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CANCER REGISTRY EPIDEMIOLOGIST SENIOR

  • 507210
  • PHOENIX
  • DEPT OF HEALTH SERVICES
  • Full-time

DEPT OF HEALTH SERVICES

COME WORK WITH US! The Arizona Department of Health Services promotes and protects the health of Arizona’s children and adults. Our mission is to promote, protect, and improve the health and wellness of individuals and communities in Arizona. We strive to set the standard for personal and community health through direct care, science, public policy, and leadership. ADHS promotes alternative work schedules, flexible hours. We have positions that can fit any stage in your career, from entry to senior level. We offer a robust benefit package, including the ADHS Student Loan Assistance Program, where eligible employees can receive up to $437.50 per month for their outstanding student loans. Come check us out and see how you can make a difference in the lives of all Arizonans.

CANCER REGISTRY EPIDEMIOLOGIST SENIOR

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SERVICES

Job Location:

Address:  150 N. 18th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85007

Posting Details:

Salary: $60,000 

Grade: 22

Closing Date: OPEN UNTIL FILLED

Job Summary:

A Career in Public Service Awaits You, Come Join our Planning & Operations Team!

Your Talent, Our Mission: To promote, protect, and improve the health and wellness of individuals and communities in Arizona.

What You'll Do:

- This position serves as a senior-level professional epidemiologist responsible for carrying out a broad and complex range of investigative and analytical epidemiologic activities related to the surveillance, detection, and prevention of diseases and injuries.

- You will work independently or as an experienced team or project member, providing epidemiologic expertise for specific programs or more complex individual epidemiologic analyses. This level of epidemiologic work includes developing and designing methods of collecting, analyzing, and disseminating data and requires general, and in some cases specific, understanding of program processes and methods for prevention, intervention, and control of public health problems. SAS coding is essential for success in this role. 

- You'll also plan and conduct epidemiologic studies and urgent outbreak investigations. Coordinates and communicates evidence-based interventions and/or control measures in response to epidemiologic findings. Identify and evaluate a wide range of health conditions within an assigned program.

- Provide scientific advice and technical assistance to communities and outside partners. Design, manipulate, and use data. Perform statistical analyses related to complex analytical investigations involving highly specialized scientific data. In addition to using known techniques for analyzing epidemiologic investigation data, adapts or combines a variety of existing statistical methods to fulfill specific project needs.

- You'll also participate in the design, management, and use of surveillance systems. Provide consultative services on large and difficult programs or projects. Conduct oral presentations to diverse audiences. Conduct literature reviews for program planning, for preparation of publications, and for evaluation. Participates in after-hours activities including partner meetings, investigation, outbreak and emergency response as needed.

- Participate in writing grants and other funding proposals. May provide technical leadership and guidance and coordinate work of epidemiologists, other professional staff, or technical and administrative staff, as assigned.

- As the Cancer Registry Epidemiologist Senior, you will be expected to make independent decisions and judgements based on your professional education, programmatic experience and training; this position maintains and shares information and data of a very confidential nature.

- Supports a diverse multi-cultural workforce that reflects the community, promotes equal opportunity at all levels of ADHS, and creates an inclusive work environment that enables all individuals to perform to their fullest potential free from discrimination.

- Specifically, the Cancer Registry Senior Epidemiologist is responsible for the following: analyzes cancer data; designs, implements, and performs cancer epidemiological studies; investigates cancer concerns, develops cancer protocols and coordinates with other agencies; produces detailed cancer reports; provides cancer data and responds to data requests from outside partners, communities, and the public; coordinates data linkages and approved research projects; coordinates national data submissions and supports data activities required of the federal grant; works closely with and supports data needs of other ADHS cancer and chronic disease programs. Requires in state and out-of-state travel.

Job Duties:

- Conduct epidemiologic investigations used in the prevention and control of communicable or chronic diseases, injuries, and other health conditions and in the planning of health programs. Identify, analyze, and report public health issues and problems. Participates in the planning of epidemiologic investigations. Investigates cancer concerns, develops cancer protocol and coordinates with other agencies.
- Plans and implements cancer epidemiological studies.
- Designs, manipulates, and uses databases for analysis of health problems to assess the potential public health impact. Monitors and analyzes cancer surveillance data; identifies trends, characteristics; and provides relevant information to public health entities and the public. Coordinates data linkages with other ADHS programs, tribal programs and other approved research projects.
- Performs statistical analyses related to complex analytical investigations involving highly specialized scientific data. In addition to using known techniques for analyzing epidemiologic investigation data, adapts or combines a variety of existing statistical methods to fulfill specific project needs. Analyzes cancer data and responds to data requests from the medical community, outside partners, and the public.
- Provides scientific advice and technical assistance to communities and outside partners. Conduct oral presentations to diverse audiences. Writes epidemiological cancer reports, creates posters, infographics and fact sheets on cancer incidence and mortality data and assists with data visualizations projects.
- Provides consultative services on large and difficult programs or projects. Assists communities and outside partners with cancer incidence data analysis needs.
- Conducts literature reviews for program planning, for preparation of publications, and for evaluation. Design and prepare reports from analyses of surveillance data, literature reviews. Report results from epidemiological and cancer studies.
- Participates in writing grants and other funding proposals. Other duties and special projects as assigned. Coordinates and participates in the national data submissions and supports all data requirements of grants.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Knowledge of:
- Comprehensive knowledge of contemporary principles and practices of epidemiology.
-Research methods, procedures and techniques used in identifying and evaluating disease characteristics.
-Contemporary medical methods and practices used in the control of a variety of diseases.
- Principles and practices applicable to the surveillance and investigation of diseases.
- Public health surveillance, computerized database management, data analysis, program evaluation, literature search, effective verbal and written communication, and interpersonal skills.
- Privacy laws to protect confidentiality, including Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and applicable state and local privacy laws.
- Agency procedures for handling Freedom of Information Act requests.
- Ethical principles in preparing and submitting publications and epidemiologic principles and methods to make recommendations regarding the validity of epidemiologic data.
- Implementing and maintaining disease surveillance programs.
- Cancer etiology, cancer data collection methods, geocoding of data, general knowledge of human anatomy and physiology, statistical analysis software (SAS), linking databases.
- Performance Management (PM), and Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) and Lean methodologies.

Skill in:
- Critical thinking to determine whether a public health problem exists.
- Articulate the need for further investigation or other public health action on the basis of results of literature review and assessment of current data.
- Collaborate with others inside and outside the agency to identify the problem and form recommendations.
- Investigate acute and chronic conditions or other adverse outcomes in the population.
- Analyze data from an epidemiologic investigation or study.
- Manage data from surveillance, investigations, or other sources.
- Recommend evidence-based interventions and control measures in response to epidemiologic findings.
- Organizational skills, interpersonal skills relating to interactions with other agencies, the medical community, and the public; oral and written communication skills; and computer skills using statistical software.

Ability to:
- Communicate clearly in person, over the telephone, and through writing; and the ability to work independently and also as part of a team.
- Support a diverse multi-cultural workforce that reflects the community, promotes equal opportunity at all levels of public employment, and creates an inclusive work environment that enables all individuals to perform to their fullest potential free from discrimination

Selective Preference(s):

Masters of public health and at least one year of professional experience in applied public health epidemiology OR a Bachelor's degree with coursework in epidemiology, health education, biostatistics, or a related field and at least two years of professional experience public health practice.

Pre-Employment Requirements:

Employees who drive on state business require possession of and the ability to retain a current, valid state-issued driver’s license appropriate to the assignment. Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver’s license checks, must maintain acceptable driving records and must complete any driver training (See Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.11).

Must possess a valid level one fingerprint clearance card issues pursuant to A.R.S. §36-113.

Benefits:

The State of Arizona provides an excellent comprehensive benefits package including:
− Affordable medical and dental insurance plans
− Paid vacation and sick time
− 10 paid holidays per year
− Wellness program and plans
− Life insurance
− Short/long-term disability insurance
− Defined retirement plan
− Award winning Infant at Work program
− Credit union membership
− Transit subsidy
− ADHS Student Assistance Pilot Program

For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page

Retirement:

To help you build a financially secure future, the State makes monthly contributions to finance your retirement benefit. The State will make a contribution to the ASRS in an amount equal to your contribution. In other words, you and the State will each pay 50% of the total cost of the benefit. New State employees have a 27 week wait period for contributions to begin.

Contact Us:

Arizona State Government is an EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer. Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or an alternative format by calling (602) 542-1085. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow sufficient time to arrange the accommodation. DHS is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. All newly hired employees will be subject to E-Verify Employment Eligibility Verification.

ARIZONA MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (AMS)

All Arizona state employees operate within the Arizona Management System (AMS), an intentional, results-driven approach for doing the work of state government whereby every employee reflects on performance, reduces waste, and commits to continuous improvement with sustainable progress.  Through AMS, every state employee seeks to understand customer needs, identify problems, improve processes, and measure results.  
State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.

The State of Arizona is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.