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Health Communications Officer COVID-19

Date: Sep 10, 2021

Location: Wichita, KS, US

Company: Sedgwick County

Department:  Health Department 

Pay:  $52,155.00 annually 

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm with evenings and weekends possible 

 

The Health Communications Officer COVID-19 is a temporary position in the Sedgwick County Health Department (SCHD) that supports the COVID-19 response. As the COVID-19 communications team leader, this position ensures communication with the public and with partners in an effective, equitable, understandable and respectful manner. The position supervises the Communications Coordinator and the Community Health Educator who research, create, write, and distribute educational materials to partners and the public. The position coordinates with the Health Department Public Information Officer and Social Media Coordinator about communications to the public through the media and proactively creates, leads, and implements communications strategies based on current and future anticipated emergency response situations. The position bi-directionally communicates with partners, connecting partners with appropriate SCHD staff and connecting SCHD staff with partners. Follows HIPAA policies.

 

Strategically lead the Communications Team in the SCHD COVID-19 Response

  • Guide staff work which includes ensuring the website is up to date and the creation and distribution of educational brochures, flyers and signage to communicate with the public
  • Review SCHD Communications Team work prior to submission to SCHD leadership review
  • Ensure SCHD Communications Team work meets expectations of timeliness, accuracy, understandability, and readability, and standards of culturally and linguistically appropriate materials
  • Coordinate public messaging with the Health Department Public Information Officer and Social Media Coordinator
  • Create and review SCHD Communications policies and procedures

 

Ensure communication with the public is effective, equitable, understandable and respectful

  • Actively participate in emergency response meetings and proactively create and implement risk communications strategies based on current and future anticipated emergency response situations
  • Anticipate upcoming messaging needed and assist the Health Department Public Information Officer in drafting news releases, social media posts, message maps and talking points
  • Ensure communication with the public is through a variety of means, including documents, flyers, press releases, website, brochures, video, and social media, to reach all communities in Sedgwick County

 

Provide timely, effective, and professional bi-directional communication between community partners and SCHD staff

  • Connect community partner requests with the correct SCHD staff
  • Ensure requests from and to community partners are responded to in a timely manner
  • Contact community partners to gather or provide information as requested by SCHD leadership and staff.
  • Maintain a list of community partner contacts

 

Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree from the following field(s) of study: Communications, Public Health, Health Education, Journalism, Public Relations, English or related field. One year of experience in public relations, journalism or performing the communications function for an organization. Experience editing documents that others have written. Strong communication and writing skills are required.

 

Preferred Qualifications: Master’s degree from the following field(s) of study: Public Health, Communications, Journalism, Public Relations, English or related field. Two years or more of experience in public relations, journalism or performing the communications function for an organization. One year of work in a public health department or medical clinic. Work experience with risk communications or public health emergency preparedness. Work experience with risk communications or public health emergency preparedness. Video production skills preferred.

 

It is the policy of Sedgwick County not to discriminate in its programs or services provided to the general public, including employment and all other activities, on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, sex, age, disability, veteran status or any other similarly protected status. Sedgwick County is committed to making the application, interview, and pre-employment testing process accessible to persons with disabilities. If you wish to volunteer information regarding any special assistance you may need, please notify Human Resources by phone at (316) 660-7050, TDD (Kansas Relay at 711 or 800-766-3777). Do not use this phone number for employment questions. This number is provided only for those requiring ADA assistance. You will be contacted should the department feel that you are a qualified candidate.


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