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Job Title: Zoonotic & Emerging Diseases Investigations Lead/Subject Matter Expert (Project/
Job Number: 2024SD20852
Organization: Public Health - Seattle & King County
Posted: 1/19/2024
Type: Full-Time
Classification: Epidemiology
Industry: Government
Number of Openings: 1
Location: Seattle,  WA    USA
Compensation: $96,699.20 - $122,574.40 Annually
Position Description: Summary The Communicable Disease Epidemiology and Immunization (CD-Imms) section resides within the Prevention Division at Public Health – Seattle & King County. The CD-Imms section focuses on three major functions: Disease Surveillance, Case Investigation, and Intervention. The section is led by the Chief and the Deputy Chief and is composed of 4 teams: Investigations, Analytics and Informatics, Immunization and Administration. We are a large skilled, passionate team of ~75 FTEs that oversees the 65+ reportable diseases and conditions (excluding TB, STIs and HIV) from healthcare professionals and laboratories in King County. Some of our work includes investigating cases and identifying other exposed persons requiring follow up; analyzing disease report data and trends to identity opportunities for disease prevention; monitor emergency department visits for indications of outbreaks or biological terrorism; conduct influenza surveillance year-round. We also lead immunization strategies to increase vaccine uptake especially among school age children and high-risk groups. Cross-collaboration across teams is central to our workflow and each team supports one another to achieve the objectives of the section.

This position is responsible for a broad range of activities, including ensuring the timeliness and quality of communicable disease investigation and response activities; developing and updating protocols and tools for disease investigation, outbreak management, data collection, and entry of data into surveillance databases; quality improvement efforts; supervision of multidisciplinary staff; training and development of staff; managing internal and external communications related to disease investigation and control; supporting the development of community partnerships; identifying funding opportunities and providing grant oversight; and administrative duties as assigned.

This Program Lead will be a Subject Matter Expert (SME) for zoonotic, vector-borne, and emerging infections, and will have knowledge of epidemiology, clinical characteristics, transmission, control measures, and prevention recommendations in humans and animals. This position will be responsible for staff supervision; training, directing, and overseeing case and outbreak investigations; response and prevention activities; and grant activities related to zoonotic, vector-borne, and emerging infections. This position will provide oversight and backup coverage to other Program Leads on all communicable disease investigations, response, and training activities (including vaccine preventable diseases, foodborne and enteric diseases, viral hepatitis [Hepatitis A, B, D, and E], COVID-19, and healthcare-associated infections). The PPM III Zoonotic and Emerging Diseases Investigations Lead will participate in after-hours call coverage, approximately 6 to 8 weeks per This position is non-represented and is not eligible for overtime.

This position reports to the managers for the Communicable Disease Investigation, Outreach, Response and Education (IORE) team [Public Health Veterinarian (PHV), Public Health Services Supervisor (PHSS), and Project/Program Manager IV (PPM IV)] and works collaboratively with the Section’s other Program Leads, Program Managers, Public Health Veterinarians, Medical Epidemiologists, Analytics and Informatics Team, Immunization Team, and Administration Team.

Qualifications: Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills Demonstrated skills and subject matter expertise in communicable disease epidemiology, clinical characteristics, surveillance systems, overseeing and directing disease investigations and control measures Background in public health, health education, nursing, health services, veterinary, clinical, or related fields Experience in a supervisory, mentorship, or leadership role Experience with program management, planning, development, continuous quality improvement, and evaluation Experience with data collection, monitoring data quality, and interpreting and reporting on data, and attention to detail Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with others, including working as a part of a multidisciplinary team Demonstrated knowledge and ability to incorporate principles of equity and social justice into program work, including working with diverse populations (race, ethnicity, gender, ability, age, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status) in a culturally competent manner. Demonstrated skills with independent decision-making, while understanding limitations of job role and elevating decision-making as needed in the absence of guidance from federal, state, and local agencies Ability to manage multiple competing priorities and projects under a rapidly changing environment, with the ability to plan and prioritize effectively in this environment Ability to interpret and adapt public health guidance to various settings Strong organization, facilitation, and coordination skills Demonstrated skill in managing grants and contracts, including tracking deliverables Demonstrated ability to create, compose, and edit written materials Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing with experience preparing and presenting written and visual communications for both lay audiences and healthcare professionals, including presentations, brochures, fact sheets, blogs, press releases, website material, healthcare alerts, scientific manuals, newsletters, and articles Public Health relies on office automation (Microsoft Office 365), other web enabled tools, and multiple large databases. Candidates must be proficient and comfortable with computer use to perform essential functions of the position. Ability to travel between sites on a regular basis in a timely manner Desired Qualifications: Subject matter expertise experience in zoonotic, vector-borne, and emerging infectious diseases investigations and outbreaks is highly desired Experience with direct supervision of staff, including hiring, training, performance evaluations, and coaching Experience or knowledge in a local or state public health practice setting Experience in leadership with oversight of multidisciplinary teams Knowledge of county hiring and contracting procedures highly desirable Experience with community engagement Demonstrated skill in grant writing Demonstrated ability to learn and comprehend new and complex bodies of knowledge efficiently Bilingual and/or bicultural

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Closing Date: 4/25/2024
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Contact Name: Sarah Dunkinson,  Zoonotic & Emerging Diseases Investigations Lead/Subject Matter Expert (Project/
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If you are interested in pursuing this position, please follow the application instructions carefully. If you need this announcement in an alternate language or format, would like to request accommodation or assistance in the application or assessment process or if you have questions please contact the recruiter listed on this job announcement.

Application Process: If you are interested in pursuing this position, please follow the application instructions carefully. If you need this announcement in an alternate language or format, would like to request accommodation or assistance in the application or assessment process or if you have questions please contact the recruiter listed on this job announcement. The following items are required to be considered for this vacancy: NeoGov Job Application (The responses on your job application should be thorough and complete and will be used in the screening process) Supplemental Questions (The responses to the supplemental questions should be thorough and complete and will be used in the screening process) Your application may be rejected as incomplete if you do not include the relevant information in the application. Cover letters and/or resumes are not accepted in lieu of a completed application. Applications and/or Supplemental Questionnaires that state "see my resume" or "see my personnel file" are considered incomplete and will not be accepted.

Necessary Special Requirements: The selection process may include evaluation of application materials and supplemental questions, interviewing, and testing. You must completely fill out the application with your relevant education and work experience. The selected candidate must be able to pass a thorough background investigation, but findings may not necessarily disqualify an applicant for employment. For more information on our selection process, please refer to For tips on interviewing, please visit mployees/learning-and- development/Interview_Tips.ashx?la=en. Employees are required to protect the privacy and security of protected health information as defined in State and Federal Law. Public Health relies on office automation (Microsoft Office) and web-based enabled tools, therefore candidates must be proficient and comfortable with computer use to perform functions associated with on-going work. Employees are required to adhere to OSHA/WISHA guidelines including but not limited to completing their mandatory trainings on time and obtaining required immunizations. Regular and reliable attendance, effective communication skills, and development of effective working relationships are requirements of all Public Health positions. When Public Health responds to an emergency, and in accordance with relevant CBA language and/or KC policy and procedures, we may assign duties outside your regular job description. This may involve responding at any time, including nights and weekends, with possible deployment to locations other than the department. If you need a disability accommodation in the application or testing process, please call the contact number listed on the job announcement.

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