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Epidemiologist II TB Control Program - Public Health - Seattle & King County

Location: Seattle, WA
Full-time position
Closing Date: January 23, 2018
Job #12176
Posted: January 11, 2018
Description:

The Prevention Division is seeking to fill a full-time Epidemiologist II within the Tuberculosis (TB) Control Program. The Epidemiologist II supervises key personnel in the TB outbreak prevention team; receives direction from the TB Disease Control Officer; (DCO) and reports to the Health Services Administrator (HSA).  

The focus of this position will also include:

  • Partnering with Personal Health Services Supervisor (PHSS) to assure execution of tasks for TB outbreak control and prevention in congregate settings.
  • Designing and developing methodology or techniques for TB epidemiological studies and/or public health surveillance systems.
  • Compiling, maintaining, and analyzing TB data, reports, and program performance data. Prepare reports upon requests from the DCO or HSA.
  • Presenting data analysis and investigation summaries at local and national settings, as requested.
  • Design and maintain data management systems and oversee data collection methodology.
  • As projects demand, assistance with other disease epidemiology projects may be assigned. 
PLEASE NOTE: King County is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and we encourage people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, veterans, and people with disabilities to apply.

WHO MAY APPLY: This career service position is open to all qualified candidates.


WORK LOCATION: Harborview Medical Center, TB Clinic, Seattle, WA  98104

WORK SCHEDULE: Monday through Friday, 40 hours per week. This position is subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act and is overtime eligible.


Please note: Public Health is a first responder agency in public health emergencies. As such, assignments may be made to assist with epidemiological investigations, data management and analysis, disease control efforts or other assignments for which the desired skills are possessed or can be trained for. Such assignments may be made without advanced notice and prior leaves that have been requested/approved may be canceled. Assignments to specific public health emergency teams may be made in advance with required training and exercises.?



CONTACT: If you have questions, please contact Kris Howell, Human Resource Analyst, at Kris.howell@kingcounty.gov
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APPLICATION PROCESS:

A complete application packet will consist of the following:

  1. NEOGOV/Government Jobs on-line or paper application
  2. Cover letter
  3. Resume
  4. Supplemental questions

You may attach multiple documents if you wish with your application:

  • Copy and paste one or more documents into the text resume section of the application.
  • Attach multiple documents/files in the resume attachment section.

Applications and/or Supplemental Questionnaires that state "see my resume" or "see my personnel file" are considered incomplete and will not be accepted. Cover letters and/or  resumes are not accepted in lieu of a completed application.

 

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

Manage, Analyze, Report and Present TB Data:

  • Oversee data management, including quality assurance, from case investigations and disease reports, in all TB databases, including TB Tracker and PHIMS and other databases.
  • Provide oversight and consultation in database related activities. 
  • Provide key epidemiological analysis for outbreak and clusters identified with genotyping. 
  • Analyze factors related to TB transmission resulting in TB outbreaks and clusters. 
  • Conduct program evaluation projects and initiate and conduct evaluation projects and monitor performance measures. 
  • Conduct program evaluation projects and present public health information related to outbreak or clinic research projects to local and national audiences. 
  • Prepare reports useful to clinical staff of the TB Control Program and write manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals requested by the DCO. 
  • Interface with community medical providers and laboratories in disease reporting. 
  • Work closely with WA DOH TB Control Program to prepare cohort review reports. 
  • Prepare graphic presentation of data when requested. 
  • Prepare draft annual TB epidemiology and program activity reports. 
  • Assure quality and integrity of "TB Tracker" (TB Program Database). 
  • Collaborate with the DCO to develop and implement TB research projects.
  • Work closely with TB leadership team in developing systems of quantitative and qualitative analysis of TB surveillance, program activities, and program performance.


Lead the design and conduct of TB contact investigations and control program:

  • Provide supervision when indicated. 
  • Evaluate and provide periodic performance feedback for surveillance and outbreak prevention staff. 
  • Participate in TB Program supervisor meetings to plan, implement policies or procedures, and discuss other leadership items as requested. 
  • Develop methodologies, procedures and reporting for outbreak prevention and contact investigations in congregate settings in partnership with the DCO and Nurse Manager
  • Participate in site visits, environmental assessment, screening, and data analysis for outbreak/contact investigations in congregate settings. Train and orient staff to processes and procedures. 
  • Develop and cultivate disease prevention and epidemiology stakeholder partnerships with other Public Health programs. 
  • Serve as liaison with Department of Health (DOH) TB Program and DOH surveillance program for the purpose of reporting and data analysis. 
  • Work in the application of genotyping information to contact investigations. Track specimen flow and manages genotyping database. 
  • Coordinate with Centers for Disease Control, as needed.


 

 

Skills/Eligibility:

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Knowledge of epidemiological, bio-statistical principles and methods, including knowledge of the characteristics of populations and demographic principles (e.g. foreign borne, those experiencing homeless, non-English or English as a second language speakers, drug dependent, mentally ill, HIV infected, etc.). 
  • Basic knowledge of human resources management techniques and principles.
  • Knowledge of survey instruments, data collection and computerized database systems.
  • Knowledge of applied research methods and techniques.
  • Able to serve during public health emergencies. Must prepare for serving during public health emergencies by assuring family plans are created and updated as necessary. Employee will be trained for call in procedures during a public health emergency.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with  co-workers, customers, medical professionals

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