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Epidemiologist II - Analytics and Informatics - Public Health - Seattle & King County

Location: Seattle, WA
Full-time position
Closing Date: open until filled
Job #13131
Posted: October 10, 2018
Description:

Does the following interest you?
Data collection and analysis
Public health informatics
Communicable disease surveillance

Public Health – Seattle & King County is seeking an Epidemiologist II to:

  • Design, create, and improve data collection tools and methodologies
  • Conduct quantitative analysis and data visualization
  • Monitor data quality
  • Interpret and present findings to internal and external audiences


This full time, Career Service position is part of the Communicable Disease Epidemiology and Immunization Section (CD-EPI) and works collaboratively with CD-EPI and Prevention Division Epidemiologists and is a liaison between the section’s investigative and analytics/informatics teams. This position includes performing complex tasks where previously established policies or standard methods may not be available.
 
The Epidemiologist II provides direction and support for data collection, responds to data requests, conducts data analysis and data quality assurance, and develops data visualizations and reports for internal and external audiences, with a focus on enteric infections, vaccine-preventable diseases, zoonoses, hospital-acquired infections, and immunizations data.

The work may include technical supervision of staff involved in data collection, management, and analysis, including assessing employee performance and guiding employee professional development. 

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

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.

WORK LOCATION: 401 5th Avenue, 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.
 
CONTACT: If you have questions, please contact Zackary King, Human Resource Analyst, at zackary.king@kingcounty.gov


APPLICATION PROCESS: 
A complete application packet will consist of the following:

  1. NEOGOV/Government Jobs on-line or paper application
  2. 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.
 

Skills/Eligibility:

Job Duties

Design or improve infrastructures, tools, and methodologies for collecting communicable disease and immunizations data.

  • Support the section’s transition to the state’s Washington Disease Reporting System (WDRS) by reviewing system functionality and providing suggestions for system improvements. Work with key internal and external stakeholders (e.g., Washington State Department of Health, King County Information Technology) to develop real-time access to surveillance data entered into WDRS. Evaluate quality of data captured in WDRS relative to data entered in our local surveillance database. Develop surveillance reports and analyses based on data captured in WDRS.
  • Design and/or develop web-based data collection forms and surveys (e.g., in REDCap) to support notifiable condition reporting, disease investigations, and outbreak management. Identify best practices for leveraging REDCap to support routine collection and analysis of surveillance data.
  • Design and test modifications to existing surveillance databases to support disease investigations and outbreak management.
  • Create and maintain standalone databases (e.g., Microsoft Access) to support data collection and analysis.
  • Explore opportunities to integrate data with other sections in Public Health, and implement solutions where feasible.
  • Identify costs/benefits of various informatics approaches and consult on the best strategies for meeting project goals.
  • Work with developers and other stakeholders to design, implement, and test informatics solutions.
  • Ensure that project deliverables are met and that final products meet the technical specifications outlined.
  • Develop documentation and training materials for data collection tools.

 
Analyze, report on, and interpret communicable disease and immunizations data.

  • Support the maintenance and analysis of syndromic surveillance systems and data.
  • Conduct epidemiological and statistical analyses using local, state, and federal databases to support disease investigations and determine trends, incidence and prevalence of communicable disease and immunization topics.
  • Respond to ad-hoc and outbreak-related data requests by creating custom queries and reports.
  • Support data management and analysis activities related to the Washington Immunization Information System (WA IIS) and analysis of clinical and regional immunization rates.
  • Design and create data visualizations and dashboards (e.g., using Tableau, SAS, and Excel) for internal and external audiences.
  • Create and/or update the section’s seasonal reports (e.g., annual surveillance summaries, weekly influenza surveillance summaries, immunization school coverage reports) and web pages.
  • Create reports based on data extracted from local, state (e.g., Washington Disease Reporting System, Immunization Information System), and federal databases.
  • Conduct or assist with program evaluation.
  • Develop geographic analyses to support surveillance of communicable disease and immunizations data.
  • Interpret data; communicate with and make presentations and reports to internal and external audiences, including health care providers, state/federal governmental partners, community organizations, and the public.
  • Summarize data for publication in technical and scientific journals and presentation in local and national meetings.

 
Monitor and improve data quality.

  • Recommend standards for, and assist in the conduct of, data quality assurance and control of surveillance data.
  • Ensure data integrity during/following installation and conversion processes affecting the section’s communicable disease database.

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