Job Description

Payroll Title:
School of Public Health
Hiring Pay Scale
$29.81 - $36.21 / Hour
La Jolla
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Appointment Percent:
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Days, 12 hour shifts, Tue/Wed/Thu Evenings

#126414 Bilingual Health Behavior Assistant

Filing Deadline: Tue 12/5/2023

UC San Diego values equity, diversity, and inclusion. If you are interested in being part of our team, possess the needed licensure and certifications, and feel that you have most of the qualifications and/or transferable skills for a job opening, we strongly encourage you to apply.

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 11/3/2023 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 11/14/2023. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


The Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science is dedicated to creating and promoting public health innovations to advance equity, justice, and well-being for all. The School focuses on health, diversity, inclusion, and social equity in everything we do. We believe this starts in the workplace, where we actively strive to ensure a sense of belonging for everyone and honor the idea that through our differences, we are better together. In working to fulfill that vision, we are comprised of more than 125 primary appointed faculty and academics, 200 staff members, and 25 secondary appointed faculty and provide mentorship and instruction to 700+ BSPH undergraduate major students and 225+ postgraduate students across six-degree programs as well as a clinical residency. We conduct research and instruction in public health disciplines such as Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, Climate & Environmental Health, Community Health Services & Preventive Medicine, Epidemiology, Global Health, Health Behavior, Health Equity & Justice, Health Policy, Public Mental Health & Substance Use, and Technology & Precision Health, totaling ~$125M in grants and contracts and house five research service cores. We engage in research and teaching collaborations across the University and the community at large. Partnerships with the community and with health agencies are fundamental to the School.

The bilingual health behavior assistant will assist in a behavioral weight loss intervention focused on improving family functioning in Mexican-Americans. The individual will lead in-person weekly group-based sessions and monthly family sessions based on a treatment protocol consisting of nutrition and physical activity education, behavioral modification strategies, and relationship skills training. The individual will provide research support by performing recruitment, screening and retention, data collection, and maintaining the study database. The individual will participate in all other aspects of study functions as necessary.

Uses professional health education concepts. Applies campus policies and procedures to resolve a variety of issues. Works on problems of moderate scope where analysis of situations or data requires a review of a variety of factors.


  • Six (6) years of related experience, education/training, OR Bachelor's degree in related area plus two (2)years of relevant experience/training.

  • Working knowledge of the health promotion and education field. Knowledge of cognitive and behavioral theories and related treatment models.

  • Skills associated with both the development and delivery of health education programs and services. Counseling skills in mental/behavioral health.

  • Effective interpersonal skills needed to work with a diverse client group.

  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing. Ability to communicate effectively in Spanish both verbally and in writing.

  • Ability to acquire the requisite skills to analyze, interpret and respond to client needs. Ability to review participant progress reports and provide constructive feedback and support.

  • Computer skills, perform data entry, and use the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel and Access, PowerPoint), internet and data management software.

  • Demonstrated ability to complete forms thoroughly and accurately and to accurately record data on paper and on a computer.

  • Working knowledge of the design and delivery of related programs. Knowledge of intervention/treatment fidelity.


  • Master's degree in psychology, public health, or related field and experience in behavioral counseling.

  • Skills in nutrition and/or physical activity counseling.

  • Skills in family counseling.

  • Must have a valid CA driver's license and acceptable driving record.


Employment is subject to a criminal background check.

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $48,900 - $102,300 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $23.42 - $48.99

Factors in determining the appropriate compensation for a role include experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. The Hiring Pay Scale referenced in the job posting is the budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position. The Annual Full Pay Range may be broader than what the University anticipates to pay for this position, based on internal equity, budget, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).

If employed by the University of California, you will be required to comply with our Policy on Vaccination Programs, which may be amended or revised from time to time. Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

If applicable, life-support certifications (BLS, NRP, ACLS, etc.) must include hands-on practice and in-person skills assessment; online-only certification is not acceptable.

UC San Diego Health Sciences is comprised of our School of Medicine, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, The Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science, and our Student Health and Well-Being Department. We have long been at the forefront of translational - or "bench-to-bedside" - research, transforming patient care through discovery and innovation leading to new drugs and technologies. Translational research is carried out every day in the hundreds of clinical trials of promising new therapies offered through UC San Diego Health, and in the drive of our researchers and clinician-scientists who are committed to having a significant impact on patient care. We invite you to join our team!

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