DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
At Queens Public Library (QPL), within the larger scope of formal and informal learning of the Programs & Services Department (PSD) and reporting to the Community Health Coordinator, the Community Health Specialist is committed to advancing the vision of the division by increasing access to needed health information and resources among Queens residents through the development and delivery of tailored and culturally appropriate health education information, materials and interventions. Areas of focus include addressing leading health indicators such as access to health services, information and resources related to clinical preventive services (cancer, hypertension, and diabetes), promoting strategies to improve environmental quality, maternal infant and child health, mental health, nutrition, physical activity and reducing obesity, oral health, reproductive and sexual health.
- Role involves working with library staff and/or site partners to determine topics of interests for customers.
- Researches and sources health data to inform the development and delivery of health programs and services, as population health trends change including special initiatives such as project grants, emerging disease interventions, or any other discretionary funding.
- Responsible for sourcing and vetting experts to deliver content
- Offers virtual and onsite programming either by presenting to a diverse audience or by facilitating sessions through the engagement of professionals in the field.
- Monitors and evaluates program performance and attendance through the administration and development of program evaluation tools.
- Attends community meetings, events, and helps build networks in an effort to identify both local needs and resources.
- Participates in the promotion of programs by ensuring that community-based organizations and partners in the field are aware of QPL health-related programming.
- Works towards building positive relationships with customers and local organizations.
- Attends seminars and workshops within budgetary limits to remain abreast of trends and new directions in the field.
- Procures and/or develops health resources to furnish community library health kiosks.
- Partners with other programming teams, and the Community Learning division, to ensure an array of Community Health offerings across the lifespan from Early Childhood to Older Adults.
- Maintains program tracking through the use of software such as, but not limited to, LAMPS, SAP, and Microsoft Dynamics.
- Performs other duties as required.
- Bachelor’s Degree in a Health, Life, or Social Science with at least 1 year of experience in health promotion/education and/or health program coordination.
- High level of comfort working with diverse populations and working across multiple departments throughout the Library.
- Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills.
- Computer proficient, including Internet research and MS Office programs.
- A strong commitment to targeting programs that addresses reducing health disparities and promoting health equity.
- Ability and willingness to provide emotional support, encouragement and motivation to library patrons during programs that the worker is leading.
- Able to deliver virtual programming using multiple digital platforms, such as WebEx, Microsoft Teams, and StreamYard.
- Ability to deliver content clearly and concisely in front of an audience.
- Bilingual in Spanish, Bengali, Mandarin, and/or Korean.
- Certified in presenting a health intervention such as but not limited to (ARTAS, Group Fitness, SBIRT, Motivational Interviewing, etc.).
ABOUT QUEENS PUBLIC LIBRARY:
Queens Public Library is a national and international leader in the delivery of public library service. Our mission is to transform lives by cultivating personal and intellectual growth and by building strong communities. Queens Public Library welcomes innovators and leaders to contribute to a long history and dynamic future of serving the most diverse county in the United States. Queens Public Library is a private, non-profit corporation with 1,700 employees serving 65 locations.
TO APPLY: Please email your resume and cover letter to: QLcareers@queenslibrary.org and reference “Community Health Specialist – QLWEB” in the subject line. Resumes will only be accepted by email.
Starting annual salary range is $43,000 - $53,000.
The Queens Public Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer.