Disease Investigation Specialist (community Health Specialist)

Fairfax, Virginia
$57,384.29 - $95,640.27 Annually
Sep 25, 2021
Oct 09, 2021
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, the Disease Investigation Specialist (DIS):
  • Investigates priority Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) cases.
  • Performs client assessment by taking medical history, identifying signs and symptoms and obtaining appropriate specimens for laboratory testing.
  • Conducts field investigation of priority STI and HIV cases to identify contacts and bring contacts to examination and/or treatment in a timely manner.
  • Provides a variety of services to diverse high-risk populations in the Fairfax Health District using a multi-disciplinary approach.
  • Provides culturally sensitive client/community education and or health care services.
  • Services and interventions for at-risk individuals and populations, include outreach, case finding, health promotion, disease prevention, education, and partner notification.

Note: Health Department positions are designated as essential and are part of the county's emergency response which operates seven days a week. Based on emergency response deployment demands, this position may be reassigned to provide support as determined by the emergency response service needs. May be required to perform job duties outside of the typical office setting.

The hourly salary rate will not exceed the midpoint of $36.78

Employment Standards


Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor's degree in health education, human services, or a directly related field; plus one year of experience in communicable and/or chronic disease education, investigation or other types of health-related work involving considerable public contact.


Possession of a valid motor vehicle driver's license.

CPR required within 60 days.
AED required within 60 days.


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

All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (two weeks after the last required dose) as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date. Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process. New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or sincerely held religious beliefs will still be subject to the weekly testing requirement. Vaccinated employees and employees with a medical or religious exemption will complete the attestation online on their first day of employment or shortly thereafter.

Robust knowledge of public health principles and practices in the prevention and control of sexually transmitted infection, including HIV. Ability to plan, develop and verbally deliver health education materials to specific target populations. Experience working independently and as part of a team. Proven ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships. Ideal candidate will be self-motivated, results driven and detail-oriented. Must communicate effectively through the use of verbal, written and electronic means.

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

Panel interview.

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 military status 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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