Health Specialist

Western Kentucky University
February 19, 2023
Offerd Salary:$60,000-$64,000
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Health Specialist

Category: Staff Subscribe: Department: Training/Technical Assistance Svcs Locations: Bowling Green, KY Posted: Jan 10, 2023 Closes: Open Until Filled Type: Full-time Ref. No.: 995044 Position ID: 157665


About Western Kentucky University:

Western Kentucky University (WKU) is a student-centered, applied-research institution committed to providing its students with a transformative academic and social experience and to elevating its surrounding communities. Founded in 1906, WKU is the second largest undergraduate institution in the Commonwealth of Kentucky with approximately 15,035 students (29% first generation, 18% underrepresented minority) and just over 2,500 faculty and staff employees.

Western Kentucky University is committed to empowering its campus community to embrace diversity by building equitable and inclusive learning, working, and living environments. At the heart of our mission, we seek to provide holistic education and employment experiences that prepare students, faculty, and staff to become effective scholars, contributors, and leaders in our diverse and evolving communities.

Located 65 miles north of Nashville, TN, and just over 100 miles south of Louisville, KY, WKU's main campus is in Bowling Green, KY - a city with approximately 70,000 residents. Our population is ethnically diverse, with more than 85 languages spoken in and around Bowling Green, and people from 35 nationalities call our community home.

Western Kentucky University seeks to attract talented faculty and staff who are inspired individually to contribute to WKU's strategic plans and ongoing success. We offer comprehensive wellness and health benefits to employees and their families, including domestic partners and other qualified dependents and take pride in providing a workplace culture that supports balancing the responsibilities of work and family life. Paid-time off for holidays, vacation and sick leave, and a tuition discount program for employees and dependents are also provided. Learn more about WKU and Bowling Green at

Job Description:

The TTAS Health Specialist will provide comprehensive health and safety technical assistance and training to Head Start, Early Head Start, American Indian/Alaska Native, Migrant & Seasonal Head Start, childcare, and other early childhood and human services programs, serving diverse audiences, and implementing a positive-relationship, team building approach. This is a grant funded position. Continuation is dependent upon funding/need.

The TTAS Health Specialist will be responsible for, but not limited to the following activities:

  • Provide training (nationally) in one or more of the areas noted above, the content of which is grounded in the Head Start Performance Standards and best professional practice of ECE competencies, and is offered to individual program staff, programs, agency clusters, state, regional and national groups.
  • Provide technical assistance, mentoring, and/or coaching to individuals and programs agencies based on consultation and planning with the program. This includes assisting programs with the development of and/or editing of written materials, including but not limited to the following: policies and procedures; service area, strategic, training and school readiness plans; community assessments, and grant proposals.
  • Actively and positively partner with other TTAS Health and Nutrition team members, to provide quality, timely, research-based joint trainings, technical assistance, and information on the TTAS Health listserv, as well as other TTAS listservs. This includes working collaboratively and maintaining positive working relationships with colleagues, as well as a cooperative attitude fostered and maintained with all of the client's staff.
  • Aid client programs in assuring that systems are in place to implement the required comprehensive health and safety services to all children and expectant parents enrolled in the client's program.
  • Maintain registered nurse credentialed and current in respective content area.
  • Requirements:

    Credentialing: A minimum of Registered Nurse, Nurse Practitioner, or Physician's Assistant with current active licensure.

    Education and Knowledge: A minimum of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. Thorough knowledge of Head Start health and safety, including Head Start Performance Standards, current research and best practices. Proficient oral and written communication skills.

    Experience: A minimum of one year's relevant nursing experience. Must have experience in working in an early care and education setting, including a minimum of three years working in Head Start/Early Head Start. Experience developing and providing relevant teaching/training, including training materials and PowerPoint, for adult learners, tailored to the needs of specific, diverse audiences. Must have experience mentoring/coaching adults. Experience working as an effective team member.

    Skills: Proficient oral and written communication skills; Computer skills using the following: Microsoft Office Suite: PowerPoint; Zoom; internet researching; database applications, and online conferencing and training systems; Able to plan, manage, and participate with extensive travel; Capacity to work out of own home; Skill in consultation and group facilitation.

    Other: Have a valid driver's license and reliable transportation; Must have a cellular telephone and service plan capacity for communication and data transmission across states; Values diversity and can demonstrate cultural and linguistic sensitivity

    Additional Information:

    Salary Range: $60,000-$64,000

    Kentucky state law requires all public institutions of postsecondary education to conduct pre-employment criminal background checks to determine suitability for employment.

    Western Kentucky University (WKU) is committed to a policy and practice of providing equal employment and educational opportunities to all individuals. In accordance with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Revised 1992, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, no form of discrimination or harassment will be tolerated at WKU on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, creed, religion, political belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, marital status, age, uniformed services, veteran status, genetic information, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, or physical or mental disability in admission to career and technical education programs and/or activities, or employment practices.

    Persons with disabilities, who need reasonable accommodations to participate in the application and/or selection process, should notify the office of Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action/University ADA Services (EEO). To request an accommodation, report/express a complaint, or ask questions regarding WKU''s Discrimination and Harassment Policy (#0.2040), please contact Mr. Joshua Hayes, EEO Director/Title IX Investigator/University ADA Coordinator, via email at [email protected] or by phone at (270) 745-5121.

    The University is also required to investigate complaints of sex and gender- based harassment, also a form of discrimination, and has designated the Title IX Coordinator as the individual responsible for coordinating the investigation and response to such complaints. The Title IX Coordinator for the University is Ms. Ena Demir, who can be contacted via email at [email protected] or by phone at (270) 745-6867. Additional information regarding Title IX is accessible via WKU's https: // www. website.

    Information concerning educational programs offered by WKU are provided at: https:// www.

    Application Instructions:

    The following items must be submitted through this electronic talent management system:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Proof of Active Nursing or Physician Assistant Licensure
  • You will receive email confirmation that your submission has been received. The candidate review process will generally begin as materials are received.

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