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Wastewater Surveillance Epidemiologist

  • 500192
  • PHOENIX
  • DEPT OF HEALTH SERVICES
  • Full-time

DEPT OF HEALTH SERVICES

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 Pilot 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.

WASTEWATER SURVEILLANCE EPIDEMIOLOGIST

OFFICE OF INFECTIOUS DISEASE SERVICES

Job Location:

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

Posting Details:

Salary: $55,000 

Grade: 21

Closing Date: 

Job Summary:

This position serves as a journey-level epidemiologist within the Office of Infectious Disease Services as the Wastewater Surveillance Epidemiologist, and is responsible for carrying out a range of investigative and analytical epidemiologic activities related to the surveillance, detection, and prevention of diseases. Works as a team or project member, under the direction of a senior epidemiologist or epidemiology program manager, conducting epidemiologic functions comprising surveillance, data collection, data analysis using epidemiologic methods, and assistance with epidemiologic investigations. Conducts epidemiologic investigations used in preventing and controlling specific communicable and chronic diseases, injuries, and other health conditions and applies findings to direct public health programs and recommend interventions and/or control measures. Develops and provides scientific and clinical advice and technical assistance to various public, private, and nonprofit health and health-related state and local agencies and organizations.

May also serve as a scientific consultant for a public health program or project. Conducts literature reviews and assists in preparing reports from analyses of surveillance data, literature reviews, and other information using behavioral science, demographic and epidemiologic analytic techniques, 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.

May provide administrative leadership and technical guidance to lower-level professional, technical, and administrative support staff, as assigned. Employee will be expected to make independent decisions and judgements based on their professional education, programmatic experience and training; this position maintains and shares information and data of a very confidential nature.

Job Duties:

- Participates in conducting outbreak and other epidemiologic investigations by assisting with onsite review of facilities and procedures; interviewing patients, health care providers, and others involved; and assisting in collecting data from local agencies or other health entities. Participates in developing epidemiologic investigations.
- Uses databases for analysis of health problems. Uses surveillance systems to collect disease or health outcome data.
- Develops and provides scientific and clinical advice and technical assistance to various public, private, and nonprofit health and health-related state and local agencies and organizations.
- Serves as a scientific consultant for a public health program or project.
- Conducts literature reviews and assists in preparing reports from analyses of surveillance data, literature reviews, and other information using behavioral science, demographic and epidemiologic analytic techniques, 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.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

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, written communication, and interpersonal skills.
- Performance Management (PM), and Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) and Lean methodologies.
Skills in:
- Conduct scientific studies required to identify and isolate various diseases.
- Compilation and the evaluation of technical epidemiological data.
- Conducting investigations.
- Interpersonal relations, as applied to contacts with representatives of other governmental agencies and the public.
Ability to:
- 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):

Bachelors in public health or a science-related field and 3 years of exp. in applied public health epidemiology. Masters of public health in Epidemiology may substitute for 2 years of exp. Ideal candidate will have exp. using statistical software, working with the different levels of US health care system and public health system, and working with electronic public health surveillance databases.

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).

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.

Arizona State Government is an AA/EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.