Health Promotion Specialist - CARE Unit

South Bend, IN

Position: Health Promotion Specialist – CARE Unit

St. Joseph County Department of Health

Opening Date: April 18, 2024

Closing Date: Until Filled

Salary: Up to $52,500/year

Location: 227 W. Jefferson Blvd., South Bend, IN 46601 – 9th Floor

Status: Full Time

Job Category: PAT (Professional, Administrative, Technological)

FLSA Status: Non-exempt

Incumbent serves as Health Promotion Specialist for the Community Access, Resources, and Education (CARE) Unit of the St. Joseph County Department of Health, responsible for creating, planning, coordinating, and implementing health education materials and activities. Topics include, but are not limited to, substance use, mental health, chronic disease prevention, cancer prevention, and elder care.


Creates health education materials, both physical and digital, for distribution to the public.

Under the guidance of the CARE director and in collaboration with the SJCDoH Communication Specialist, this role leads and facilitates the creation, printing, and delivery of health education materials, including flyers, brochures, stickers, logos, buttons, and pdfs.

Develops and presents educational programs for local schools and daycares, workplaces, health fairs, community and social organizations, and County employees to provide information and assistance in identifying, understanding, and preventing environmental health hazards and chronic disease health risks.

Works with a variety of community organizations to coordinate community health presentations and educational events. Coordinates logistics for host site and staff, including reaching out to community organizations and facilities, planning event details, and implementing and evaluating events.

Maintains current knowledge on health-related topics and assists in planning, developing, and implementing health education materials, programs, and services in accordance with community needs and Department goals and objectives.

Performs related duties as assigned.


Bachelor’s degree in public health education or related field required, with two years’ experience as a Health Promotion Specialist/education preferred.

Ability to meet all hiring and retention requirements, including passage of drug test.

Possession of or ability to obtain and maintain required certifications and training. Certification of Health Education Specialist preferred, but not required.

Practical knowledge of health promotion and education, with ability to effectively prepare and conduct educational activities and materials for a wide variety of target groups.

Working knowledge of standard policies and practices of St. Joseph County Department of Health, with ability to apply appropriate procedures accordingly.

Working knowledge of standard English grammar, spelling, and punctuation, and ability to prepare accurate documents, correspondence, and written reports as required.

Working knowledge of standard office policies and procedures, including word processing, spreadsheet, publishing, email, internet, and Department-specific software systems, and ability to apply such knowledge to a variety of interrelated processes, tasks, and operations. Must be proficient in using current Department technology utilized for website creation, graphic design and presentation, online word processing and document management, social media outreach, and data management.

Working knowledge of filing systems with ability to create and maintain accurate and complete Department files.

Ability to effectively listen, comprehend, and communicate orally and in writing with co- workers, other County and municipal departments, community organizations, daycares and schools, and the public, including being sensitive to professional ethics, gender, cultural diversities, and disabilities.

Ability to compose messages that match target audience’s health literacy level to effectively communicate information.

Ability to create positive collaborative relationships with outside agencies and community organizations.

Ability to plan and deliver public speaking presentations and special events.

Ability to properly operate standard office equipment, including computer, copier, telephone, and presentation equipment.

Ability to understand, memorize, retain, and carry out written or oral instructions, and to present findings in oral or written form.

Ability to analyze and evaluate information.

Ability to count, compute, and perform arithmetic operations.

Ability to work alone with minimum supervision with others in a team environment.

Ability to work on several tasks at a time, occasionally under time pressure or amidst distractions.

Ability to compare or observe similarities and differences between data, people, or things, and apply knowledge of people and locations.

Ability to provide public access to or maintain confidentiality of Department information and records according to state requirements and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

Shall comply with all employer and Department policies and work rules, including, but not limited to, attendance, safety, drug-free workplace, and personal conduct.

Ability to occasionally work extended, evening, and/or weekend hours and travel out of town for trainings and conferences, sometimes overnight.

Possession of a valid driver’s license and demonstrated safe driving record.


Numerous duties are performed that are not directly related. Incumbent operates within well-defined guidelines and rules, and exercises discretion in selecting the appropriate ones to ensure proper completion of assigned tasks.


Incumbent applies standard departmental practices and policies to individual situations, with departures from guidelines and instructions discussed with supervisor. Work

product is reviewed for achievement of desired results and overall conformity with instructions and standard practices of the Department.


Incumbent maintains frequent communication with co-workers, other County and municipal departments, community organizations, day cares and schools, and the public for purposes of exchanging information.

Incumbent reports directly to Director of Community Access, Resources, and Education (CARE).


Incumbent performs duties primarily in a standard office environment and in the community involving sitting/walking at will, sitting/standing/walking for long periods, driving, keyboarding, lifting/carrying objects weighing under 25 pounds, pushing/pulling objects, handling/grasping/fingering objects, bending, reaching, crouching/kneeling, close/far vision, hearing sounds/communication, and speaking clearly.

Incumbent is occasionally required to work extended, evening, and/or weekend hours and travel out of town for trainings and conferences, sometimes overnight.

If a certification or license is required, please be sure to attach the documents.