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Health Specialist 

Category Administration  


Ensure that Child Health and Development Services, Child Health and Safety Performance Standards are met in Head Start/ Early Head Start.


1. Provide on-going support and technical assistance to staff and families in all areas of health and safety. Coordinate and/or provide education and training.

2. Coordinate and provide health screenings to ensure that necessary referrals to appropriate outside agencies are made and follow-up services provided. Maintain required certifications related to the provision of health screenings.

3. Assist Health Services Manager in establishing and implementing policies and procedures which support children with medical needs in the classroom environment, respond to medical and dental emergencies, address short-term exclusion and administration of medication, guarantee that safe practices are followed to prevent injuries and to comply with sanitation and hygiene requirements.

4. Monitor all documentation related to supporting children with medical needs in the classroom environment and the administration of medication.

5. Develop health education materials and educate parents, teachers and children in person on a regular basis.

6. Assist Health Services Manager in consulting and establishing relationships with health and dental providers including securing representation on HSAC committee. Secure contracts with the providers and other appropriate community organizations to provide services to children and/or families.

7. Coordinate dental services and ensure follow-up services are provided.

8. Provide on-going health training including medication administration, universal precautions and handwashing as needed; provide health-related training to teachers throughout the year and during preservice.

9. Provide and/or coordinate training for staff related to the individual health needs of children in their care; such as serving children with asthma, diabetes and seizure disorders.

10. Review health and nutrition questionnaires within 90 days for all HS/EHS files and determine need for follow-up.

11. Submit request for needed health supplies to Health Services Manager.

12. Work with staff to ensure all health screenings are completed within 45/90 days of enrollment.

13. Track and monitor health screenings & events for assigned centers for compliance.

14. Monitor accident and illness trends in centers and provide training as needed based on results.

15. Participate in case management meetings and file reviews for assigned center.

16. Assist with summer screenings at assigned centers.

17. Establish and maintain community partnerships in order to provide additional resources/services to staff and families.

18. Work with Health Services Manager and facilitate Health Services Advisory Committee (HSAC) meetings.

19. Assist in health and nutrition initiatives within the agency.

20. Support the implementation of the University Practicum Student program within the Head Start programs.

21. Assist with Program Information Report (PIR) data at the close of each school year.

22. Support ECS staff with maintaining CPR compliance as requested.

23. All other duties as requested to maintain the success of ECS.

(These essential job functions are not to be construed as a complete statement of duties performed. Employees will be required to perform other related marginal duties as required.)


· This position reports to the Health Services Manager.

Position Requirements


· Bachelors in Health, Health Administration, Nutrition or related field preferred

· 1-3 years related experience in public health, nursing, health administration and/or maternal or child health


· Knowledge of maternal & child health as well as health & safety services available to families.

· Knowledge of Head Start Performance Standards

· Ability to communicate effectively.

· Ability to work with other employees and the public in a tactful and diplomatic manner.

· Ability to meet with the public in a mature and pleasant manner.

· Ability to work independently with little direct supervision.

· Ability to exercise good judgment and emotional maturity in crisis and in normal situations.

· Commitment to strengthen families, but with ultimate commitment to the well-being of the child.


· Valid driver’s license and proof of automobile coverage

· Satisfactory Driving Record (as outlined in Vehicle Driving Policy)

· Phlebotomy certification (or willingness to complete within 6 months)

· Complete 15 hours of in-service/professional development training hours each fiscal year (July-June)

· By October 2019, must have current First Aid and Pediatric Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) training

· CPR Instructor Certification (or willingness to complete within 6 months)


· Works in early childhood classroom and office settings

· Local travel to multiple sites is required

· Includes nights and weekend work and some out of town travel


· Acceptable eyesight (with or without correction)

· Acceptable hearing (with or without correction)

· Ability to communicate both orally and in writing

· Ability to lift up to 20 lbs.

(Reasonable accommodations will be made for otherwise qualified individuals with a disability)

Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Shift Days  
Salary Range $19.37 - 22.06 Hourly  
Travel Requirements  
Position Health Specialist  
Close Date 6/9/2021  
Post Internal Days 0  
Created By Rachel Barker  
Number of Openings 1  
Number Filled 0  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  
Hiring Manager(s)  
Req Number ADM-21-00010  
Open Date 4/29/2021  
Location Marion County  
About the Organization Episcopal Children's Services is a recognized leader in early childhood education serving more than 50,000 children and their families in seven counties in Northeast Florida - Baker, Bradford, Clay, Duval, Nassau, Putnam and St John's. In addition, ECS recently became the new Head Start/Early Head Start grantee in Marion, Dixie, Gilchrist, Lake, Levy, and Citrus counties and the Early Head Start grantee in Gainesville. As a result, we now serve another 1,500 children and their families in these areas.

ECS uses research and best practices to help families ensure their children enter school ready to learn. Our talented, dedicated teachers and staff work proactively with children from birth to age five and their families to build a strong educational foundation. It is a "whole" child approach - helping kids grow intellectually, emotionally and socially.
EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.  

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