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Job Title: Surveillance Systems Section Administrator
Job Number:
Organization: Florida Department of Health
Posted: 8/7/2018
Type: Full-Time
Classification: Informatics
Number of Openings: 1
Location: Tallahassee,  FL    USA
Position Description: This position supervises the Surveillance Systems Section within the Bureau of Epidemiology. This position leads surveillance strategies for the Bureau of Epidemiology and has oversight for all surveillance applications supporting acute disease investigations for promoting, protecting, and improving the health of all people in Florida. This position supervises both career service and contract employees. Manages the Surveillance and Surveillance Systems program for the Bureau of Epidemiology. Plans, implements and sets program strategies and direction. Conducts, prepares, and reviews reports, studies, publications, and research relating to operational trends and strategic program objectives. Oversee surveillance programs, development of their epidemiologic scientific content, and the surveillance systems that support them in 6 major areas: reportable disease, hospital emergency department based syndromic surveillance, outbreaks and natural disaster events, antimicrobial resistance, diseases of environmental origin (lead and other heavy metals, pesticide, CO, etc.) and influenza and other non-reportable infectious diseases Responsible for the supervision of staff including appraisals, planning and directing work, approving leave, hiring new employees, and taking disciplinary action or effectively recommending such actions when necessary. Coordinates activities of staff to ensure continuing operations, best use of time and increased productivity. Oversees the Bureau Information Security Officer and the Bureau’s Electronic Laboratory Reporting Coordinator to establish an electronic exchange of data with hospitals and labs as they comply with Chapter 64D-3, Florida Administrative Code. Oversee development of administrative rules and policies impacting public health surveillance. Acts as project manager for applications within supporting disease surveillance (Merlin-reportable diseases, ESSENCE-FL- syndromic surveillance, EpiCom-health alert network, EpiGateway-external private provider data collection, Meaningful Use registration system). Assures analysis of appropriate technical requirements for all new systems to ensure consistency with Division of Information Technology standards. Manages a system for the provision of training and technical support in the use of Bureau of Epidemiology surveillance and epidemiology systems. Researches new technology to ensure state-of-the-art technology for communicable disease surveillance systems. Manages and leads innovative development efforts of the state acute disease and response surveillance system applications, data security, strategic planning, training, electronic laboratory reporting (ELR), and health information exchange integration. Acts as the Information Resource Owner consistent with Rule 71A FAC and FDOH policy for Merlin, EpiGateway, EpiCom, and ESSENCE-FL. Oversees Meaningful Use coordination and response for reportable disease laboratory results and syndromic surveillance; manage electronic information exchange with hospitals, laboratories and other public health jurisdictions in support of ELR. Develops and writes Federal grants to fund projects related to epidemiologic surveillance. Acts as the Principle Investigator and functional custodian of monies obtained through grant requests. This includes developing a spending plan, approving purchases, selecting vendors, developing statements of work, and monitoring contracts and purchase orders. Consults with staff and others in government, business, and private organizations to discuss issues, coordinate activities, resolve problems, and explore partnerships. Participates in activities to promote business and expand services, and provides technical assistance in conducting of conferences, seminars, and workshops. Acts as the Department Epi-X contact; responsible for coordinating with CDC and facilitating yearly drills and approving new users. Acts as the Departments BioSense contact. Acts as the National Healthcare Safety Network Administrator for the Florida Department of Health. Participate in Enterprise Workgroups as necessary. Is available for indeterminate periods, as needed, for disaster response: this includes coordinating post-disaster or event disease and condition surveillance activities including the production of Situation Reports as necessary and specified by the operational period. Participate as required to share on-call duty assignments with other staff, to provide continuous 24-hour telephone coverage for the Bureau of Epidemiology. Weekly assignments will occur approximately every 4 to 6 weeks depending upon the number of staff involved. The incumbent will be expected to be available to accept all incoming after hour (5pm to 8am) weekday, weekend and holiday calls, assess the urgency of each call and provide an appropriate response. On occasion, a call regarding selected “Hot Button” diseases (i.e. exposure to rabies, suspect botulism or bacterial meningitis case) or a community-wide emergency (i.e. food borne outbreak, hurricane, tornado, bioterrorism alert) will require extensive follow-up and coordination with other agencies etc. that is beyond the scope of the on-call assignment. NOTES: Your responses to qualifying questions for this position must be verifiable by documentation provided through the electronic application process. This position requires a security background check and/or drug screening and participation in direct deposit.

Qualifications: *Experience managing epidemiology surveillance systems (5-7 years) *MPH

Organization Description: This position is with the Florida Department of Health Bureau of Epidemiology. This position is responsible for communicable disease surveillance for the 3rd largest state in the US. Florida also hosts over 100 million visitors annually.

Closing Date: 11/7/2018
Desired Starting Date:
Contact Name: Mark O'Neill,  Surveillance Systems Section Administrator
Contact Location: 4052 Bald Cypress Way
Bin A-12
Tallahassee   FL  32399
United States
Contact Location: 4052 Bald Cypress Way
  Bin A-12
  Tallahassee   FL  32399
  United States
Contact Phone: 8502454042 
Contact Fax: 8502454042
Contact Email:
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How to Apply: Please apply using the People First website (URL above)

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