Community Health Worker
- Job Summary
- Under general direction, the Community Health Worker will work under the supervision of the Healthy Neighborhoods Program Coordinator and Healthy Neighborhoods Team Leader on grant deliverables related to childhood obesity prevention strategies. The Community Health Worker will provide health education and community engagement leadership in a community setting in San Antonio. The Community Health Worker will be responsible for working collaboratively with other grassroots organizers and community leaders, providing health education and community organizing presentations to groups, and supporting local health initiatives.
The ideal candidate will have a passion for improving health outcomes in low income communities of color, the ability to promote a positive work environment through collaboration and teamwork, and will have experience in community organizing and health promotion. Exercises no supervision.
This position is a “grant funded” position and has no disciplinary appeal rights to the Municipal Civil Service Commission. This position is likewise subject at-will employment status and can be terminated at any time for any reason.
- Essential Job Functions
- Employs strategic community building and organizing techniques to engage key internal and community stakeholders around health issues and health equity, including grassroots community based organizations, health centers, schools, community leaders, and community members.
- Identifies or connects members of high-risk or otherwise targeted groups, such as members of minority populations, low-income populations, or people experiencing homelessness.
- Help community members understand health information and connect to health resources in a culturally appropriate way.
- Provides feedback to public health providers about how to make their services more accessible or culturally appropriate.
- Refers community members to needed health and social services.
- Provides health education or otherwise disseminate medical or dental health information to school groups, community groups, or targeted families or individuals, in a manner consistent with cultural norms.
- Collects information from individuals about the general health of community members.
- Works with individuals and communities to identify priority health needs.
- Maintains updated community engagement records with plans, notes, or related information.
- Advocates for individual or community health needs with government agencies or health service providers.
- Attends community meetings or health fairs to understand community issues and build relationships with community members.
- Follows up with community members by phone or in person about health referrals.
- Distributes flyers, brochures, or other informational or educational documents to inform members of a targeted community.
- Performs related duties and fulfill responsibilities as required.
- Job Requirements
- High School Diploma or GED equivalent (recognized by the Texas Education Agency or a regional accrediting agency).
- Two (2) years of experience working as a Community Health Worker (CHW), health educator, community outreach worker, or community organizer.
- This position requires a valid Class “C” Texas Driver’s License OR a valid driver’s license from another state with the ability to obtain a valid Class “C” Texas Driver’s License within 30 days of becoming a Texas resident. Use of your own personal vehicle may at times be required and proof of Liability Insurance will be required.
- Any applicant selected for this position must have a background check completed with results satisfactory to the City of San Antonio and successfully complete the San Antonio’s Cash-Handling Certification Training.
- Bilingual in English and Spanish.
- Community Health Worker Certification.
- Experience working with vulnerable populations.
- Experience with community organizing.
- Experience providing health education to a diverse range of group types.
- Experience providing physical activity or fitness classes.
- If selected for this position, official transcripts, diplomas, certifications and licenses must be submitted at the time of processing. Unofficial transcripts and copies of other relevant documents may be attached to the application for consideration in advance.
- Please be advised that if selected for this position, information regarding employment history as it relates to the qualifications of the position will be needed for employment verification. Applicants claiming military service to meet the experience requirement for this position may attach a DD214 to the application.
- Unless otherwise stated, applicants are permitted to substitute two years of related full-time experience for one year of higher education or one year of related higher education for two years of experience in order to meet the minimum requirements of the job. One year of full-time experience is defined as 30 or more hours worked per week for 12 months. One year of higher education is defined as 30 credit hours completed at an accredited college or university.
- Applicants selected for employment with the City of San Antonio in this position must receive satisfactory results from pre-employment drug testing and background checks. If required for the position, a physical, motor vehicle record evaluation, and additional background checks may be conducted.
- Physical requirements include frequent lifting/carrying up to 5 pounds and occasional lifting/carrying up to 25 pounds; visual acuity, speech and hearing; hand and eye coordination and manual dexterity necessary to operate a computer keyboard and basic office equipment. Subject to sitting, standing, reaching, and walking to perform the essential functions. Working conditions are primarily in a community-based environment and an office environment.
- Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Knowledge of programs and services provided by governmental and non- governmental organizations that work to improve the health of the community.
- Knowledge of basic public health issues, methods and principles.
- Knowledge of social skills demonstrative of empathy and support.
- Skill in interpersonal, community building, and conflict mediation.
- Skill in utilizing a personal computer and associated software programs.
- Ability to facilitate meetings in either community or home settings.
- Ability to successfully manage competing demands.
- Ability to work within a team environment and work collaboratively to accomplish common goals and objectives.
- Ability to share information to professionals and the public using a variety of approaches.
- Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both verbally and in writing.
- Ability to plan, organize, and implement educational programs.