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Job Title: Professional, HHST
Job Number:
Organization: Association of Public Health Laboratories
Posted: 9/2/2019
Type: Full-Time
Classification: Public Health - General
Industry:
Number of Openings: 1
Location: Silver Spring,  MD   
Compensation:
Position Description: Salary $58,000-$70,000

Position Summary The Professional, HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB (HHST) administers activities aimed at improving quality laboratory practice in the areas of HIV, viral Hepatitis, STD and TB with a particular emphasis on TB activities. The Professional, HHST assists member laboratories with the implementation of new technology, processes and policies as outlined in APHL’s Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); facilitates information and technology transfer between CDC and member laboratories; coordinates planning processes and program development for meetings, including a biennial national TB conference, and routine conference calls; collaborates with CDC to convene training programs; and works to further the mission of APHL . The Professional, HHST works in close collaboration with the Infectious Disease (ID) team members and other APHL staff, CDC’s Divisions of Tuberculosis Elimination (DTBE), HIV and AIDS Prevention (DHAP), Viral Hepatitis (DVH) and STD Prevention (DSTDP), and state and local member laboratories on activities aimed at improving and assuring quality testing. The position supports the Association's HIV/ Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB subcommittees under the direction of the Infectious Diseases Committee. The Professional, HHST reports to the Manager, HHST (HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB) under the overall leadership of the Director of Infectious Diseases. The staff person will be located in the APHL Silver Spring office.

Duties & Responsibilities Committees, Subcommittees and Workgroups

Serve as the staff liaison which includes scientific and logistical support to the TB subcommittee and any related subcommittees or workgroups in coordination with the subcommittee chair(s): Organize planning calls with chair and conference calls with groups including development of agenda, arranging calls and sending relevant information ahead of calls Take notes and perform transcription of minutes, and facilitate action items and the completion of deliverables. Develop communications and guidance documents, Plan and facilitate in-person meetings, Manage the process of policy statement development and approval, Maintain SharePoint Site and otherwise facilitating information exchange among subcommittee members, Serves as staff administrative support to provide logistical support to the HIV/Viral Hepatitis and STD Subcommittee and any related workgroups in coordination with the Manager, HHST: Assist with arranging calls and sending relevant information ahead of calls Take notes and perform transcription of minutes, and facilitate action items and the completion of deliverables. Assist in the development of communications and guidance documents, Assist in the planning and facilitation of in-person meetings, Maintain SharePoint Sites and otherwise facilitating information exchange among subcommittee members. Project and Contract Management

Coordinate and facilitate evaluations, studies and other program activities in coordination with the Manager, HHST programs, for projects in collaboration with CDC and APHL member public health laboratories. Including but not limited to project plans, organizing calls, monitoring project progress, reviewing final reports and drafting summary reports. Anticipated Projects Include: Whole genome sequencing of primary diagnostic cultures for Mycobacterium tuberculosis Establishing a Quality Control Range for Gentamicin Susceptibility Testing of Neisseria gonorrhoeae Reference Centers for HIV and HCV Nucleic Acid Testing and TB Drug Susceptibility Testing Specimen Repositories for Viral Hepatitis and Syphilis Assist with the processes associated with requests for proposals including development of the RFP, organizing informational calls, collecting applications, assisting with selection and communications to awarded and non-awarded applicants. General contract administration activities for all HHST projects including but not limited to contract writing, processing payments, and verifying deliverables and communications with contracted entities and federal partners. Anticipated Contract Administration Tasks include: Reference Centers and Projects mentioned above Support for TB Clinical Trials Consortium Laboratory testing Participates in the development, distribution, monitoring and follow-up of survey completion, Analyzes survey data using Microsoft Excel, generates descriptive tables, charts and texts, Assist with the preparation of APHL-CDC cooperative agreement funding proposal and reports annually, Assist with the preparation of APHL reports, budgets and supplemental funding requests.

Meeting and Conference Support

Facilitates activities associated with convening national conferences, training courses, meetings or seminars. Activities may include but are not limited to agenda development, conference call facilitation, travel coordination, preparing documentation, hotel contracts, procuring supplies and catering. Examples of anticipated meetings include: Subcommittee in-person meetings (10-15 persons) National Consultations (travel 10-15, 30-35 attendees) National Conferences (travel 10-60 persons, 100+ attendees) Communications

Participates in the preparation of documents, reports, articles, blogs, presentations and correspondence for the Association on HHST related activities and policies for self and others to deliver at relevant meetings. This position collaborations with Communications to create online content (blog, social media posts, podcasts) for national public health days such as World TB Day, National HIV Testing Day, etc. Develop and disseminate information through updates on program website, SharePoint, weekly E-Update and newsletter, Lab Matters, and other communication avenues. Serve as a scientific resource for other internal staff in the communications, marketing, policy and other departments. Prepares presentations about the Association's HHST activities to deliver at conferences and seminars. Attends scientific symposia on behalf of the association.

Personal and Professional Growth

Maintain proficiency in microbiology practices through participation in Continuing Education opportunities, reviewing scientific literature, and working with technical experts at CDC, member public health laboratories, and clinical laboratories.

Team Collaboration and APHL Representation

Participate in internal ID staff team meetings. Provide support to the Infectious Disease Committee and associated subgroups. Provides customer service by responding to public health laboratories inquiries about HHST activities. Provide support for the planning of HHST meetings, conferences, webinars and conference calls. Represent the organization as requested in external initiatives, advisory committees, and federal, state and private stakeholder meetings to promote the value of HHST activities in public health laboratories. Seeks and pursues opportunities to improve APHL's efforts pertaining to TB laboratory diagnostics. These efforts incorporate but are not limited to the activities outlined in APHL's Cooperative Agreement with CDC. Public Policy

In concert with APHL’s Public Policy, Communications and ID staff:

Monitor regulatory actions and convey to the members those items that are relevant to public health laboratory practice. Review and contribute to APHL’s comments on federal legislations as it pertains to HHST activities. Review federal and national funding opportunity announcements for public health preparedness and response and provide timely and relevant guidance to state and local public health laboratories eligible for such funds. Assist with developing communications materials to promote the role of public health laboratories Employment Standards- Education and Experience Specialist

Bachelor’s degree required in life science/laboratory field and 2-5 years of relevant employment history; Master’s Degree in public health or life science preferred Advanced technical training or Master’s degree may be substituted for work experience. Health department, federal agency, member- based organization, or laboratory field experience preferred. Senior Specialist

This is considered a career level position Bachelor’s degree required in life science/laboratory field and a minimum of 5 years of relevant employment history; Master’s Degree in public health or life science preferred and can be substituted for work experience. Health department, federal agency, member- based organization, or laboratory field experience preferred.

General activities undertaken at membership- based organizations, federal agencies, or state and local health departments. Fluency with Microsoft Office Suite including, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook required, familiarity with SharePoint preferred Public health and infectious disease policy issues The Specialist requires knowledge of microbiology and/or molecular laboratory science, a basic understanding of diagnostic testing methods used in the United States including tuberculosis, HIV, Viral Hepatitis and sexually transmitted infections. The Senior Specialist requires substantial knowledge of microbiology and/or molecular laboratory science, a working knowledge of diagnostic testing methods used in the United States including tuberculosis, HIV, Viral Hepatitis and sexually transmitted infections ideally with practical experience in one of these areas. Knowledge •General activities undertaken at membership- based organizations, federal agencies, or state and local health departments. •Fluency with Microsoft Office Suite including, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook required, familiarity with SharePoint preferred •Public health and infectious disease policy issues •The Specialist requires knowledge of microbiology and/or molecular laboratory science, a basic understanding of diagnostic testing methods used in the United States including tuberculosis, HIV, Viral Hepatitis and sexually transmitted infections. •The Senior Specialist requires substantial knowledge of microbiology and/or molecular laboratory science, a working knowledge of diagnostic testing methods used in the United States including tuberculosis, HIV, Viral Hepatitis and sexually transmitted infections ideally with practical experience in one of these areas. Skills Specialist • Project and time management skills required with ability to track and maintain progress toward project deadlines and objectives. • Strong written and verbal communication skills • Attention to detail • Excellent interpersonal and customer relation skills • Computer literacy, successful experience in word processing, data analysis presentation preparation, and use of e-mail

Senior Specialist • Strong project management skills required with demonstrated organizational and time management skills and proven ability to handle multiple competing priorities simultaneously • Strong written and verbal communication skills • Attention to detail • Excellent interpersonal and customer relation skills • Computer literacy, successful experience in word processing, data analysis presentation preparation, and use of e-mail Abilities Specialist • Demonstrated capability to deliver multiple high- quality products under tight deadlines • Ability to work independently, organize work projects and complete tasks within assigned timeframes • Ability to apply sound judgement to carry out instructions furnished in written or verbal form. • Ability to work well with changing priorities and on teams • Ability to travel within the United States

Senior Specialist • Demonstrated capability to deliver multiple high- quality products under tight deadlines • Self-Directed; ability to set and work under deadlines, highly organized • Ability to apply sound judgement to carry out instructions furnished in written or verbal form. • Ability to establish working relationships with diverse personalities and groups • Ability to work well with changing priorities and on teams • Ability to travel within the United States Special Requirements Moderate amount of travel required within the United States (up to 25%) 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 Manager, HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Programs 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.

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Closing Date: 12/2/2019
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Contact Name: Human Resources,  Professional, HHST
Contact Location: 8515 Georgia Avenue

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