Public Health Navigator

Pima County Government   Tucson, AZ   Full-time     Social Service
Posted on May 10, 2024
Apply Now

CMHAi Peer Navigator (5789 - Public Health Navigator)



Salary Grade: 6

Pay Range
Hiring Range: $20.10 - $23.62 Per Hour
Full Range: $20.10 - $27.14 Per Hour 

Salary offers are based on the candidate's equivalent experience and internal equity with other employees within the same job classification.

The Pima County Health Department is seeking two Community Mental Health, Addiction, and Injury Division (CMHAI) Peer Navigators. These grant-funded positions are crucial for enhancing access to mental health and addiction services in Pima County, particularly for individuals who are at risk of an overdose. As a Peer Navigator, you will provide support and build relationships on a peer-to-peer level, and guide community members through the healthcare system, helping them to overcome barriers to necessary care. In these roles, you will work closely with both internal and external partners, providing educational information about health services, assessing eligibility, and coordinating referrals to appropriate resources. You will also align activities with related programs to achieve shared objectives and enhance service effectiveness.

These positions are suited for proactive, compassionate individuals who are passionate about public health and eager to make a real impact. If you are committed to helping others navigate healthcare complexities and promoting mental health and wellness, we encourage you to apply.



As defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, this classification may include any of the following tasks, knowledge, skills, and other characteristics. This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by incumbents of this class. Work assignments may vary depending on the department’s need and will be communicated to the applicant or incumbent by the supervisor.

  • Works with participants to set healthcare goals and collaborates with care teams to achieve goals;
  • Maintains written and/or electronic client records documenting client history, vital information, and services provided to program participants;
  • Makes presentations to community interest groups on program-related topics;
  • Assists public health professionals from the department and from the community in health navigation and reducing disparities in the community;
  • Refers to internal or external case management services when other issues are identified (i.e., hunger issues, domestic violence issues, etc.);
  • Acts as a department representative and subject matter expert to assigned program(s);
  • Develops and maintains effective working relationships and coordinates program activities with various stakeholders;
  • Assists with program reports as required by Program Manager or funders;
  • Assists with the development and dissemination of public information specific to assigned programs;
  • Assists in program evaluation activities such as conducting surveys, facilitating focus groups, hosting stakeholder meetings, and gathering data;
  • Communicates and effectively interacts with people of diverse and complex cultures.


Minimum Qualifications

1) Four years of experience in a health-related field educating or communicating with the public or other closely-related role as determined by the department head at the time of recruitment.

(Relevant experience and/or education from an accredited college or university may be substituted.)


2) Two years with Pima County in a Public Health Aide, Public Health Program Specialist, Community Health Worker, Health Educator I, or other closely-related role as determined by the department head at the time of recruitment

Qualifying education and experience must be clearly documented in the "Education" and "Work Experience" sections of the application. Do not substitute a resume for your application or write "see resume" on your application.


Preferred Qualifications: (Be specific in describing your experience in your application. Ensure the descriptions provided illustrate your competencies, specifically addressing the required and preferred qualifications.):  
  1. Possess an AHCCCS-recognized Peer Support Employment Training certification or equivalent training, that meets the requirements to receive specialized training.
  2. Experience with local Pima County care systems including, specialty providers, crisis services, housing, behavioral health, substance use programs, and community resources including food, shelter, and utilities.
  3. Minimum one (1) year experience and training in crisis intervention, motivational interviewing, recognizing signs and symptoms of mental health conditions, chronic substance use, or co-occurring medical conditions. 
  4. Experience in computer literacy and Microsoft Office products.
  5. Experience in communication, administrative, and interpersonal skills.