Tobacco Education and Prevention Specialist
Texas Department of Family and Protective Services - Lubbock, TX

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Program Specialist III
Under the general supervision of the Community Health Services Manager, coordinates with program staff in the planning, development, and implementation of the tobacco prevention/control work plan which focuses on community outreach, training and education, and environmental changes for targeted audiences within Region 1. Makes recommendations for improvement in program policy based on input from these target groups. Provides consultative and technical services to DSHS program staff, health, and governmental agencies, schools, work sites, community organizations, and healthcare providers. Assists in the development and evaluation of tobacco prevention and cessation strategies and adapts their implementation to the local level, via media campaigns and regional events, training programs, coalition development, and the promotion of retailer compliance.

Essential Job Functions:
Attends work on a regular and predictable schedule in accordance with agency leave policy and performs other duties as assigned.

(20%) Develops and provides extensive training, in addition to awareness-raising presentations and events, to key stakeholder groups including health and education professionals, work sites, and civic organizations to stimulate interest and to provide guidance for the implementation of effective tobacco prevention, cessation, and secondhand smoke prevention programs.

(20%) Plans and administers a comprehensive tobacco prevention regional work plan, and provides recommendations for improving standards and polices for program development. Prepares reports, forms, and other documentation for effective program planning and evaluation.

(20%) Provides consultative and advisory assistance to community and business leaders, agencies and coalitions, health care providers, educators, and retail merchants in the development of policies, procedures, and strategies to reduce tobacco use and to prevent minor’s access to tobacco. Coordinates efforts with programs addressing cancer-related issues such as the Texas Comprehensive School Health Network, Texas Agricultural Extension service, and other related entities

(20%) Provides consultative and advisory assistance to community and business leaders, agencies and coalitions, and health care providers in the development of strategies to increase cessation among young people and adults. Mobilize youth-serving organizations and implement evidence-based, culturally appropriate programs to promote tobacco cessation.

(10%) Support Comptroller of Public Accounts and other local law enforcement agencies in
enforcement and compliance activities to reduce minors’ access to tobacco products.
Educate communities on laws that regulate retailer tobacco sales and prohibit tobacco
possession by minors, as well as laws and ordinances restricting exposure to secondhand
smoke.

(5%) Other duties as assigned include but are not limited to actively participating and/or serving in a
supporting role to meet the agency’s obligations for disaster response and/or recovery or
Continuity of Operations (COOP) activation. Such participation may require an alternate shift
pattern assignment and/or location.

  • Safe operation of either a state owned vehicle or personal vehicle is required to conduct state business and an acceptable driving record must be maintained in accordance with DSHS Policy OS-3901, Fleet Operations and Management & Procedures and standards developed by the Texas Department of Public Safety.
Knowledge Skills Abilities:
Knowledge of program planning, implementation, and evaluation.
Knowledge of principles and practices of community health education, community development, public relations, program coordination and evaluation, and training program development.
Knowledge of current health, social, and economic problems associated with tobacco abuse.
Knowledge of laws that regulate retailer tobacco sales and prohibit tobacco possession by minors, as well as laws and ordinances restricting exposure to secondhand smoke.
Knowledge of evidence-based and culturally appropriate programs for tobacco prevention and cessation.
Ability to work effectively in public health programs dealing with professionals and members of the general public.
Ability to motivate and work with other agency personnel in organizing and managing community programs.
Ability to provide leadership and guidance in coalition building and program development, and to exercise good judgment in the evaluation of situations and the submission of recommendations.
Ability to speak and write effectively expressing ideas concisely and articulately.

Registration or Licensure Requirements:
Must possess a valid Class C Texas driver’s license, or equivalent license from another state.

Initial Selection Criteria:
Experience in the development, presentation, and evaluation of training programs and workshops preferred.
Experience in organizing and managing community programs preferred.
Experience in providing leadership in coalition building and program development preferred.
Experience in applying knowledge of current health, social, and economic problems associated with tobacco abuse preferred.
Experience in applying knowedge of retailer regulation of tobacco sales, tobacco use by minors, and the effects of secondhand smoke preferred.
Experience in applying knowledge of evidence-based and culturally appropriate programs for tobacco prevention and cessation preferred.

Additional Information:
Headquarters to be in the Lubbock office. Only applicants who are interviewed will receive written notification of selection results. Applicants must list Employer Posting Number on State of Texas application to be considered for this posting. Applications and attachments may be submitted as follows online at https://hhsjobs.hhsc.state.tx.us/.
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), HHS agencies will provide reasonable accommodation during the hiring and selection process for qualified individuals with a disability. If you need assistance completing the on-line application, contact the HHS employee service center at 1-888-894-4747. If you are contacted for an interview and need accommodation to participate in the interview process, please notify the person scheduling the interview
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