Regional Epidemiology Program Manager
Under the direction of the Regional Communicable Disease Manager and Regional Medical Director, performs advanced epidemiology work and serves as Manager for the regional Epidemiology team. Provides leadership in initiating, planning, developing, conducting and directing advanced epidemiologic projects, including emergency preparedness and response activities. Provides direction in the collection, management, analysis, evaluation and reporting of communicable and chronic disease data. Leads a team of epidemiologists that respond to food-borne, respiratory, vaccine-preventable, emerging infectious, environmental and occupational health conditions. Serves in leadership roles for the Regional Epidemiology and Regional Health and Medical Operations Center teams. Provides expertise in epidemiologic investigations including disaster-related surveillance and shelter surveillance. Implements procedures related to the surveillance, prevention and control of public health conditions. Works with regional programs to provide epidemiologic insight and assitance, and to coordinate regional epidemiologic data collection, surveillance, data analysis, investigation, disease control and reporting initiatives. Serves as a subject matter expert and resource to epidemiology program staff, other regional program staff, interns, and temporary staff assigned to assist the program. Operates with minimal supervision with extensive latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment under broad regional goals.
Other duties as assigned include but are 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.
Essential Job Functions:
(30%) Serves as Epidemiology team Manager. Oversees epidemiology and surveillance activities and functions. Prioritizes and coordinates team assignments, manages the on-call schedule, and evaluates performance of epidemiology team members. Develops job descriptions and performs interviewing and hiring selection processes. Assists with orientation, education, continued training, and program accountability for team members. Oversees infectious disease surveillance and investigation activities for communities and/or counties that do not have a local health department. Compiles and reports epidemiological and disease prevention information for use by the media, local health departments, other agency programs, outside agencies, and the public. Prepares and presents speeches, technical reports and briefings. Leads community assessments and implementation of mitigation strategies to reduce public health impacts or risks.
(20%) Serves as a regional subject matter expert on epidemiology and maintains effective partnerships. Participates in workgroups and committees to address special topics including Epidemiology-Bioterrorism workgroup, public health emergency response groups, and workgroups for statewide enhancement of infectious disease surveillance, including COVID-19. Monitors disease incidence within the region to rapidly detect and address disease outbreaks or bioterrorism events. Analyzes communicable disease data, reports on trends, identifies problems and formulates plans to utilize available resources to control outbreaks and reduce disease incidence. Leads preparation and dissemination of communicable disease surveillance reports. Plans, establishes, and monitors the timeliness of various (active, syndromic, sentinel) surveillance activities and reporting systems in collaboration with DSHS central office programs and local health departments (LHDs). Works with LHDs as a technical resource and to coordinate regional epidemiologic data collection and analysis. Develops effective relationships and communication networks with regional infection control practitioners, physicians, hospital administrators and others to promote collaboration in implementing and enhancing reporting and surveillance activities.
(20%) Leads outbreak investigations for high consequence infectious diseases and infectious disease-related disasters. Plans, initiates, develops and directs advanced epidemiologic investigations, including verifying diagnoses, notifying appropriate personnel, advising the collection and submission of clinical/environmental specimens, constructing questionnaires, conducting interviews; reviewing, abstracting, and interpreting medical records, analyzing and interpreting complex epidemiological data and recommending appropriate control measures. This may include usage of NEDSS, Red Sky, ESSENCE, other surveillance programs, and statistical software.
(25%) Participates in Public Health emergency monitoring and response. Assumes an active role in the regional incident command structure (ICS) during public health emergencies and/or exercises. Provides leadership in public health preparedness projects pertaining to epidemiology. Contributes to the development, writing, interpretation, and implementation of public health preparedness guidelines, protocols, and plans. Develops and maintains knowledge and skills in public health preparedness. Appropriately documents all activities supporting public health preparedness.
(5%) Other duties as assigned include but are 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.
Knowledge Skills Abilities:
Knowledge of the standard principles and methods of epidemiology and related biostatistics necessary for epidemiologic investigations, public health surveillance, investigations, and studies.
Knowledge and understanding of public health principles and surveillance techniques.
Knowledge of medical terminology and current public health programs.
Knowledge of infectious disease surveillance systems in Texas.
Knowledge of Texas public health laws.
Knowledge of current social, economic, and public health issues.
Knowledge of data management and statistical methods.
Skill in using word processing, database, spreadsheet mapping, graphic software, and statistical software packages (e.g., Word, Access, Excel, EpiInfo, PowerPoint, ArcMap, Red Sky, STATA, R). Skill in analyzing and sythesizing information into executive level reports.
Skill in writing and editing complex documents.
Skill in mathematical computation and advanced statistical analyses.
Skill in training and making public presentations.
Ability to organize and prioritize workload and meet deadlines.
Ability to communicate clearly, concisely, and effectively verbally and in writing.
Ability to interpret laboratory findings, physical signs/symptoms, and diagnostic test results from medical charts.
Ability to approach problems, where no protocol exists, in a logical manner and proactive manner. Ability to provide leadership and technical advice on epidemiologic issues, disaster-related disease surveillance, and epidemiologic approaches to disease threats.
Ability to work effectively as and individual and as part of an interdisciplinary team.
Ability to work discretely and maintain confidentiality.
Ability to travel on short notice to respond to a disaster or emergency.
Ability to advise and train other staff in standard techniques for planning, conducting, and reporting epidemiologic investigations.
Ability to design, analyze, and write reports on data from web-based surveys.
Registration or Licensure Requirements:
Texas Class C Driver's license or a driver's license from another state with the ability and intent to obtain a Texas driver's license. Initial Selection Criteria:
-Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university or foreign equivalent as determined by a credential evaluation service.
-Master's level degree (MPH, MSPH) or equivalent degree in a relevant field. Master’s degree in Epidemiology/Biostatistics preferred.
-At least 2 years work experience in Epidemiology, public health surveillance, or related experience.
Requisition Number 496665
PLEASE NOTE: Your application must be complete. It must contain dates of employment, job titles, name of employer, name and phone number of supervisor, current/final salary, and a description of duties performed in a way that specifically demonstrates you meet the initial selection criteria at minimum. Missing information may lead to disqualification. Resumes do not take the place of the requirement to include information on the application.
An in-basket exercise will be required at the time of the interview.
Note: Must be legally authorized to work in the U.S. without sponsorship. HHS agencies use E-Verify. You must bring your 1-9 documentation with you on your first day of work. The full salary range may not be offered due to budget limitations.
Must provide transportation, have a current TX driver’s license as driver’s records will be verified. Must adhere to DSHS Agency policies, including immunizations.
Military occupation(s) that relate to the initial selection criteria and registration or licensure requirements for this position may include, but not limited to: 68S, 60C, HM, 230X, 4E0X1, 43HX, 43MX, 43EX. 61G, HM, 230X, MED10, MED12, 4E0X1, 43EX, 43HX 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 http://www.hr.sao.state.tx.us/Compensation/JobDescriptions.aspx. HHS agencies use E-Verify. You must bring your I-9 documentation with you on your first day of work.
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