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Job Title: Epidemiologist III - Immunizations Epi Team Lead
Job Number: 458928
Organization: Texas Department of State Health Services
Posted: 7/20/2020
Type: Full-Time
Classification: Epidemiology
Industry: Government
Number of Openings: 1
Location: Austin,  TX    USA
Compensation: $4,598.66 - $6,065.71
Position Description: The Epidemiologist III is responsible for performing complex epidemiologic work. This position initiates, designs, plans, conducts, supervises, and directs epidemiological analysis of data related to vaccination coverage levels, vaccine- preventable diseases (VPD), and Infectious Disease & Prevention (IDP) program and systems analyses. Acts as subject matter expert on immunizations and coordinates with other state and federal agencies on all matters related to immunizations. Addresses inquiries from (consults with) physicians, health care facilities, state and national organizations, public health officials, and the general public regarding the vaccines, the immunization schedule, and immunization coverage. Prepares oral and written presentations describing the epidemiology vaccination coverage level data and other immunization-related data. Serves as lead for the immunization epidemiology team. Duties performed under limited supervision with extensive latitude for use of initiative and independent judgment.

Qualifications: Initial Selection Criteria: 1.Master’s degree in public health, epidemiology, biostatistics, or related field. Clinical or doctoral degrees in related programs may be substituted. 2.Four years of epidemiological or analytical work experience in a public health, clinical, or research setting. 3.4.Use of Excel, Access, GIS, SAS, SPSS, or other statistical software packages, SAS preferred.

Organization Description: Immunization Unit- The goals of the DSHS Immunization Unit are to eliminate the spread of vaccine preventable diseases by increasing vaccine coverage for Texans, raising awareness of the diseases that vaccines prevent, and educating the public about vaccine safety. We do this through administration of the Texas Immunization Registry (ImmTrac2), which provides access to immunization records, establishment of school immunization rules, and administration of the Texas Vaccines for Children and Adult Safety Net programs, which provide low-cost vaccines to eligible children and adults.

Closing Date: 10/20/2020
Desired Starting Date:
Contact Name: Holly Hughes Garza,  Epidemiologist III
Contact Location:

    78750
United States
Contact Location:
 
      78750
  United States
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Contact Email: imm.epi@dshs.texas.gov
Web Address: https://jobshrportal.hhsc.state.tx.us/ENG/careerportal/job_profile.cfm?szOrderID=458928
How to Apply: online jobs portal https://jobshrportal.hhsc.state.tx.us/ENG/car eerportal/job_profile.cfm?szOrderID=458928

Additional Information: Essential Job Functions: Attends work regularly in accordance with agency leave policy.

(35%) Epidemiology team lead. Initiates analysis, planning, developing, coordinating, and conducting specific epidemiological investigations or studies. Analyzes immunization coverage data from a multitude of sources. Prepares vaccination coverage summary reports using Word, Access, SAS, SQL, Tableau, ArcGIS, PowerPoint, and/or Excel. Compiles data for immunization program performance measures, indicators, outputs, efficiencies, and immunization forecasting. Directs the activities of the other epidemiologists on the team. Assists and supports with the immunization forecaster in the immunization information system (IIS).

(25%) Program evaluation. Evaluates programs by analyzing program data, program operations and outcomes, and funding allocation. Contributes to the design, implementation, and evaluation processes. Evaluates interventions intended to increase immunization coverage levels. Provides technical assistance for small-area analysis of immunization coverage. Assists in coordinating needs assessment activities for Immunization Unit funded programs. Conducts quality assurance (QA) reviews of immunization program activities. Analyzes immunization agreements for which epidemiological, research and/or program evaluation components are required. Produces written reports, analyses, and presentations appropriate for the target audience.

(25%) Oral and written communications activities. Serves as subject matter expert on vaccines, data analysis, and the immunization schedule. Provides epidemiologic consultations to medical and public health professionals on vaccine- preventable diseases. Prepares information for dissemination via the Immunization Unit website or to the Agency's Office of Communication. Responds to requests from the media. Prepares written manuscripts for publication in peer-review journals. Using PowerPoint and other presentation tools, prepares and conducts oral presentations on immunization topics to various audiences including medical providers, epidemiologists, and health department staff. Provides information to the general public and news media.

(10%) Program planning. Assists the ACE group and other Immunization Unit Group managers with establishing priorities for the team; then implements them. Assesses training needs and makes recommendations for training; may provide on-the-job training and assist less experienced staff with the more complex issues and/or situations. Attends and provides input at meetings pertaining to work assignment. Arranges for the use of epidemiological data with the Infectious Disease Control Unit (IDCU), other agencies, other states, and national organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

(5%) Other Duties as Assigned Other duties as assigned include but are not limited to actively participating and/or serving in a supporting role to meet the agency’s obligations for disaster response and/or recovery or Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) activation. Such participation may require an alternate shift pattern assignment and/or location. Knowledge Skills Abilities: Knowledge of epidemiological methods; knowledge of the natural history of vaccine-preventable diseases; knowledge of database management and data and statistical analyses, knowledge of immunizations.

Skilled in the use of software relevant to database management (Excel and Access) and statistical and epidemiologic analyses (ArcGIS, R, SAS, SPSS, SQL, Stata, and/or SUDAAN). Skilled in problem solving. Skilled in Microsoft Office products (Word, PowerPoint).

Ability to establish goals and objectives; to evaluate policies and procedures; to present technical information to a variety of individuals and groups; to work effectively with all people; to train others; to assimilate complex epidemiological concepts and to communicate these effectively in an easily understood format both orally and in writing; to meet deadlines.

Web Site Delete Date: 10/20/2020