Epidemiologist Ii

Fairfax, Virginia
$65,493.17 - $109,155.49 Annually
Oct 19, 2019
Nov 09, 2019
Full Time
Job Announcement

The Fairfax County Health Department is the largest public health department in Virginia, serving 1.2 million residents from diverse ethnic, cultural and economic backgrounds throughout Fairfax County, as well as the cities of Fairfax and Falls Church and the towns of Herndon, Vienna and Clifton. With more than 100 years of leadership in the field, we are committed to protecting, promoting and improving the health and quality of life for all in our community.

As part of the Division of Epidemiology and Population Health, this full-time Epidemiologist II position's primary function is to lead the health department's effort to prevent and control sexually transmitted infections in the Fairfax Health District. Activities will include, but are not limited to, supervision of disease investigation specialists, case investigation, sexually transmitted infection case surveillance, cluster and outbreak detection, report writing, providing verbal education to the public and providers, community and healthcare partner outreach and collaboration, using quality improvement methodologies to maximize program efficiency, designing and development of epidemiologic studies to further understanding of sexually transmitted infection epidemiology in the Fairfax Health District.

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, and a sanction screening to the satisfaction of the employer.

The preferred candidate will have knowledge of public health principles and practices of sexually transmitted infection control and prevention. Ability to work independently and communicate effectively using written, verbal, and electronic methods. Ideal candidate must be results driven, detail-oriented, and demonstrate effective and customer-oriented communication skills. Must have experience with data analysis and database management using statistical software. Ability to think quickly and apply public health knowledge to complex situations to be able to provide clients with appropriate public health recommendations and education. Prior supervisory experience or demonstrated work experience monitoring and directing the work of others is preferred. Demonstrated use of quality improvement methodology to improve a public health outcome is a plus.

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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