Responsible for creating, implementing and sustaining strategic policy, system and environmental (PSE) change initiatives that promote tobacco-free living in Mecklenburg County. This includes utilizing data to support the development of innovative policies, programs or services, assessing the field to identify emerging trends and best practices and recommending evidence-based initiatives that can improve health at the population level. The incumbent will ensure proper evaluation methodologies are implemented and will utilize significant independent judgment to carry out daily work. The position requires strong problem-solving and communication skills, the ability to challenge norms and drive innovation, and the ability to convene stakeholders/partners and leverage resources in implementing strategy.
This position will focus on targeted tobacco cessation strategies in partnership with healthcare and community partners and will include, but are not limited to: •Training healthcare, social service and community organizational professionals on tobacco and health issues and cessation skills through a train-the-trainer model; •Collaborating with health partners and organizations to integrate (PSE) changes that increase the community’s access to evidence-informed tobacco cessation support and services; •Serving as Public Health Advisor to local behavioral health advisory board and providing technical assistance around tobacco-free policies and tobacco treatment in behavioral health; •Establishing tobacco cessation resources and support for community members at high risk for tobacco related health disparities; •Developing targeted health communications around tobacco cessation; •Building community capacity for integrating Tobacco Treatment Specialists (TTS) into clinical and community care settings; •Promoting QuitlineNC and initiatives related to this statewide quit service; •Supporting broader Mecklenburg County tobacco prevention and control PSE initiatives.
Education: Bachelor's degree in public health, health policy or related behavioral science.
Experience: Two years of experience in health policy/planning and tobacco prevention in addition to knowledge of adult learning/training practices.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: •Prior experience with tobacco prevention •Prior experience with tobacco cessation •Skilled in public speaking and community engagement
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Knowledge of: •Health care program and activities.
Skilled in: •Use automated office equipment and software programs.
Abilities: •Communication – Clearly conveying information and ideas through a variety of media to individuals or groups in a manner that engages the audience and helps them understand and retain the message. •Collaboration – Working effectively and cooperatively with others; establishing and maintaining good working relationships. •Applied Learning – Assimilating and applying new job-related information in a timely manner. •Leveraging Diversity – Working effectively with individuals of diverse cultures, interpersonal styles, abilities, motivations, or backgrounds; making the most effective use of the capabilities, insights and ideas of all individuals. •Facilitating Change - Encouraging others to seek opportunities for different and innovative approaches to addressing problems and opportunities; facilitating the implementation and acceptance of change within the workplace.
REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS STATEMENT To accomplish this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform, with or without reasonable accommodation, each essential function satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to help enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.