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Health Education Specialist 3

PURPOSE: To design, develop, implement and evaluate public health preparedness, communications and/or educational projects, strategies and materials for federal agencies. To provide expert knowledge of public health preparedness principles and practices specific to a subject area (e.g., influenza, radiation, hospital systems, clinical nursing specialty, infectious disease, etc.) and to establish and achieve communication or educational/training program objectives that meet customer, ORAU and industry standards.




  • Conduct formative research and planning; develop and deliver effective communication, health promotion and training/educational plans and programs; and evaluate their effectiveness.


  • Provide subject-matter expertise and communications/training skills to design, develop, implement and deliver public health preparedness products for different audiences (public, clinicians, stakeholders, etc.) May include print materials, online training or tools, video, guidelines, procedures, drills, exercises, etc.)


  • Plan, coordinate and conduct focus groups, round tables, and outreach activities to gain understanding of audience, partner, and stakeholder roles and communications/educational needs.


  • Prepare and submit manuscripts or posters for presentation at technical meetings and for publication in professional journals.


  • Serve as technical expert/consultant in subject area of expertise.


  • Other related duties as assigned.



Bachelor's degree in Public Health, nursing or related discipline with a minimum of six (6) years' job-related experience. Master’s degree preferred. Expert-level knowledge and skills in designing, developing, implementing and evaluating evidence-based public health preparedness communications, health promotion and/or educational programs. Understanding of public health principles, policies, practices, and standards, including research methodology. Ability to interpret social science and epidemiological literature and data. Knowledge of structure of federal, state and local public health agencies, programs, missions, and functions and how they relate to communication/training needs and priorities. Excellent writing and communication skills, including presentation, social media, and small- and large-group facilitation skills. Ability to work and function well as an individual and as a team member in a fast-paced team environment. Excellent customer service skills and ability to effectively interact with clinicians, public health professionals and subject-matter experts. Strong analytical and problem-solving skills. Registered nurse preferred.