Community Wellness and Prevention Program

Nutrition and Physical Activity Promotion Project

$4,935.60 – $5,999.26 Monthly


The Community Wellness and Prevention Program’s (CW&PP) Nutrition & Physical Activity Promotion Program is currently seeking a full-time Health Education Specialist to become a part of our dynamic team of public health professionals. This project works in partnership with community-based organizations, educational institutions and local government agencies to provide nutrition education and physical activity promotion throughout Contra Costa County. In addition, the project supports organizations as they develop and implement changes to improve the nutrition and physical activity environment in ethnically and culturally diverse low-income communities.


The Health Education Specialist will be supervised by the Nutrition & Physical Activity Promotion Program Manager and will work closely with other Senior Health Education Specialists to perform the duties listed below. Please note that the responsibilities associated with this position may include, but are not limited to the following:


Program Activities:

·        Plan and conduct various aspects of the nutrition education and physical activity promotion program as assigned by the program manager.

·        Promote the program in designated ethnically and culturally diverse, low-income communities within Contra Costa County in accordance with the funder’s guidelines.

·        Assist with developing, implementing and evaluating the program’s curricula, trainings, workshops and effectiveness.

·        Provide technical assistance, support and training for program subcontractors and partners in their efforts to promote nutrition education and physical activity in an array of settings.

·        Develop, prepare, maintain and disseminate nutrition education and physical activity promotion educational materials.

·        Confer with and advise program team on health education and preventative principles, techniques of community organizations, best practices for nutrition education and physical activity promotion, and strategies for addressing the social determinants of health and increasing health equity.

·        Research best practices for Policy, Systems and Environmental change (PSE) and prepare policy recommendations for strategies that support the goals and objectives of the program and improve the nutrition and physical activity environment.

·        Provide training, technical assistance, and support for program partners, subcontractors, local community based and government agencies utilizing PSE strategies to improve the nutrition and physical activity environment in a variety of settings.

·        Provide detailed information for and contribute to the development of program scope of activities, reports to the funder, as well as analyzing and summarizing data collected for assessing program needs and evaluation. Present project reports and findings from evaluation activities to partners and community stakeholders.

·        Represent the program at local, regional and state sponsored events.

·        Represent program goals and objectives in meetings with partners, subcontractors, educational institutions, local government agencies, community based-organizations, other Contra Costa Health Services programs and staff.

·        Attend and participate in team and all-staff meetings.

·        Attend trainings and workshops as mandated by funder and/or recommended by program manager.

·        Other duties as assigned based on programmatic needs.


Administrative Activities:

·        Ensure that all project activities are allowable under the guidelines set by the funder and that those activities are appropriately documented.

·        Enter and maintain data through an electronic tracking system.

·        Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated ability to write clearly and concisely, keep detailed records, and the ability to work well independently and as a team member is required.

·        Provide detailed information for quarterly, semi-annual and annual reports to funder.

·        File and maintain detailed information received from community members using a filing system in accordance with HIPPA guidelines.

·        Participate in meetings and conference calls with funders as appropriate.


Additional Requirements: Must be willing to work flexible hours, including some evenings and weekends. Must possess a valid California driver’s license and a reliable, fully insured automobile. Knowledge of nutrition education and physical activity promotion, as well as bilingual Spanish speaking preferred.


Minimum Qualifications:


License Requirements:

Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator’s License. Out of- state valid motor vehicles operator’s license will be accepted during the application process.



Possession of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Public Health, Health Services Administration, Social Work, Health Education, Education, Sports Medicine, Kinesiology, Nutrition, or a closely related field.



One year of full-time, or its equivalent, which included direct responsibility for performing health promotion, health prevention, or community health education work.


Substitution for Education:

Four years of full-time, or its equivalent, experience equivalent to the Community Health Worker II in Contra Costa County and 60 semester units or 90 quarter units of college coursework with at least 2 semester or 18 quarter units in health-related coursework may be substituted for the required Bachelor’s degree.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

·        Principles, theories, techniques, and practices of public and community health education including the relationships of cultural patterns to human behavior.

·        The ability to apply this knowledge to the process of education and motivation with individuals and groups.

·        Structure of government, of public health procedures, as well as effective methods of various mass communication media.

·        A basic knowledge and understanding of nutrition education, physical activity promotion, and public health concepts with an emphasis on the social determinants of health and health equity.

·        Experience implementing public health education programs and evaluation.

·        Effective oral and written communication skills.

·        Public speaking experience and the ability to facilitate workshops on nutrition education and physical activity.

·        Ability to compile, analyze, and display data.

·        Ability to coordinate and conduct community meetings.

·        Ability to interact professionally with other public health employees, the general public, community leaders, and local officials.

·        Ability to acknowledge and respect cultural and linguistic differences of the County’s diverse population.

·        Ability to speak fluently and convincingly to the public.

·        Ability to deal tactfully with employees, officials, and community leaders and the public.

·        Ability to provide and promote excellent customer service for internal and external customers.

·        Experience working with educational systems, community-based organizations, local government.

·        Experience supporting agencies and organizations in developing and implementing policy, systems and environmental changes to improve the nutrition and physical activity environment.

·        Experience working with ethnically, culturally, and linguistically diverse populations.

·        Knowledge of basic office practices and procedures including copying and record keeping.

For consideration, please submit your resume and cover to Carmen Santos at: carmen.santos@cchealth.org


Contra Costa Health Services is committed to creating a diverse workforce at all levels of employment. Candidates from diverse communities are highly encouraged to apply. It is the policy of Contra Costa County to consider all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, ancestry, medical condition, genetic information, military, or veteran.





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