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Job Title: Biological Administrator II - SES (Acute Investigations Manager)
Job Number: 64002375
Organization: Florida Department of Health
Posted: 11/27/2023
Type: Full-Time
Classification: Epidemiology
Industry: Government
Number of Openings: 1
Location: Tallahassee,  FL    USA
Position Description: Coordinates, supervises, and mentors the Regional Epidemiologist-Laboratory Liaison (“RELL”) professionals in epidemiologic investigations, providing expert consultations and technical assistance for County Health Departments (CHD) Epidemiology Program staff in planning, coordinating, and developing “state of the art” capabilities in the prevention, surveillance, epidemiologic investigation, and control of acute infectious diseases within their CHD disease prevention and control programs. Responsible for supervision of staff, including appraisals, planning and directing their work, approving leave, and having the authority for hiring and taking disciplinary action or effectively recommending such actions.

Supervises direct reports, including motivating, training, providing guidance, and direction. Develops expectations and meets with staff regularly to discuss performance, complete performance reviews, and disciplinary action, if needed. Maintains vacation and work schedules to ensure proper coverage and completes timesheets. Ensures all staff complete required training and are offered additional training.

Provides technical assistance to CHDs by developing capabilities for rapid, evidence-based investigation of cases, clusters, and epidemic outbreaks of acute infectious diseases; interpreting guidelines in specific situations to protect contacts and the community at large initially; organizing competent and timely prevention and control procedures in investigations of epidemic outbreaks and other emergencies; and participating in special studies and investigations.

Provides epidemiological consultation, technical assistance, and training to enhance or improve the performance, quality, and results of existing communicable disease prevention, surveillance, investigation, and response systems. Specific areas of emphasis will be improving the performance and quality of infection prevention and control practices, including the reporting of notifiable diseases and adverse events by health care providers and laboratories; scientific reviews and prioritization of CHD reports for notifiable diseases and CHD submissions to EpiCom; interpretation of laboratory results and collection of appropriate laboratory specimens; follow-up of suspect cases and contacts to elicit diagnostic information and implement control measures; assistance to the Surveillance Section on the maintenance of computerized databases and quality reviews for accuracy; and timeliness of reporting to the state Bureau of Epidemiology.

Participates in program planning, implementation, and evaluation of guidelines, policies, and procedures developed for the statewide Communicable Disease Control Program; assists with developing, implementing, reporting, and publishing special epidemiological studies.

Serves as a technical resource person in the areas of disease surveillance, investigation, control and reporting, epidemiologic practices, and the prevention and control of infectious diseases for public and private providers; participates in the development of research projects, program reviews, quality performance evaluation; and serves on selected panels and committees.

Acts as liaison between the state and county health departments in interpreting state policies, advising of program changes, and communicating concerns, issues, and resource needs found at the local level.

Collaborates with various professional organizations, associations, universities, institutions, schools of nursing, medicine and public health, and other related interests to further enhance the epidemiologic capabilities of the state Bureau of Epidemiology Communicable Disease Control Program.

Prepares technical reports, summaries of investigations, and scientific papers and performs related work as required.

Participate as requested to share on-call duty assignments with other staff to provide continuous 24-hour telephone coverage for the Bureau of Epidemiology. Weekly assignments will occur approximately every 4 to 6 weeks, depending upon the number of staff involved. The incumbent will be expected to be available to accept all incoming after-hour (5 pm to 8 pm) weekday, weekend, and holiday calls, assess the urgency of each call, and provide an appropriate response. On occasion, a regarding selected “Hot Button” diseases (i.e., exposure to rabies, suspect botulism or bacterial meningitis case) or a community-wide emergency (i.e., foodborne outbreak, hurricane, tornado, bioterrorism alert) will require extensive follow-up and coordination with other agencies, etc. that is beyond the scope of the on-call assignment.

Is available for indeterminate periods, as needed, for disaster response.

Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications: Preferred:

Four (4) years of public health experience in infectious disease investigations Master’s Degree or higher Two (2) years of management experience

Organization Description:

Closing Date: 2/29/2024
Desired Starting Date:
Contact Name: Megan Gumke,   Biological Administrator II - SES (Acute Investigations Manager)
Contact Location:

United States
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  United States
Contact Phone: 850-901-6901 
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How to Apply: BIOLOGICAL-ADMINISTRATOR-II-SES-64002375-FL- 32301/1101713000/

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