Responsible for creating, implementing and sustaining strategic policy, system and environmental 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 public health priority populations that are at highest risk for tobacco use and the consequential health disparities. These at-risk groups may include low income/low educated residents, African Americans, LGBTQ community, residents with mental health conditions or substance use disorders, veterans and low-income seniors. Interventions may take place in various community settings such as public housing, behavioral health organizations, faith- based programs, targeted worksites, community health centers and others.
Responsibilities will include but are not limited to: •Engaging community members/allies within at-risk groups to establish a shared vision and strategies for reducing the burden of tobacco use within these groups; •Collaborating with community partners who work with at-risk groups to help them integrate tobacco prevention and cessation strategies into their practices and programs; •Linking at-risk community members to culturally sensitive and evidence-informed tobacco cessation support; •Educating targeted community stakeholders and leaders about the detrimental role that menthol and predatory tobacco marketing tactics play in perpetuating tobacco use in minority communities; •Collaborating with local, regional and state partners in how to address point-of- sale tobacco issue at the local level in North Carolina; •Developing and distributing targeted health communications around tobacco use; •Educating youth influencers about emerging tobacco products and trends; •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 working with diverse groups •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