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Job Title: Program Specialist V
Job Number: 00009102
Organization: Texas Department of State Health Services
Posted: 10/28/2018
Type: Full-Time
Classification: Public Health - General
Industry: Government
Number of Openings: 1
Location: Austin,  TX   
Compensation: $4,023.16 - $5,301.29
Position Description: Under the direction of the TB/HIV/STD Epidemiology and Surveillance Group Manager, with minimal supervision and considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment, will perform HIV surveillance monitoring and evaluation activities for local and regional health departments across the state of Texas. Develops and implements routine performance monitoring activities and methodologies for site evaluations; monitors sites for compliance with established protocols and guidelines, assists sites in developing processes for meeting surveillance objectives; identifies areas of improvements and makes recommendations to improve performance on surveillance activities; leads site evaluations for HIV surveillance including guiding team of staff in central office on various evaluation components. In addition, this position will assist in developing and coordinating trainings, orientations and workshops to standardize and build capacity for HIV surveillance across Texas.

Serves as the HIV Surveillance Evaluation Specialist to monitor and evaluate Texas’ progress toward meeting HIV/AIDS surveillance goals with strong collaboration with surveillance sites.

Monitoring: (20%) Distributes routine program monitoring reports on HIV surveillance activities to assist sites on performance monitoring. Identifies data quality issues and coordinates resources to ensure sites can meet program objectives. Maintains and runs SAS QA programs to monitor surveillance sites progress in meeting contractual obligations, including monthly and quarterly reports. Conducts follow-up with sites to discuss deficiencies and concerns. Conducts follow-up with sites not in compliance.

Evaluation: (35%) Coordinates and conducts site evaluations at local and regional health departments using quantitative and qualitative approaches. Performs statistical analysis to evaluate progress on objectives. Initiates constructive discussions and strategizes activities to meet any gaps identified. Develops strategic frameworks to guide Corrective Action Plan (CAP) activities and measure progress. Finalizes site evaluations and reports to submit to site and contract management unit. Leads coordination to update Site Evaluation Tool to effectively capture all goals and objectives. Consults with all surveillance managers and the Contract Monitoring Unit to coordinate any corrective action efforts as needed. Provides feedback on reports and other distributed documents.

Capacity Building: (20%) Identifies, designs, and conducts HIV surveillance training. Updates sites on surveillance case definitions, testing algorithms, reporting rules, etc. Educates and strategizes methods for provider education activities on HIV surveillance. Coordinates calls and workgroups to build a culture of knowledge transfer between central office and surveillance sites.

Technical Assistance: (20%) Responds to technical questions working closely with Surveillance Epidemiologists and Consultants. Develops policy, procedures and tools to facilitate HIV reporting in Texas. Reviews and modifies HIV surveillance contracts annually. Participates in workgroups, strategic planning activities, and policy development around HIV surveillance activities.

Other: (5%) Performs related duties as assigned by team lead or supervisor. In the event of a regional or state wide disaster, all staff will participate, assist, and support all regional and/or state wide disaster relief efforts.

Qualifications: Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major course work in public health, monitoring and evaluation, or a related field. Master’s in Public Health preferred.

Knowledge Skills Abilities: Experience working in the field of public health. Knowledge of the principles and practice of public health and disease prevention and control. Knowledge of infectious diseases and their processes, specifically HIV and STDs. Knowledge of disease surveillance and methods for evaluating surveillance systems. Knowledge of quality assurance and quality control methods for data reporting. Experience conducting evaluations and providing feedback and guidance. Experience developing and evaluating policy and procedures.

Experience working with health care professionals and contractors. Ability to analyze complex processes and suggest improvements. Ability to analyze health related data using statistical analysis software such as SAS. Ability to establish and maintain effective interpersonal relationships. Ability to prepare reports, fact sheets, and presentations to support program planning and implementation of surveillance initiatives. Ability to train and provide technical assistance to improve the quality of data collection and data entry. Skill in effectively using word processing software, email, spreadsheets, and databases. Skill in identifying measures or indicators of program performance. Skill in managing project activities. Skill in oral and written communications, specifically around issues related to public health surveillance and program evaluation. Skill in problem solving and conflict management.

Organization Description: Texas Department of State Health Services, TB/HIV/STD Section, TB/HIV/STD Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch in Austin, Texas.

Closing Date: 12/31/2018
Desired Starting Date: 11/15/2018
Contact Name: Sylvia Odem,  Program Specialist V
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Additional Information: Must be authorized to work in the United States without sponsorship. Military occupation(s) that relates to the initial selection criteria and registration or licensure requirements for this position may include, but not limited to: No direct military equivalent noted in MOS codes. All active duty military, reservists, guardsmen, and veterans are encouraged to apply if qualified to fill this position. For more information see the Texas State Auditor’s Military Crosswalk at h bDescriptions.aspx.

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