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Health Education Assistant

Apply now Job no: 518049
Work type: Staff
Location: San José
Categories: Unit 2 - CSUEU - Health Care Support, Probationary, Health Professionals, Full Time


Job Summary

Health education is a profession which uses a variety of educational processes and strategies to improve health knowledge, attitudes and behaviors to promote health and well-being. Incumbents assess campus health education needs, plan and design programs, implement programs and evaluate their effectiveness. They play a central role in informing the campus community about available health services and instructing individuals and groups in the basic principles of health and the optimal and proper utilization of health care services.

Reporting to the Associate Director of Campus Wellness Education, the Health Education Assistant is responsible for selected components of the Wellness and Health Promotion Department and supports the overall Department by researching, developing and maintaining health education materials; and plans and conducts educational programs and workshops.


Key Responsibilities

  • Oversees functions of reception area of the Wellness and Health Promotion Department
  • Provides procedural guidance and work oversight to student assistants and volunteer staff
  • Receives and appropriately responds to, questions from students, staff and faculty via drop-ins, telephone, and email
  • Assists in developing and maintaining effective and relevant office procedures
  • Maintains confidentiality; handles materials that may be sensitive in nature and follows internal protocol for safeguarding information
  • Collaborates with Student Wellness Center’s Shared Services Team for department resource needs
  • Assist in planning and conducting discussion groups, workshops, open sessions, and other health education activities
  • Provide health education talks to selected groups covering relevant current and emerging university and community health issues
  • Evaluate the use of and degree of knowledge obtained from visual and audio materials and recommend redesign if necessary to improve level of understanding
  • Compile, review, and maintain an inventory of current health education material for students and staff
  • Assist in program planning by identifying barriers to good health practices among the target groups


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • General knowledge of the techniques for collecting and compiling data, and the means of disseminating educational information to the public through various mass and audio or visual media
  • Working knowledge of the elements of health education programming
  • Principles, methods, and practices of health education
  • Concepts of public health principles and approach
  • Medical terminology
  • The principles, methods, and techniques used in counseling and education
  • Basic math and basic statistical concepts
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, to individuals with various interests and from varying cultural and ethnic backgrounds
  • Prepare and deliver informational talks or lead group discussions using visual and other aids and provide clear, understandable answers to questions which are raised by target group audiences
  • Conduct interviews or group discussions to obtain data on health habits and needs, observe reactions to questions, and record or summarize findings
  • Conduct research using a variety of sources to develop and prepare educational materials
  • Draft simple staff reports and articles for publication in newsletters and bulletins
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with peers, target segments of the student community and representatives of the news media
  • Compile, organize, analyze, summarize data, and draw logical conclusions
  • Write effectively in order to produce educational materials such as exhibits, posters, and pamphlets, letters, keep accurate records, etc.
  • Operate a personal computer and utilize software for the purposes of data management and word processing
  • Provide excellent customer service


Required Qualifications

  • High school diploma or equivalent or combination of education and experience which provides the required knowledge


Preferred Qualifications

  • Completion of a Bachelor’s Degree in public/community health education, education, child development, behavioral or life sciences, sociology, biology, psychology
  • Two (2) years’ experience as a community worker or a related position which included outreach education, workshop facilitation and presentation experience within a public health or voluntary non-profit health related agency, preferably dealing with “at risk” populations
  • Experience in health education programming in topics such as sexual health, violence prevention, alcohol and other drugs, and mental health
  • Experience with computer software (MS Word, Excel, Power Point) and hardware (scanners, projectors, etc.)
  • Experience with electronic health records system
  • Experience with project management tools



Classification: Health Education Assistant
Anticipated Hiring Range: $4,414/month - $4,566/month
CSU Salary Range: $3,704/month - $7,147/month

San José State University offers employees a comprehensive benefits package typically worth 30-35% of your base salary. For more information on programs available, please see the Employee Benefits Summary.


Application Procedure

Click Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Application and attach the following documents:

  • Resume
  • Letter of Interest

All applicants must apply within the specified application period: September 7, 2022 through September 21, 2022. This position is open until filled; however, applications received after screening has begun will be considered at the discretion of the university.


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CSU Vaccination Policy

The CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus (including all booster doses of an approved vaccine for which an individual is eligible per current CDC recommendations) or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. As a condition of employment, any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement as well as with other safety measures established on the campus. The system wide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to


Additional Information

Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment. SJSU will issue a contingent offer of employment to the selected candidate, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was offered the position on a contingent basis.

The standard background check includes: criminal check, employment and education verification. Depending on the position, a motor vehicle and/or credit check may be required. All background checks are conducted through the university's third party vendor, Accurate Background. Some positions may also require fingerprinting. SJSU will pay all costs associated with this procedure. Evidence of required degree(s) or certification(s) will be required at time of hire.


All San José State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment. Incumbent is also required to promptly report any knowledge of a possible Title IX related incident to the Title IX Office or report any discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation to the Office of Equal Opportunity.


Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act and Campus Housing Fire Safety Notification: 

Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the Annual Security Report (ASR) is also now available for viewing at The ASR contains the current security and safety-related policy statements, emergency preparedness and evacuation information, crime prevention and Sexual Assault prevention information, and information about drug and alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains statistics of Clery crimes for San José State University locations for the three most recent calendar years. A paper copy of the ASR is available upon request by contacting the Office of the Clery Director by phone at 408-924-1501 or by email at

Pursuant to the Higher Education Opportunity Act, the Annual Fire Safety Report (AFSR) is also available for viewing at The purpose of this report is to disclose statistics for fires that occurred within SJSU on-campus housing facilities for the three most recent calendar years, and to distribute fire safety policies and procedures intended to promote safety on Campus. A paper copy of the AFSR is available upon request by contacting the Housing Office by phone at 408-795-5600 or by email at


Equal Employment Statement

San José State University (SJSU) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, gender, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, race, religion or lack thereof, sex, sexual orientation, transgender, or protected veteran status consistent with applicable federal and state laws. This policy applies to all SJSU students, faculty and staff programs and activities. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and certain other federal and state laws, prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in all education programs and activities operated by the university (both on and off campus).


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Last Updated Aug 31, 2022