This position serves as a Senior Disease Investigator in the Office of Disease Integration & Services. This position shall be responsible for quality assurance and technical assistance for all ongoing HIV and STD investigations in the State of Arizona. This position works under the direction of the HIV/STD CDI Coordinator, providing technical assistance to local disease investigation partners to ensure timely and quality case investigation, data collection, and disease intervention, especially for syphilis and congenital syphilis. This position will periodically travel to assist rural jurisdictions to assist with case investigation and providing subject matter expertise. This position may be required to participate in after-hours activities including, but not limited to, partner meetings, investigation, outbreak, and emergency response, as needed. This position participates in writing grants and other funding proposals.
This position may provide administrative leadership and technical guidance to administrative support staff and data entry specialists, as assigned. Employees will be expected to make independent decisions and judgments based on their professional education, programmatic experience, and training. This position is responsible for maintaining confidential information and adhering to strict data security and confidentiality protocols.
- Participating in the outbreak and other disease investigations by responding to calls from tribal and county disease investigators; providing subject matter expertise and guidance for ongoing case investigation; providing training to rural jurisdictions; interviewing patients, health care providers, and others involved; and assisting in collecting data from local agencies or other health agencies.
- Providing quality assurance review for data and case follow-up of all high-priority cases (children < 5 with syphilis, pregnant women with syphilis, women of childbearing age with syphilis, persons with infectious syphilis, etc.).
- Developing and providing tools to improve the timeliness and efficacy of case investigation and disease intervention.
- Conducting literature reviews, preparing manuscripts, and participating in grant writing activities.
- Participating in after-hours activities, including partner meetings, investigation, outbreak, and emergency response as needed.
- Contemporary principles and practices of disease investigation and control.
- Basic disease transmission and general HIV and STD knowledge.
- Data entry.
- Partnership building.
- Training techniques.
- Effective verbal and written communication.
- Interpersonal skills.
- Popular dating apps/websites and partner notification apps/strategies.
- Performance Management (PM), Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI), and Lean methodologies.
- Partner services and HIV/STD investigation.
- Strategies for partner elicitation.
- Internet Partner Services.
- HIV/STD case investigations and partner notification.
- Conducting field visits.
- Interpersonal relationships.
- Cultural humility.
- Verbal and written communication skills.
- Maintain confidentiality.
- Use a variety of strategies to locate partners.
- Adapt partner services skills to a variety of settings (i.e. rural vs. urban).
- Apply disease knowledge to case investigation strategies.
- Adopt data-informed strategies for disease intervention.
- Appropriately document work using surveillance systems.
- Communicate complex information to a variety of audiences.
- Collaborate with others inside and outside the agency to identify the problem and form recommendations.
- 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.
Bachelors degree and minimum of 1-year experience as an HIV/STD Communicable Disease Investigator. Associate degree and 3 years of experience as an HIV/STD Communicable Disease Investigator is also acceptable.
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.