The Public Health Liaison (PHL) will facilitate communication and alignment among GPTEC, member tribes, tribal organizations, GPA-IHS, urban Indian health organizations, state health departments, universities, and public health stakeholders to promote collaboration and resource/information sharing associated with tribal public health efforts across the region. The Public Health Liaison will develop and apply a working knowledge and understanding of systems, programs, strategic plans, and policies/laws at these levels to support integration and guide the implementation of training, technical assistance, health promotion/disease prevention programming, and response to tribal priorities, needs, and emergent issues. The incumbent will support the GPTEC team – but especially the Medical Epidemiologist and the Technical Assistance & Training Coordinator – in pursuing collaborative activities and leveraging regional and national expertise and resources in support of tribal public health. The Public Health Liaison will participate in the development and execution of priorities, plans, programmatic objectives, deliverables and other products, and policy formulations of the GPTEC, as directed. The Public Health Liaison reports directly to the GPTEC Director. Essential Functions: Specific duties include, but are not limited to: • Facilitate the expansion of public health networks and systems through communication, alignment, collaboration, and resource/information sharing between GPTEC and its various local, regional, and national partners. • Develop and apply a working knowledge of Great Plains Area IHS and other health systems, program, plans, and policies/laws. • Coordinate the pursuit of collaborative activities in response to tribal priorities and outbreaks and emerging issues, and in support of health promotion/disease prevention. • Conduct background research, prepare presentations/talking points/written briefs, and/or conduct outreach and advocacy in support of tribal public health priorities and needs. • Serve as a representative and/or technical advisor for regional and national groups and committees, as needed/appropriate. • Other duties as assigned.
• Exemplify excellent customer service with tribal stakeholders, health board colleagues, program partners, service recipients, visitors and guests. • Foster a work environment of wellness, courtesy, friendliness, helpfulness and respect. • Relate well and work collaboratively with coworkers and all levels of staff in a professional manner. • Familiarity and/or experience working with the American Indian populations; respect for and knowledge of traditional, cultural and spiritual practices of diverse American Indian communities, as well as an ability to work with other racially, culturally and ethnically diverse populations. • Consistently demonstrate respect and acceptance toward differing capabilities, race, cultures, gender, age, sexual orientation and/or personalities. • Maintain and ensure organizational privacy and confidentiality. • Must be able to handle crisis and tolerate stress professionally. • Must be self-directed and take proactive initiative to assist others. • Possess the ability to resolve problems with other departments and coworkers without direct supervision. • Able to exercise flexibility to alter plans/routines when situations require and continue to perform without projecting stress/frustration that would adversely affect the work environment. • Ability to maintain a flexible work schedule, including evenings, weekends and overnight or extended travel as necessary. • Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to community members, clients and other employees of the organization. • Proficiency with computer programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and other Internet technologies. • Valid driver’s license must be kept current; certificates, credentials or licenses must be kept current and consistent with regulations required by applicable Federal, State and/or grant regulations. • Ability to promote an alcohol, tobacco, and drug-free lifestyle. • Embrace modes appearance and attire which reflects a professional presence. • Adhere to GPTCHB policies and procedures. Education/Experience/Certificates/Credenti als • Minimum education required is a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree preferred in public health with a concentration in health administration and/or management, or related field. Three to five years of documented public health experience, including engagement with Tribal stakeholders/communities and exposure to tribal public health systems, preferred. • Computer and technical skills (including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, etc.). • Strong project management skills in a team environment. • Strong analytical, verbal, and written communication skills and experience that indicates the ability to interact with a variety of tribal and other stakeholders.
Work Environment/Physical Demands The characteristic demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit and use hands to finger, handle or feel. The employee is often required to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. The employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Travel: Local and moderate out-of-town travel is required. NATIVE AMERICAN/AMERICAN INDIAN PREFERENCE IN HIRING WILL BE APPLIED AS DEFINED IN TITLE 25 USC 44-46 &474. Employment is contingent upon the outcome of all required criminal background checks.