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Job Title: Epidemiologist III
Job Number: 509368
Organization: Texas Dept of State Health Services
Posted: 1/13/2022
Type: Full-Time
Classification: Epidemiology
Industry: Government
Number of Openings: 1
Location: Austin,  TX    USA
Compensation: $4,598.66 - $6,065.71
Position Description: Job Description: Under the direction of the HIV Epidemiology and Surveillance Group Manager, acts as HIV Cluster Detection and Response (CDR) team lead; Develops and manages data and processes to direct the Molecular HIV Surveillance project and cluster detection and response activities statewide. Initiates, plans and oversees CDR investigations- including molecular, time/space and DIS identified clusters. Collaborates closely with local and regional surveillance sites providing training, technical assistance and monitoring performance to ensure timeliness, consistency and accuracy of reporting and data collection related to cluster detection and response. Works collaboratively and consults with diverse partners contributing to cluster detection and response surveillance in Texas, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Health Resource Service Administration (HRSA), local and regional health departments, community-based organizations, and public and commercial laboratories. Performs highly advanced level epidemiological work within the HIV/STD/HCV Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit. Performs advanced statistical analyses using statistical software, interprets results, and writes articles, reports, presentations and grant proposals related to HIV/STD/HCV epidemiology and surveillance. Communicates with external partners and prepares information for release to the public on cluster detection and response. Uses SAS, Access, the enhanced HIV/AIDS Reporting System (eHARS), TB\HIV\STD Integrated System (THISIS), Tableau and various other software applications or databases to manage and analyze data. Contributes to epidemiologic reports disseminated to the DSHS and the public, public health and medical communities. Essential Job Functions: Attends work on a regular and predictable schedule in accordance with agency leave policy and performs other duties assigned.

(35%) Acts as the HIV Cluster Detection and Response team lead for DSHS and serves as the senior subject matter expert in cluster detection and response. Coordinates with staff in central office; including HIV surveillance, HIV prevention, HIV care services, and HIV\STD public health follow up; and at the local and regional health departments, including Program managers, Front Line Supervisors, Disease Intervention Specialists and HIV Surveillance staff to ensure that cluster response activities are swift, uniform, and effective at preventing onward transmission of HIV. The surveillance CDR team-lead also collaborates with HIV planners and community members to ensure that findings from cluster response activities are used to enhance our understanding of the population at risk and aid in ending the HIV epidemic. Develops and maintains cluster response procedures and determines priority and activities needed for each cluster investigation.

(25%) Manages and maintains all molecular HIV surveillance (MHS) data reports from laboratories reported from drug resistance testing. Coordinates data quality assurance (QA) for the MHS project and ensure timely match and import into eHARS and THISIS. Ensures that all data received for the MHS program meets established QA standards prior to providing data on community drug resistance to CDC or State epidemiologist.

(15%) Analyses molecular data using Secure HIV TRACE, SAS and Microbe TRACE analysis software to identify clusters of HIV with traits indicative of recent and rapid transmission. Merges the molecular cluster data with partner services, testing history, surveillance, and other data sources to determine which interventions may be needed at the individual and cluster level.

(10%) Analyzes data and prepares administrative reports, studies, charts and training materials that meet the needs of the Section’s professional staff, providers, and community planning groups on cluster detection as well as relevant findings for prevention and care gaps. Develops and disseminates reports for laboratories participating in cluster detection and response and using the data to drive public health intervention.

(5%) Consults with managers on grant applications regarding cluster detection and response activities and works with the administrative and budget specialists to obtain federal funding for those activities.

(5%) Participates in public health gatherings (e.g. HIV/STD Conferences, CDC, HIV prevention planning groups, etc.) and provides technical information to a wide variety of public health professionals.

(5%) Performs other duties as assigned, including but 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 (COOP) activation. Such participation may require an alternate shift pattern assignment and/or location.

Qualifications: Knowledge Skills Abilities: Knowledge of the principles, practices and concepts of surveillance activities Knowledge of the principles of genetics Knowledge of the principles and methods of epidemiology and related biostatistics Knowledge of the concepts of public health practice Knowledge of local, state and federal statutes impacting surveillance activities Knowledge of preventive health services and current social and economic problems, community inter-relationships and risk behavior associated with the transmission of HIV and STD Knowledge of quality assurance and quality control methods for databases Knowledge of scientific or technical writing Knowledge of HIV testing methods

Skill in analysis and expert skill in Excel, Microsoft Access, SAS, and Tableau or similar statistical software for data management and analysis Ability to plan, conduct, and report on epidemiological investigations Ability to plan, assign and supervise the work of others. Ability to prepare reports and procedural flow charts to support program planning and implementation of Cluster Detection and Response Ability to prepare reports and procedural flow charts to support program planning and implementation of cluster detection and response. Ability to train others regarding quality data collection and entry Ability to interpret surveillance guidance and research protocols Ability to program SAS macros and arrays Ability to work with local and state health agency personnel and allied groups Ability to provide leadership and organizational advice to cluster detection and response sites throughout the state Registration or Licensure Requirements: None Initial Selection Criteria: Graduation from a four-year college or university with major course work in social science, computer science, statistical analysis, behavioral science and/or biostatistics. Four years of data analysis experience required. Years of experience in applicable public health programs such as chronic or infectious disease may substitute for education on a year-by-year basis. Experience in the development, data extraction, and maintenance of databases. Experience in public health and infectious disease control preferred. Experience with programming in statistical software. Familiarity with SAS preferred. Knowledge and experience with survey development, data collection, statistical analyses, and data dissemination processes. Experience with writing and reviewing statistical reports and making presentations. Experience leading a team or project.

Organization Description: Texas DSHS is the Public Health Agency for the state of Texas.

In addition to rewarding, meaningful work, DSHS offers a variety of benefits, which can be found at at-a-Glance, and generous leave based on years of service. A list of State of Texas holidays is available at: Occasional overtime and extended hours may be required. Must be legally authorized to work in the U.S. without sponsorship.

SALARY NOTE: Any employment offer is contingent upon available budgeted funds. The offered salary will be determined in accordance with budgetary limits and the requirements of HHSC Human Resources Manual Chapter 7. MOS Code: Note: There may be no military occupation(s) that relate to the initial selection criteria and registration or licensure requirements for this position. All active duty military, reservists, guardsmen, and veterans are encouraged to apply if qualified to fill this position. For more information see the Texas State Auditor’s Military Crosswalk at bDescriptions.aspx.

Closing Date: 4/13/2022
Desired Starting Date:
Contact Name: Analise Monterosso,  Epidemiologist III
Contact Location: P.O. Box 149347, MC 1873

Austin   TX  78714
United States
Contact Location: P.O. Box 149347, MC 1873
  Austin   TX  78714
  United States
Contact Phone: 254-291-4171 
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