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Genomics & Newborn Screening Educator

Date Posted:  May 11, 2022
Requisition ID:  352402

Indianapolis, IN, US, 46204

Work for Indiana

Grow your career with the State of Indiana! With more than 50 executive branch agencies, the State of Indiana is a diverse workforce offering employees stimulating and challenging projects across a broad scope of career opportunities. As a State of Indiana employee, you impact the well-being of Indiana’s communities every day.


At the State of Indiana, we don’t just talk about diversity and inclusion – Our goal is to create a welcoming, accessible, and equitable workplace, with a workforce that is representative of the State of Indiana population. As a proud equal opportunity employer, reasonable accommodations may be available to enable individuals with disabilities to interview and to perform the essential functions of a role.


Next level benefits at the State of Indiana are here! Be sure to review our expanded benefit package offerings below.x


About the Indiana State Department of Health (IDOH):
The Indiana State Department of Health’s mission is to promote and provide essential public health services for a healthier and safer state.


The salary for this position traditionally starts at 37,778.00 per year but maybe commensurate with education and/or experience.


About the Job:

This position serves as the Genomics and Newborn Screening Educator within the Maternal and Child Health Division. As a Public Health Administrator, this position coordinates numerous education programs for the Genomics and Newborn Screening program including but not limited to: birth defects prevention, folic acid awareness, heel stick screening, pulse oximetry screening, genetic conditions, and genetic screening to a variety of populations. Target populations may include but are not limited to: the general public, pregnant persons, obstetrician-gynecologists, prenatal educators, childbirth educators, hospital staff, primary care physicians, pediatric specialists, and genetic counselors. This position assures all education initiatives are compliant with state and federal laws and regulations. This Genomics and Newborn Screening Educator conducts quality assurance monitoring, evaluation, and feedback on educational programs and initiatives.  This position reports directly to the Genomics & Newborn Screening Director as a team lead for the program and assists the Program Managers with consistent messaging for all education initiatives to reduce infant morbidity, disability, and mortality.

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows: 

  • Assesses the needs and resource capacity for education initiatives and programs.
  • Develops public health education plans for Genomics & Newborn Screening and evaluates effectiveness of the education to ensure continuous quality improvement. 
  • Requires multiple metrics to be tracked and measured and reports back to the rest of the Genomics & Newborn Screening team. 
  • Conducts a statewide, intensive educational program among physicians, healthcare providers, hospitals, public health nurses, and the public about the state policies and protocols for the Genomics & Newborn Screening program. 
  • Interprets all state and federal policies and procedures related to newborn screening and birth defect surveillance to educate all program information effectively.
  • Composes new regulations and guidelines based on evaluation and updated federal regulations, guidelines, and best practices for newborn screening and birth defect surveillance.
  • Creates and disseminates education and marketing materials to a variety of target audiences. This includes infographics, brochures, newsletter content, webpage content etc.
  • Provides training on program specific applications, data sources, and training platforms used by the Genomics & Newborn Screening team including INSTEP, HD Upload, IBDPR, Physician Reporting, and IN-Train. 
  • Conducts on-site trainings at all Indiana birth hospitals, birthing centers, and midwiferies to assure quality and compliance for newborn screening.
  • Develops virtual trainings for healthcare providers to utilize for continuing education credits. 
  • Participates in the Genomics & Newborn Screening advisory board meetings.
  • Coordinates and collaborates with Maternal & Child Health Clinical staff to ensure streamlined education and outreach is achieved for the division.
  • Follows appropriate Department of Health policies and protocols for approval on any public-facing materials.
  • Serves as primary agency liaison for Genomics & Newborn Screening, working closely with associated federal, state, and local agencies to ensure that program objectives are modified and updated as needs dictate.


The job profile is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice. 

What You'll Need for Success:

This person must have the following requirements to be considered for employment:  

Education/Experience: A bachelor’s degree in public health, health sciences or related field plus a minimum of 5 years of experience in public health, health care, education or related field is required. A master’s degree is strongly preferred. 

Certifications: A CHES or MCHES is preferred, but not required. 


  • Program development experience including planning, implementation, evaluation, and quality improvement for all education initatives.
  • Community outreach experience including networking, event planning and organizing, and building trusted partnerships.
  • Vast knowledge of public health theories, principles, practices, and strategies. 
  • Vast knowledge of public health education programming. 
  • Current evidence-based training of practice will be provided and required to be maintained in the following areas: newborn screening, congenital anomalies, public health genetics, and maternal and child health. 
  • General knowledge and experience with data collection and analysis for metrics and evaluation.
  • General knowledge of the agency's organizational structure and functions, as well as a working knowledge of lcoal and regional genetic service centers and appropriate medical, social service and developmental agencies.
  • Ability to understand, assess, and consider complex ethical, legal, and social issues surrounding public health genetics.
  • Ability to analyze, strategize, and critically think. 
  • Ability to communicate effectively and tactfully, both in written and verbal form, with persons of different educational, cultural, and social backgrounds. 
  • Ability to communicate with and speak in front of large groups to provide trainings and present at conferences.
  • Ability to comprehend and apply federal and state laws, rules, and regulations.  
  • Ability to effectively manage time while completing multiple tasks and planning for future initatives and deadlines. 
  • Ability to work independently, but communicating routinely with the team.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

This role may serve as a team lead for an assigned work group.

Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees which includes: 

  • Three (3) medical plan options (including RX coverage) as well as vision and dental plans.
  • Wellness program (offers premium discount for the medical plan and gift cards);
  • Health savings account, which includes bi-weekly state contribution; 
  • Flexible work scheduling options, including the potential for hybrid remote work for employees whose work may be performed outside state facilities;
  • Deferred compensation 457B account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match; 
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options; 
  • A robust, comprehensive program of leave policies covering a variety of employee needs, including but not limited to:
    • 150 hours of paid new parent leave; 
    • Up to 15 hours of paid community service leave;
  • Combined 180 hours of paid vacation, personal, and sick leave time off; 
  • 12 paid holidays, 14 on election years; 
  • Education Reimbursement Program;
  • Group life insurance; 
  • Referral Bonus program;
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits; 
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program; 
  • Free Parking for most positions;
  • Free LinkedIn Learning access;


Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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