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Job Title: Project Program Manager III - Foodborne/Enteric Disease Investigations Lead/SME
Job Number: 2024ML21276
Organization: Public Health - Seattle & King County
Posted: 3/6/2024
Type: Full-Time
Classification: Epidemiology
Industry: Government
Number of Openings: 1
Location: Seattle,  WA   
Compensation: $48.35 - $61.28 Hourly
Position Description: This Program Lead will be a Subject Matter Expert (SME) on foodborne and enteric diseases, including surveillance, case and outbreak investigations, response and prevention activities, and relevant grant activities related to foodborne and enteric disease. This Program Lead will have primary responsibility for day-to-day operations, including management of investigations across foodborne/enteric diseases, and ensuring the timeliness and quality of disease investigation and response activities and data collection. This position is also responsible for developing protocols, internal and external communications, oversight, and backup coverage to other Program Leads and investigations on all communicable disease investigation, response and training activities (including healthcare associated infections, vaccine preventable diseases, foodborne and enteric diseases, viral hepatitis, zoonotics, COVID-19, emerging infectious diseases) and other administrative duties as assigned. They will also participate in after-hours (evenings, night, weekends, and holidays) on-call coverage (approximately 6 to 8 weeks per year). 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.

About The Communicable Disease Epidemiology and Immunization (CD-Imms) section within the Prevention Division:

The Communicable Disease Epidemiology and Immunization (CD-Imms) section resides within the Prevention Division in Public Health – Seattle & King County. The CD-Imms section focuses on three major functions: disease surveillance and data communication, case investigation, and disease prevention and control. The section is led by the Chief, Deputy Chief, and Health Services Administrator, and is composed of 4 teams: Investigations, Analytics and Informatics, Immunization, and Administration. We are a large skilled, passionate team of ~100 FTEs that respond to reports from healthcare providers and laboratories of the 65+ reportable diseases and conditions (excluding TB, STIs and HIV) in King County. Our work includes investigating cases and identifying other exposed persons requiring follow up; monitoring and analyzing surveillance data for trends to identity opportunities for disease prevention; coordinating with community partners to conduct outreach to populations affected by communicable disease. We also lead immunization strategies to increase vaccine uptake especially among school age children and groups at high risk of severe outcomes. Cross-collaboration across teams is central to our workflow and each team supports one another to achieve the objectives of the section. Job Duties Provide supervision, training, and oversight of program activities:

Supervise a multidisciplinary team, including hiring, onboarding, training, coaching, mentoring, developing, and constructively and fairly evaluating staff with a variety of backgrounds and experience. Develop and implement strategies for case/outbreak investigation and response activities, including providing oversight and direction for staff conducting disease investigations, and ensuring quality and timeliness of investigation activities. Lead/facilitate team meetings, and coordinate disease control activities of assigned staff, as well as with other project or program leads in Public Health. In collaboration with other CD-Imms Section members, communicate pertinent information and data, including summarizing investigations, outbreaks, and response activities, to Public Health leadership, colleagues, healthcare providers, and the public. Coordinate and oversee Foodborne and Enteric Diseases activities: Serve as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) on foodborne and enteric diseases, including surveillance, case and outbreak investigations, response and prevention activities, and relevant grant activities related to foodborne and enteric disease. Provide direction and oversight for a multi- disciplinary team of staff conducting foodborne and enteric diseases investigations. Develop and implement strategies for conducting quality and timely Foodborne and Enteric Diseases case and outbreak investigations, including outreach and education activities. Lead/facilitate team meetings to coordinate Foodborne and Enteric Diseases activities and projects of assigned staff, within and across teams. Coordinate and participate in Foodborne and Enteric Diseases activities with internal and external partners. Represent Public Health with internal and external partners, including community stakeholders, and state and federal agencies. Develop, inform, and distribute guidance documents and trainings to stakeholders, including internal program leads, Public Health leadership, DOH, CDC, DSHS, and community partners. Participate in and present educational webinars and other outreach activities as needed. Develop and maintain protocols and other tools and resources (e.g., scripts, frequently asked questions, intake forms, data entry and data management guidelines, training materials) relevant to the team’s work. Advance data collection, data quality, reporting, and program evaluation: Monitor the quality of data that are collected and entered into data systems and collaborate with the Section's Analytics and Informatics team to improve collection and management of data. Identify key data that are needed to support disease investigation, surveillance, response, and reporting, and collaborate with epidemiologists on the Analytics & Informatics team to guide development of data systems, analyses, and reports. Develop and implement an evaluation of unit performance, including data collection and monitoring regarding activities and outcomes to inform process improvement activities. Coordinate and communicate summaries and data about case investigations, outbreaks, and response activities to Public Health leadership, colleagues, healthcare providers, and the public. Advance equity and social justice: Engage and seek input from impacted communities to develop systems and policies that advance equity and social justice. Develop strategies and tools to structurally embed race and social justice policies and practices in the work. Advance funding opportunities: Seek and apply for new grant and funding opportunities. Manage contracts or grants, including tracking deliverables.

Perform other duties as assigned.

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 with direct supervision of staff. 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. Ability to represent Public Health – Seattle & King County with internal and external partners. 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.

Desired Qualifications:

Subject matter expertise in overseeing foodborne and enteric disease surveillance, case and outbreak investigations, response and prevention activities, and relevant grant activities related to foodborne and enteric diseases is highly desired. Experience or knowledge in a local or state public health practice setting. Experience with direct supervision of staff, including hiring, training, performance evaluations, and coaching. 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.

Organization Description:

Closing Date: 6/12/2024
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Contact Name: Sarah Dunkinson,  Project Program Manager III - Foodborne/Enteric Disease Investigations Lead/SME
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