|Date Posted||February 11, 2021|
Our client is looking to hire a subject matter expert in Washington, D.C., with excellent credentials in public health and program management. We are looking for candidates who are adept at working with their team to be productive, take initiative, and above all to place the greater D.C. community first. Apply today!
This position is to serve as the COVID-19 Adolescent and School Health Policy &
Compliance Subject Matter Expert for our client. Our client promotes healthy behaviors and healthy environments to improve health outcomes and reduce disparities in the leading causes of mortality and morbidity in the District. Their approach targets the behavioral, clinical, and social determinants of health through evidence-based programs, policy, and systems change. The SME will be responsible for the development and implementation of compliance and quality assurance efforts that monitor the regulatory, legal requirements, and protocols of school and adolescent health programs and services in response to
COVID-19 efforts. In addition, the SME will provide technical assistance to areas that are deficient and support integration of new and/or revised processes within the overall delivery of the program’s implementation efforts related to COVID-19.
The SME works under the general supervision of the CASH Division Chief and utilizes the principles and practices of public health in the school and community. The SME exercises sound, independent judgment in performing responsible and difficult job requirements, demonstrates initiative, ingenuity, resourcefulness, flexibility, and experience to meet the demands of the position which includes interpretation COVID-19 guidance from federal and local officials that are targeted for adolescent and school environments, responding to incident and unusual reports/complaints, protocol adherence, etc. The COVID-19 Adolescent and School Health Policy & Compliance Subject Matter Expert adheres to pertinent laws, regulations, professional ethics and policies.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Assist in compliance monitoring of school and adolescent health programs and provide technical assistance services with respect to multiple facets of community and public health.
Conduct periodic school site visits to review adherence to COVID-19 guidance protocols and school environments for quality of services, compliance of health suites and adequacy of documentation.
Perform audits of administrative practices to ensure compliance with pertinent laws, policies and regulations governing the School Health Program, COVID-19 protocols, and other specified Adolescent Health Programs.
Conduct, evaluate, and document results of audits and assist in the preparation of final audit reports.
Identify deficits and other matters of concerns with regards to COVID-19 response efforts and associated practices; communicate corrective action and appropriate interventions to supervisor.
Prepare status reports for the Division outlining progress of planning, implementation, and compliance to implemented efforts related to adolescent and school health COVID-19 response efforts.
Reviews and implement departmental and program policy and procedures, rules and ordinances, prepares administrative reports, responds to correspondences and informational requests, ensures implementation of best practices which comply with adopted policies, laws, and regulations.
Assists in the development, implementation, and integration of procedure and policy manuals and activities for specified programs and services.
Plans, develops, and prepares technical reports, findings, and presentations to present to key stakeholders, grantees, agency leadership, and other decision makers.
Provide technical assistance and training opportunities on areas that are determined to be deficits and implement sustainable practices to ensure adherence to identified protocols.
Support the oversight of operational activities and ensure policies and procedures are appropriately updated, approved and operationalized internally within the program.
Exercise sound judgment in the preparation of documenting questionable scenarios of impropriety and negligence to be submitted to a higher level of review.
Works closely with designated staff and stakeholders (including families) to address issues and complaints with a goal toward resolution while maintaining confidentiality.
Promotes and oversees safety and security procedures and uses equipment and materials properly.
Performs other duties as assigned.
KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED BY THE POSITION
Knowledge of public health concepts, principles, policy, and evidence-based strategies to reach targeted populations (especially with adolescent and school health).
Full working knowledge of the concepts, principles, practices, methods, and techniques of the public health program and school health assigned.
Demonstrated the ability to interpret health policies, conduct compliance checks and audits, monitoring of programs and services, implementation of regulatory guidelines, and performing quality assurance and/or quality improvement activities.
Knowledge of federal and District policies, procedures, regulations, and guidelines relevant to school health service delivery and current health trends.
Knowledge of and ability to effectively communicate recommendations both written and orally to persons from varied backgrounds and professions.
Demonstrated ability to productively participate in a multi-disciplinary team environment working toward common goals, both internal and external.
Knowledge of new established theories, concepts, and technologies relative to school health services and public health.
Knowledge and ability to understand and interpret significance of epidemiological findings, health research studies and statistical data.
Demonstrated experience working with stakeholders and customers to resolve complex or controversial issues.
Self-motivated, highly effect organization and analytical skills, multi-tasking, communication, negotiation and interpersonal skills.
Knowledge and basic skill in using a computerized information system.
The SME works under the supervision of the Division Chief, who identifies the scope of assignments to be accomplished through program discussions, conferences or written direction that outlines broad objectives. SME works independently or as a team member of a multi- disciplinary team. The extent and supervision varies with the setting and the particular kinds of problems that one may expect to encounter. Work is reviewed and evaluated in terms of overall effectiveness and attainment of program goals in meeting the objectives of the administration or department.
Guidelines of the position include, but are not limited to, written departmental policies and procedures, standards of public health practice and procedures, pertinent laws and regulations, and established administrative policies and procedures. The SME uses established criteria as a reference while initiating revisions in policies and procedures as new knowledge and technical advances evolve.
The work involves the application of a health utilization review process to a broad spectrum of school and adolescent health services within a changing public health system; and the use of initiative, judgment and discretion in dealing with outside agencies, the medical community, and general public. These services are often characterized by demands resulting from policy changes, health manpower shortages, fiscal constraints and uninterrupted delivery of public health programs and health care services. The SME analyzes, evaluates and interprets data and regulations with emphasis placed on school and/or community health services including planning and developing standard programmatic operating policy and procedures.
SCOPE AND EFFECT
The SME performs difficult and complex tasks and provides assistance that requires an in-depth experience and judgment. The work involves serving as a COVID-19 Adolescent and School Health
Policy & Compliance Subject Matter Expert and providing support to both policy and programmatic efficacy of school and adolescent health programs. The overall intent of the work is to establish criteria for effective adherence to COVID-19 guidance and protocols delivery in a school setting as well as advise on complex public health issues. The work affects the health of school-aged children as it relates to the District of Columbia and its jurisdictions.
Personal contacts are with health care professionals, managers and program directors within the
Department and other District/Federal officials. Contacts may be initiated by the SME with persons requesting information and/or assistance in the development of public health plans, guidance, and programs. Frequently these contacts involve unstructured face-to-face meetings and virtual meetings. Some contacts with specific individuals are frequent and recurring due to the nature of the SME's responsibility for advising the Division Chief on compliance and quality assurance issues.
PURPOSE OF CONTACTS
The purpose of the contact is to exchange and clarify information, interpret formal guidance for implementation, conduct audits, resolve problems, and to provide program advice and services.
Contacts with other disciplines are for collaboration, consultation and educational activities.
Work may involve a considerable amount of walking, standing, as well as sedentary tasks. In addition, some driving of a vehicle may be required as the work involves some travel to schools and various other sites. Items carried may include light objects such as notebooks and laptops.
Work is usually performed remotely, in school settings, and an office setting wherein the work area is adequately lighted, heated and ventilated. The work environment includes everyday risk or discomforts normally found in offices, conference rooms, schools and similar public buildings.
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelors or master’s degree in public health with a focus in health policy, health promotion, health administration, prevention and community health or equivalent combination of education and experience. Specialized experience is experience which is directly related to position which has equipped the individual with the knowledge, skill and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position to include conducting compliance audits and performing other analytical work related to the planning, development, organization, administration, evaluation, and delivery of public health programs; or similar work experience in the public health field.
The tour of duty for this position is Monday – Friday, 8:15am – 4:45pm. The work is to be done virtually until staff are able to return to the office. By request may include site visits.
The period of performance is February 2021 through September 30, 2021.