Health Specialist

ECS - San Diego/National City, CA

General Description

Under the supervision of the Head Start Director or designee, the Health Specialist shall ensure compliance with the Head Start Performance Standards in the areas of child health and developmental services and child health and safety for families and children ages birth to 5. The Health Specialist shall have knowledge of the availability of community health/dental service providers, provide training for staff and parents, and assist in maintaining healthy and safe classrooms and working environments.

Essential Functions

  1. Ensure implementation and compliance with all assigned Head Start Performance Standards, Community Care Licensing, County Public Health and other regulations related to health, safety and nutrition.
  2. Obtain CPR and First Aid Training certification and provide training classes for staff and parents.
  3. Facilitate and/or conduct training for staff and parents in the areas of physicals and dental exams and reports, health and preventative health care. Develop and implement an effective outreach plan for the use of community resources.
  4. Develop, coordinate and ensure the program has an active Health Services Advisory Committee.
  5. Perform limited direct services such as hearing, vision and blood pressure checks.
  6. Provide support to center staff to ensure that all services and follow up have been provided to every child in accordance with regulations.
  7. Work with center staff and other specialists in the development of Individual Health Plans for children.
  8. Train staff on doctor’s instructions for lay persons, such as use of nebulizer, epi-pen, etc.
  9. Be on call to respond to emergency health problems at the centers during normal hours of operation.
  10. Assist staff in handling child injuries and maintain a tracking log of all child injury reports.
  11. Participate in the preparation of the budget, written plans and self-assessment process for health regulations.
  12. Purchase necessary medical supplies and distribute to centers as needed.
  13. Prepare and assist in the development of grant proposals.
  14. Assume responsibility for parent involvement as appropriate
  15. Newborn Baby Visits with the Perinatal Home Visitors

Other duties as assigned: This job description is not intended to be all inclusive, and employee will also perform other reasonable related business duties as assigned by immediate Supervisor and other management as required

Education and Experience

Bachelor’s degree with preference for a health provider’s certificate, license or equivalent preferred. Combination of three years of experience in work place safety, public health, school health, nutrition or pediatric and community health plus experience as a trainer, educator, or public speaker. 


Possess a valid California driver’s license in good standing, valid auto insurance, reliable transportation and ability to drive to different locations within ECS’s service area (mostly South Bay San Diego County).


Must meet and maintain state law and county licensing requirements regarding employment in a child care center (fingerprints, TB, required immunizations, health clearance) prior to hiring. Employment is contingent upon passing a criminal background clearance by Community Care Licensing. Certification in Pediatric First Aide, CPR and must be met within 90 days of assignment.

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Job Details

Category: Health Services

Type: FT

Location: San Diego/National City, CA

Salary: Competitive Salary

Posted On: February 16th, 2018

Agency Details


Our History

Originally founded in 1927 by All Saints' Episcopal Church to provide social welfare programs for the poor, elderly, sick, and "those who might otherwise be forgotten", Episcopal Community Services (ECS) expanded its scope in 1954 to provide programs to address the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of all San Diegans. ECS was incorporated in 1955 and obtained its first government contract with San Diego County to provide counseling and jobs for men released from prison. Today, ECS provides more than $27 million in health and human services in the areas of homelessness, mental health, poverty, addiction and early childhood education to more than 8,000 clients in San Diego.

Our Mission

Operating under its mission of serving God by serving those in need through programs that foster hope, dignity, and independence, ECS inspires children, empowers adults and transforms communities by providing vital, high-quality social services that encourage healthy interdependence.