Vaccine Preventable Diseases Program Lead - Project Program Manager III - King County

CLOSING DATE: December 19, 2018


JOB #: 13305

POSTED: November 19, 2018



The Vaccine Preventable Diseases (VPD) Program Lead will be a subject matter expert (SME) that directs and oversees surveillance, case and outbreak investigation, response, and prevention activities, and grant activities related to VPDs. The Program Lead (SME) supervises disease investigators, including Public Health Nurses (PHN) and Disease Research and Intervention Specialists (DRIS) and is responsible for ensuring the timeliness and quality of communicable disease investigation and response activities. This position is also responsible for development of Section corresponding investigation and response protocols, internal and external communications, identification of funding opportunities and grant oversight, and administrative duties as assigned.  This position works closely with the Section’s Analytics and Informatics Team’s epidemiologists to ensure that epidemiologic data is collected, managed, analyzed, and reported to optimally support the Section’s mission.  
This position reports to the Section’s Personal Health Services Supervisor (PHSS) and works collaboratively with the Section’s other Program Leads, Immunization Team, Administration Team, and Analytics and Informatics Team staff. 

WORK LOCATION: Chinook Building 401 5th Ave. Seattle, WA 

WORK SCHEDULE: 40 hours per week. When dealing with the Section’s response during outbreaks and emergencies, this position participates in after-hours and weekend call coverage (approximately 6-8 weeks per year). This position is FLSA exempt and is therefore not eligible for overtime. 

WHO MAY APPLY: This position is open to all qualified candidates. 
Public Health- Seattle & King County values diverse perspectives and life experiences. The Department encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, and veterans. 


Job Duties

Supervise case and outbreak investigations, surveillance activities, and implementation of disease control measures, primarily for vaccine-preventable diseases 

  • Ensure prompt and appropriate investigation and response to disease reports.
  • Provide training and technical assistance to team members.
  • Create and maintain regularly updated disease investigation protocols as assigned.
  • Provide oversight for other communicable disease investigation and response activities in addition to VPDs when other Program Lead SME staff are unavailable.

In collaboration with other CD-Imms Section members, communicate pertinent information and data to Public Health leadership, colleagues, health care providers, and the public, when indicated.

  • Ensure timely and appropriate internal notifications and communications related to disease investigations and outbreak-related activities.
  • Collaborate and communicate with other Departmental partners, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and other external agencies as appropriate and/or requested.
  • Edit and/or write reports, articles, blogs, advisories, and summaries for internal audiences (e.g. other sections, Department leadership) and external audiences (e.g. health care providers, public) as requested, and supervise staff work in this area.
  • Contribute to funding and grant applications related to VPDs. Support, participate in, and provide oversight of grant related activities as assigned.

Collaborate with the Analytics and Informatics Team (and other Program Lead SME staff) to ensure that communicable disease surveillance data are optimally collected, analyzed, interpreted, and summarized.

  • Contribute to the creation and maintenance of systems to monitor and improve communicable disease surveillance data quality.
  • Keep data entry protocols up to date.
  • Prepare and report communicable disease surveillance data and performance indicators to internal audiences (e.g. Division and Department leadership, other sections within Public Health) and external audiences (e.g. DOH, CDC) in a timely manner, as assigned.
  • Summarize and present communicable disease data to public health staff, the medical community, and general public in order to promote disease control efforts.
  • Use the results of epidemiological analysis to help formulate public health policy and recommendations, guide program planning, and identify problems needing additional study.

Perform supervisory and administrative duties as assigned  

  • Provide support to supervised staff as needed to accomplish their work duties as outlined in their job description and work plan and assist with prioritization of work during periods of high workload.
  • Work with supervised staff to identify opportunities for their career growth and support career development.
  • Monitor and evaluate the work of supervised staff and provide ongoing feedback on performance
  • Document and carry out timely, corrective action when necessary, following Department guidelines.

Work with other Program Leads (SMEs) to enhance the Section’s capacity to respond to public health emergencies.

  • Participate in Incident Command Section (ICS) as Ops Lead or provide back-up coverage for work of other Program Leads (SMEs) Section during emergency responses.
  • Train staff in emergency response procedures.




Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills


  • Subject-matter expertise in vaccine preventable disease epidemiology, clinical characteristics, transmission, prevention and control measures, and corresponding public health recommendations. 
  • Strong supervisory and leadership skills and experience including development, implementation, and oversight of assignments with multiple dimensions.
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with others, including working as a part of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Skill in working with the public and persons of different racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • Excellent communications skills (oral and written).
  • Skill in developing and giving presentations.
  • Skill in translating medical information in a clear and concise manner for non-technical audiences.
  • General knowledge of communicable disease epidemiology, prevention and control measures.
  • Strong skills in investigations (case and outbreak) and conducting interviews.
  • Knowledge and experience working with spreadsheets and electronic databases, and familiarity with statistical analysis software.
  • Knowledge and experience working with survey instruments.
  • Basic knowledge of human resources management techniques and principles.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality.


Supplemental Information


  • The selection process may include but is not limited to: evaluation of application materials and supplemental questions, interviewing, and testing. For more information on our selection process, please refer to
  • Staff may be required to play an active role in the event of a public health emergency, which may include changes in responsibilities and working hours.
  • Applicants should be committed to working with diverse populations throughout King County to provide excellent customer service to a broad range of cultures, in accordance with the King County Equity and Social Justice Ordinance and the King County Strategic Plan.  This position supports and advances King County’s values for fair and culturally competent service delivery, innovative, effective and efficient application of resources, building a culture of performance, and expanding opportunities to seek input, listen and respond to industry and residents.



  • The selected candidate will be required to pass a thorough background investigation.
  • Employees are required to protect the privacy and security of protected health information as defined in State and Federal Law.
  • Employees are required to adhere to OSHA/WISHA guidelines including but not limited to completing their mandatory trainings on time.


How to Apply:

APPLICATION PROCESS: Applications will be reviewed after the job posting closes. The following items are required to be considered for this vacancy:

  • NEOGOV/Government Jobs on-line or paper application
  • Cover letter which details how you meet or exceed the qualifications.
  • Resume

You may attach multiple documents if you wish:

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

Your application may be rejected as incomplete if: 

  • "See resume"  is on your application.
  • All supplemental questions are not completely answered in detail.
  • Relevant education and work experience is not listed. 

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