Education And Outreach Specialist I

Thurston County
Full Time $5,247 - $6,979 Per year WA 412 Lilly Rd NE, Olympia, WA 98506, United States


***The closing date for this employment opportunity has changed and will now remain open until filled.*** 
This employment opportunity will remain open until filled.  

Thurston County Public Health and Social Services is recruiting for an position in our Community Wellness division for the Maternal Child Health Program.
As Thurston County’s local health jurisdiction and human services department, Public Health and Social Services (PHSS) is responsible for protecting the health and promoting the well-being of all people who live, work, and play in Thurston County. We value diversity and strive to foster a sense of belonging, honoring the unique experiences, cultures, skills, backgrounds, identities, and perspectives of our employees and community. As an agency actively working to address health equity, we aspire for everyone to have the opportunity to attain their highest level of health, regardless of their individual circumstances.
The Maternal Child Health Program at PHSS aims to reduce health inequalities and improve public health by providing underserved and vulnerable populations with high-quality, trauma-informed resources. As an Education and Outreach Specialist I, you will work closely with the Community Wellness Maternal Child Health programs with the focus of supporting mental health work. You will utilize data to understand risks and gaps in the Thurston County community. An important part of your job will be to collaborate and build partnerships with schools, providers, service providers, and others to identify strategies to promote mental health and reduce the negative impact of mental health complications.
Some of the essential job functions include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Work with community partners to strategize and develop a plan to improve mental health.
  • Review and identify data for strengths and areas of needed improvement.
  • Perform outreach activities that build and strengthen our community partnerships.
  • Analyze program information and provide program recommendations to team members.
  • Assist with identifying grants and funding opportunities for addressing mental health concerns.
  • Assist with the completion of deliverables and reports as required by contracts, grants, and funders.
  • Develop and maintain strategic relationships with community groups, coalitions, and other community stakeholders, which may include attending or presenting at community meetings and trainings.
  • Presenting information on mental health in the community.
  • Developing health education/messages. 
  • Developing and distributing educational information for community members and partners.
  • Prepare tables, graphs, charts, and other statistical reports.
  • Collaboratively works as a team member with others to ensure program effectiveness.
  • Perform other work as required or assigned including but not limited to a 24/7 response during public health emergency situations and disease outbreak investigations.
The ideal candidate has the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:
  • Experience analyzing data and information and forming accurate and objective conclusions and recommendations.
  • Motivational Interviewing training and experience.
  • Knowledge of local health and human service agencies and geography of Thurston County is preferred.
What we offer our employees:
  • Work-Life Balance: We are committed to ensuring that our staff experience the reward of public service, while also sustaining a routine that suits each individual’s lifestyle.
  • Plan for Your Future: As a member of our team, you enjoy great employee benefits, including a retirement plan, pre-tax savings accounts, as well as comprehensive health care and dental/vision care for you and your family. Please visit our website for more information. 
  • Paid Leave: Full-time regular employees earn a minimum of 12 paid vacation days per year in addition to 11 paid and 2 floating holidays. 
  • Robust Training Program: Employees are encouraged to attend County-paid training to help them further their career, learn new skill sets, and stay on top of emerging trends in our industry. We also encourage staff to participate in professional organizations and attend conferences.  
  • Flexible Work Schedules: Options some employees may take advantage of include: alternative or compressed schedules; and/or remote working. This position is an in-office with limited teleworking alternatives. 
  • See under Benefitslater in this job description for detailed information about the many other benefits the County offers.
Why you’ll love it here:
Thurston County is located between Seattle and Portland in Western Washington’s South Puget Sound Region. Perched between the mountains and the ocean, the area boasts the perfect blend of year-round outdoor activities including boating, hiking, skiing, and more. The region is also home to the state capital city of Olympia, known for its many restaurants, microbreweries, coffee shops, farmers markets, kids’ activities, history, and art events. Discover more about life in Thurston County at . 


  • Bachelor's degree in education, public health, environmental health, environmental science, or other closely related field. Additional experience can be substituted for education on a year-for-year basis.
  • Must have three years experience working in public health, environmental issues, or other related field promoting education, outreach, media campaign, public relations or other comparable experiences to successfully perform duties and responsibilities of the classification.
  • Must have the ability to utilize a personal computer with related software to perform the essential functions of the position.
  • Current Washington State Driver's License or have requested and obtained an appropriate accommodation.
  • A professional certification applicable to area of assignment is highly desired (examples: Pesticide Applicator, Public Health Educator Certification, Hazardous Waste Health and Safety training, etc.).

Desired Skills

Respect and Organizational Culture:

  • Create an environment where employees and partners can safely express needs or concerns and where employees can make and correct mistakes.
  • Effectively interact with sensitivity while working with persons from diverse cultural, socioeconomic, educational, racial, ethnic, and professional backgrounds, and persons of all ages, gender identities, sexual orientations, and lifestyles.
  • Thrive in a fast-paced, robust organization maintaining a positive work environment.
  • Serve the public in a timely, complete, accurate, and professional manner while ensuring that written and verbal communication is clearly understood by others.
  • Maintain cultural competency to support diverse perspectives in developing, implementing, and evaluating policies, programs, and services that affect the health of the community.
  • Strong oral communication for networking and interpersonal relationships.
  • Excellent written communication including the ability to craft correspondence, reports, and articles or web postings with minimal grammatical and syntax errors.
Goal Setting and Accomplishment:
  • Use strategic thinking and planning for goal setting and evaluation.
  • Effectively plan, organize, and manage competing priorities and challenges under pressure.
  • Create a sense of mission by articulating and modeling confidentiality, professional values, and ethics with honesty and integrity.
  • Operate with a high degree of flexibility, initiative, attention to detail, and commitment.
  • Delegate and use persuasion and negotiating skills for shared responsibility and acceptance of change.