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Douglas County  7230
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Pay Range GC20


This classification assumes responsibility for management and coordination of the health education program within the general and administrative services division of the health and social services department. The program manager will plan, direct and manage the program for the purpose to protect, maintain and improve health and to prevent and reduce high risk behaviors or lifestyles associated with leading causes of death and disability. Incumbent performs duties to plan, direct and manage health education programs; develop programs; provide program consultation; set program service priorities; secure funding; manage contracts, subcontractors and grants; serve as department public information officer; perform special projects for division such as computer automation of management information. This classification supervises employees in lower classifications and is responsible for work performed in the program.


(Duties assigned to this classification include, but are not limited to, the following examples.)

1. Supervise and coordinate work activities of program support staff; offer technical assistance as needed. Ensure work is in compliance with appropriate regulations. Assume accountability for work performed within program. Participate in the selection, training and performance evaluation of staff. Establish and interpret policy and procedure.

2. Assess needs, develop, implement and evaluate health education and promotion programs to community, industry, educational organizations, allied health organizations, health care providers, county departments, law enforcement agencies, judicial branch, department executive staff and department staff; provide consultation, administrative support and resource development.

3. Prepare, administer and monitor health education program budget; develop, manage, monitor and assess contracts, subcontractors and grants; set program service priority; assess funding resources, develop proposals, prepare grant applications and secure funding; direct program's billing and accounts receivable systems; establish and maintain program policies and procedures.

4. As department public information officer, direct and coordinate department mass media, community information and public relations programs.

5. Monitor program development, research, planning, evaluation and services to ensure compliance with federal, state and county laws, regulations and ordinances, departmental and program policy and procedures.

6. Direct and provide administrative services to department division directors on special projects and department programs.

7. Serve as co-coordinator of division management information system including computer automation; establish and maintain related policy and procedures; assist in development of system as it relates to and the health education program and the division.

8. Coordinate use of the Ed-Net tele-satellite system; interface with other installations in the community including health department, Umpqua Community College, Education Service District and the State facility in Roseburg.

9. Prepare and maintain records, reports and statistical data as required by departmental policy, federal and state laws and regulations.

10. Serve as staff representative to various committees and groups involved in health education programs such as Oregon Association for Advancement of Health Education, Oregon Lung Association, Oregon Public Health Association; represent Health Education in the community at meetings to promote health education programs.


Knowledge of: Through knowledge of program management techniques including supervision, budget preparation, resource development, contract administration and funding; considerable knowledge of program financial and contract administration; thorough knowledge of theories, objectives, principles, and practices of health education and promotion provided through a public health program; considerable knowledge of the laws, regulations and ordinances as they pertain to health education programs; considerable knowledge of modern educational theories and techniques and literature evaluation; considerable knowledge of management of health education programs to assess community health education/promotion needs, develop, implement and evaluate programs. Skill in: Writing clear and concise records, educational materials, reports statistical data; use of automated equipment and systems. Ability to: Communicate effectively in oral and written forms; operate audio-visual, satellite (Ed-Net) and other job related equipment; make decisions independently in accordance with established policies and procedures, establish new policies when applicable, and use initiative and judgment in completing tasks and responsibilities; utilize problem identification and resolution techniques; use large and small group leadership skills; conduct effective workshops, in-services and other training programs; establish and maintain records and reports; research and gather statistical information and compile into meaningful reports; remain calm and use good judgment during confrontational or high pressure situations; courteously meet and deal effectively with other employees, volunteers, contractors, community groups, other agencies, service providers and the public.

Education, experience and training: Bachelor's degree in health education or public health science or related field with coursework emphasis on public health education and three years progressively responsible work experience which includes program management OR a satisfactory equivalent combination of education, experience and training. At time of appointment, must possess a valid Oregon driver's license.

Desirable qualifications: Master's degree in health education or public health and three years progressively responsible work experience.


Work is performed with general direction from the general and administrative services division director and establishes jointly with supervisor goals, objectives, priorities and standards of program area. The employee receives general instructions regarding the scope and approach to projects or assignments, but procedures and problem resolution are left to employee discretion and interpretation. Employee coordinates work activities, consults supervisor in unusual situations, and advises supervisor of progress. Periodic reviews of work performance are conducted in terms of program requirements and expected results and to ensure determinations and decisions made are in compliance to department policy and procedures.


Work is performed within established department policies and procedures, federal, state and county statutes, rules and regulations; health education manuals and materials, equipment manuals. Employee uses seasoned judgment in interpreting guidelines and contributes to modification of existing guidelines by recommending changes to policy and procedures or adapting guidelines to problems encountered.


Regular and consistent attendance is required.  Work is primarily performed in an office environment and may require bending, gripping with hands, hearing voice conversation, keyboarding, lifting up to 60 pounds of material and equipment when preparing for training sessions either at the health center or community field sites, pulling, pushing, reaching and walking. A considerable amount of driving is required.

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