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Epidemiologist - Benton-Franklin Health District

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Location: Kennewick, WA
Full-time position
Closing Date: November 17, 2017
Job #11985
Posted: November 2, 2017
Description:

Hours: Full-time, 40 hours per week
Salary: $4241 - $4675

DEFINITION: Under supervision of the Performance Manager, works cooperatively with the Health Officer, management, community groups, governmental and private agencies/organizations to perform professional epidemiology work by initiating epidemiological investigations, conducting disease surveillance and analyzing and presenting health data used to plan and implement public health intervention and prevention programs.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
 Assist with the collection of epidemiological data.
 Utilize (and enhance when possible) data collection tools.
 Assist with the design of data management systems and oversee data collection methodologies.
 Perform statistical analysis of monitoring, evaluating data and demographic/health data from a variety of sources.
 Prepare reports, fact sheets and other relevant informational guides based on the analysis of collected data, and on investigative activities and findings.
 Make presentations based on the analysis of collected data results of epidemiologic investigations and program evaluation results internally, and to community and professional forums.
 Development of public health initiatives based on analysis of both historical and new data.
 Educate program staff on data utilization from District staff, the public and other agencies or community groups. Assists audiences in interpreting or using the data.
 Conduct literature reviews as needed. Assist in interpreting epidemiological data for planning and policy development.

 Participate in the design and management of surveillance systems for communicable diseases and other issues of public health importance.
 Conduct notifiable conditions surveillance activities and participates in case investigations to identify causative agents and environmental conditions, and assists in other disease response/prevention activities in collaboration with other District staff.
 Helps promote a quality organizational culture to maintain fidelity to the principles of Performance Management.
 Participates in agency workgroups and teams.
 Respond to public health emergency drills/exercises or actual events as requested.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Knowledge of epidemiologic principles, practices and techniques with a strong understanding of statistical concepts. Knowledge of and skill in utilizing statistical, graphical, word processing, database and spreadsheet software, e.g., Stata, SPSS-PC, SAS, Word, Excel, Access, etc. to perform data research and analysis. Knowledge of quality improvement principles. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing to a wide range of audiences, both lay and professional. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a diverse population of clients and peers.

Skills/Eligibility:

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Requires BS Degree in Health-care related, biological, social sciences or related field, with appropriate coursework in statistics and/or epidemiology, and at least two years of experience desired performing statistical work in a Public Health and/or community-based health environment or the equivalent education, training and experience. College transcripts required to ascertain the inclusion of an advanced statistics or epidemiology course. Master’s Degree in Public Health or Epidemiology preferred.

Additional Requirements: Must obtain a valid Washington State driver’s license within 30 days of employment, and have an insured vehicle available for work related travel. Proof of eligibility to work in the United States of America. Bilingual skills in English and Spanish preferred.

How to Apply:

SELECTION PROCESS: The most qualified applicants, based in part upon evaluation of the completed application and related information will be invited for an interview. Applications should be submitted to the Human Resources Manager, Lisa Wight, 7102 W. Okanogan Place, Kennewick, WA 99336 or lisaw@bfhd.wa.gov.