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Community Health Specialist / Program Director

South Central Health District
196 North Main Street, Southington, CT 06489
$63,445.95 - $81,887.37 a year - Full-time
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196 North Main Street, Southington, CT 06489

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  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off

Full job description



  • The South Central Health District (Middlefield, Plainville, Southington) is looking to fill the Community Health Specialist / Program Director position with an enthusiastic public health professional. This position plays an essential role in overseeing and creating community health and wellness education and programming based on the needs of the communities served by the district. The position will work collaboratively with the Public Health Nurse to execute Federal grant deliverables. Candidate has the opportunity to be a part of enhancing and elevating community health services and programming provided to the district. Position hours may be flexible due to the scheduling of evening and weekend vaccination clinics and community event involvement. (Job title dependent on qualifications.)

Job Description

Work is performed under the general supervision of the Director of Health. This position oversees all community health programming and education for the residents of the South Central Health District. The position involves broad preventative health promotion programming aimed at increasing healthier residents in the communities of the district.

Distinguishing Features:

The position creates community partnerships and brings programming and education to communities in a way that specifically meets the needs of each town supported.


1. Works with DOH and Nurse in the development and planning of health education and prevention programing.
2. Collaborates in the development of individual, team and departmental quality improvement and evaluation activities.
3. Maintains resource files on public health education material for use by staff and the general public.
4. Develops and conducts health programming as requested by the Director of Health and the community.
5. Coordinate and collaborate with community organizations, agencies, and stakeholders to address community health concerns.
6. Conducts periodic public health needs assessment and recommends program development to address identified needs.
7. Responds by telephone, in person, and in writing to persons seeking health information, regarding health rules and regulations, specific complaints and other community health problems.
8. Works directly with public health nurse to maintain proper vaccine provider licensing. Completes all tasks associated with executing vaccination clinics.
9. Assists in writing internal procedures and protocols.
10. Participates in community projects and delivers health education.
11. Provide leadership and guidance to staff members and volunteers.
12. Participates in various committees, conferences, professional meetings and public hearings.
13. Collaborates with local, state and federal agencies when needed.
14. Assists with all social media account management for the district.
15. Participates in conferences and meetings for the promotion of public health education, communicable diseases and vaccination activities.
16. Assist DOH in community health related grant management.
17. Collect data and evaluate program outcomes to inform decision-making and improve services.
18. Partners with the Emergency Preparedness Coordinator as an “on-call” resource and support for the emergency needs of the communities.
19. All SCHD employees have an emergency response role and may be expected to respond to threats to the public’s health; these may include, but are not limited to, requirements to work longer hours, nights or weekends, and to perform duties different than the daily routine.

The above essential duties and responsibilities are not intended as a comprehensive list. They are intended to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities.

Knowledge, Skill and Ability:

  • Knowledge of community health programming.
  • Competence in critical thinking and problem solving.
  • Exhibits a strong commitment to achieve goals.
  • Shows initiative, enthusiasm, creativity.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills ability to work cooperatively.
  • Ability to organize work effectively.
  • Ability to accept and utilize guidance.
  • Interpret disease and injury causation and the impact of and solutions to current public health problems.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Must be competent in Word, PowerPoint, Outlook.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in public health, health administration, community health or a closely-related field is required. (Community Health Specialist)
  • Master’s degree in public health, environmental health, or related field. (Program Director)
  • Experience managing and executing grant funded community health work.
  • Must have strong interpersonal skills and the ability to network and create lasting relationships within the community.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills; ability to manage social media accounts and create press releases.
  • Ability to create and execute public health prevention programming.
  • Must have strong public speaking skills.
  • Must possess an ability to work independently and collaboratively.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 5 years’ experience working in the field of community health programming.

Physical Demands and Working Conditions:

Work is performed in an office environment and in various community settings with travel to sites within the community.
Work may be performed outside of normal business hours, or to respond to emergency situations. May be exposed to body fluids, hazardous waste materials, toxins and/or poisonous substances. Some moderate lifting may be required.


  • Please submit a cover letter and resume to: Susan Lonczak, Director of Health, via email
  • Position open until filled.


Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $63,445.95 - $81,887.37 per year


  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Retirement plan
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Vision insurance

Medical specialties:

  • Public Health


  • Monday to Friday

Work Location: In person