Lac Du Flambeau, WI 54538 or phone (715) 588-1069 or (800) 872-7207

Closing Date: Open until filled.

About Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council office

Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council is a non-profit organization formed by the Native American Tribes of Wisconsin.  We serve all WI tribes by providing administration of grant-funded programs either directly or with sub grants. Programs serve a range of functions from Children to Elders. Our Mission is: To Enhance the quality of life for all Native People.