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$ 13.52-$ 16.49 hourly

Date Posted:   09/10/2013
Closing Date:   09/24/2013
Position End Date:   09/30/2014
Hiring Agency:   Health Department
Division/Bureau:   HPCD/Comprehensive Cancer
Location:   Golden Rule Bldg., St. Paul
Who May Apply:   Open to all qualified job seekers
Posting Number:   13HEAL000396
Employment Conditions:   Limited, Part-time , 25%
Work Shift:   Day Shift
Days of Work:   Monday-Friday , 08:00 AM-04:30 PM
Travel Required:   no
Job Grouping:   General Administration
Classified Status:   Unclassified
Job Description:   This position is located at the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) in the Health Promotion and Chronic Disease (HPCD) Division and will assist in research, messaging, and media activities for two cancer policy topics of the Minnesota Comprehensive Cancer Control Program (MCSS). The two policy topics are: Over-consumption of sugar sweetened beverages and exposure to artificial UV light (tanning beds). This position will work closely with the MDH Cancer Policy Coordinator, as well as other professionals in public health and non-governmental organizations who are actively working on these topics.

Tasks include:
1. Develop a baseline working knowledge of evidence-based strategies and resources on reducing over-consumption of sugar sweetened beverages and reducing indoor tanning. Understand the evidence demonstrating a relationship between A) sugar sweetened beverages, obesity and cancer; and B)indoor tanning and melanoma.
2. Conduct research on these policy topics related to developing a media plan.
3. Assist with development of fact sheets on these topics.
4. Assist in the development of messages on these topics.
5. Assist in the development of a media plan.
6. Develop a plan to monitor media around the four cancer policy topics. Actively monitor media and train other staff to do the same.
Minimum Qualifications:   Completion of two to three years of post-secondary education related to Public Health, Public Policy or Communications.

Student Worker Eligibility:
To be eligible for appointment as a Student Worker ParaProfessional Senior you must be enrolled in a post-secondary or graduate educational program or plan to enroll within three months. Students may be "off" for the summer or for one semester/quarter and remain employed as a student worker, but such absences cannot exceed one semester/quarter in a year. If you are enrolled at a credit-granting institution you must carry at least six semester/nine quarter credits. If enrolled at a non-credit granting institution or one that only offers one credit per class, you must be taking two or more classes per semester/quarter. Any lesser credit (class) load will be treated as a semester/quarter off. Graduate students must be enrolled in at least two courses or making progress on a dissertation. You will be asked to complete an Educational Verification form prior to appointment.

Preferred Qualifications:   Current enrollment in a Master's level program in Public Health, Public Policy or Communications;

Knowledge of media tools and approaches to convey public health messages to the public;

Knowledge of resources and methods to monitor media on policy topics;

Ability to compose and edit communications for media;

Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communications skills;

Excellent organizational and project management skills, including the ability to devise methods to carry out complex projects and initiatives;

Word processing, desktop publishing and graphic design computer applications skills and abilities;

Interest and ability in thinking creatively and strategically about communications;

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with public health and health care professionals, professionals in non-governmental organizations, and the general public.
Selection Process:   The selection process is a resume-based, skill-matching process. All applicants who apply to this posting will be evaluated against the Minimum Qualifications stated above. If your skills match the required skills for this position, the department may contact you.
How to Apply:   This position is open for all qualified applicants. If you are interested in being considered for this position, please do one of the following by the closing date:

1) Submit your resume through the on-line Resume Builder at You may copy and paste your existing resume or let the software create a resume for you. After you've completed your on-line resume, apply directly to this job posting (#13HEAL000396) by checking the "Apply for This Job" box and then clicking the "Apply to Selected Jobs" box at the bottom of the posting.

2) If you are unable to apply on-line via Resume Builder, submit your resume and a completed State of Minnesota Employment Application form to: Minnesota Management & Budget (MMB), 200 Centennial Office Building, 658 Cedar Street, St. Paul, MN 55155. Please include this job posting number (#13HEAL000396) on your application. The paper application is available on the MMB website at or by calling 651-259-3637.

Current State Employees: Please note that employment provisions (including but not limited to seniority and leave accrual) vary among the three branches of Minnesota State government. When considering a job with another branch of state government, you are highly encouraged to explore these differences. For assistance, please direct questions to your current or anticipated Human Resources office.

Contact for More Information:   Craig Wethington, / 651-201-5094.