Plain Language Program Specialist

Posted Date 2 weeks ago(4/19/2021 11:05 AM)
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Position Type
Regular Full-Time
AA Center for Health Lit Plain Language
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The Plain Language Program Specialist is responsible for developing, editing, testing, and implementing health education materials for use by patients and community members. They work with CHL program staff, other UAMS departments, external partners, and patient and community representatives in achieving those goals. The specialist assists in the development and delivery of other CHL communications (e.g. for purposes of business development and teaching). Some in- and out-of-state travel required (up to 10%).


The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has a unique combination of education, research, and clinical programs that encourages and supports teamwork and diversity.  We champion being a collaborative health care organization, focused on improving the health, health care, and well-being of Arkansans.  


UAMS offers amazing benefits and perks:

  • Health: Medical, Dental and Vision plans available for staff and family
  • Holiday, Vacation and Sick Leave
  • Education discount for staff and dependents (undergraduate only)
  • Retirement: Up to 10% matched contribution from UAMS
  • Basic Life Insurance up to $50,000
  • Career Training and Educational Opportunities
  • Merchant Discounts
  • Concierge prescription delivery on the main campus when using UAMS pharmacy

Salary offered commensurate with experience.


  • Assesses, edits, creates, and field-tests health education materials using plain language best practices and knowledge of health behavior theory.
  • Manages inventory and ongoing review of UAMS patient education materials.
  • Contributes to the development and delivery of existing and prospective CHL health literacy services and external relations (e.g. field testing, training, consulting) through promotional content (e.g. social media, blogs, articles), client/partner presentations, and special projects.
  • May perform other program and service-related duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in health-, writing-, or communications-related field
  • Two (2) years of experience in health education, patient education, health promotion, or health-related communications/writing field
  • Intermediate proficiency with using Microsoft operating system and Microsoft 365 (or Office) software and experience in using Adobe Acrobat DC or other Adobe products to modify documents
  • CITI Training (within first 2 months of employment)
  • Project-specific training to be completed during first 2 months of employment
  • Excellent technical writing skills (samples required) which demonstrate mastery of grammar and usage along with ability to organize and convey complex scientific information
  • Excellent verbal communication skills
  • Ability to self-manage workload and organize projects and tasks for timely completion

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's Degree in health, communications, or writing
  • Bilingual English and Spanish
  • Experience interacting with electronic medical records or providing patient care
  • Certified Health Education Specialist, Licensed Practical Nurse, or Registered Nurse

UAMS is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and is committed to excellence.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please contact us by telephone at (501) 686-6432 and let us know the nature of your request. We will only respond to messages left that involve a request for a reasonable accommodation in the application process. We will accommodate the needs of any qualified candidate who requests a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).



Physical Requirements

Stand: Frequently
Sit: Frequently
Walk: Frequently
Bend, crawl, crouch, kneel, stoop, or reach overhead: Occasionally
Lift, push, pull, carry weight: 10 lbs or less
Use hands to touch, handle, or feel: Frequently
Talk: Frequently
Hear: Continuously
Taste or smell: Never
Read, concentrate, think analytically: Continuously
Physical Environment: Inside Office Environment
Noise Level: Quiet
Visual Requirements: Color discrimination, Depth perception, Far visual acuity, Near visual acuity
Hazards: None


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