The Immunization Program Nurse Educator is responsible for providing immunization consultation, education, and support to healthcare providers, local county, community partners, schools, child care facilities, and all individuals within Arizona to promote childhood, adolescent, and adult immunizations. Job tasks include providing consultation, education, and support via phone and email regarding CDC-recommended vaccination and catch-up scheduling; influenza (flu) vaccines/administration; COVID vaccines/administration and vaccine safety questions. The nurse educator will also be providing educational support and community outreach to meet ADHS/AIPO strategic and annual plans; support for any epidemic/pandemic situations; facilitate AIPO internal and external communication tools and management of the AIPO website, and coordinate the annual ADHS immunization conference.
-Provide immunization education support and consultation via phone and email to immunization providers, school and child care facilities, the general public, and internal and external partners. Provide guidance on CDC-recommended vaccine and catch-up schedules, administration, requirements, and safety issues.
-Provide education and guidance on influenza vaccines, schedules, and administration. Provide guidance and support for COVID vaccines and education related to COVID activities. Annually review and update existing in-house AIPO health education materials.
-Develop and implement a schedule of vaccine education and awareness campaigns for special vaccination and age group campaigns (back-to-school, adolescent vaccination, influenza season, infant and toddler vaccination, general adult and high-risk adult vaccination target groups)
-Overall responsibility (with supervision by a manager) for developing the Annual Arizona Immunization conference with activities to include: planning and scheduling of agenda, workshops, and speakers; logistics, venue selection, and budget; promotion and use of online registration platform; evaluation process and overall coordination of event planning. Coordinator of the CDC Childhood Immunization Champion Award.
-Actively participate in community organizations that promote the awareness and importance of immunization at all stages of life and are consistent with AIPO strategic and annual plans. Develop a calendar of known key community health fairs, conferences, and professional organization gatherings for which AIPO can promote immunization education and awareness.
-Attend community health fairs, conferences, and professional organization gatherings, which best promote AIPO goals and objectives. Present, when requested, as various educational conferences and events which pertain to immunization and ADHS messaging.
-Review and update AIPO Website as it relates to immunization education and resources. Develop and work with ADHS staff on social media messaging and blogs related to immunizations
-Assist in the coordination of quarterly Immunization Services Meetings (ISM) with County Health Department Immunization Coordinators.
- General nursing procedures, medication administration, nursing, and medical processes.
- Child and adult immunization schedules.
- Vaccine-preventable diseases, processes.
- Internet, intranet, web pages, use of applications, and social media tools.
- Performance Management (PM), Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI), and Lean methodologies.
- Interpersonal relationships in relation to working with internal staff and managers, and with external customers and the general public.
- Critical thinking skills, ability to review, process, interpret, decide and implement policy and procedures with minimal manager instruction.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Outstanding organizational and time management skills.
- Intermediate to advanced skill level in Google Suite, MS Office experience.
- Data management; filing of electronic and paper records, emails, and documents pertinent to the position.
- Work with various levels of staff.
- Learn new information and programs quickly.
- Communicate effectively and with great tact both in writing and verbally.
- Work independently, analyze problems or issues within the workflow, and offer effective program improvement options.
- Learn new software systems easily, or know how to seek out guidance independently.
- Support a diverse multi-cultural workforce that reflects the community, promotes equal opportunity at all levels of public employment, and creates an inclusive work environment that enables all individuals to perform to their fullest potential free from discrimination.
Employees who drive on state business require possession of and the ability to retain a current, valid state-issued driver’s license appropriate to the assignment. Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver’s license checks, must maintain acceptable driving records, and must complete any driver training (See Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.11).
Possession of a current license to practice as a registered nurse in Arizona.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing required with 4 years of experience in nursing, school nursing, health education, or related field. Preference will be given to candidates with a Master's in Public Health or Nursing and will substitute for 2 years of experience.
The State of Arizona provides an excellent comprehensive benefits package including:
− Affordable medical and dental insurance plans
− Paid vacation and sick time
− 10 paid holidays per year
− Wellness program and plans
− Life insurance
− Short/long-term disability insurance
− Defined retirement plan
− Award-winning Infant at Work program
− Credit union membership
− Transit subsidy
− ADHS Student Assistance Pilot Program
For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page
To help you build a financially secure future, the State makes monthly contributions to finance your retirement benefit. The State will make a contribution to the ASRS in an amount equal to your contribution. In other words, you and the State will each pay 50% of the total cost of the benefit. New State employees have a 27-week wait period for contributions to begin.
Arizona State Government is an EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer. Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or an alternative format by calling (602) 542-1085. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow sufficient time to arrange the accommodation. DHS is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. All newly hired employees will be subject to E-Verify Employment Eligibility Verification.
ARIZONA MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (AMS)
All Arizona state employees operate within the Arizona Management System (AMS), an intentional, results-driven approach for doing the work of state government whereby every employee reflects on performance, reduces waste, and commits to continuous improvement with sustainable progress. Through AMS, every state employee seeks to understand customer needs, identify problems, improve processes, and measure results.
State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.
The State of Arizona is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.