This position serves as a head of a epidemiology program unit within the Office of Assessment and Evaluation and is responsible for 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. This position will focus on collecting, analyzing data on adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and develop a statewide surveillance system on ACEs. In addition, this position will provide epidemiological support to analyses and studies as they relate to adolescent health including but not limited to analysis and annual report of the Arizona Youth Risk Behavior Survey and the National Survey of Children's Health. The position will leverage existing data sources and identify new sources of information to establish the surveillance system. 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 health departments, healthcare partners and the public. Reviews and conducts literature reviews and data analyses. Develops and evaluates methods of training for health care providers and staff. Reviews work products or achievements of subordinate workers; evaluates work and formulates plans for improvements. Formulates policies, procedures. Develops and provides scientific and clinical advice and technical assistance to communities and outside partners with respect to surveillance and other epidemiological data and evaluation. Participates in after-hours activities including partner meetings, investigation, outbreak and emergency response as needed. Participates in writing grants and other funding proposals. The position will support the implementation of the agency's action plan on Adverse Childhood Experiences in collaboration with the Office of Continuous Improvement and support any statewide assessments or evaluations as they pertain to adolescent health. Lastly, the epidemiologist will also conduct monitoring and surveillance on adolescent health topics including but not limited to bullying, preventative medical and oral visits, as such and provide technical assistance in epidemiology and data analytics to maternal and child health programs within the Bureau of Women's and Children's Health.
The employee 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.
- Establish and maintain the statewide surveillance system on adverse childhood experiences. Conducts analyses on items pertinent to adolescent health. Plans assigns, schedules, prioritizes, directs, and coordinates the work of assigned epidemiologists, research analysts, and other staff, if relevant.
- Plans, directs, oversees, and manages epidemiological studies and/or urgent outbreak investigations. Leads the development and conduct of epidemiological studies for program planning. Support out goals and objectives of ACEs Action plan and other requirements.
- Oversees the design and use of databases and the design and management of surveillance systems.
- Conduct research on adverse childhood experiences, trauma, toxic stress, intergenerational transmission of trauma, historical trauma, protective factors, and resiliency.
- 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, investigation, outbreak, and emergency response as needed. Participates in writing grants and other funding proposals. Actively participated as a subject matter expert on a variety of stakeholder workgroups.
-Considerable independent judgment and advanced knowledge of applied epidemiology for public health practice.
-Managerial techniques and personnel policies and procedures.
-Contemporary principles and practices of epidemiology.
-Principles and practices applicable to the control and prevention of diseases.
-Methods, procedures, and techniques used in developing, implementing, and maintaining disease surveillance and control programs.
-Contemporary medical methods and practices are used in the control of a variety of diseases.
-Program planning and fiscal monitoring practices and procedures.
-Performance Management (PM), and Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI), and Lean methodologies.
-Working for management and work leadership.
-Oral and written communication.
-Interpersonal relations, as applied to contracts with representatives of other governmental and private organizations, physicians, and the public.
-Conducting scientific studies and investigations required to identify and isolate various diseases.
-Supervision, program planning and administration, contract/budget monitoring, and grant writing.
-Public health surveillance, computerized database management, data analysis, program evaluation, literature search, effective verbal and written communication, and interpersonal skills.
- Experience in strategic planning, project coordination, and stakeholder engagement.
- At least 2 years experience in using statistical analysis software (i.e. SAS) on data management and analysis of large datasets.
-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.
Master’s degree with a focus in epidemiology and 2 years’ work experience in epidemiology in a public health agency or a Bachelor's degree with coursework in epidemiology, health education, biostatistics, or a related field and at least three years of professional experience in applied public health practice.
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 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.
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.