Community Health Advocate

Shasta County Redding, CA
DESCRIPTION Benefits Supplemental Questions

* Please refer to the appropriate Bargaining

Unit Memorandum of Understanding for potential future salary increases*

Please visit http://www.co.shasta.ca.us/index/support_index/personnel/MOUs.aspx

CURRENT VACANCY IS IN THE PUBLIC HEALTH BRANCH

OF THE HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES AGENCY

ORAL EXAM IS TENTATIVELY SCHEDULED FOR JULY 2018

SEE "SPECIAL REQUIREMENT" SECTION REGARDING POSSESSION

OF A VALID DRIVER'S LICENSE

SKILLS OR EXPERIENCES LISTED UNDER THE IDEAL CANDIDATE

STATEMENT MAY ALSO BE USED TO SCREEN APPLICATIONS

FINAL FILING DATE: JUNE 26, 2018 AT 5:00 PM

ABOUT THE POSITION

This position will be assigned to the HIV/Sexually Transmitted Infections (STD)/Syringe Services Program (SSP). Duties within the unit will be primarily working the SSP. Additional duties will be supporting the unit's outreach and investigation activities related to STD & HIV infection control. See Ideal Candidate Statement at the end of this flyer for more information.

Under supervision to perform a variety of paraprofessional health duties related to community outreach, referral based client follow up, and community organizing; and to perform related work as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

The Community Health Advocate is a paraprofessional class and is distinguished from the professional classes in that the Community Health Advocate is not licensed to provide direct health care delivery. It is distinguished from a Public Health Assistant, who performs clerical work, assists the health professional in the clinic, and does not have responsibilities for independent community outreach.

EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES:

Community Outreach: Disseminate health education information and teach basic health practices relating to communicable disease, immunization, mental health, nutrition, and sanitation; relay and discuss findings on health needs and cultural attitudes of the community to the Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA); represents HHSA staff on selected community organizations and committees; act as catalyst for culturally appropriate problem solving through community networks to reduce health access barriers; collaborate in the development of culturally attuned services and outreach strategies; and act as liaison between community and the HHSA for improved service delivery.

Referral Based Follow up Activities: Support the work of the Public Health Nurses and other professional classes; provide appropriate client based interventions and follow up to improve identified health problems according to referrals and guidance from Public Health Nurses and other professional classes; clarify professional and medical instructions to community and referred clients; track and locate clients in support of follow up care; facilitate community and client coordination of HHSA services with other appropriate services; and facilitate culturally competent follow up especially with high-risk clients.

Community Organizing: May conduct and maintain needs assessment and resource inventory for community; may generate networks and effective community advisory groups to motivate positive health related change in the community and in health care services.

Community Health Advocate may translate on behalf of clients when no alternative translator is available and will perform other duties as assigned.

TYPICAL QUALIFICATIONS:

Any combination of education and experience sufficient to directly demonstrate possession and application of the following:

Knowledge of: Health beliefs and potential health delivery barriers of target population; community outreach and organizing; and the culture of target population.

Ability to: Learn health principles of disease control including health practices related to communicable disease, immunization, mental health, nutrition, and sanitation; to speak Spanish, Mien, or another Southeast Asian language; communicate health principles in a culturally appropriate manner to target populations; work well with HHSA professionals; work well with community members of target population; and organize community networks and Community Advisory Committee.

These standards are typically attained with one (1) year of experience in community outreach or paraprofessional work in a health or social services setting; 15 semester units, including 8 or more in behavioral, health or social sciences, and may be substituted for one year of experience.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

* Possession of a valid California driver's license.

IDEAL CANDIDATE STATEMENT

The ideal candidate for this position will value working with hard to reach populations such as homeless and drug addicted individuals. The person chosen for this position will have or develop special skills in interviewing clients around sensitive subjects such as sexuality and drug use. The candidate chosen for this position will support the Syringe Services Program which is a primary prevention model for controlling the spread of blood borne diseases in the community.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS

* All new employees are required to have their paycheck directly deposited to a bank account.

* Some positions may require a valid California driver's license and acceptable driving record according to County policy.

* Reasonable accommodations may be made for those persons who are disabled under the Americans with Disabilities Act to perform the essential functions of the position.

* As part of the selection process, all individuals provided with a preliminary offer of employment with Shasta County will be subject to a background investigation, including a criminal history check (primarily completed through the taking of fingerprints). An image of your fingerprints will be captured and sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history, (if any), will be evaluated along with the other information received in connection with your application. Except as otherwise required by law, a criminal conviction will not necessarily disqualify you from the position. The nature of the offense, the date of the offense, the surrounding circumstances, and the relevance of the offense to the position applied for may, however, be considered.

* Based on the results of the background investigation and criminal history check, applicants may then be provided with an offer of employment conditioned on the results of a medical examination, which includes drug/alcohol testing.

* Shasta County participates in E-Verify. For more information click here. If you do not have internet access, contact Personnel at (530) 225-5515 to request a flyer.

* In accordance with Government Code Section 3100, County employees, in the event of a disaster are considered disaster workers and may be asked to respond accordingly.

* Positions in this classification are covered by a collective bargaining agreement between the County and the United Public Employees of California (UPEC) – General/Professional Unit.

* Employees in this classification are covered under the CalPERS retirement program. Depending on the provisions of the California Public Employees' Pension Reform Act (PEPRA) and other applicable laws, an employee in this classification will be covered under one of the following CalPERS retirement formulas: (1) 2% at 55, (2) 2% at 60, or (3) 2% at 62. An employee in this classification will also contribute 7% of his/her pay to this plan, or will contribute such other amount to the plan as authorized by PEPRA and other applicable laws. Please visit our employees benefit page at Employee Benefits for additional information regarding benefits and CalPERS coverage information. The provisions in this flyer and on the County's website are for information purposes only. To the extent the provisions of the flyer or the County's website are inconsistent with PEPRA and other applicable laws, PEPRA and other applicable laws shall govern.

APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCEDURES:

Shasta County Personnel will accept applications and responses to the supplemental questions until 5:00 p.m., on June 26, 2018. A Resume and/or Cover Letter will be accepted in addition to the application form but will not serve as a substitute for a completed application. It is not acceptable to complete the application with statements such as, "Refer to Resume and/or Cover Letter," or "See Attached Resume and/or Cover Letter" the employment application must be completed in its entirety prior to submission. Incomplete applications will not be processed. Closing date postmarks or faxes will NOT be accepted. This recruitment will establish a list that may or may not be used by other departments. Prior applicants must reapply to be considered.

Applicants will be screened and those considered best qualified will be invited to appear for an oral and/or written examination. Meeting the announced requirements does not guarantee inclusion into the selection process. Depending upon the number of applications received, the selection process may consist of additional application screening, written and/or practical exam(s), oral interview, or any combination thereof.

Veterans' Credit: Veterans (as defined by California Government Code section 18973) who have been discharged from military service under conditions other than dishonorable and who receive a passing score on all components of the employment examinations (up to and including oral examinations) shall receive credit for an additional five points to be added to their final examination score. To be considered for this credit, a veteran MUST provide a copy of his or her discharge document (DD-214 or equivalent) and information as to the type of discharge (honorable, dishonorable, etc.) WITH THE EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION ON OR BEFORE THE FINAL FILING DATE.

Applicants are encouraged to apply on-line at apply online or submit an application to the Shasta County Personnel Office.

Arrangements may be made to accommodate applicants with disabilities. Requests for accommodations may be made to the Shasta County Personnel Office by the filing deadline posted on this bulletin. Shasta County does not discriminate on the basis of disability. If you feel you are being denied service based on a disability, our ADA Coordinator may be reached at (530) 225-5515; relay service (800) 735-2922; fax (530) 225-5345.

SHASTA COUNTY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

Shasta County Personnel

1450 Court Street, Suite 348; Redding, CA 96001; (530) 225-5515

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