Metropolitan Council

Health Promotion Specialist

390 Robert St. N., St. Paul, Minnesota
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Feb 25, 2013
Mar 10, 2013
Employment Status
Full Time
Recruitment Type: Open Competitive-the following position is open to internal and external applicants.

Pay Range Minimum: $56,416

The Metropolitan Council is the regional planning agency serving the Minneapolis/St. Paul seven-county metropolitan area.  It operates the regional transit system; collects and treats the region's wastewater; serves communities through affordable housing programs; establishes policies for the region's growth; and serves as the regional planning agency for transportation, aviation, water resources, and parks and open space.

The Metropolitan Council is seeking an enthusiastic, creative and high-energy Health Promotion Specialist to design, coordinate and implement health promotion activities for all divisions of the Metropolitan Council in order to effectively communicate health information to all employees, establish health-related programs for employees and reduce employee health risks.  This person will carry out their responsibilities by regularly taking the initiative to explore new program options and reach out to health promotion partners and employees.  They will also frequently use independent judgment to solve problems without consulting others. 

Example Duties
  • Designs, delivers and coordinates health education and health-related behavior change interventions. Plans and coordinates health screenings and health risk appraisals. Obtains vendors to secure items and services in support of interventions. Designs and delivers training on wellness-related topics. Establishes and maintains visibility with employees in order to build trust with employees and provide wellness resources. 
  • Provides direction and support for Fit for Life (FFL) Wellness Coordinators at each of approximately 26 sites. Recruits for openings; provides training on general workplace health concepts; uses Coordinators to assist with site-based programming. Provides Coordinators with communication and support materials so they can represent Wellness initiatives and serve as an on-site employee resource. 
  • Creates and writes program and marketing materials and works with internal communications departments for internal news distribution and printed materials. Maintains wellness intranet site.  
  • Attends employee meetings and events to represent Wellness; educates employees and markets programs.  
  • Establishes expectations with FFL Wellness Coordinators for fulfilling the Coordinator role and provides direction for special event set up; provides direction to HR Assistant for handling administrative needs such as mailings and prints. 
  • Develops and maintains a Wellness budget and a Wellness Plan, which includes forecasting dollars and activities for the coming year(s), soliciting funds, ROI projections, monthly balancing and coordination with overall Benefits budgeting and planning.
  • Leads Wellness-related projects.
  • Understands benefits concepts in order to coordinate the wellness activities with the plans and programs offered through the Benefits department.

Education/Experience: Bachelor’s degree in public health, health promotion, or related field. Three years’ experience in delivery and coordination of organization-based health promotion programs in a large organization.

Equivalency: Seven years of progressively responsible experience in the fields mentioned above may substitute for the Bachelor's degree requirement.

License Requirement: Valid driver's license.

Desired Qualifications: CHES (Certified Health Education Specialist) certification; experience in delivery and coordination of organization-based health promotion programs at a multi-site organization; at least five years' experience independently (without need to consult with others) managing health promotion programs in a large organization. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Knowledge of wellness principles and theories, health promotion strategies, current public health issues, behavior change theory, organization change principles, regional vendors of wellness services.
  • Knowledge of healthcare concepts. 
  • Computer Skills: Intermediate proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, basic web publishing. 
  • Language Skills: Ability to read and interpret documents such as health and wellness guides, human resources procedure and manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.
  • Math Skills: Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio and percent, and to draw and interpret bar graphs for preparing summary reports.
  • Knowledge of basic forecasting and budget concepts. 
  • Human Relation Skills: Ability to influence, instruct and negotiate with individuals to gain their understanding, cooperation and action. Interactions may involve efforts to persuade and negotiate with other representatives or officials outside of the organization, but does not have the authority to act on behalf of the organization in matters where there are legitimate differences of opinion. Promotes an equitable, positive and respectful work environment that values cultural and diversity among all employees.
  • Presentation Skills: Ability to speak well in public and positively represent Wellness and the Metropolitan Council in both casual conversations and formal presentations.
  • Ability to effectively work with a diverse population.

Supplemental Information
Union: AFSCME Grade G
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Working Conditions: Work is performed in a standard office setting. This position will require travel between the Robert Street facility in downtown St. Paul and other Council work sites.  Candidate must be willing and able to travel to multiple locations in the metropolitan seven county area, some of which may not be accessible by public transportation.

Physical Requirements: Applicants must be able to occasionally lift/carry/push/pull up to 20 pounds.

Selection Process: Candidates will be selected for final interview based on the results of:
  • Minimum Qualifications Review
  • Education and Experience Rating
  • Oral Exam
All employment offers are conditional upon a review and verification of education, employment and driving record (if applicable) as well as passing a pre-employment drug-screen for new hires.
Offers are also conditioned upon passing a criminal background check for new hires.  Convictions are not an automatic disqualification from the selection process.  The Metropolitan Council considers felony, gross misdemeanor and misdemeanor convictions on a case-by-case basis.  Convictions are reviewed based upon the relatedness of the conviction to duties of the position as well as a candidate’s ability to demonstrate adequate rehabilitation.    Metropolitan Council employees who are applying for positions which are, Safety Sensitive, supervisory/managerial; are located in Finance, Information Services (IS), Human Resources; or have access to financial records, files/databases, cash, vouchers, transit fare cards will be required to pass a criminal background check.

Please note: Making a false statement or withholding information (misrepresentation) may cause an applicant to be barred from consideration for the position.

The Metropolitan Council is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. If you have a disability that requires accommodation during the selection process, please notify human resources at 612/349-7558. 

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