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Health Education Specialist (70% FTE)

Recruitment Period

Open date: February 2nd, 2018
Last review date: February 17th, 2018
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: August 3rd, 2019
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


Non-Faculty Academic Position
Health Education Specialist 70% FTE
Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences
University of California San Francisco

The Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences announces a search for non-faculty positions to be filled as soon as possible. Appointment will be at the Assistant or Associate Specialist rank. This position is permanently based in San Francisco, CA.

The Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) one of four academic departments in the School of Nursing at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Department faculty are actively involved in a wide variety of research activities in local, national, and global arenas. Topics are related to the teaching programs and the mission of the department and include tobacco control and medical marijuana policy, health disparities, health workforce studies, gender and HIV/AIDS, biomedicalization, ethical and social issues in genetics, anti-violence, health professions, health demography, and aging and long-term care policies both domestically and globally. SBS manages “The LOOP,” one of several statewide technical assistance providers for the California Tobacco Control Program (CTCP). The LOOP is a centralized one-stop resource to help CTCP grantees strengthen their capacity to address the needs of their local communities, especially those that are disproportionately burdened by tobacco. The LOOP provides webinars, in-person trainings, technical assistance, and a leadership development program that are dedicated to increase the competencies, confidence, and abilities of grantees and their advocates to expand their reach and service to California’s underserved populations. The LOOP provides guidance on tailoring tobacco control approaches to be responsive to the needs of California’s priority populations such as, but not limited to, African Americans; Latinos/Hispanics; Asians/Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders; American Indian and Alaska Natives; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer communities; and people living with low income or in rural communities. “The LOOP’s” mission is to support tobacco control advocates to connect, communicate, and collaborate effectively with California’s diverse priority populations to eliminate commercial tobacco use.

The position will be required to work directly with the Project Director, but will also interact with other internal and external “The LOOP” team members to develop tobacco-related health education materials relevant to California’s diverse populations. Such material topics shall include, but not be limited to, behavioral or mental health, diversifying and building tobacco control coalitions, cultural and community competency, minimizing tobacco industry influence, and achieving equity in tobacco control. This position is expected to support the overall objectives and activities of “The LOOP,” which will include helping to develop community presentations and trainings that will cover basic tobacco control topics and other topics such as tobacco-related health disparities, tobacco industry targeting of priority populations, and the marketing of menthol and flavored tobacco products.

This position will be expected to work with CTCP’s other statewide technical assistance providers to develop collaborative materials and trainings when needed. This position will also be required to contribute to the development of the curriculum for The LOOP’s Leadership Development Program. The position will provide input and feedback on any materials created to promote the services of The LOOP. This position will be required to attend the regular team meetings, and strategic planning retreats. This position is permanently based in San Francisco, CA. However, there will be opportunities for this position to travel throughout the state of CA to participate in The LOOP trainings, tobacco control coalition meetings, and other CTCP-related meetings and conferences.

% of Total Work Effort/Description of Duties

30% - Develop Educational Materials

•Maintain (and revise as needed) curriculum for The LOOP Leadership Development Program. Curriculum materials will address, but not be limited to, tobacco control, leadership development, advocacy, public policy, and social determinants of health. Curriculum will also include a master calendar for each cohort, guide for Fellows' community project, and a bibliography relevant to each cohort to be used as a supplement of the materials associated with each session.

• Develop new or revise existing tobacco control materials appropriate for The LOOP’s use in educating local lead agencies, CTCP funded projects, and community members on such topics as tobacco-related health disparities/inequities, tobacco industry targeting of priority populations, menthol and flavors, diversifying and building tobacco control coalitions, cultural and community competence, minimizing exposure to tobacco and its environmental waste, achieving equity in tobacco control among California’s priority populations, and working with elected officials.

• Work with The LOOP marketing specialist and social media assistant to design informational materials to publicize and promote The LOOP services.

15% - Training/Technical Assistance for CTCP funded projects

• Work with The LOOP team to develop trainings for local lead agencies and regional projects funded by the California Tobacco Control Program that may, for example, focus on reducing tobacco-related health disparities and inequities, engaging priority population communities to work on local tobacco control initiatives, tobacco industry targeting of priority populations, and campaigns related menthol and other flavored tobacco products, tobacco retail licensing, marijuana, and secondhand smoke.

• Participate at least weekly in the CTCP Partner’s InfoHub, a tobacco control community where information is shared and exchanged, by initiating discussions, curating the conversations about strategies related to health equity in tobacco control, and identifying opportunities for The LOOP to provide technical assistance to CTCP-funded projects serving California's priority populations.

• When needed, assist The LOOP’s team to respond to requests for technical assistance by providing information on relevant tobacco control topics.

5% - Coordination/Collaboration

• Coordinate and collaborate with statewide, national and international tobacco control and health equity networks and experts to exchange information on tobacco-related policy issues.

20% - Community Education

• Work with The LOOP team to organize community forums and town halls to educate local community members on topics such as tobacco-related health disparities/inequities, tobacco industry targeting and marketing strategies, opportunities to participate in their local tobacco control coalition, and The LOOP Leadership Development Program.

• Work with The LOOP team to develop informational in-person trainings/workshops for community agencies serving priority populations that may be interested in future tobacco control funding opportunities.

Total Effort: 70%


  1. The applicant must have a Master’s Degree or at least 5 years of experience in public health, health education, communication, or other closely related field.

  2. The applicant must have a minimum of five years of work experience in most of the following: tobacco control, public policy, health education, social determinants of health, health equity, program design and curriculum development.

  3. The applicant must have a minimum of three years of experience working with California’s diverse populations.

  4. The applicant must have a strong commitment to eliminating tobacco-related health disparities.

  5. The applicant must have strong writing, oral, and interpersonal skills and an ability to deliver presentations to groups, conferences, and meetings.

  6. The applicant must have the ability to work effectively with a multidisciplinary team from academic, state and local government, and community environments.


  1. The applicant has knowledge of the master plan for tobacco control in California.

  2. Knowledge of tobacco-related health disparities is highly desired.

  3. Knowledge of the design, implementation, and enforcement of public policy is highly desired.

  4. Knowledge of transnational tobacco issues and how they relate to California’s diverse populations is highly desired.

  5. Experience working in tobacco control is highly desired.

Screening of applicants will begin immediately and will continue as needed throughout the recruitment period. Salary and rank will be commensurate with the applicants experience and training. Please submit your CV and Statement of Creative Activities which should address the applicant’s history of developing public health educational materials, curriculum, and other informational products online at

UC San Francisco seeks candidates whose experience, teaching, research, or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.

Job location

San Francisco, CA


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity (Optional)

  • Statement of Creative Activities - Should address the applicant’s history of developing public health educational materials, curriculum, and other informational products.

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