4522 - Communicable Disease Investigator III (Tuberculosis Program)
Posted on May 18, 2019 by PIMA COUNTY GOVERNMENT
Salary Grade: M1
Salary: $14.38 - $27.75 DOQ
Applicants are asked to submit a resume/curriculum vitae and a personal statement along with their application.
This position is in the Tuberculosis & Respiratory Disease Epidemiology Unit, which is part of the Epidemiology section of the Health Department, and is based in the TB Control & Prevention Program, collaborating with the Tuberculosis & Respiratory Disease Epidemiologist. This CDI III will carry out duties related to the control and prevention of TB, including contact investigations of infectious cases of TB, and screening of person's (including immigrants) with risk factors for TB.
Requirements: (Work assignments may vary depending on the department's needs and will be communicated to the applicant or incumbent by the supervisor.)
Interviews patients and secures information on the source and spread of communicable disease;
Arranges for the examination and treatment of exposed contacts;
Conducts the more difficult interviews and investigates and resolves epidemiologic tracing problems;
Monitors follow-up therapy on problem cases;
Handles unusual problems and assignments in the investigative field;
Conducts the diagnostic assessment and epidemiologic management of highly prioritized surveillance programs;
Establishes and maintains records and data collection systems, and maintains required security and confidentiality of information encountered;
Participates in developing and implementing specific data collection and management techniques for epidemiologic programs;
Prepares and submits manual and computer-based reports;
Maintains effective working relationships with other health departments, community agencies and the general public and acts as a resource person for department personnel;
Notifies physicians of current trends in national and local disease control programs;
Assigns case work to investigative personnel;
Maintains appropriate confidentiality and security of information created or encountered in the course of assigned duties;
Provides information and education services to the public;
Promotes uniform investigative methods and reporting procedures with physicians, laboratories and community health facilities;
May supervise, train and evaluate assigned staff.
KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS:
Knowledge of: public health practices and procedures;cause, spread and control of communicable diseases;investigative and interviewing techniques and procedures;Arizona State rules and regulations pertaining to communicable diseases;principles and practices of effective staff supervision and training. Skill in: performing communicable disease investigations;applying effective interviewing techniques;communicating effectively;establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with others, and maintaining required confidentiality and security of information encountered;using a dark-field microscope and performing gramstain and venipuncture techniques;developing and implementing specific data collection and management techniques for epidemiologic programs;prioritizing, assigning and evaluating the work of others.
Minimum Qualifications: (1) A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in public health, health education, biology, microbiology, nursing, or a closely related field as defined by the appointing authority at time of recruitment, and one year of experience involving communicable disease interviewing or investigations.
(2) Five years of paid/unpaid experience providing public health services and/or communicable disease education and intervention.
(3) Two years of experience with Pima County as either a Communicable Disease Investigator I or Communicable Disease Investigator II (or any combination thereof).
Qualifying education and experience must be clearly documented in the "Education" and "Work Experience" sections of the application. Do not substitute a resume for your application or write "see resume" on your application.
Preferred Qualifications (Be specific in describing your experience in your application. Ensure the descriptions provided illustrate your competencies, specifically addressing the required and preferred qualifications.): Bachelor's degree with concentration in a public health related field (e.g. Epidemiology) or in a health science related field (e.g. nursing) or in a medical science (e.g. microbiology).Two (2) more years of experience in infection control or epidemiology in a TB care setting.Knowledge of TB infectious disease and proper techniques and care used to minimize risk.Bilingual (English/Spanish). One (1) or more years of experience with electronic medical records. Experience with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.).
Pima County Human Resources Department reserves the right to admit to the selection process only those candidates that meet the minimum/desired qualifications. All applications will be assessed based on an evaluation of the listed education and experience. Candidates meeting the minimum/desired qualifications may be further evaluated/scored against any advertised Preferred Qualifications. The hiring authority will interview and select the successful candidate from a referral list provided by Human Resources. Additional assessments/testing may be required as part of the selection process.
Licenses and Certificates: Valid driver license is required at time of application. Valid AZ driver's license and access to a registered/insured vehicle for business travel is required (business mileage reimbursed) at time of appointment. The successful applicant will be subject to a 39-month DOT Motor Vehicle Record review to determine applicant's suitability to operate county vehicles in accordance with Pima County administrative procedures. Failure to obtain and maintain the required licenses and certifications shall be grounds for termination. Any offer of employment resulting from this recruitment is contingent upon Fleet Services' review and approval of the candidate's driving record.
Special Notice Items: Department of Labor Regulation CFR Part 1910.1030 requires notification that this classification may have a high risk of exposure to blood borne pathogens and other communicable diseases. In accordance with OSHA and Pima County guidelines, tuberculin (TB) screening, Hepatitis B vaccinations and safety training and equipment will be provided. Some positions may require fluency in English and a second language, as determined by the appointing authority.
Physical/Sensory Requirements: Physical and sensory abilities will be determined by position. CLOSING DATE: Open Until Filled When applying to this position, please note the Job Number is 2019 - 00592.
EOE Category: Healthcare , Keywords: Communicable Disease Specialist