Health Specialist (Hourly)...

Reports To: Deputy Director
FLSA Status: Hourly
Months: 12
Pay Grade: Contingent Upon ESC Salary Schedule

Mission: Education Service Center Region 15 is dedicated to excellence in education through leadership, partnership, and service.

Position Purpose:   As a service organization, Education Service Center Region 15’s primary commitment is to provide superior support to every Local Education Agency (LEA) stakeholder served.  Our people are our greatest asset.  As a Health Specialist, this position will assist in cultivating the ESC culture by communicating effectively; providing team members the support and resources necessary for the successful attainment of the ESC’s values, vision, mission, strategies, and goals.  

This position reports to the Deputy Director and is responsible for performing  professional work to assist and support schools in their efforts to implement comprehensive school health programming.  The Health Specialist assists with the overall evaluation of health programs and develops strategies for improvement; while supporting a high performance culture that emphasizes excellence, quality, productivity, and standards.

Essential Functions:
  • Knowledge and Understanding: Exhibit deep knowledge specific to the position to support health services provided.  Stay current and up-to-date on the most effective practices, skills and strategies that enhance knowledge and transfer of learning.
  • Health Support Services: Provide collaboration, coordination and support in the development and delivery of quality health services.  Assist with consultations, referrals, planning, and information distribution that is tailored to meet the needs of staff and students. Provide assistance and support to LEAs in their efforts to implement comprehensive school health programming.
  • Partnership, Support and Coaching: Design, deliver and facilitate content-specific, as well as, systemic best practice (e.g., campus-wide/LEA-wide) job-embedded professional development in topics related to health services including: 1. Whole-group trainings that build a shared understanding of skills, practices, or systems and include opportunities for practice. 2. Support for participants implementing a new skill, practice, or system within their context, including co-planning, observation, and real-time feedback. 3. One-on-one coaching sessions that identify participant successes and develop their capacity to improve high-leverage areas of growth.
  • Culture & Growth: Contribute to maintaining and improving the culture of the ESC through customer service, respect for confidentiality, displaying self-initiative, and modeling a growth mindset through self-reflection and feedback reception.
Major Duties/Responsibilities: 
  • Provide information, training, education, and consultation services for LEAs that have contracts.
  • Serve as an expert resource to faculty, staff, and administration in the areas of health services.
  • Provide outside referral resources as needed, to the nearest facilities as available to that particular LEA.
  • Assess availability of health resources and services to school health programs.
  • Coordinate and conduct workshops/trainings on school health services including:
    1. State mandated screening for Vision, Hearing, and Spinal Acanthosis Nigricans (AN) Screening Program
    2. Unlicensed Diabetes Care Assistant (UDCA) training for school staff
    3. Medication Administration for non-nurse staff
    4. Student Immunization Records
    5. First Aid
    6. Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
    7. Automated  External Defibrillator (AED) Certification Training
  • Compile, maintain, and file all reports, records, and other required documentation and adhere to all confidentiality rules.
  • Demonstrate high quality customer services; build rapport/relationships with all stakeholders.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Deputy Director and/or the Executive Director.
Special Knowledge/Skills:      
  • Possess a strong working knowledge of the RN scope of practice as defined by the Texas Board of Nursing 
  • Ability to demonstrate strong organizational, management, and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to develop and present training information to adult learners
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective communication with staff, students, and other system administrators both verbally and in writing
Additional Information:
Laura Strube, Deputy Director