Company Name: State of Florida

Location: TAMPA, FL, US - 33616


Requisition No: 235703 

Agency: Department of Health

Working Title: HEALTH EDUCATOR – 64007011

Position Number: 64007011 

Salary:  $30,718.69 

Posting Closing Date: 10/05/2020 


Division of Community Health – Health Promotion & Education

4704 B West Montgomery Avenue, Tampa, FL  33616



Thank you for your interest in career opportunities with the Florida Department of Health – Hillsborough County.  If you're looking to build a great career in public health – you've come to the right place.  Many of our innovative and successful health programs are recognized throughout Florida. We hope you decide to join this team and make the Florida Department of Health – Hillsborough County your employer of choice.


The Department of Health’s mission is to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county, and community efforts.


The Florida Department of Health is responsible for the health and safety of all citizens and visitors to the state. As a public health agency, the Florida Department of Health must monitor the health status of Floridians, diagnose and investigate health problems, and mobilize local communities to address health-related issues. The Florida Department of Health develops policies and plans that support health goals, enforce laws and regulations that protect the health of all residents and visitors, and link people to needed health care services. The Florida Department of Health also provides specialized assistance to pregnant women, infants, and children with special health care needs, regulates health care practitioners, and provides medical disability determinations.


Health Educator

 This position will serve in the Health Promotion and Education division of Community Health teaching and promoting the National Diabetes Prevention Program, the Get Into Fitness Today program, along with other obesity and chronic disease programs as needed.  Works independently under the supervision of the Health Educator Consultant.


The Health Promotion and Education Program promotes a creative and low stress work environment where staff are encouraged to bring their professional and personal expertise from the healthcare and public health fields to the workplace, and to be innovative and creative in work products, marketing efforts and program delivery.  Professional enhancement is supported and highly encouraged.


This is work promoting, maintaining, and improving individual and/or community health by assisting individuals and communities to adopt healthy behaviors. Health Educators collect and analyze data to identify individual and/or community needs prior to planning, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating programs and/or services designed to encourage healthy lifestyles, policies and environments. Incumbents may also serve as a resource to assist individuals, other professionals, or the community, and may administer fiscal resources for health or nutrition education programs.


The Health Educator must have experience in public speaking, professional presentations, data entry, database management and marketing.


The ability to multi-task and communicate effectively with a wide variety of audiences is needed.


Responsibilities include:

  • Work as a team in teaching diabetes classes and other health and chronic disease topics to the lay public, community groups, worksite groups and other health professionals. 
  • Act as a liaison between other health professionals in the community and the Health Department working with adults promoting/marketing diabetes education, obesity and chronic disease prevention to the public and medical community.
  • Promote the agency and its programming to the community and health professionals to increase referrals to diabetes, diabetes prevention, and weight management classes. 
  • Assist in designing, developing and presenting literature, information brochures, program materials, presentations on obesity and chronic disease topics, as assigned.
  • Coordinate with health and social services according to need.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • At least one year of experience marketing, promoting, or providing professional presentations
  • At least one year of experience working with individuals suffering from obesity, diabetes, pre-diabetes or other chronic diseases
  • At least one year of experience facilitating group education for diabetes or other chronic diseases
  • Degree in a health-related field
  • Bilingual English/Spanish


Other Desirable Qualifications:

  • Trained as a Lifestyle Coach to teach the CDC’s Diabetes Prevention Program


Knowledge, skills and abilities, including utilization of equipment, required for the position:

  • Public speaking and teaching skills, Lifestyle Coach with NDPP.
  • Knowledge of national, state and global trends and strategies in health education and promotion; assessment and program evaluation skills, methodology & statistical analysis experience, coalition-building skills. 
  • IT skills including but not limited to Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint. 
  • Social marketing and grant writing experience preferred.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of health promotion and public health education.
  • Knowledge of the principle and practices of community-based health promotion planning.
  • Ability to plan, develop and deliver health promotion and public health education services.
  • Ability to develop audiovisual materials.
  • Ability to collect and analyze data.
  • Ability to prepare reports.
  • Ability to plan, organize and coordinate work assignments.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and written.
  • Ability to understand and apply applicable rules, regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.


 Department of Health Career Service employees enjoy the following benefits:

  • State of Florida Retirement package – 3% employee contribution required
  • 9 Annual paid holidays
  • Ability to earn 104 hours of paid Annual Leave (annually)
  • Ability to earn 104 Hours of paid Sick Leave (annually)
  • Health insurance for individual or family coverage – State pays 80% of premium
  • Life insurance – State pays 100% of premium
  • Additional supplemental insurances available such as dental, disability, etc.
  • Tax Deferred Medical and Child Care Reimbursement Accounts available
  • Tuition waivers to attend State Universities/Community Colleges
  • Public Service and Nurse’s Forgiveness Program
  • Additional benefits information can be found under the employment section of


Important Notices- Please be advised:

***Note: Your responses to qualifying questions for this position must be verifiable by documentation provided through the electronic application process. Please review your resume and application thoroughly.


When completing the online application, all gaps of employment or education greater than 90 days starting from high school must be explained (approximate date, month and year) identifying company name or if unemployed.  Incomplete applications/resumes will not be considered. 


The application includes background information questions.  A “yes” answer to these questions will not automatically bar you from employment.  The nature, job-relatedness, severity, and date of the offence in relation to the position you are applying are considered.   Please make sure all questions are answered thoroughly.


Incumbents may be required to perform emergency duty before, during, and/or beyond normal work hours or days.


Current State Employees – Salary for current employees is based on employee’s current payband/ paygrade.  Salary for promotions will be based on budget availability and Senior Management Team approval.


Male applicants born on or after October 1, 1962 will not be eligible for hire or promotion unless they are registered with the Selective Services System (SSS) before their 26th birthday or have a Letter of Registration Exemption from the SSS.  For more information, visit


This position requires a security background check and/or drug screening and participation in direct deposit.


Note: You will be required to provide your Social Security Number (SSN) in order to conduct this background check.


If you are a retiree of the Florida Retirement System (FRS), please check with the FRS on how your current benefits will be affected if you are re-employed with the State of Florida.  Your current retirement benefits may be canceled, suspended, or deemed ineligible depending on the date of your retirement.


The successful candidate will be required to complete the Form I-9 and that information will be verified using the E-Verify system. E-Verify is operated by the Department of Homeland Security in partnership with the Social Security Administration to verify employment eligibility.


The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.


Veteran Information: Certain veterans and spouses of veterans receive preference in employment by the state (applies only to positions within the Career Service).


Florida has the third largest population of veterans in the nation with more than 1.5 million service men and women.  The Florida Department of Health (department) is committed to serving members of the United States Armed Forces, veterans and their families by encouraging them to apply for vacancies that fit their area of knowledge and/or expertise.  Through the Departments VALOR program, which expedites licensing for military veterans, the Department also waives initial licensing and application fees for military veterans who apply for a health care professional license within 60 months of an honorable discharge. These initiatives help ensure that the transition from military service into the workforce is as smooth as possible and reflects our appreciation for the dedication devoted to protecting our country.

The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

VETERANS’ PREFERENCE.  Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply.  Candidates claiming Veterans’ Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code.  Veterans’ Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here.  All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement.