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  • 510655
  • Full-time


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.



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Posting Details:

Salary: $82,500 

Grade: 24

Job Summary:

This position is eligible for a $5,000 hiring incentive.

This position oversees the HAI Prevention and Response Program and is responsible for the overall management and supervision of the program and assigned personnel. As a Management Senior Scientist/Epidemiologist, performs supervisory and advanced professional analytical work in surveillance, detection, and prevention of diseases and injuries. Oversees and conducts advanced-level professional epidemiologic work. Supervises and directs the work activities of subordinate staff involved in epidemiological investigations. Develops disease identification, surveillance, and control systems; maintains ongoing disease reporting systems; provides technical advice and assistance to local and tribal health departments, healthcare partners, and the public. Reviews and conducts literature reviews and data analyses. Develops and evaluates methods of training for healthcare providers and staff. Reviews work products or achievements of subordinate workers; evaluates work and formulates plans for improvements. Formulates policies and procedures. Develops and provides scientific and clinical advice and technical assistance to communities and outside partners with respect to surveillance and other epidemiologic data and evaluation. Participates in after-hours activities, including partner meetings, investigations, outbreaks, and other emergency responses and evaluation activities. Participates in writing grants and other funding proposals. Conducts oral presentations to diverse audiences. Employees will be expected to make independent decisions and judgments based on their professional education, programmatic experience, and training; this position maintains and shares information and data of a very confidential nature.

Job Duties:

-Oversees, manages, and supervises the work of epidemiologists and associated staff conducting health surveillance and epidemiologic investigations. Plans, assign, schedules, prioritizes, directs, and coordinates the work of assigned epidemiologists and other staff.
-Plans, directs, oversees, and manages epidemiologic studies and/or urgent outbreak investigations. Leads the development and conduct of epidemiologic studies for program planning.
-Develops and evaluates training methods for healthcare providers and staff in collaboration with Arizona's HAI Advisory Committee and subcommittees.
-Develops and provides scientific advice and technical assistance to communities and outside partners based on surveillance and other epidemiologic data and evaluation.
-Writes, administers, and monitors grants and grant budgets and provides updates on grant deliverables.
-Participates in after-hours activities, including partner meetings, investigation, outbreak, and emergency response as needed.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Comprehensive knowledge of:
- Contemporary principles and practices of applied epidemiology and infection control in public health practice.
- Research methods, procedures, and techniques used in identifying and evaluating disease characteristics.
- Contemporary medical methods and practices are 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, and data analysis.
- Program evaluation.
- Privacy laws to protect the confidentiality, including Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and applicable state and local privacy laws.
- Program planning, management techniques, personnel policies, and procedures.
- Performance Management (PM), Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI), and Lean methodologies.

Skills in:
- Work for management and leadership.
- Effective verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills in working with various stakeholders, physicians, and the public.
- Conducting epidemiologic investigations.
- Contract and budgeting monitoring.
- Grant writing and reporting.
- Data analyses.
- Program evaluation.
- Hiring, training, coaching, and occasionally terminating an employee/contractor.
- Using statistical software such as SAS.
- Manipulating databases.

Ability to:
- Discern irregularities in case reporting.
-Analyze data from an epidemiologic investigation or study.
- Communicate complex information.
- Attention to detail.
- Conduct Literature searches.
- Learn agency procedures for handling Freedom of Information Act requests.
- Make recommendations regarding the validity of epidemiologic data.
- Use critical thinking to determine whether a public health problem exists.
- Articulate the need for further investigation or other public health action based on 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.
- Manage data from surveillance, investigations, or other sources.
- Recommend evidence-based interventions and control measures in response to epidemiologic findings.
- 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 two years of professional experience or Bachelor’s degree in epidemiology, health education, biostatistics, or a related field and three years of experience in applied public health epidemiology. The ideal candidate will have experience working with the different levels of the US health care system and public health system.

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).


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


To help you build a financially secure future, the State makes monthly contributions to finance your retirement benefit. The State will contribute 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.


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.