WBC Education Specialist - Los Angeles, CA

Van Nuys
Community Education & Outreach – Community Education & Outreach /
Full-Time Regular /
Planned Parenthood Los Angeles is seeking an experienced full-time WBC Education Specialist with excellent communication and customer service skills. The Wellbeing Centers Education Specialist implements the Wellbeing Center (WBC) program, including facilitating education classes, staffing the Wellbeing Center at 3-4 schools, tabling at outreach events, and supporting Peer Advocate programming. This position includes individual work with students to educate and support on substance abuse prevention, mental health and sexual health. The Specialist will provide resources and/or referrals to support services, community-based organizations and programs to assist students in achieving their goals and improve health outcomes. This position works collaboratively with LA County Department of Public Health Educators who staff the Wellbeing Centers. The Specialist also works collaboratively with school staff and faculty to implement the program. 

Over one hundred years ago, Planned Parenthood was founded on the idea that everyone should have the information and care they need to live strong, healthy lives and fulfill their dreams. Founded 57+ years ago, Planned Parenthood Los Angeles is one of the largest providers of reproductive health care services in Los Angeles County. The Planned Parenthood Los Angeles (PPLA) team works together to provide high-quality, affordable reproductive health care to women, men, and young people across Los Angeles County. At PPLA, you will discover a culture of like-minded individuals who are eager to make positive contributions to their community and to the Planned Parenthood mission.

Our Ideal Candidate will have the following qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s Degree with a sexuality education, social services or health education background or equivalent work experience required.
    • Experience in and commitment to training and educating teens and/or young adults in Los Angeles.
    • Program coordination experience strongly preferred.
    • Ability to facilitate sexual health education in classrooms and after-school settings as well as trainings for young people, using creative teaching techniques.
    • Minimum one (1) year of experience in sexual health education required.
    • Must have strong cultural background experience with Black communities and experience working with or familiarity with Black communities.
    • Comfort talking about sexuality, relationships, abortion, contraception, and STIs.
    • Ability to work independently, as a team member, and be a team builder.
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills. 
    • Accuracy and attention to detail. 
    • Ability to be flexible and work respectfully within a diverse group.
    • Professional appearance and attitude. 
    • Warm, friendly, outgoing demeanor.
    • Strong computer and technology skills. 
    • Responsive to new ideas and situations.
    • Ability to meet Los Angeles County background check requirements via Live Scan fingerprint clearance
    • Must supply documentation of completed negative TB screen within 60 days prior to start
    • Availability to work flexible hours, including weekends and evenings as required. 
    • Ability and willingness to travel within Los Angeles County.
    • Reliable means of transportation for onsite and off-site work.
    • If using a personal vehicle to drive for work purposes, a valid CA driver license and current auto insurance in compliance with the minimum requirements of CA vehicle code are required.

About the position:

    • Abortion patients are cared for at each of our health centers, and in part through the administrative, support, and other non-clinical services provided at all PPLA locations, and by all PPLA employees. Supporting these critical services is an essential job duty, and a fundamental responsibility of all employees and contractors.
    • Provide educational sessions and Wellbeing Center programming, adjusting and designing content to fit the needs of the population to be served.
    • Master competencies in delivering WBC education programming, student coaching and additional health topics.
    • Plan, oversee and facilitate educational workshops and WBC Curriculum on substance abuse prevention, sexual health and mental health at WBC schools, including at schools, for students, parents/guardians, teachers, and community members.
    • Develop and implement effective strategies for working collaboratively with teachers and schools to reach goals and increase number of people served.
    • Implement plans with key school staff to reach determined program goals and objectives.
    • Provide one-on-one mentorship coaching to students on health topics, including supporting with screening for substance abuse disorders and providing referrals to support services and programs to assist students in achieving their goals and improving health outcomes.
    • Support the smooth operation of Wellbeing Center sites by carrying out necessary operations and ensure availability of updated and relevant student educational resources at the site.
    • Support DPH Educators in implementing a student Peer Advocate program at school sites including training, weekly meetings and outreach activities on substance abuse prevention, sexual health and mental health. 
    • Represent PPLA in the community by developing and maintaining relationships with schools, community-based organizations and other collaborations.
    • Collect, organize, and input program data to ensure reports required for foundations and donors, PPLA Board and the Public Affairs/Community Education Department are complete.
    • Maintain necessary knowledge and skills to provide leadership to programs and stay current on recent studies on sexuality, sexual health, PPLA services, teen pregnancy, contraception, sexually transmitted infections, HIV/AIDS, healthy relationships, reproductive rights, mental health and substance abuse prevention as well as educational approaches to teens, parents, and communities, including LGB and transgender teens and communities. 
    • Work in collaboration with other Community Education programs and other PPLA departments.
    • Work closely with WBC Education Manager to clear program direction and monitor program progress.

Generous salary and benefits package includes:

    • Medical, dental, and vision coverage options for you and eligible dependents
    • Free basic life/AD&D policy with additional voluntary coverage options
    • Short Term Disability, Critical Illness and Accident policies
    • 403(b) Retirement plan with up to 3% employer match
    • Medical and Dependent Flexible Spending Account plans
    • Public Transportation and Commuter Pre-Tax Reimbursements
    • Generous vacation, sick, and holiday benefits
    • Hiring Range: $67,000 - $70,000 per year (Exempt) 
Compensation Philosophy and Position Hiring Range:
At Planned Parenthood Los Angeles we continuously work towards our values of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion including with our compensation philosophy. PPLA recognizes that decisions about pay and benefits have significant impact on staff, so we are committed to ensuring all positions are rooted in a description that identifies competencies, duties, responsibilities and qualifications, and that they are compensated equitably which takes into account both internal organizational equity and market compensation data for similar roles.

Equal Employment Opportunity will be afforded to all applicants and other covered persons without regard to protected characteristics, including their perceived protected characteristic. Protected categories include: race (including traits historically associated with race, including but not limited to, hair texture and protective hair styles such as, braids, locs, and twists as examples but not exhaustive list), color, religion or religious creed (including religious belief, observation, practice, dress, and grooming practices), national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding/chestfeeding, or related medical conditions), reproductive health decision-making, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age (40 years and over), sexual orientation, veteran and/or military status (including past, current or prospective service in the uniformed service), and any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state or local law.  PPLA will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in accordance with the requirements of Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.