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Job Title: Chief Epidemiologist
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Organization: Philadelphia Department of Public Health
Posted: 7/21/2020
Type: Full-Time
Classification: Epidemiology
Industry: Government
Number of Openings: 1
Location: Philadelphia,  PA    USA
Compensation: Commensurate with experience
Position Description: This senior leadership position will be responsible for acquiring and analyzing health data, communicating results of those analyses, and developing strategic data use and analysis strategies. The successful candidate will have strong epidemiologic expertise and strength in data analysis and interpretation. The Chief Epidemiologist must be a strong communicator comfortable directing staff, making community presentations, and working with diverse academic and research partners. The Chief Epidemiologist will not have primary responsibility for epidemiologic tracking of COVID-19 or control of this epidemic, but he/she will collaborate with and support other epidemiologists carrying this out. This position requires occasional evening or weekend work. This position reports directly to the Health Commissioner.

Essential Functions:

- Acquire new public health data sets that can inform public health strategy for the agency. - Lead epidemiologic analyses of data sets on a wide range of health topics, either directly or through subordinate staff or staff that report indirectly to this role in a matrixed structure. - Lead writing of reports summarizing analyses for various audiences, including medical and public health professionals, policymakers, the press, and the general public. - Develop, in consultation with internal and external stakeholders, high-level public health strategy and planning documents, including the Community Health Needs Assessment, the Community Health Improvement Plan, and the agency’s Strategic Plan. - Train and consult to other epidemiologists in the agency on novel epidemiologic methods and analyses. - Represent the Health Commissioner and/or Philadelphia Department of Public Health to diverse internal and external constituencies with a high degree of professionalism. - Lead various agency committees on topics including data quality, security, sharing, or related topics. - Organize, facilitate, and participate in meetings of stakeholder groups to identify needs and build consensus and collaboration. - Manage and coach a staff of 2-5 direct reports. - Develop, manage, and administer a budget. - Seek grants and other partnerships and manage ongoing grants. - Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications: Education and Experience:

- Completion of graduate degree(s) from an accredited institution(s) of higher education in medicine, public health, or a closely related field. - Master’s degree required, doctoral degree preferred. - At least five years’ experience in epidemiology, research, and/or public health. - At least two years’ experience working in federal, state, tribal, or local health departments.

Competencies, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

- Advanced skills in use of various data analysis software tools and analyzing various types of public health data. - Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, including presentation skills making the results of complex public health analyses easily understandable by non-expert audiences. - Ability to supervise others and manage projects that require contributions of others. - Ability to mentor less experienced staff in epidemiologic analyses and presentation of results. - Ability to successfully collaborate with others within and outside the Department of Public Health on epidemiologic projects. - A record of publications that communicate complex health analyses clearly. - A commitment to high professional ethical standards and a diverse workplace.

Organization Description: The Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH), with 1,500 staff and a budget of $350 million, promotes and protects the health of all Philadelphians and provides a safety net for the most vulnerable. The agency leads programs to prevent communicable diseases; prevent chronic diseases and promote healthy behaviors; prevent environmental health risks and injuries; investigate outbreaks of disease; respond to public health emergencies; and promote the health of women, children, and families. In addition, the department operates eight primary care clinics. PDPH has been on the vanguard of public health, proposing policy solutions to problems like smoking and obesity, and intends to continue that tradition with creative solutions to both long-standing urban health problems and new crises.

Closing Date: 10/21/2020
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Contact Name: Cheryl Reilly,  Chief Epidemiologist
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Philadelphia   PA  
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How to Apply: Please submit a cover letter and resume with your application. Applications without all required documents will not be considered.

Additional Information: Did you know?

We are a Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program qualified employer Employees are eligible for a 25% tuition discount program (and sometimes spouses and dependents as well) in partnership with area colleges and universities We offer comprehensive health coverage for employees and their eligible dependents Our wellness program offers eligibility into the discounted medical plan Employees receive paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays Generous retirement savings options are available Successful candidate must be a city of Philadelphia resident within six months of hire

The City of Philadelphia is an Equal Opportunity employer and does not permit discrimination based on race, ethnicity, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, source of income, familial status, genetic information or domestic or sexual violence victim status. If you believe you were discriminated against, call the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations at 215-686- 4670 or send an email to For more information, go to: Human Relations Website: fault.aspx

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