Public Health Educator III
Opening Date: September 19, 2023
Closing Date: October 2, 2023
Job Class Code: 4374
Grade: 04-23 (Pro/Tech)
Salary: $22,568.00 - $30,440.80 / yr.*
*Salary is reflective of 20 hours weeky
Position Number: 02000-4073
Position Location: This is a part-time position located in Augusta. This opportunity allows partial telework with management approval.
The Maine CDC Maternal and Child Health Program is looking for a Public Health Educator III to direct and facilitate advanced expertise and technical assistance, program planning and development, implementation, and evaluation of outcomes relevant to the Cytomegalovirus (CMV). This position works to create and oversee a CMV screening program.
This position is required by Title 22, Chapter 261-A, § 1534. This position will implement the work outlined in the statute, including providing public educational resources to pregnant individuals and individuals who may become pregnant that include information regarding the incidence of cytomegalovirus (CMV), the transmission of cytomegalovirus during and before pregnancy, birth defects caused by congenital cytomegalovirus, methods of diagnosing congenital cytomegalovirus, available preventive measures and resources for the family of an infant born with congenital cytomegalovirus. The position is also tasked with developing and establishing a CMV screening program for newborn infants including reporting requirements for healthcare providers and CMV data analysis.
As a member of the Maternal Child Health (MCH) team, your core responsibilities will include:
· Researching and studying health issues to develop health promotion and public health education interventions to improve public health issues for CMV.
· Overseeing and creating a public education about CMV to be shared with pregnant people, healthcare providers, PCPs, hospitals, and the public.
· Conducting research to meet the statute’s goal to convene a stakeholder group of clinicians and researchers with knowledge of cytomegalovirus screening to review the cytomegalovirus screening program and to consider changes to the program no later than 3 years from the final adoption of the rules.
· Establishing a CMV Screening Program, managing the Statewide CMV workgroup, and working with the Maine Newborn Hearing Program on establishing goals and activities to move the program forward.
· Reviewing the membership of the CMV workgroup to ensure there are members from all the necessary disciplines.
· Working with the Program Manager and the CMV Workgroup to establish rules following the formal rule making process.
A Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health, Community Health Education, Health Education and two (2) years’ experience in community or health education program planning, development, implementation, and evaluation. Directly related work experience may be substituted for education on a year-for-year basis.
Preferred candidates will also have:
· Experience working with health care providers in clinical settings.
· Working knowledge of the development of public health strategies for new and existing maternal and child health programs.
· Working knowledge of organization and function of Maine Department of Health and Human Services, federal and state government agencies, official health agencies, professional and other groups involved in Maternal and Child Health programs.
· Ability to communicate extremely well verbally and in writing - prepare written and oral reports and presentations that communicate necessary information to internal and external partners.
· Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office PowerPoint; Word; Excel or Access.
The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is dedicated to promoting health, safety, resilience, and opportunity for Maine people. The Department provides health and social services to approximately a third of the State's population, including children, families, older Mainers, and individuals with disabilities, mental illness, and substance use disorders. The Department also promotes public health, operates two state psychiatric hospitals, and provides oversight to health care providers.
The mission for the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC), within which this position is located, is to develop and deliver services to preserve, protect, and promote the health and well-being of the citizens of Maine.
For additional information about this position, please contact Maryann Harakall, Maternal and Child Health Program Director, at (207) 557-2470.
Please submit all documents or files in PDF format.
To request a paper application, please contact Ashley.Smith@Maine.gov .
*Benefits will be prorated for part time status
No matter where you work across Maine state government, you find employees who embody our state motto—"Dirigo" or "I lead"—as they provide essential services to Mainers every day. We believe in supporting our workforce's health and wellbeing with a valuable total compensation package, including:
- Work-Life Balance – Rest is essential. Take time for yourself using 13 paid holidays, 12 days of sick leave, and 3+ weeks of vacation leave annually. Vacation leave accrual increases with years of service, and overtime-exempt employees receive personal leave.
- Health Insurance Coverage – The State of Maine pays 85%-100% of employee-only premiums ($10,150.80-$11,942.16 annual value), depending on salary. Use this chart to find the premium costs for you and your family, including the percentage of dependent coverage paid by the State.
- Health Insurance Premium Credit – Participation decreases employee-only premiums by 5%. Visit the Office of Employee Health and Wellness for more information about program requirements.
- Dental Insurance – The State of Maine pays 100% of employee-only dental premiums ($350.40 annual value).
- Retirement Plan – The State of Maine contributes 13.16% of pay to the Maine Public Employees Retirement System (MainePERS), on behalf of the employee.
- Gym Membership Reimbursement – Improve overall health with regular exercise and receive up to $40 per month to offset this expense.
- Health and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts – Set aside money pre-tax to help pay for out-of-pocket health care expenses and/or daycare expenses.
- Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness – The State of Maine is a qualified employer for this federal program. For more information, visit the Federal Student Aid office.
- Living Resources Program – Navigate challenging work and life situations with our employee assistance program.
- Parental leave is one of the most important benefits for any working parent. All employees who are welcoming a child—including fathers and adoptive parents—receive four weeks of fully paid parental leave. Additional, unpaid leave may also be available, under the Family and Medical Leave Act.
- Voluntary Deferred Compensation – Save additional pre-tax funds for retirement in a MaineSaves 457(b) account through payroll deductions.
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