Health Educator

GPTEC · RAPID CITY, South Dakota
Department GPTEC
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Mid-level


Job Summary:                                                                                                                                                                                  

Epidemiology & Disease Prevention Program (EDP) Health Educator is responsible for undertaking and/or contributing to the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of culturally relevant, evidence-based HIV/STI and other infectious disease prevention initiatives. The incumbent will work closely with tribal health departments, grassroots community coalitions, Indian Health Service, and a network of professionals to assure best practices of HIV/STI disease prevention education and health promotion are being integrated to elevate the health status of the Great Plains tribal communities. The Health Educator reports to the Epidemiology & Disease Prevention Program Manager. Key areas of expertise for the Health Educator will include communication, outreach, and ability to travel.

Essential Functions:                                                                                                                                                                       

Specific duties include, but are not limited to:


  • Ensure of day-to-day project planning, implementation, outreach/promotional, and collaborative activities with Great Plains Area tribes and other and ensure that activities are completed in accordance with established
  • Document and maintain accurate records of activities, travel reports, material dissemination and provide the Epidemiology & Disease Prevention Program Manager progress reports and
  • Collaborate with health specialists and tribal communities to determine community health needs and the availability of services, and to develop
  • Prepare and distribute culturally appropriate health education materials, including reports, bulletins, and visual aids such as films, videotapes, photographs,
  • Provide program information to tribal partners by preparing and presenting press releases, conducting media campaigns, and technical
  • Develop and present health education and promotion programs at training workshops, conferences, and school or
  • Disseminate health promotion/disease prevention
  • Develop, conduct, or coordinate health needs assessment and other public health
  • Integrate a cultural-based approach into evidence-base practices and best practice
  • Foster relationships with state and local partners to strengthen program collaborations and
  • Develop and maintain health education libraries to provide resources for staff and
  • Additional functions include other duties as assigned by the Program

Professional Behavior

  • Effectively plan, organize workload and schedule time to meet the demands of the
  • Work in a cooperative and professional manner with GPTEC and GPTCHB
  • Treat Great Plains tribes and collaborators with dignity and
  • Utilize effective verbal and written communication
  • Abide by GPTCHB policies and



  • Exemplify excellent customer service with tribal stakeholders, health board colleagues, program partners, service recipients, visitors and
  • Foster a work environment of wellness, courtesy, friendliness, helpfulness and
  • Relate well and work collaboratively with coworkers and all levels of staff in a professional manner.
  • Familiarity and/or experience working with American Indian populations and respect for and knowledge of traditional, cultural and spiritual practices of diverse American Indian communities, as well as an ability to work with other culturally and ethnically diverse populations.
  • Consistently demonstrate respect for and acceptance of differing capabilities, cultures, gender, age, sexual orientation and/or
  • Maintain and ensure organizational privacy and
  • Must be able to handle crisis and tolerate
  • Must be self-directed and take proactive initiative to assist
  • Possess the ability to resolve issues with other departments and coworkers without direct supervision.
  • Able to exercise flexibility to alter plans/routines when situations require and continue to perform without projecting stress/frustration that would adversely affect the work environment.
  • Ability to maintain a flexible work schedule, including evenings, weekends and overnight or extended travel as
  • Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to community members, consumers and other employees of the
  • Proficiency with computer programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and other Internet technologies.
  • Valid driver’s license must be kept current, and certificates, credentials or licenses must be kept current and consistent with regulations required by applicable federal, state and/or grant regulations.
  • Ability to promote an alcohol-, tobacco- and drug-free
  • Embrace modes of appearance and attire that reflect a professional
  • Adhere to GPTCHB policies and



  1. A ; Bachelor’s degree or higher in public health or a related field is required for this
  2. A minimum of two to three years’ experience as a Health Educator or working in HIV/STI or other Infectious Disease prevention.
  3. Demonstrated knowledge of HIV/STI Prevention program planning, administration, implementation, evaluation, and
  4. Strong written and verbal communication
  5. Demonstrated discretion, tact, knowledge and overall ability in working effectively with federal, tribal and other
  6. Experience that indicates the ability to interact effectively with leaders and stakeholders within American Indian communities, government agencies, scientific and academic communities, medical and health-related organizations, nongovernmental groups and the public at large is required.


 Work Environment/Physical Demands                                                                                                                                 

The characteristic demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit and use hands to finger, handle or feel. The employee is often required to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. The employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Travel: Local and moderate out-of-town travel is required.



Employment is contingent upon the outcome of all required criminal background checks.

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    RAPID CITY, South Dakota
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