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Job Title: Communicable Disease Investigator - Communicable Disease Control Program
Job Number: 2058729
Organization: County of San Mateo Public Health, Policy & Planning
Posted: 5/3/2018
Type: Full-Time
Classification: Public Health - General
Industry: Government
Number of Openings: 1
Location: San Mateo,  CA    USA
Compensation: $30.45 - $38.05 Hourly
Position Description: The County of San Mateo Health System's Public Health, Policy & Planning Division is seeking well-qualified individuals for the position of Communicable Disease Investigator - Communicable Disease Control Program. The Communicable Disease Control Program is a multidisciplinary team of public health professionals that works closely with local health care providers, community members, partners, other public health jurisdictions, government agencies, and private organizations to prevent and control transmission of communicable diseases throughout County of San Mateo.

There are currently two vacancies: One full- time regular position and one part-time extra help position. Both positions are located in San Mateo, CA but will drive/travel throughout the County to perform duties of the job.

Under the direct supervision of the Community Program Supervisor, this Communicable Disease Investigator is responsible for surveillance, investigation and control of communicable diseases within the County of San Mateo; fielding inquiries from providers, partners and the public; development and provision of public health messaging; utilization and maintenance of surveillance databases; and other duties as assigned.

Typical duties include but are not limited to: •Conduct communicable disease investigations. •Investigate and follow up on a wide range of reportable communicable diseases to ensure that appropriate prevention, treatment, control and reporting measures are implemented. •Monitor outbreaks of communicable diseases and provide recommendations to support appropriate prevention, treatment, control and reporting. •Enter surveillance data into web-based electronic database. •Draft reports, health education materials, and other documents. •Provide consultation, outreach, education, training and public messaging about communicable diseases to diverse community and health care provider groups through a variety of forums. •Respond to phone and email inquiries from the public and medical providers. •Perform medical chart reviews. •Communicate with medical providers to ensure appropriate follow-up is completed. •Participate and assist with public health emergency preparedness activities. •Perform venipuncture for blood specimen collection.

The ideal candidate for this position will have: •A Bachelor's or Master's degree in public health, biological sciences or related field and at least one year of experience in a public health or health care setting. •Experience in and/or knowledge of California Code of Regulations Title 17 Reportable Diseases and Conditions. •An interest and skills in surveillance, prevention, investigation, control and reporting of communicable diseases. •Strong interpersonal and communication skills and is highly organized, responsible, detail-oriented, committed to public service, and able to work independently and collaboratively in a culturally diverse environment. •The ability to easily establish rapport and conduct telephone and field interviews of a highly personal nature with culturally diverse clients and establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work. •Experience to independently conduct contact and outbreak investigations in various field settings, perform surveillance tasks, enter data accurately and maintain electronic databases. •Excellent written communication skills. •Strong analytical skills and familiarity with basic statistical and research techniques. •Excellent oral communication skills and can effectively speak in diverse public forums, with health care providers, clients and members of the public. •Knowledge of disease prevention, community outreach and public health messaging campaigns.

This position requires travel, field work, and after-hours work as needed. Handling patient specimens and venipuncture may also be required. The incumbent is expected to be able to independently transport themselves, patients, specimens and medical supplies to appointments and other locations. Due to this expectation, the position requires possession of a class C California driver license or the ability to provide suitable transportation, as approved by the appointing authority. Therefore, public transportation may not be a viable option to fully and effectively perform the duties of this position.

NOTE: The eligible list generated from this recruitment may be used to fill future extra- help, term, unclassified, and regular classified vacancies. Unclassified positions are at-will and render services on a temporary basis for a specified project. Benefits are equal to classified employees in the same job classification, but are not covered by Civil Service Rules.

Qualifications: Licensure/Certification: California class C driver license or equivalent or the ability to provide suitable transportation, as approved by the appointing authority.

Education and Experience: Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and skills is qualifying. A typical way of gaining the knowledge and skills is graduation from an accredited college or university with a degree in biologic science, public health, or a related field.

Knowledge of: Methods of transmission, diagnosis and treatment of communicable diseases; accepted techniques of communicable disease control; and diagnostic tests for communicable diseases.

Skill/Ability to: Conduct effective fact gathering interviews of a highly personal nature; exercise initiative and tact in tracing contacts and bringing them to obtain treatment; relate easily to people from diverse cultures and varying lifestyles; apply the rules and regulations relative to communicable disease control; and establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work.

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Closing Date: 8/3/2018
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Contact Name: Carly Bock,  Communicable Disease Investigator - Communicable Disease Control Program
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How to Apply: Apply online at investigator-communicable-disease-control- program-open-andamp-promotional/job/8345829

Additional Information: Anyone may apply. Responses to the supplemental questions must be submitted in addition to our regular employment application form. A resume will not be accepted as a substitute for the required employment application and supplemental questionnaire.

The examination process will consist of an application screening (weight: pass/fail) based on the candidates' application and responses to the supplemental questions. Candidates who pass the application screening will be invited to a panel interview (weight: 100%). Depending on the number of applicants, an application appraisal of education and experience may be used in place of other examinations or further evaluation of work experience may be conducted to group applicants by level of qualification. All applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through any subsequent phase of the examination. All examinations will be given in San Mateo County, California and applicants must participate at their own expense.

IMPORTANT: Applications for this position will only be accepted online. If you are currently on the County's website, you may click the "Apply Online" button above or below. If you are not on the County's website, please go to to apply. Online applications must be received by the Human Resources Department before midnight on the final filing date.

~ TENTATIVE RECRUITMENT SCHEDULE ~ Final Filing Date: May 16, 2018 Application Screening: May 21, 2018 Combined Civil Service Panel/Departmental Interviews: June 4 and/or 6, 2018

At the County of San Mateo, we take pride in the way our employees bring together their diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives to serve our community's needs. The County is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

HR Contact: Yvonne Alvidrez (050118) (Communicable Disease Investigator - J047)

Web Site Delete Date: 5/17/2018