Position Summary The APHL Specialist - Infectious Diseases (ID) provides support for a wide range of infectious disease activities undertaken by public health laboratories focusing on emerging and zoonotic infectious diseases. The staff member works in close collaboration with the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and with public health professionals at various partner organizations, building relationships that enhance the connections between member public health laboratories and their public health partners. The Specialist – Infectious Diseases Program’s primary focus in on APHL’s vector-borne disease, rabies and emerging infectious disease activities, providing staff support to APHL’s Vector-borne Disease Subcommittee and representing APHL in various forums. The staff person provides scientific and administrative support for other members of the Infectious Diseases Program including to the Infectious Diseases Committee. The Senior Specialist – Infectious Diseases Program reports to the Director of Infectious Disease Programs under the overall supervision of the Chief Programs Officer The staff person will be located in the APHL Silver Spring office.
Duties & Responsibilities As part of the Infectious Disease team at APHL, the Specialist – Infectious Diseases:
Assist with all projects and communications related to APHL’s emerging and zoonotic infectious disease activities. Participates in APHL emergency response activities associated with emergence or reemergence of an infectious disease of public health significance. Provides staff support for the APHL Vector-borne Disease Subcommittee, in coordination with the Committee Chair and the Director of Infectious Disease Programs, including: Organizing monthly conference calls and facilitating action items Organizing an annual in-person committee meeting Managing the process of policy statement development and approval Monitoring regulatory actions and conveying to the members those that are relevant to public health laboratory practice Coordinates with public health laboratories and partners to develop relevant and timely laboratory guidance and best practices. Assists with the development and analysis on public health laboratory infectious disease testing practices. Organizes infectious disease demonstration projects and evaluations conducted at public health laboratories focusing on infectious diseases including but not limited to vector-borne disease and rabies. Assists public health laboratories in responding to inquiries about infectious disease issues. Facilitates workshops and other training opportunities related to infectious disease activities as needed by member laboratories. Solicits member input on training needs. Manages the activities of contractors and consultants, including project development, contract negotiations, payments and accounting records, and deliverable verification Prepares documents, reports, and correspondence for the Association. Assists in preparing the cooperative agreement funding proposal annually. Prepares presentations about APHL infectious disease activities for self and others to deliver at conferences and seminars Maintains proficiency in microbiology practices through participation in CE opportunities, reviewing scientific literature, and working with technical experts at CDC, state public health and clinical laboratories Work with all APHL departments to promote the value of public health laboratory testing in support of infectious disease initiatives. Assists in the development of association infectious disease policy, in coordination with the Senior Director of Public Policy Knowledge
•Microbiology and/or molecular laboratory science •General activities undertaken at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention •Public health and infectious disease policy issues Skills
•Well-organized and detail-oriented •Project management •Excellent organizational, written and verbal communication skills •Computer literacy, successful experience in word processing, database development and analysis, presentation preparation, use of e-mail Abilities
Abilities: •Demonstrated ability to handle multiple tasks under tight deadlines •Ability to establish working relationships with diverse groups Ability to work independently and with others
Travel •Moderate amount of travel required within the United States and abroad Work Environment Work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee could be exposed to outdoor weather conditions prevalent at the time. The noise level in the work environment may vary from light to moderate depending on the location. Physical Demands The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by a colleague to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the colleague is required to sit for long periods at a time; type using a computer keyboard; visually read information off of a computer monitor; talk, hear, and orally communicate information over the telephone. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision and color vision and the ability to adjust focus. Criteria for Evaluation Performance evaluation will be based on the abilities in meeting the criteria outlined herein. Reports To Director of Infectious Diseases Direct Reports None Position Description Status The duties and responsibilities listed in this job description are illustrative ones anticipated for this position. Other duties and responsibilities may be assigned as required. Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) reserves the right to amend or change this job description to meet the needs of its programs. This job description and any attachments do not constitute or represent a contract.
Association of Public Health Laboratories is an Equal Opportunity Employer.