MULTNOMAH COUNTY invites applications for: Portland Harbor Fish Advisory Health Educator

Job #: 6352-47
Opening Date: 02/28/18
Closing Date/Time: 03/14/18 11:59 PM
Salary: $24.92 – $30.52 Hourly
$4,336.08 – $5,310.48 Monthly
$52,032.96 – $63,725.76 Annually
Job Type: Full-Time Limited Duration
Location: Northeast Portland
Department: Health Department
THIS WORK MATTERS!This is a Limited Duration position expected to end no later than 2 years from date of hire.
Portland Harbor Superfund is a contaminated 10 mile stretch of the Willamette River stretching from Kelly Point Park to the Broadway Bridge. More than a century of industrial uses left areas of Portland Harbor contaminated with hazardous substances. They include polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), heavy metals, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), dioxin/furans, and pesticides. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a record of decision about the cleanup of that stretch of the river in January 2017, and cleanup will begin in the next two-three years.

Eating Portland Harbor resident fish such as bass, catfish, and carp is a health risk, especially for people who regularly eat these fish, and for infants breastfed by people who eat resident fish.

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) is responsible for determining how much fish (if any) is safe to eat, and releases fish advisories as needed. This Multnomah County position is responsible for ensuring that people who eat fish from the river understand the risks and ways to protect themselves, their families, and their communities.

As the Health Educator you will work with colleagues in the County, other agencies, community-based organizations, and community members to create culturally-specific communication packages to help people impacted by these fish advisories understand the risks. You will be creating new communication materials in close collaboration with impacted and vulnerable communities.  You will sometimes work on restricted sites and must follow all proper protocols. This position may be required to respond to public health emergencies.

Diversity and Inclusion: At Multnomah County, we don’t just accept difference; we value it and support it to create a culture of dignity and respect for our employees. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.

We will consider any combination of relevant work experience, volunteering, education, and transferable skills as qualifying unless an item or section is labeled required. Please be clear and specific about how your background is relevant. For details about how we typically screen applications, review our overview of the selection process page.Minimum Qualifications/Transferable Skills*:

  • Equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree in Health Education or a related field
  • Three years of increasingly responsible experience involving the development, delivery, and administration of health education programs
  • Candidates must have demonstrated ability to communicate complex technical information to lay audiences in multiple formats

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Certification/passage of the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam administered by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc., is desirable;
  • The project has an explicit focus on environmental justice; personal and/or professional expertise with EJ principles is highly desirable
  • Expertise with populations most at risk as a result of fish consumption in Portland Harbor is highly desirable.

*Transferable skills: Your transferable skills are any skills you have gained through education, work experience (including the military) or life experience that are relevant for this position. Be sure to describe any transferable skills on your application and clearly explain how they apply to this position

Application Requirements: The application packet consists of the following:

  • A resume. Include month and year for each listed work experience.
  • A cover letter addressing why you are interested in this opportunity with us and how your qualifications and experiences make you the ideal candidate for this position. The cover letter should demonstrate your work experience/skills and how it is related to those shown in the Overview and To Qualify sections of the job announcement.

The Selection Process: We expect to evaluate candidates as follows:

  • Cover Letter and Resume review: We will review your cover letter and resume determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications as stated in this announcement.
  • Phone screen
  • Oral exam: A scored interview.
  • Background check and reference checks: All finalists may be required to pass a thorough background and reference check.

Note: Application information may be used throughout the entire selection process. This process is subject to change without notice.

Type of Position: This hourly union-represented position is eligible for overtimeVeterans’ Preference: Under Oregon Law, qualifying veterans may apply for veterans’ preference for this recruitment. Review our veterans’ preference website for details about eligibility and how to apply.

Accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act: We gladly provide reasonable accommodation to anyone whose specific disability prevents them from completing an application or participating in this recruitment process. Please contact the recruiter below in advance to request assistance. Individuals with hearing or speech impairments may contact the recruiter through the Telecommunications Relay Service by dialing 711.

Keri Caffreys, SHRM-SCP, Recruiter
Health Department
421 SW Oak St, Rm 210, Portland, OR 97204