Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: H0015 / Health Educator
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 11

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Under general supervision, plans, implements, and evaluates health education and/or clinical training programs, conferences, and other associated activities for individual, group, and/or community needs. Collaborates with other health specialists to ascertain health needs, develop desirable health goals, and determine availability of professional health services. Develops and maintain cooperation between public, civic, professional, and voluntary agencies. May specialize in specific healthcare professions, such as neonatology, substance and alcohol abuse, pediatrics, and obstetrics and gynecology.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Plans, develops, and designs health education and training programs, including preparation, facilitation, and follow-up.
  2. Evaluates programs; performs research on relevant topics, and develops and/or revises curriculum modules and/or presentation materials as appropriate.
  3. Presents lectures and training to groups and/or individuals, as appropriate.
  4. Coordinates the activities of consultants, agencies, and other providers involved in specific programs.
  5. Participates in the development of marketing and promotional goals and strategies, as appropriate; may write grant proposals and seek funding for programs.
  6. Serves as a point of contact in area of expertise; refers clients to other support services, such as medical evaluation and treatment, social services, and employment services, as appropriate.
  7. Prepares and disseminates educational and informational materials.
  8. May lead, guide, and train staff/student employees, interns, and/or volunteers performing related work; may participate in the recruitment of volunteers, as appropriate to the area of operation.
  9. Maintains current knowledge base on specific health issues, particularly in area of expertise.
  10. May serve as Campus Security Authority as outlined by the Clery Act.
  11. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree; at least 3 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Ability to develop and deliver presentations.
  • Skill in the use of personal computers and related software applications.
  • Skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities.
  • Ability to design, prepare, deliver, and modify course curriculum and associated educational aids.
  • Knowledge of marketing strategies, processes, and available resources.
  • Ability to plan, assess, and evaluate programs.
  • Ability to conduct literature searches.
  • Ability to investigate and analyze information and draw conclusions.
  • Ability to travel on occasion outside the metropolitan area.
  • Knowledge of federal, state and/or community funding sources and mechanisms.
  • Knowledge of community health services and agencies.
  • Knowledge of health education programs, policies and trends.
  • Ability to effectively interpret needs and act as an advocate for a specified client population.
  • Knowledge of health education theory and practice.
  • Knowledge of current and developing trends in area of professional expertise.

Distinguishing Characteristics

    Position requires: a) planning, development, and presentation of customized health education and training programs; b) development, preparation, and delivery of class curriculum c) development, evaluation, and modification of course curriculum and/or presentation materials; d) participation in development and marketing activities for programs; e) acquisition and application of knowledge of current and developing issues/trends in specified area of health education.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • No or very limited physical effort required.
  • No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
  • Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 03/20/2017