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Job Title: Program Specialist II
Job Number: 9098
Organization: Texas Department of State Health Services
Posted: 10/31/2018
Type: Full-Time
Classification: Public Health - General
Industry: Government
Number of Openings: 1
Location: Austin,  TX    USA
Compensation: $3293.41-$4332.08
Position Description: Under the general direction of the TB/HIV/STD Epidemiology and Surveillance Group Manager and Molecular HIV Surveillance Coordinator, oversees the reporting and collating of molecular surveillance data from local surveillance sites, health care providers and laboratories for the DSHS Molecular HIV Surveillance project. This includes providing consultative and technical work involving the use of data and consulting with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), DSHS contractors, and local health authorities conducting surveillance in Texas. Functions as a consultant to the managers within the TB/HIV/STD Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch and local health authorities in utilizing and reporting genotype and resistance surveillance data. Works to ensure that accurate and timely data and information are provided to epidemiologists, the HIV Prevention and Services staff, and participating local health authorities for use in planning and direction of HIV Prevention programs. Trains others in the use of CDC databases and quality assurance activities. Uses initiative and makes independent judgment on data analysis and data quality assurance matters.

Essential Job Functions: (30%) Collects and maintains data related to molecular HIV cluster investigations. Participates and performs a key role in molecular cluster investigations in collaboration with local and regional health departments and providers. Provides training to central office staff and/or local and regional health department staff involved in molecular cluster investigations as needed. Assists with creating formalized training procedures for staff involved in cluster in investigations. Coordinates/conducts data quality assurance (QA) and data management for Molecular HIV Surveillance. Modifies SAS analytical and data cleaning programs as needed. Develops and implements data checks and conducts data cleaning. Assists with development of database for collection of key molecular HIV surveillance information. information.

(15%) Coordinates and provides direction over all Testing and Treatment History (TTH) activities including data entry, quality assurance, and technical assistance to surveillance sites throughout Texas. Provides training to surveillance sites and providers on required TTH data points and the importance of collecting TTH data for HIV surveillance.

(10%) Maintains CDC databases. Ensures that data are entered into databases to meet federal and state requirements. Coordinates/conducts data quality assurance (QA) and data management for MHS-related data entered into CDC databases. Assists with import of data related to MHS specimens and data to care investigation outcomes in coordination with Molecular HIV Surveillance Coordinator and Data to Care Epidemiologist.

(10%) Analyzes data and prepares administrative reports, fact sheets, presentations, and training materials that meet the needs of the Section’s professional staff staff and community planning groups. (10%) Provides consultation in the planning, implementing, and monitoring of Molecular HIV Surveillance activities in Texas, including studies that are DSHS funded and those projects funded by other federal, state, or private agencies. agencies.

(10%) Provides support to MHS Coordinator. Maintains Molecular HIV surveillance activities in the absence of Molecular HIV Surveillance Coordinator, including providing data to epidemiologists. epidemiologists.

(5%) Participates in Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) site visits and trainings as appropriate. Prepares data and objectives for grant applications, annual progress reports, and interim progress reports.

(5%) Participates in public health gatherings (e.g. HIV/STD Conferences, CDC, HIV prevention planning groups, etc.) and provides technical information to a wide variety of public health professi professionals.

(5%) Other TB/HIV/STD epidemiologic and agency related duties as assigned. In the event of a regional or statewide disaster, all staff will participate, assist, and support all regional and/or statewide disaster relief efforts. Responds to and supports regional/statewide disaster relief efforts.

(5%) Other TB/HIV/STD epidemiologic and agency related duties as assigned. In the event of a regional or statewide disaster, all staff will participate, assist, and support all regional and/or statewide disaster relief efforts. Responds to and supports regional/statewide disaster relief efforts.

Qualifications: Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major course work in public health or a related field. Master’s in Public Health preferred. Experience working in the field of public health. Knowledge of quality assurance and quality control methods for databases. Knowledge and ability to utilize SAS statistical software, Excel, and Microsoft Access for data man management and analysis.

Knowledge Skills Abilities: Knowledge of the principles, practices and c concepts of HIV Surveillance activities. Knowledge of quality assurance and quality c control methods for databases. Skill in organization of program and disease r reporting data. Knowledge of the concepts of public health pra practice. Knowledge of preventive health services and current social and economic problems, community inter-relationships and risk behavior as associated with the transmission of HIV HIV and STDs. Knowledge and ability to utilize SAS statistical software, Excel, and Microsoft Access for data ma management and analysis. General knowledge of HIV testing methods. Ability to prepare reports, fact-sheets, and presentations to support program planning and implementation of HIV Incidence Surveillance. Ability to train others regarding quality data co collection and data entry. Ability to interpret surveillance guidance. Ability to work with local and state health a agency personnel and allied groups. Ability to provide leadership and organizational advice to HIV surveillance sites throughout the S State. Ability to gather, assemble, and analyze data. Ability to devise solutions to problems and to develop and evaluate policies and procedures.

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

Closing Date: 1/28/2019
Desired Starting Date: 11/15/2018
Contact Name: Sylvia Odem,  Program Specialist II
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Contact Email: Sylvia.Odem@dshs.texas.gov
Web Address: http://dshs.texas.gov/Search-Jobs.aspx
How to Apply: Please go to this location, htt http://dshs.texas.gov/Search http://dshs.texas.gov/Search-Jobs.aspx Please do not email. It is necessary to c complete an application at the above site.

Additional Information: Please do not email contact, a reply is not guaranteed. If you are interested in applying for the position please go to http://dshs.texas.gov/Search-Jobs.aspx and complete an application. Thank you.

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