Explore a Career with the South Dakota State Government

Explore a Career with the South Dakota State Government

Public Health Assistant (Senior Secretary)

Sioux Falls, SD

Job ID: 17504
Agency: Department of Health - Division of Family and Community Health
Location: Sioux Falls
Salary: $17.56 per hour
Pay Grade: GF
Closing Date: 10/26/2021

The South Dakota Department of Health's programs and services help prevent illness and injury, promote healthy places to live, work and play; provide education to help people make good health decisions; prepare for, respond to, and prevent public health threats; and support efforts to enhance quality and accessibility of healthcare. Our services touch the lives of every person in South Dakota.

We recognize that employees are our most valuable resource and we are committed to promoting a culture of excellence in the Department of Health. We trust our employees to be innovative, challenge existing processes, and make the best decisions. We are interested in employing a culturally diverse and skilled workforce that exhibits the values of leadership, accountability, communication, integrity, and teamwork. Public health is a diverse and growing field that offers many career options for people from a variety of educational backgrounds. Imagine yourself as part of a winning team that is making the lives of South Dakotans healthier and safer.

Please visit our website at http://doh.sd.gov/ for further information about the Department of Health.

This opening is for a full-time paraprofessional with the SD Department of Health, Office of Disease Prevention Services in Sioux Falls, SD. This position provides public health services in infectious disease through coordination with disease intervention specialist and program directors. This position will work with cases of vaccine-preventable disease, HIV, sexually transmissible infections, tuberculosis, bioterrorism events, emerging disease, and other infectious diseases.

In consultation with disease intervention specialist and program directors, duties may include providing transportation for clients to and from appointments, linkage clients to care, assisting with client referrals specific to their health and social needs, collaborating with health professionals and community partners, contact tracing, providing patient education, assisting with quality assurance efforts, administrative support to include billing services, among others. This position will require occasional travel both in state and out of state.

License or certification not required. Post-secondary education in a health-related field is desirable. The incumbent will be trained to meet the required level of expertise to perform the duties described and have initial and annual proficiency testing for paraprofessional duties.

The Ideal Candidate Will Have:
The ideal candidate will have effective communication skills that support collaborative working relationships with clients, families, co-workers, and community partners. Will demonstrate empathy, initiative, and professionalism. Will be organized, plan, and set goals and priorities. The ideal candidate will work autonomously and cooperatively with his/her team to help achieve the Department of Health's strategic goals.

Knowledge of:
  • health care protocols;
  • basic computer skills;
  • nursing case management;
  • ethical and professional conduct;
  • privacy practices and reporting procedures;
  • able to develop a strong knowledge base of multiple programs.

Skill to:
  • actively listen;
  • critically thinking and problem-solving skills.

Ability to:
  • work effectively with interpreter services and with culturally and socio-economically diverse populations;
  • ability to work in multiple computer software applications;
  • ability to multitask, prioritize complex situations and adapt to quickly shifting priorities;
  • listen and respond to client and provider needs.

Additional Requirements: Please attach a resume with your application.


NCRC:If you possess a National Career Readiness Certificate, please submit the certificate with your application. For more information on how to acquire a National Career Readiness Certificate contact a South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation Job Service Office. A certificate is not necessary to be considered.

The State of South Dakota does not sponsor work visas for new or existing employees. All persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and complete an Employment Eligibility Verification, Form I-9. The State of South Dakota as an employer will be using E-Verify to complete employment eligibility verification upon hire.

The State of South Dakota offers employer paid health insurance plus ten paid holidays, generous vacation and sick leave accrual, dental, vision, and other insurance options, and retirement benefits. You can view our benefits information at https://bhr.sd.gov/job-seekers/work-for-state-government/ . This position is a member of Class A retirement under SDRS.

Must apply online: https://sodakprod-lm01.cloud.infor.com:1443/lmghr/xmlhttp/shorturl.do?key=FRJ
You must apply online, emailed resumes or submissions will not be accepted.

South Dakota Bureau of Human Resources Telephone: 605.773.3148 Email: careers@state.sd.us http://bhr.sd.gov/workforus "An Equal Opportunity Employer"

Public Health Assistant (Senior Secretary)