University of Washington School of Public Health
Senior Epidemiologist – Environmental Epidemiology and Toxicology Section Manager - Washington State Department of Health
Closing Date: open until filled
Posted: October 12, 2017
The Environmental Epidemiology and Toxicology Section Manager supports the Department of Health’s mission to protect and improve the health of people in Washington State and the mission of the Office of Environmental Public Health Sciences to assure environmental public health programs and policies are based in sound science.
This position reports to the Director of the Office of Environmental Public Health Sciences and manages the Environmental Epidemiology and Toxicology Section, which contains the Washington Tracking Network and the Toxicology Team. This section investigates and analyzes environmental and health data to assess related disease patterns, occurrences and health outcomes. This section is also is responsible for the Washington Tracking Network (WTN) provides environmental, health, and demographic data and information to communities to support data-drive community action to improve health. The Toxicology Team works to reduce people’s exposure to hazardous chemicals and toxins in the environment by evaluating environmental contaminant data, conducting scientific analysis and health hazard assessments, developing health protective recommendations, strategies and reports, and communicating information through education, outreach and policy development.
This position works collaboratively on an ongoing basis with other agency programs and local, state, federal and tribal entities to identify stakeholder needs and emerging issues. The manager strategically plans and implements projects and activities in order to provide data and information to communities and stakeholders in a way that best facilitates data-driven decision making and to assess health impacts and reduce human exposures to an ever expanding number of harmful chemicals found in our water, air, soil, sediments, consumer products and food.
The incumbent of this position effectively manages staff and budget allocations, ensuring performance expectations and measures are met, and continually evaluates results to improve program performance.
This is a full-time permanent Senior Epidemiologist within the Division of Environmental Public Health – Office of Environmental Public Health Sciences. This recruitment may be used to fill other Senior Epidemiologist positions within the unit.
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What will you be doing? – Duties include:
• Leading the Environmental Epidemiology and Toxicology Section.
• Providing high-level scientific advice to help assure that EPH policies and programs are developed using the best available science.
• Proposing and reviewing major public health policies.
• Analyzing data and review scientific literature to develop information needed to address emerging issues.
• Working closely with HealthTech, agency and external stakeholders, leading the process to redevelop the Washington Tracking Network in Tableau.
• Identifying resource needs, and identifying, obtaining and managing state and federal grants to support priority work where necessary.Skills/Eligibility:
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: (NOTE: Experience may have been gained concurrently.)
• A Master’s degree or higher in epidemiology, toxicology, or relevant field.
• A Master’s degree or higher in public health.
• Four (4) or more years of progressively responsible management experience.
• Three (3) or more years of experience in epidemiology research and analysis.
• Experience successfully managing large, multifaceted projects.
Preference may be given to candidate who have the following DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS: (NOTE: Experience may have been gained concurrently.)
• A Doctoral degree in epidemiology, biostatistics or a health science, including
12 graduate quarter hours (500 level or above) in epidemiology and 12 quarter hours in biostatistics.
• A Medical degree with a Master’s degree in epidemiology or public health including, 12 graduate quarter hours (500 level or above) in epidemiology and 12 graduate quarter hours in biostatistics. Completion of related training or experience such as with the Centers for Disease Control or the National Institutes of Health will substitute for MPH degree. NOTE: When an MD is selected, a license to practice medicine in the State of Washington must be obtained.
• Five (5) or more years of experience in epidemiology research and analysis.
• Experience working in a laboratory environment.How to Apply:
Individuals interested in applying for this position should select the "Apply" button and submit the following:
1. A current detailed applicant profile; AND attach your detailed Letter of Interest that addresses the "Required and Desired Qualifications" (as listed above) and Resume to your profile.
2. Five (5) or more professional references, to be included in your profile. Please include at least one supervisor, peer, and (if you have supervised other staff) a subordinate.
3. Responses to the Supplemental Questions.
IMPORTANT: DO NOT attach transcripts OR other documents that are not requested in the Application Process, or that are password protected. These type of documents cause errors when downloading application materials and will not be forwarded to the hiring supervisor. VETERANS, please feel free to attach a copy of your DD214.
* Important information regarding the Application Process and the Supplemental Questions
Only applicants who follow the directions and complete the Application Process and Supplemental Questions in-full will have their responses reviewed for consideration.
NOTE: Education and experience selected, listed and/or detailed in the Supplemental Questions must be verifiable on the detailed applicant profile submitted.