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Missouri, United States of America (Remote)
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Iowa, United States of America (Remote)
Nebraska, United States of America (Remote)
JOB #R2104022

Head Start Health Specialist - Region VII

ICF seeks a Health Specialist to work as a liaison between the Regional and Central Office of Head Start (OHS) and the National Center on Health and Wellness, as well as other agencies relevant to the work of the Regional Office.  

The Health Specialist will serve as a resource to other Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Specialists on comprehensive health services, including mental health and environmental health and safety, in accordance with the requirements of the Head Start Program Performance Standards across the birth to five spectrums.

This position is home-based in one of the Regional states (Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas) and extensive travel will be required to fulfill the duties of the position.   Travel will be within the assigned ACF region as well as to the Washington, D.C. metro area. 

Basic Qualifications

The Health Specialist shall have:

  • A minimum of a BA or a BS from an accredited university or college in public health, health education, maternal and child health, health administration or related degree.

  • If the highest degree was awarded more than ten years ago, the resume should be specific regarding such events as courses, conferences, seminars attended or relevant work experience.

  • A minimum of three years’ experience related to health services in early childhood programs such as Head Start/Early Head Start, maternal and child health, school health or community health programs specific to the development and implementation of comprehensive health services for young children and families.

  • Experience analyzing health related data and helping programs make data driven decisions.

  • Experience providing training and technical assistance related to health services for children birth to five, including work with management teams and program staff.

  • Experience facilitating group discussions and presenting to range of audiences.

  • Experience with programs serving children from diverse backgrounds such as children with special health care needs, children with disabilities, children who are dual language learners, children in family childcare settings, and/or children who are homeless.

  • Experience communicating, both orally and in writing, to various audiences.

Key Responsibilities

The Health Specialist shall provide the following in-person or virtually as determined by the regional office.

  • Serve as a liaison between the OHS, the National Center responsible for health and wellness, and other relevant agencies.

  • Provide subject matter expertise, strategies, and resources to Regional Office and TTA staff on

comprehensive health services, such as mental health and wellness, environmental health and safety, as well as strategies for engaging staff and families around issues on health.

  • Serve as a member of a national peer group of Health Specialists from each of the twelve regions.

  • Develop and implement strategies for connecting with grantee health managers and/or coordinators in the Region.

  • Aggregate, analyze, and disseminate regional and grantee health data from existing government systems to identify emerging trends impacting Head Start grantees.

  • Develop and provide presentations and training on topics related to early childhood health, mental health, safety, and other related topics.

  • Provide direct service to individual grantees, at the direction of the Regional Office.

  • Support emerging OHS initiatives and priorities.

Working at ICF

Working at ICF means applying a passion for meaningful work with intellectual rigor to help solve the leading issues of our day. Smart, compassionate, innovative, committed, ICF employees tackle unprecedented challenges to benefit people, businesses, and governments around the globe. We believe in collaboration, mutual respect, open communication, and opportunity for growth. If you’re seeking to make a difference in the world, visit www.icf.com/careers to find your next career. ICF—together for tomorrow.

We can only solve the world's toughest challenges by building an inclusive workplace that allows everyone to thrive. We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to hiring regardless of any protected characteristic, such as race, ethnicity, national origin, color, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability status, or military/veteran status. Together, our employees are empowered to share their expertise and collaborate with others to achieve personal and professional goals. For more information, please read our EEO & AA policy.

COVID-19 Policy: New or prospective U.S. employees must provide proof of complete vaccination on the date of their commencement of employment. If selected for employment, you will provide proof of your full vaccination status, defined as vaccinated two weeks after receiving the requisite number of doses of a COVID-19 vaccine approved or authorized for emergency use by the FDA.

Reasonable Accommodations are available, including, but not limited to, for disabled veterans, individuals with disabilities, and individuals with sincerely held religious beliefs, in all phases of the application and employment process. To request an accommodation please email icfcareercenter@icf.com and we will be happy to assist. All information you provide will be kept confidential and will be used only to the extent required to provide needed reasonable accommodations. Read more about non-discrimination:  EEO is the law and  Pay Transparency Statement.

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