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Job Title: Epidemiologist II
Job Number: #BHHF17019 &18005
Organization: West Virginia Bureau for Behavioral Health & Health Facilities
Posted: 12/19/2017
Type: Full-Time
Classification: Epidemiology
Industry: Government
Number of Openings: 2
Location: Charleston,  WV    USA
Position Description: ***2 POSITIONS*** POSITION POSTING #BHHF17019: This position will serve as the technical expert in the field of epidemiology for the Bureau for Behavioral Health and Health Facilities. The successful candidate will direct and oversee the State Epidemiological Outcomes Workgroup (SEOW). The WV SEOW was assembled to lead the statewide systematic process to gather, review, analyze, translate and disseminate information about substance use and abuse, related indicators, and mental health in West Virginia. Work includes the development of and implementation of research and program evaluation activities, data collection and analysis, survey development, assisting in writing behavioral health related research, and needed to respond to the behavioral health system priorities statewide. Work consists of participation in data collection to provide population based trends from a variety of sources that have national, statewide, or local impact. The epidemiologist will work with the BHHF data team, external evaluators and program teams to help meet the epidemiological and surveillance needs related to behavioral health. The epidemiologist will provide direction and supervision to lower level support staff. Work is evaluated in terms of professional expertise and the quality of completed assignments. POSITION POSTING #BHHF18005: Under general supervision from a higher-level health professional, performs advanced level professional work and functions as a skilled, technical expert in the field of epidemiology. Directs the collection and analysis of data on disease trends and writes recommendations for control and prevention of disease as related to opioid use disorders. The position will develop and design interventions, including state policy and proactive changes needed to respond to substance use disorder system priorities, especially opioid use disorders, statewide. The person will take a significant lead role for the WV State Epidemiological Outcomes Workgroup (SEOW) and will insure that significant partnerships with all pertinent parties are developed and utilized to positively address/impact substance abuse in WV. This position has significant administrative responsibility and visibility at the state and national level and will likely be consulted by citizens, health care and public health professionals throughout the state. Performs other related duties as required.

Qualifications: Training: Doctorate degree from a regionally accredited college or university in epidemiology, public health, veterinary medicine, preventive medicine, medicine, biological, physical, behavioral or environmental sciences including at least two courses in epidemiology covering additional epidemiology principles, methods and design concepts, or at least two courses in statistical design methods courses for the behavioral sciences, or at least two publications in two different peer-reviewed journals, and at least one course in biostatistics or other research-oriented statistics course. OR A Master's degree from a regionally accredited college or university in epidemiology, public health, biology, nursing, physical, behavioral, natural, or veterinary sciences, preventive medicine, or medicine including two courses in epidemiology and one course in biostatistics OR certification in infection control (CIC); AND three years of full-time or equivalent part time paid experience in epidemiology. Substitution: Completion of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Epidemic Intelligence Service or public health prevention specialist training can substitute for the required training. OR Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university in biology, nursing, physical, behavioral, or natural sciences, AND five years of full-time or equivalent part-time paid experience in conducting epidemiology, including disease investigation, risk assessment or environmental epidemiology may substitute for the required training. OR Three years of full-time or equivalent part-time paid experience in performing Epidemiologist I responsibilities, including disease investigation, risk assessment, or environmental epidemiology may substitute for the required training. Preferred Skills: *Experience with national and statewide health and human services data, substance abuse; prevention/promotion activities, and knowledge of behavioral health issues. *Experience working with population based data, summarizing trends, and morbidity data. *Excellent communication, writing, and presentation skills. *Master's degree in public health, research or evaluation is highly desirable. *Ability to manage multiple projects and meet deadlines with minimum supervision. *Ability to assess program outcomes and performance measures. *Experience in supervision of staff.

Organization Description: The West Virginia Bureau for Behavioral Health & Health Facilities (BBHHF) is the federally designated Single State Authority (SSA) and State Mental Health Authority (SMHA) for mental health, substance abuse, and intellectual and developmental disabilities responsible for administering the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment and Community Mental Health Block Grant. With the Block Grant and a combination of other federal grants and state funding,BBHHF supports comprehensive behavioral health prevention, promotion, early intervention,treatment, and recovery programs statewide. BBHHF provides funding for community-based behavioral health services for persons with behavioral health needs, including those who are uninsured or underinsured, as well as operational support for seven State-owned facilities with long-term or acute care psychiatric functions for adults. BBHHF operates under the auspices of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (WVDHHR) which also includes the State Bureaus for Public Health, Children and Families (Child Welfare), Child Support Enforcement, and Medical Services (Medicaid). The overall role of BBHHF is to provide leadership, oversight and coordination of policy, planning, development, funding and monitoring of the public behavioral health system.

Closing Date: 3/19/2018
Desired Starting Date:
Contact Name: Ginny Fitzwater,  Epidemiologist II
Contact Location: 350 Capitol St.
Room 350
Charleston   WV  25301
Contact Location: 350 Capitol St.
  Room 350
  Charleston   WV  25301
Contact Phone: 304-356-4819 
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Additional Information: Jackie Ross Human Resources & Workforce Development Bureau For Behavioral Health & Health Facilities ? 304-356-4818

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