Epidemiologist Ii

Fairfax, Virginia
$65,493.17 - $109,155.49 Annually
Aug 24, 2019
Sep 07, 2019
Full Time
Job Announcement

The Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) is a progressive public health leader providing services that promote population health, protect public health and the environment, and ensure residents' access to health services and information. The Division of Epidemiology and Population Health is currently seeking a highly motivated Communicable Disease Epidemiologist to join their team.

The Communicable Disease Epidemiologist independently performs professional epidemiology work by analyzing, interpreting and presenting epidemiological data and conducts research projects or implements surveillance systems. Responsible for the study, surveillance and investigation of all communicable disease conditions in the county. Develops and maintains district wide disease incidence tracking system that responds to changing technology and updates in data collection and analysis approaches. Designs and implements epidemiologic studies to characterize targeted disease outbreaks and disease cluster and contact investigations. The incumbent will focus on all communicable diseases particularly those listed on the Virginia Reportable list or designated by the VDH Disease Surveillance and Investigation Division as requiring local health department surveillance and control. Coordinates the epidemiologic public health response during a disease outbreak or a bioterrorism event, in collaboration with an interdisciplinary team of senior epidemiologists, and under the guidance of the Medical Epidemiologist.

Illustrative Duties

  • Design and develop methodology or techniques for epidemiological studies and/or public health surveillance systems;
  • Analyze and interpret epidemiological data;
  • Provide technical supervision of assigned staff involved in data collection and management;
  • Act as liaison with other agencies on collaborations for disease surveillance, control, prevention and health intervention activities;
  • Design data management systems and oversee data collection methodology;
  • Design and deliver training to enhance epidemiological work within the Health Department;
  • Establish and maintain operations and quality assurance tools;
  • Communicate with and make presentations and reports to health care providers, community organizations and the public on study results;
  • Oversee study and program operations;
  • Consult with health care planners and public health officials to assist in policy development, planning for future service needs, and the development of interventions based on research findings;
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of epidemiology, biostatistics or closely related public health field with emphasis on epidemiology that is equivalent to a master's degree;
  • Knowledge of epidemiological and biostatistical principles and methods;
  • Knowledge of medical or related scientific disciplines;
  • Knowledge of spreadsheets and database systems;
  • Knowledge of epidemic and outbreak characteristics;
  • Epidemiological knowledge of communicable diseases, chronic conditions and other public health issues;
  • Knowledge of the characteristics of populations and demographic principles;
  • Knowledge of applied research methods and techniques;
  • Knowledge of public health intervention techniques and principles;
  • Knowledge of survey instruments, data collection and computerized database systems;
  • Basic knowledge of human resources management techniques and principles;
  • Knowledge of computer programming;
  • Ability to Communicate effectively (oral and written);
  • Ability to analyze and interpret data;
  • Ability to supervise staff;
  • Ability to translate medical information in a clear and concise manner for non-technical audiences;
  • Ability to follow research protocols without compromising confidentiality of information;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others;
  • Ability to work as a part of a multidisciplinary team;
  • Ability to work with the public;
  • Ability to develop and implement assignments with multiple dimensions.

Employment Standards

Master's degree in public health (MPH) or master of science (MS) with graduate work in epidemiology and/or biostatistics plus two years of experience in epidemiology-related work.

Possession of a valid motor vehicle driver's license.
AED-Required within 60 days
CPR -Required within 60 days

The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, child protective services check, driving record check, tuberculosis test and a sanction screening to the satisfaction of the employer.

Preferred candidates will hold a master's degree in public health (MPH) or master of science (MS) in epidemiology, biostatistics, public health or a related field, plus two years of experience in epidemiology-related work. Must have knowledge and experience applying public health principles and practices of communicable disease epidemiology. Demonstrates excellent verbal and written communication skills, with an ability to establish and maintain collaborative connections with internal and external partners. Position requires candidates to work independently and on interdisciplinary teams. Ideal candidates will be results driven, detail-oriented, and possess strong analytical and critical thinking skills. Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office Suite and other software applications.

Job is generally sedentary in nature, however, visual acuity is required to read data on computer monitor, incumbent must be able to operate keyboard driven equipment. Must communicate with others. Employee may be required to lift up to 15 lbs. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview.

It is the policy of Fairfax County Government to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314 . EEO/AA/TTY.

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