Epidemiologist Iv - Section Chief, Population Health

Fairfax, Virginia
$80,764.32 - $134,606.99 Annually
Jun 05, 2021
Jul 02, 2021
Executive, Chief
Full Time
Job Announcement

The Fairfax County Health Department is a progressive public health leader serving 1.2 million residents from diverse ethnic, cultural and economic backgrounds. With more than 100 years of leadership in the field, we are committed to promoting population health, protecting public health and the environment, and ensuring residents’ equitable access to health services and information.

The Fairfax County Health Department is recruiting a Senior Epidemiologist (Section Chief) to lead the Population Health Section in an expanding Division of Epidemiology and Population Health. The Population Health program was established in 2018 and is seeking an experienced epidemiologist who will lead efforts to improve health outcomes across the County and reduce health inequities. Key capabilities for this position include deep knowledge and experience in addressing chronic diseases, injuries, and/or substance use, social determinants of health, and health inequities; effectiveness planning and implementing programs; effective leadership and management of a team of high-level epidemiologists; ability to build partnerships, motivate and collaborate with other Health Department programs, county agencies and the community; and strong communications and presentation skills for professional and lay audiences.

The successful candidate will undertake the following key activities to advance population health in Fairfax County:

  • Continue development of the population health plan for FCHD, informed by the Fairfax County Community Health Improvement Plan, data on health burden and inequities, community priorities, and emerging threats.
  • Apply epidemiological approaches to monitor the health status, outcomes and inequities in Fairfax County, and describe the determinants of disease in the population.
  • Engage with racially, ethnically and socioeconomically diverse populations and strategically mobilize resources and networks to address community needs and target the factors that determine health inequities.
  • Bring experience and expertise to the design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of interventions to improve population health outcomes and reduce health inequities.
  • Address health outcomes and their social determinants through policy, advocacy, partnerships, and programs in collaboration with other FCHD teams (Outreach, Community Health Development, Health in All Policies), other Fairfax County agencies, and community organizations.
  • Lead and manage the Population Health Epidemiology Section; provide supervision, support, and professional development for a multidisciplinary team.
  • Communicate in ways that creatively use data to focus attention on health inequities and their root causes; and share data that are meaningful to community partners and contribute to evidence-informed practices.
  • Implement population health research; present and publish results.

Fairfax County is the largest health jurisdiction in Virginia and in the National Capital Region with about 1.2 million people. The population is demographically diverse with over 30% being foreign born and almost 40% speaking a language other than English at home. FCHD’s location allows for the development of partnerships with leaders in public health at Federal agencies, universities, and non-profits across the National Capital Region.

Employment Standards

Advanced degree in epidemiology: doctorate degree (Ph.D.) plus five years of experience in epidemiology-related work, or master's degree in public health (MPH) or master of science (MS) with graduate work in epidemiology and/or biostatistics plus eight years of experience in epidemiology-related work; plus, two years of supervisory/managerial positions or equivalent experience managing staff.

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

Preferred candidate will have considerable background in and knowledge of epidemiological principles and practices related to population health assessment, data interpretation, and quantitative and qualitative methods. Knowledge and understanding of health inequities, root causes, and systemic biases. Experience engaging with multicultural populations and community organizations. Experience managing and supervising staff with a range of training and experience, from doctoral level epidemiologists to postgraduate student interns.

The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, a Child Protective Services Registry, and a driving record check to the satisfaction of the employer.

Job is generally sedentary in nature; however, job entails walking, standing, sitting, climbing stairs, reaching and bending; uses hands to grasp, handle, or feel. Visual acuity is required to read data on a computer monitor; ability to drive a vehicle. Incumbent must be able to operate keyboard driven equipment and computer. Position frequently communicates and must be able to exchange accurate information with others verbally and in writing. Employee may be required to lift or carry up to 25 lbs. occasionally. Generally works in an office environment yet may occasionally be required to perform job duties outside of the typical office setting. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview and may include a practical exercise.

Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or status as a veteran 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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