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Child Health Consultant (213098)

  • Kansas Department of Health and Environment
  • Topeka (Full-Time)

Posted: Jun 07, 2024


Job Description:

The position (K0245861)

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has a Child Health Consultant opening in Topeka. This position plans, develops, and evaluates the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) program as the Child Health Consultant including School Health.  Provides leadership for MCH program to ensure a high level of quality health services are maintained for children throughout Kansas.  Provides consultation to local agency staff, other KDHE bureaus, agencies, and public organizations regarding the MCH population with special expertise in the child population.

Job Responsibilities may include but are not limited to the following:

Plans, organizes, and directs activities of grant(s)/program(s) with comprehensive service models and diverse activities. Formulates policies and interprets federal, state, and local policies, guidelines, and processes.  Develops organizational and operational plans, grants, contracts, or procedures. Establishes standards/criteria for use by local agencies and others regarding program functions in compliance with state and federal regulations and professional standards.  Disseminates child health information to medical service providers, local health department staff, childcare and school staff, parents and families, and other state and community partners. Develops and disseminates written guidelines and standards of care for MCH services with reviews and revisions completed as necessary.  Establishes and evaluates goals and objectives for delivery of service. Evaluates progress of state and local initiatives in meeting program objectives by reviewing program reports and analyzing client/program data.  Ensures statewide coordination of planning and implementation for child and health services.

Participates in development and implementation of policies, procedures, standards, guidelines, and protocols for MCH public health programs including school health.  Interprets guidelines, regulations, and other materials to revise and implement policies as required.  Carries out descriptive research supported by surveys, studies, and evaluations of inter and intra-state MCH public health services and programs; prepares reports based on findings; and makes policy/procedural recommendations.  Monitors/interprets/synthesizes/disseminates relevant information associated with changes in health and medical care practice, pediatric practice, school nursing, legislative changes, and legal issues that impact children.  Analyzes and makes recommendations on policies, procedures, and legislation which may have an impact on MCH program.

Minimum Qualifications

  • One year of experience in planning, implementing, and monitoring activities relevant to the agency’s programs. Education may be substituted for experience as determined relevant by the agency.


  • High School, GED

Licensing & Certification:

  • Valid Driver’s License – Incumbent is required to have and maintain a valid driver’s license when operating a state vehicle, a private vehicle, or a rental vehicle for the benefit of the State.

Preferred Qualifications

Any additional skills, experiences, or qualifications that would be beneficial, but aren’t strictly necessary.

  • Two years of experience in providing direction necessary to implement the objectives of an agency, program, or organizational unit.
  • Bachelor’s degree in public health, nursing, social work, other social services, or related field.
  • Master’s degree in in public health, nursing, social work, other social services, or related field.
  • Work experience in preventive health care delivery for children.
  • Knowledge and successful experience executing state/federal grant programs/similar complex projects.
  • Successful experience in outreach and engagement of diverse populations and addressing health disparities.
  • Experience working across multiple systems to develop, coordinate and implement services or program.
  • Clinical and theoretical knowledge of normal growth, development, and preventive health measures for children.
  • Ability to develop educational curriculum.
  • Ability to provide professional training and in-service.
  • Knowledge and experience in parenting education.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing.
  • Ability to plan, organize and perform variety of functions.
  • Proofreading, editing, attention to detail.
  • Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access.

About the Position

  • Who can apply: Anyone (External)
  • Classified/Unclassified Service: Unclassified
  • Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm (Flexible schedules available)
  • Eligible to Receive Benefits: Yes
  • Veterans’ Preference Eligible: Yes

Employment Benefits

  • Comprehensive medical, mental, dental, vision, and additional coverage
  • Sick & Vacation leave
  • Work-Life Balance programs: parental leave, military leave, jury leave, funeral leave.
  • Paid State Holidays (designated by the Governor annually)
  • Fitness Centers in select locations
  • Employee discounts with the STAR Program
  • Retirement and deferred compensation programs

How to Apply

Specific instructions for applying, which might include submitting a resume, cover letter, list of references, or completing an online application.

  • Please include the Job ID number when emailing.

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Contact Information

[email protected]

Salary Range

$ 23.87 to 25.68