Vacancy Announcement

Regional Infection Prevention Support Team Trainer (Public Health Educator)

Two Positions Available

Salary Grade:

Not Provided

Salary Range:

$ 60,000

Closing Date:

Open until filled

Position Number:

Not provided

Number of Positions Available:

2

Location:

Region 1 (Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon, Swain and Transylvania)

Description of Work:

The primary purpose of this position is to serve as a Regional Infection Prevention Support Team Trainer.. Specifically, this person will work with Foothills Health District under the guidance of The Regional Infection Prevention Support Coordinator for Region 1 and Region 2 in Western NC.

This is a time-limited position, with funding currently available through May 31, 2023.

The Regional Infection Prevention Support Teams (RIPSTs) are placed in each North Carolina’s 10 public health regions to provide on-site infection prevention and control assistance, training, and consultation to all types of post-acute care facilities, particularly those facility types that do not have trained medical staff.

Under the guidance of the Division of Public Health, these Teams will use evidence-based infection control procedures consistent with applicable CDC, CMS and HHS guidance to bolster infection prevention knowledge and practices, mitigating and preventing health threats like COVID and all other infectious diseases, thereby reducing morbidity and mortality.

This is a regional position and will be responsible for supporting all counties in Region 1, which are Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon, Swain and Transylvania. This position reports to the Environmental Director for Foothills Health District.

New temporary position implemented at Foothills Health District. 

Work Schedule:

Monday – Friday, generally 40 hours per week between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm. Given the nature of the critical response effort during this time for public health, some evening or weekend work may be required. This position can work from home but also will be required to travel extensively to each of the 8 counties in Region 1. Mileage will be reimbursed.

Minimum Education And Experience:

Bachelor’s Degree from a four-year college or university in health education, education or public health and two years of experience in the medical or public health field working with patients and other staff members OR graduation from high school or a GED and at least three years in the medical or public health field working with patients or other staff members.

Description of Responsibilities and Duties:

– Evaluate facilities using NC SPICE infection Control in Long-Term Care Facilities Training and ongoing monthly educational opportunities.
– Schedule in-person and virtual visits, calls and education sessions with assigned counties
– Perform ICAR Evaluation and provided a site visit summary with identified gaps and recommendations.
– Provide targeted infection control training, education and materials based on identified resource between NC DHHS, local health departments, Assisted Living, Nursing Home, Adult Care and Behavioral Health Homes.
– Serve as the first point of contact to navigate facilities through outbreaks.
– Collaborate with healthcare coalitions to provide emergency resources (PPE, staff, vaccine access, etc).

Necessary Special Qualifications:

The preferred candidate will have:

– Strong communication skills required.
– Needs to be extremely flexible, able to work independently and able to work as part of a team.

Must have a Valid NC driver’s license

 

Compensation:

This is a salaried position, and the annual salary will be $ 60,000. Travel will be reimbursed at the current Federal mileage rate.

Application Process:

To apply for this position, submit the required NC state application (PD-107) to the Foothill Health District Personnel Department, 221 Callahan-Koon Road, Spindale, NC 28160. Applications can be downloaded at www.foothillshd.org. Completed applications and resumes can be e-mailed to csnyder@foothillshd.org or faxed to (828) 287-6059. Equal Opportunity Employer

 

 

 

Vacancy Announcement

Public Health Nurse III (Clinical Supervisor)

Clinical Services

 

Salary Grade:

70

Salary Range:

$ 43,190 – $ 57,832 (hiring range)

Closing Date:

Open until filled

Position Number:

Not Provided

Location:

Rutherford County, NC

Description of Work:

• This position will be responsible for supervising 8 Nurses (RN’s and LPN’S) and 2 part-time nurses.
• Works with staff to keep them up to date on program requirements and any changes that take place. Assists staff with program related issues. Contacts State consultant for program related issues. Assists the Nursing Director with annual preparation of contract addenda.
• Responsible for creating schedules for Nursing staff and posting it electronically with other departments as needed.
• Ensures that nurses are meeting hours required to maintain certifications. Authorizes and informs staff of upcoming workshops and continuing education opportunities.
• Reviews, signs and submits time and travel sheets to Finance Officer by the 5th of each month.
• Ensures each person has time available to take before approving time off requests. Ensures that there is enough staff to cover during time off requests.
• Conducts performance reviews for probationary period employees and annual performance reviews for the nursing staff.
• Participates in the structured interview process for hiring within a program. Makes recommendations for hiring; manages departmental staff; works collectively with the Nursing Director and Personnel Director regarding disciplinary issues. Provides quality supervision to ensure to support the staff and ensures performance measures are met.
• Will help with General Clinics/Intake as needed.

Minimum Education And Experience:

Graduation from a four-year college or university with a B.S. in Nursing which includes a Public Health Nursing rotation and two years of Public Health nursing experience; or a Master’s in Public Health and graduation from a school of professional nursing and two years of professional nursing experience; or graduation from a school of professional nursing and three years of professional nursing experience including two years of Public Health nursing experience; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Necessary Special Qualifications:

Considerable knowledge and skill in the administration and organization of a Public Health program; considerable knowledge of public health nursing supervision of staff and programs; considerable knowledge of the resources and organizations concerned with public health work in North Carolina and current social and economic problems pertaining to public health; general knowledge of public health administration on the local level; general knowledge of educational methods and training techniques; working knowledge of State and federal laws relating to public health. Ability to plan, coordinate and supervise the work of others and to present findings, comments, and opinions clearly and concisely in oral and/or written form; ability to exercise good judgment in appraising situations and making decisions; ability to plan and execute work effectively and to deal tactfully with the public and other health professionals.

 

Application Process:

To apply for this position, submit the required NC state application (PD-107) to the Foothill Health District Personnel Department, 221 Callahan-Koon Road, Spindale, NC 28160. Applications can be downloaded at www.foothillshd.org. Completed applications and resumes can be e-mailed to csnyder@foothillshd.org or faxed to (828) 287-6059. Open until filled. Equal Opportunity Employer

 

 

 

Vacancy Announcement

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SPECIALIST

Environmental Health Division
ON-SITE WATER PROTECTION PROGRAM

 

Salary Grade:

68

Salary Range:

Based on experience

Closing Date:

Open until filled

Position Number:

Not Provided

Location:

District (Rutherford and McDowell Counties)

Description of Work:

• Performs new site evaluations for both septic systems and private drinking water wells.
• Issue or deny permits based on compliance with N.C. Rules and Regulations.
• Perform final inspections of permitted systems during and after the construction process.
• Perform well grout inspections and final well head evaluations to determine compliance with N.C. Rules and Regulations.
• Collect private drinking water well samples.
• Provide consultation as needed to contractors and property owners for problems encountered during septic and well installation.
• Issue Operation permits for septic systems and wells upon verification of all installation requirements.
• Inspect existing systems for additions/expansions and re-connections.
• Investigate complaints concerning septic systems and private water supplies and other public health related matters.
• Other duties as assigned by Environmental Health Director.

Minimum Education And Experience:

Graduation from a four-year college or university with 30 semester hours of course work in the physical or biological sciences and two years of exposure in environmental health; or a four-year or Master’s degree in environmental health from a program which is accredited by the National Accreditation Council for Environmental Health Curricula of the National Environmental Health Association and one year of experience in environmental health.

Necessary Special Qualifications:

Registration as an environmental health specialist; or eligibility for registration as an environmental health specialist by the NC State Board of Environmental Health Specialist Examiners.

 

Application Process:

To apply for this position, submit the required NC state application (PD-107) to the Foothill Health District Personnel Department, 221 Callahan-Koon Road, Spindale, NC 28160. Applications can be downloaded at www.foothillshd.org. Completed applications and resumes can be e-mailed to csnyder@foothillshd.org or faxed to (828) 287-6059.

 

 

 

Vacancy Announcement

Nutritionist II

WIC Program

 

Salary Grade:

66

Salary Range:

$ 35,532 – $ 46,193

Closing Date:

Open until filled

Position Number:

Not Provided

Location:

Rutherford County (Spindale, NC)

Description of Work:

• The nutritionist’s primary role is to provide nutrition services to clients eligible for the Women, Infant, and Children Special Supplemental Food Program (WIC) in Rutherford and McDowell Counties. These services include certifying for WIC program eligibility, direct nutrition education, counseling, making referrals, outreach, and consultation with health care providers as needed.
• This position will interview and assess clients by collecting appropriate data, evaluating the client’s current and past Anthropometric (height, weight, BMI, birth weight, birth length, parental BMI), Biochemical (hemoglobin, blood lead), Clinical and Medical history (pregnancy history, substance abuse, medical conditions, medications, immunizations, and other information), Dietary (concerns, food availability, appropriate foods and practices for age, special diet, food safety, dietary supplements, oral health, and intake).
• Develop a plan of care along with client.
• Assign appropriate food packages.
• Motivate clients to change nutrition behaviors, being able to communicate nutrition information in a manner clients can understand and use, especially when low-literacy or non-English speaking.
• Provide basic breastfeeding information to all prenatal clients at their initial WIC nutrition assessment appointment with nutritionist.

Minimum Education And Experience:

Registered Dietitian with the Commission on Dietetics Registration; or Master’s degree in Dietetics, Public Health Nutrition, or Nutrition; or graduation from a Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education- approved Didactic Program in Dietetics and two years nutrition experience; or Dietetic Technician, Registered with the Commission on Dietetics Registration with a Bachelor’s degree in any subject area from an accredited four-year college or university and two years nutrition experience; or a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Dietetics, Public Health Nutrition or Community Nutrition from an accredited four-year college or university and two years nutrition experience.

Necessary Special Qualifications:

Specialized knowledge and skill in comprehensive nutrition assessment and care planning, including problem diagnosis, counseling, and evaluation of clients from diverse backgrounds, ages, and with multiple and complex health and therapeutic nutritional needs. Knowledge of human behavior and techniques for effecting behavior change with considerable skill in counseling. Broad knowledge in health care ethics, documentation in the medical record, and quality assurance. Knowledge in organization of community health and nutrition resources. Sophisticated knowledge of current scientific information regarding nutrition, diet, and health and the ability to relate this information to clients, professionals, and the general public. Skill in conducting a nutrition education or community needs assessment. Fundamental knowledge of current principles and practices of public health, and program coordination. Ability to interpret policy and protocols into operational procedures and work priorities. Skill in organizing and coordinating the work of others. Full range of skill in presenting ideas orally and in writing in a clear, concise manner.

 

Application Process:

To apply for this position, submit the required NC state application (PD-107) to the Foothill Health District Personnel Department, 221 Callahan-Koon Road, Spindale, NC 28160. Applications can be downloaded at www.foothillshd.org. Completed applications and resumes can be e-mailed to csnyder@foothillshd.org or faxed to (828) 287-6059. Open until filled.