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Adolescent Health Educator

Company: James Madison University
Location: Harrisonburg
Posted on: January 23, 2023

Job Description:

Position Details

Position Information

Working Title
Adolescent Health Educator

Position Number
4526, 2939

Posting Number

State Role Title
Education Support Specialist II

Position Type

Position Status
Full Time

FLSA Status
Non-Exempt: Eligible for Overtime

College of Health and Behavioral Studies

526161 - JMU PREP AWARD #3 - YEAR 2

Pay Band

Pay Rate
Pay Range

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$37,000 - $40,425

Is this a JMU Only position?

Is this a grant-funded position?
Yes. This is a grant funded position and is contingent upon continued funding.

Is this a Conflict of Interest designated position?

Position Summary Information

General Information
We seek an Adolescent Health Educator to support JMU and Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services (IIHHS)'s mission and vision to provide outreach programs to the community and provide quality experiential learning opportunities to JMU students.

The James Madison University Personal Responsibility Education Program is a broadly targeted effort based on the principles of positive youth development and optimal health for the young people of the Shenandoah Valley. The project's design includes the replication of evidence-based programs, the implementation of effective programs, and the integration of innovative components to reduce teen pregnancy in Harrisonburg City, Rockingham County and Page County, Virginia.
The evidence-based programs replicated with the PREP project are ETR's Draw the Line/ Respect the Line (DTL/RTL)and Safer Choices and Advocates for Youth's Rights, Respect, Responsibility (3R's) program. SexEdVA aims to ensure that young people across Virginia have access to sexual health information that is positive, inclusive, evidence-based, and medically accurate in order to make informed decisions regarding their health. SexEdVA seeks to advance health and education equity by addressing social determinants of health through comprehensive programming for youth and quality training for the adults who work with them. SexEdVA's mission is to support adolescent sexual health in Virginia communities through training and technical assistance, curriculum development, research, and advocacy. Go to sexedva.org for more information.

SexEdVA operates according to the following sexual health philosophy:

  • We believe that youth have the right to holistic sexual health information that takes into account their whole beings - their physical, mental, emotional, and relational needs. Sexual health education should integrate medically accurate and evidence-informed content, and be driven by youth voices and input. It should be culturally sensitive and responsive to the communities it serves.
  • We believe in the liberating and transformative power of sexual health education. Youth are empowered and can make better decisions for themselves when they understand their agency and bodily autonomy and have the tools to communicate their wants and needs.
  • We believe in inclusive education that uplifts all students. This is possible only when the needs and experiences of marginalized youth are centered, considered, and listened to at every point in the educational process. This means cultivating safe, non-judgmental spaces where their identities feel validated and all students are seen and affirmed for who they are.
  • We believe that policy, communities, schools, and service providers should affirm youths' identities, desires, curiosities, and experiences.

    This project is funded by the Family Youth Services Bureau (FYSB).

    Duties and Responsibilities
    The successful candidate will be responsible for assisting with the planning, coordination and implementation of the Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP), funded by the Family Youth Services Bureau. The JMU PREP initiative is a collaborative effort that emphasizes principles of positive youth development and optimal health emphasizing both abstinence and contraception and addressing the adulthood preparation subjects of healthy relationships, parent-child communication, educational and career success, healthy life skills, and adolescent development in order to significantly reduce the number of teen pregnancies in the Harrisonburg, Rockingham and Page County area of Virginia.

    Key Duties Responsibilities:

    • Program planning and preparation; including knowledge of Safer Choices, Draw the Line and 3Rs curriculums, presentation slides and lesson outlines, preparing handout and gathering materials for activities. Completing training, research and professional development opportunities regarding subject matters to stay current and informed.
    • Engaging facilitation of evidence-based and evidence-informed curriculums; Safer Choices, Draw the Line and 3Rs: Rights, Respect, Responsibility, in Harrisonburg City and Page County middle and high schools and Rockingham County high schools.
    • Collect and report participant data and performance measures data as required by the program and funder. Staff will assist in data entry as needed. Program fidelity will be recorded for each lesson taught.
    • Assist the Program Coordinator with the development of new project ideas and creation of outreach materials. Brainstorm innovative parent and community resources and communication to build healthy, trusted relationships and conversation with youth.


      • Demonstrate experience/ability in working with adolescents and/or facilitating adolescent programming.
      • Experience establishing and maintaining relationships with public.
      • Experience with youth development and outreach.
      • Ability to compose reports and organize presentations.
      • Ability to follow oral and written instructions
      • Must possess good oratory, organizational, administrative and interpersonal skills.
      • General computer skills required and proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google Docs, Sheets and Slides.
      • Candidates should be ready to succeed in an independent work environment and excel at taking initiative.


        • Bachelor's degree (in Health Science, Public Health, Health Education, or related field) or equivalent experience preferred.
        • Experience in sexuality education and teen pregnancy prevention.
        • Experience planning effective public health education programs.
        • Experience delivering prevention programming.

          Condition(s) of Employment
          Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a criminal background check.

          E-Verify Notice: After accepting employment, new hires are required to complete an I-9 form and present documentation of their identity and eligibility to work in the United States. James Madison University uses the E-Verify system to confirm identity and work authorization.

          Posting Detail Information

          Posting Date

          Beginning Review Date

          Closing Date

          Open Until Filled

          Proposed Starting Date

          EEO Statement
          James Madison University is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating and supporting a diverse and inclusive work and educational community that is free of all forms of discrimination. This institution does not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status.
          We promote access, inclusion and diversity for all students, faculty, staff, constituents and programs, believing that these qualities are foundational components of an outstanding education in keeping with our mission. The university is interested in candidates whose experience and qualifications support an ongoing commitment to this core quality.
          Anyone having questions concerning discrimination should contact the Office for Equal Opportunity: (540) 568-6991.

          Reasonable Accommodation Request
          If you are an individual with a disability and need assistance searching or applying for jobs please contact us at (540) 568-3597 or . You may also visit the JMU Human Resource Office, located at 752 Ott Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22807 and we will be happy to assist you.

          Annual Security and Annual Fire Safety Report
          Notice of Availability - Annual Security and Fire Safety Report
          The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report contains information regarding campus security and personal safety including topics such as: crime prevention, the university police law enforcement authority, crime reporting policies, disciplinary procedures, protocols for the immediate notification of students and staff upon confirmation of a significant emergency on campus and other matters of importance related to security and safety. The report includes statistics for the most recent three-year period of reported crimes that have occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by JMU or its affiliates; and on public property within or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.

          The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report includes campus housing fire statistics for the most recent three-year period, a description of each on-campus student housing facility fire safety system, the number of fire drills held during the previous calendar year, policies or rules on portable electrical appliances, smoking, and open flames in student housing; and procedures for student housing evacuation in the event of fire along with other fire safety information.

          The JMU Annual Security and Fire Safety Report includes the Harrisonburg campus and the three overseas branch campuses; Florence, Antwerp, and London. It is available electronically http://www.jmu.edu/publicsafety/clerycompliance/2018Annual-Security-and-Fire-Safety-Report.shtml

          You can obtain a copy of any of this report by contacting the Office of Public Safety, MSC 6810, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA 22807 or request that a copy be mailed to you by calling (540)568-6769/6913.

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Keywords: James Madison University, Harrisonburg , Adolescent Health Educator, Healthcare , Harrisonburg, Virginia

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