DHHS Program Specialist

at State of Nebraska
Location Lincoln, NE
Date Posted July 17, 2021
Category Default
Job Type Full-time


Description :

Who We Are: Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services is dedicated to our mission of "Helping People Live Better Lives. As a steward of this mission, DHHS - Public Health is in need of a Program Specialist to support the COVID-19 Vaccine Program, including program planning, implementation, and monitoring. For more information, please visit the Public Health Webpage at the link below: dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/public-health.aspx DHHS and the State of Nebraska value employees as well as a supportive environment. We strive to promote diversity, inclusion, and belonging. We recruit, hire, train, and promote in all job qualifications and at all levels without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or genetics. What Can We Offer? A comprehensive benefits package, including multiple health insurance options, retirement contribution match of 156%. $20,000 Basic Life Insurance at no additional cost, 12 State holidays, and immediate earning of vacation and sick leave. Your work in this role supports the successful provision of critical services to vulnerable Nebraskans. Apply today and join us in achieving our mission! 

Location of position: 301 Centennial Mall South, Lincoln 

Work schedule: 8 am to 5 pm Mon-Fri 

Examples of Work :

This position will be responsible for a variety of activities, with primary focus in the new addition of the COVID-19 Vaccine Program, for the DHHS Immunization Program. Under limited supervision, this position serves as a specialist within the Nebraska Immunization Program providing Nebraska State Immunization Information System (NESIIS) technical support, daily prioritization and approval of vaccine orders for nearly 454 COVID-19 vaccine providers throughout Nebraska, as well as vaccine inventory reconciliation by provider. This position will also serve as a back up for Vaccine for Children (VFC) providers as well. In addition, this position provides monthly and annual vaccine ordering and inventory reports to the CDC, oversees VTrckS (CDC vaccine ordering system), and develops, disseminates, and tabulates results of various program surveys. This position assists Nebraska schools and childcare providers with questions regarding immunization requirements and assists nursing staff with immunization ordering system training and questions. This position will perform COVID-19 program planning, implementation, and monitoring by conducting CDC required annual COVID-19 provider site visits, and evaluate programmatic/subrecipient goals on a quarterly basis in REDCap. Will provide best practices to all COVID-19 vaccine providers, respond to consumer and provider questions/concerns, address vaccine hesitancy and building vaccine confidence, and work with internal and community partners to address vaccination equity throughout Nebraska. This position will on-board providers, ensure adequate temperature monitoring devices are available to all program COVID-19 providers, provide storage and handling trainings to new providers, and update the COVID-19 vaccine provider manual. 

Qualifications / Requirements :

REQUIREMENTS: Bachelor's degree, or equivalent coursework/training, in public administration, social/behavioral sciences, healthcare, human services or other program related field. Professional experience working in a human/social service or health care agency with responsibility for planning or evaluation services, programs or operational policies and practices may substitute in lieu of the educational requirement. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities :

Plan, organize and direct a major program; work collaboratively in a team setting; analyze, develop and organize materials; establish and maintain positive relationships with agency staff, service providers/contractors, community organizations and clients; communicate electronically, on paper or in person to promote, explain, discuss, advise and interact with interested groups on various program issues and problems; prepare and review technical documents such as summaries of state and federal regulations, action plans, reports, contracts and grants; understand, interpret and apply instructions, laws, rules, policies and procedures pertinent to the program; exercise independent critical thinking skills; maintain liaison with community representatives and other governmental agencies. 

Procurement processes and policy development; methods and techniques of program planning; federal and state laws, rules, regulations and procedures pertaining to health and human services programs; public funds and budgeting methods; the principles and techniques of adult learning; quality assurance mechanisms; principles and techniques of planning, monitoring and evaluating human services programs and service delivery systems. #cb

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