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Public Health Specialist 2 (PCN 06-1700)

State of Alaska
Anchorage, Alaska
Closing date
Nov 26, 2021

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Job Description

The recruitment period for this job posting has been extended.

What you will be doing:

Working as a Public Health Specialist 2 (PHS II) HIV Prevention Coordinator in the HIV/STD Program offers you a rare opportunity to help develop and implement policies, protocols, procedures, and services around HIV prevention activities in the State. You will help assure that services are based on scientific findings and best practices that are adaptable to Alaska's specific needs. You will provide expertise on HIV Prevention practices, including helping individuals to enter and stay in care, to both improve their health and reduce the likelihood of HIV transmission.

Our organization, mission, and culture:

The DPH's mission is to protect and promote the health of Alaskans. The Section of Epidemiology (SOE) and the HIV/STD Program mission is to keep Alaskans safe from communicable disease; injuries; and environmental, occupation, and other health hazards. We contribute to these missions by providing reliable disease trend data to direct a public health response, develop policy and procedures to guide prevention, provide direct prevention and care services, and contribute to national surveillance reports.

DPH exemplifies the following values:
  • Accountability - We are committed to responsible use of human, financial, and environmental resources.
  • Respect - We provide services without discrimination or judgment.
  • Human Potential - We are committed to developing each Alaskan's potential as a healthy individual, as well as fostering strong, healthy communities.
  • Integrity - We are honest and ethical in all we do.
  • Scientific Excellence - We are committed to adding to and contributing to the body of scientific knowledge and using the best available knowledge and data to develop public health policy.

The benefits of joining our team:

You will be joining an experienced, dedicated, innovative, and fun work group of 17 staff members in the HIV/STD Program and over 60 staff in the Section of Epidemiology. We work with the Section of Epidemiology's fast paced and successful work environment which values the contributions of each employee. We collaborate within the program, among our key stakeholders and partners to reduce health disparities and to help all individuals have equity in access to health care for HIV/ STD.

The working environment you can expect:

The office is located in the heart of mid-town Anchorage; situated with views of the Chugach Range, Mount Denali (sans clouds), and the Cook Inlet. There is ample free covered parking and a modern building with a high level of building security, vending machines for drinks/snacks, and a small caf and coffee stand (currently closed due to the pandemic). The 7.5 hour days can be flexibly scheduled during M-F. After orientation is completed, a hybrid telework schedule can be available.

Who we are looking for:

To be successful in the position the candidate will need the following core competencies:
  • Public Health: Applies knowledge of the concepts, principles, theories, methods, and tools associated with protecting and improving the health of people and their communities, including promoting healthy lifestyles, researching disease and injury prevention, and detecting, preventing, and responding to infectious diseases.
  • Analytical Thinking/Problem Solving: Uses a logical, systematic, and sequential approach to address problems or opportunities or manage a situation by drawing on one's knowledge and experience base and calling on other references and resources as necessary.
  • Decision Making: Makes sound, well-informed, and objective decisions; perceives the impact and implications of decisions; commits to action, even in uncertain situations, to accomplish organizational goals; causes change.
  • Education and Training: Knowledge of teaching, training, research, making presentations, lecturing, testing, and other instructional methods.
  • Planning and Evaluating: Organizes work, sets priorities, and determines resource requirements; determines short- or long-term goals and strategies to achieve them; coordinates with other organizations or parts of the organization to accomplish goals; monitors progress and evaluates outcomes.

A cover letter is NOT required for this position. Your complete application, including supplemental questions will be used to determine which applicants will advance to the interview phase of the recruitment and selection process.

To view the general description and example of duties please go to the following link: Minimum Qualifications

A bachelor's degree from an accredited college in public health, health administration, nursing, epidemiology, health sciences, health education, community health, emergency medical services, psychology, the social sciences, the biological sciences, social work, biostatistics/statistics, education, or a closely related field.


One year of specific experience providing circumscribed consultant and advisory services to stakeholders in a defined region or geographical area or statewide assistance to higher level consultants or managers in providing complex or extensive research and advisory services. This experience is equivalent to a Public Health Specialist I with the State of Alaska or its equivalent with another employer.


Five years of experience administering or providing specialized health care or public health services or programs. The required professional experience includes work such as Registered Nurse, Public Health Nurse, Nurse Consultant, Health Program Manager, Health and Social Services Planner, Nutritionist, Audiologist, Health Practitioner, Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Physician's Assistant, Public Health Representative, Health Program Associate, Paramedic, Emergency Medical Technician, or the equivalent. Service as an Education Specialist or similar job class may qualify if the work performed was specifically related to the development of health curriculum or the collection, analysis, and maintenance of data concerning conditions of public health importance, such as incidence/prevalence of disease or injuries, social risk factors, behavioral risk factors, environmental risk factors, and/or demographic characteristics. The required work experience may also include graduate level work conducting/assisting in specialized scientific research studies related to public health.


A master's degree from an accredited college in one of the required fields will substitute for up to two years of the required work experience.

A PhD from an accredited college in one of the required fields will substitute for up to four years of the required work experience.

Special Note:

Most positions may require expertise in a particular health specialty field. Recruitment and selection for these positions will be from among only those candidates who have the appropriate background and experience relevant to the specialty field defined in the predominant responsibilities of the position. The specialty areas include, but are not exclusively limited to: maternal, child, adolescent, and/or men's and women's health; birth defects; early childhood development and disabilities; emergency medical services and care; cardiopulmonary health; obesity and stroke prevention and mitigation; neurological development and disease; genetics and congenital diseases; audiology; human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)/sexually transmitted disease (STD) surveillance, prevention, and control; tobacco, alcohol, and narcotics prevention and mitigation; health impact assessments; domestic violence and traumatic injury surveillance, prevention, and control; chronic disease and epidemiological surveillance and control; and related biostatistics.

The social sciences include anthropology, economics, sociology, history, political science, geography, psychology, and demography. The biological sciences include botany, biology, entomology, ecology, forestry, and zoology.

Additional Required Information

At time of interview applicant must submit:
  • A copy of academic transcripts, to verify post-secondary education used to meet the minimum qualifications. (Unofficial are okay, please ensure that the institution name is listed on the transcripts);
  • Three (3) professional references current contact information (including current or past supervisors);
  • Two professional writing sample or communication materials meant to reach at least two different audiences.

Please read the below information carefully. This applies to your application submission.


For your application to be evaluated you must answer the Supplemental Questions. Be specific in your answers and tell us how you acquired the relevant experience. Please use complete sentences and proof-read your submissions when answering the supplemental questions. Your responses will be considered a writing sample and will be used to determine which applicants will advance to the interview phase of the recruitment process.


To verify education being used to meet the required minimum qualifications, you must fill in the Education section of the application. If you have not obtained a degree, please indicate the number of units completed. Copies of transcripts are required to verify educational credentials being used to meet the minimum qualifications for a position and are required with each application. (Unofficial are okay, please ensure that the institution/URL name is listed on the transcripts). Transcripts can be attached at the time of application, provided at the time of interview or if not provided, transcripts will be required prior to appointment.


Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements, if applicable. If utilizing this education you must show that the education credentials have been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and that such education has been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs; or an accredited U.S. state university reports the other institution as one whose transcript is given full value, or full value is given in subject areas applicable to the curricula at the state university. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. Omission of required documentation listed will result in an incomplete application and you will not receive further consideration.


When using work experience not already documented in your application, please provide the employer name, your job title, dates of employment, and whether full-or part-time. Applications will be reviewed to determine if the responses are supported and minimum qualifications are clearly met. Work experience needed to meet the minimum qualifications must be documented in the application. If the application does not support minimum qualifications, the applicant may not advance to the interview and selection phase of the recruitment. A resume will not be used to determine that minimum qualifications have been met for the position in which you are applying.

If you are currently or previously been appointed to a flexibly staffed position please ensure your work experience within a flexibly staffed position indicates the actual dates employed at each level. Ensure your time and any subsequent flex promotion(s) are documented as a separate position. This is required as there are minimum qualifications that require experience at a particular level in which the lower level may not be considered. If this information is not accurately reflected in your application this may cause the processing of your application for consideration to be delayed.

NOTE: Attaching a resume or curriculum vitae is not an alternative to filling out the application in its entirety. Noting "see resume or CV" or any similar response on any portion of your application may lead to a determination your application is incomplete and removal from consideration for this job posting.

The State of Alaska does not provide VISA Employer sponsorships.


This recruitment may be used for more than one (1) vacancy. The applicant pool acquired during this recruitment may be used for future vacancies for up to ninety (90) days after this recruitment closes. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply to each recruitment notice to ensure consideration for all vacancies.


You can ONLY apply for this position through the Workplace Alaska website or via hardcopy application. If you accessed this recruitment bulletin through a job search portal such as ALEXsys or any other database, you MUST use a Workplace Alaska online or hardcopy application to successfully apply. Instructions on how to apply with Workplace Alaska may be found on the Workplace Alaska "How to Apply" webpage, found here:


Questions regarding the application process can be directed to the Workplace Alaska hotline at 800-587-0430 (toll free) or (907) 465- 4095. If you choose to be contacted by email,please ensure your email address is correct on your application and that the spam filter will permit email from the '' domains. For information on allowing emails from the '' domains, visit the Lost Password Help page located at


The State of Alaska complies with Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Individuals with disabilities, who require accommodation, auxiliary aides or services, or alternative communication formats, please call 1-800-587-4095 in Juneau or TTY: Alaska Relay 711 or 1-800-770-8973 or correspond with the Division of Personnel & Labor Relations at: P. O. Box 110201, Juneau, AK 99811-0201. The State of Alaska is an equal opportunity employer. Contact Information


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For specific information in reference to the position please contact the hiring manager at:

Name/Title: Susan A. Jones, HIV/STD Program Manager

Phone: (907) 269-8061

Fax: (907) 561-4239

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