Youth Tobacco Specialist (Program Specialist II) job vacancy in State of Nebraska – Jobs in Nebraska

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Job Details
Company Name : State of Nebraska
Company Location : Nebraska
Job Position : Youth Tobacco Specialist (Program Specialist II)
Job Category : Jobs in Nebraska

Job Description :


Are you looking for a new position with a great team?! Interested in impacting students’ learning and advancement statewide by providing coordinated support related to social, emotional, behavioral, mental, and physical health and safety? Keep reading!

Join us as a
Youth Tobacco Specialist, in collaboration with DHHS’s Tobacco Free Nebraska team. This position provides information related to youth tobacco prevention and engages partners in outreach and education efforts. If you’re a self-starter, great at communication, and looking for great statewide collaboration across NDE, DHHS, and other state programs, apply today!

This position is fixed term, with an end date of 4/25/2025.

Pay Range:

$23.052 – $26.893/hour

This range is based upon available budget funds. The selected candidate’s skills, abilities, education, and experience will determine the salary offer within this posted range.

Teammates Enjoy:
We know the opportunity to be part of meaningful work and make a difference state-wide through public service is important to you, but we have even more to offer! Our Total Compensation package includes $23,000 – $25,400 in Benefits value! This includes:
  • Hybrid work locations and workplace flexibility
  • Stable employment and hours with annual salary increases
  • Thirteen paid holidays per year
  • Competitive benefits, paid time off, and retirement
    • 79% employer-paid health insurance with four plans to choose from
    • Dental, vision, long and short-term disability, flex spending and health savings accounts, employee assistance program, employee discount program, and more!
    • Generous vacation and sick leave earnings each year, plus a variety of other leave types
    • 156% state-matched retirement
    • Wide variety of professional development opportunities
    • NEW Dependent Tuition Reimbursement Program with six Nebraska community colleges!

EEO: NDE is committed to advancing equity, inclusiveness, and diversity in all that we do. As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, we encourage applications from ALL qualified candidates and assure they will receive consideration for this position regardless of sex, race, color, national origin, religion, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

Examples of Work

  • Creates, prepares, and disseminates information and educational materials for schools, community agencies, healthcare providers, and agency staff related to tobacco prevention and control strategies and activities.
  • Establishes and fosters strategic partnerships among state agencies, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and business and industry partners to implement goals of the statewide tobacco prevention and control plan.
  • Provides technical assistance to local grantees and communities on tobacco prevention and control best practices.
  • Oversees tobacco prevention initiatives (e.g., youth empowerment and tobacco-free school programs) to offer assistance in youth-led tobacco prevention efforts.
  • Evaluates program plans and objectives to make recommendations for revisions and improvements.
  • Assists with development of grant activities and implementation to ensure program goals and objectives are met.
  • Demonstrates commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working and learning environment.
Working Conditions and Travel:
This position requires approximately 80% of work time spent in an office environment (whether the state office or a home office)
and the remaining 20% of work time spent traveling and working in sites such as Local Education Agencies (LEAs), other educational entities, meetings, and conferences. There is also approximately one day of overnight travel per month.

Qualifications / Requirements

Minimum Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree in a related field and three years of experience related to the essential functions of the position. Any equivalent education and/or work experience may be substituted in order to meet the minimum qualifications of the position.

Preferred Qualifications:
Master’s degree in public health and at least three years of experience working in a K-12 school environment. Experience delivering public health programs and with youth empowerment programs.
  • The supplemental “Questions” section of the application assists us in learning about specific, comparable experiences from each candidate. We can then use evidence-based equitable practices to determine candidates to move forward. In addition to the required Work Experience and Education sections, answering the supplemental Questions completely with requested details is highly encouraged. Each written response area has ample space to provide a complete response; due to screen size, we do not recommend filling out this application on small mobile devices.

This position is federally funded and may be governed by the Federal Hatch Act. Click here to review the Act.

We offer a comprehensive package of pay, benefits, paid time off, retirement and professional development opportunities to help you get the most out of your career and life. Your paycheck is just part of your total compensation.

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