Purpose: The Biomonitoring Coordinator is responsible for biomonitoring activities assigned by the Division of Environmental Health (DEH) Toxicology and Response Section (TARS) manager. The person in this position will coordinate activities related to questionnaire administration and human specimen sample collection for projects related to sites of contamination within the State of Michigan. The Coordinator will work closely with the TARS manager, epidemiologists, data managers, health educators, toxicologists, accountants, local health departments, and other partners.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Duty #1: 80% of time Coordinate biomonitoring activities for environmental health exposure assessments. • Develop and implement methods for recruiting participants in exposure assessment projects. • Collaborate with epidemiologists to design, review, test, and implement exposure questionnaires and implementation trainings for agency staff and other project partners. • Collaborate with data managers to ensure secure data collection meeting HIPAA and State of Michigan security requirements. • Collaborate with health educators to develop and implement informational materials including informed consent forms, question and answer documents, and participant results letters. • Partner with local health departments to ensure effective State and local collaboration and communication. • Collaborate with toxicologists and technical staff to develop and document human and environmental sample collection and analysis. • Participate in development of protocols and reporting procedures. • Participate in development of project budgets. Implement and/or oversee other project logistics including: o Staff and participant scheduling o Securing clinic locations o Supply procurement o Sample processing, packaging, and shipping
Duty #2: 10% of time Provide reports and presentations on project implementation and results. • Participate in and facilitate project meetings, public meetings, training events, and telephone conversations as needed. • Coordinate with DEH graphic designer and MDHHS media and communications teams as needed.
Duty #3: 10% of time The person in this position shall attend required trainings and assist in conducting trainings hosted by the Section. • Participates in web-based meetings and trainings as scheduled. • Completes any training required by MDHHS. • Develops and implements trainings as needed. • All other duties as assigned.
Education: A master’s degree in public health, public administration, or environmental health with focus areas such as health education, health communication, or a related field.
Experience: Two or more years of experience in health education, community outreach, health communications, or public relations preferred.
Important Skills and Characteristics: Ability to prioritize and coordinate multiple facets of project development and implementation. Strong organizational skills. Ability to work collaboratively with co-workers and external partners.
Some basic understanding or willingness to learn scientific principles, practices and procedures of toxicology, epidemiology, and biology. Basic understanding of data collection and security.
Work Environment and Physical Requirements: The employee may transport supplies to clinic locations. Items and supplies can be bulky and weigh up to 40lbs. Requires a valid vehicle operator’s license and occasional travel within the State, including overnights. Less frequently, travel may be required outside of the State.
RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE WORK OF OTHERS: No assigned responsibility.
IMPACT ON PROJECTS, SERVICES AND OPERATIONS : This position serves to support the Toxicology and Response Section in biomonitoring projects. They will work in cooperation with technical subject-area experts within the section, in addition to external stakeholders, to develop biomonitoring protocols and manage logistics. This individual will also support the implementation of these projects under guidance of senior workers.
The person in this position interacts with the public and internal staff via meetings, telephone conversations, e-mails, field visits, and clinics, responding to community health concerns and providing information to protect public health.
This individual will interface with Division managers, epidemiologists, data managers, health educators, toxicologists, accountants, and local health departments. They may attend meetings with decision makers in other state departments to support collaboration and integration of programs that serve to fulfill the mission of the public health code.
Contact Person/Group Frequency Purpose Section Manager Daily Supervisor. Coordination of tasks and performance evaluation. Community Engagement Specialist Daily Coordination of tasks and performance evaluation. Team members Daily Coordinate daily assignments.
“For purposes of employment standards, this classification is “Non Exempt” from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.”