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Senior Epidemiologist, Reports and Analysis Team Manager
Senior Epidemiologist, Reports and Analysis Team Manager

Date:Feb 13, 2018

Location:TALLAHASSEE, FL, US, 32399

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Requisition No: 27930

Agency: Department of Health

Working Title: Senior Epidemiologist, Reports and Analysis Team Manager

Position Number: 64080869

Salary: $48,000 - $65,000

Posting Closing Date: 04/27/2018

Requisition No: 27930

Position Number: 64080869

Salary: $48,000.00 - $65,000.00

Posting Closing Date:

Anticipated Vacancy

Agency: Department of Health, Bureau of Epidemiology


The Florida Department of Health Bureau of Epidemiology is seeking a full-time epidemiologist to lead the Reports and Analysis Unit within the Surveillance and Surveillance Systems Section.

The epidemiologist will manage and direct the work of the Reports and Analysis Team (4 master's level epidemiologists, 5 data entry staff, 1 systems support specialist), coordinate activities with the Acute Disease Investigations Unit, and perform other activities as necessary per grant requirements.

As the Unit Lead, the epidemiologist will direct the production communicable and non-communicable disease scientific reports, including those for publication, present at regional, state and national conferences, and contribute to grant applications. The epidemiologist will be joining the Surveillance and Surveillance Systems Section, staffed with epidemiologists collaborating on a variety of high profile public health issues, including communicable disease outbreaks, reportable disease surveillance systems, syndromic surveillance systems, and natural disaster surveillance and response.

This position is in the Bureau of Epidemiology, Florida Department of Health, and State Health Office in Tallahassee, FL. The position is part of the Reports and Analysis Team within the Surveillance and Surveillance Systems Section. The Bureau of Epidemiology leads the Department of Health's efforts to prevent infectious and chronic diseases through surveillance, case and outbreak investigation, training and information dissemination.

Position-specific activities include:

+ Develop yearly and 3-5 year program plan for the Unit.

+ Write grant proposals, alone and as part of a team.

+ Hire, plan, and direct the work of the Reports and Analysis Unit. Responsible for the supervision of masters level epidemiologists and other team staff, including appraisals, planning and directing their work, approving leave, and having the authority for hiring and taking disciplinary action or effectively recommending such actions

+ Coordinate production of regular surveillance reports for a variety of audiences, including weekly, monthly, and annual morbidity reports, periodic disease-specific reports; and managing data in the reportable disease surveillance system.

+ Oversee regular analysis of cases of reportable disease data captured in the web-based electronic communicable disease surveillance reporting system (Merlin), as well as other surveillance systems (ESSENCE-FL), to characterize transmission patterns, identify risk factors and accurately assess the burden of disease.

The position will supervise staff who:

+ Produce regular surveillance reports for a variety of audiences.

+ Conduct statistical analysis of surveillance data captured in the web-based electronic communicable disease surveillance reporting system (Merlin) as well as other surveillance systems (ESSENCE-FL).

+ Produce annual morbidity reports and regular surveillance summaries. This involves distributing surveillance reports and posting them to the surveillance website as well as writing a regular article in Florida's weekly epidemiology publication (EpiUpdate).

+ Carry out daily or weekly data review sessions among headquarters staff.

+ Perform regular analysis of reported cases of communicable diseases to characterize transmission patterns, identify risk factors, and accurately assess the burden of disease.

+ Act as specialists and consultants in the surveillance and prevention of particular diseases (e.g., enteric disease, lead poisoning, chemical exposures).

+ Work with the state reportable condition system (Merlin) development team to ensure the system adequately captures risk factor information well as work with the developers to make any necessary system modifications.

+ Provide epidemiological consultation, technical assistance and training to enhance or improve the design and operation of existing surveillance systems.

+ Annually lead the activity to update the Chapter 64D-3 of the Florida Administrative Code, and DOH's surveillance case definitions.

+ Annually review the electronic disease reporting system to ensure effective disease reporting and accurate capture of data, and supervise the completion of reportable disease surveillance system evaluations.

+ Develop implement and evaluate current and new surveillance programs.

+ Direct regular assessments of the surveillance website and communicating updates to the website manager.

+ Provide epidemiological consultation to county health departments and other partners regarding respiratory diseases, communicable disease surveillance and reporting, and interpretation of laws, rules and statutes related to epidemiology and public health preparedness.

+ Participate actively in the development of quality improvement (QI) measures related to reportable disease surveillance, and assure that information systems capture the information needed to support these QI measures.

The epidemiologist will provide assistance during outbreak investigations and natural disaster response. As part of natural disaster surveillance and response or a community-wide emergency (e.g., influenza epidemic, enteric outbreak, hurricane, tornado, and bioterrorism event) the epidemiologist will participate in the Bureau of Epidemiology field response and deployment activities. This epidemiologist will also be part of the on-call epidemiologist weekly rotation schedule.

The successful candidate will have demonstrated strong data analysis skills, experience with analysis software such as SAS, SPSS, Access, SQL, or other analytical tools, and firm understanding of public health surveillance and of surveillance system evaluation methods. The successful candidate should be familiar with database structure and design. The successful candidate must be a team player and able to lead and mentor others. The successful candidate will have excellent leadership, written and oral communication skills, and knowledge of communicable disease laboratory tests and disease reporting. Previous supervisory experience and knowledge of public health informatics is necessary.

Educational background:PhD in epidemiology or biostatistics, or MPH, MSPH, MS in epidemiology, or equivalent degree or an advanced degree in a health-related field

(i.e., RN, MD, or DVM), and completed graduate level biostatics courses.

Application instructions:Qualified candidates should submit 3 items through the state of Florida People First System

+ State of Florida Application

+ Cover letterindicating specific interest in this position

+ CV

Incomplete application packages will not be reviewed. **NOTE: All responses provided to the qualifying questions for this vacancy advertisement must be verifiable on your State of Florida, Employment Application.**

This position requires a security background check through E-Verify/drug screening and participation in direct deposit.

Note: You willbe required to provide your Social Security Number (SSN) in order to conduct this background check.

Male applicants born on or after October 1, 1962, will not be eligible for hire or promotion unless they are registered with the Selective Services System (SSS) before their 26th birthday, or have a Letter of Registration Exemption from the SSS. For more information, please visit the SSS website:

If you are a retiree of the Florida Retirement System (FRS), please check with the FRS on how your current benefits will be affected if you are re-employed with the State of Florida. Your current retirement benefits may be canceled, suspended or deemed ineligible depending upon the date of your retirement.

The successful candidate will be required to complete the Form I-9 and that information will be verified using the E-Verify system. E-Verify is operated by the Department of Homeland Security in partnership with the Social Security Administration to verify employment eligibility.

Incumbent may be required to work before, during and/or beyond normal work hours or days in the event of an emergency. Emergency duty required of the incumbent includes working in special needs or Red Cross shelters, or performing other emergency duties including, but not limited to, responses to or threats involving any disaster or threat of disaster, man-made or natural.

The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

Nearest Major Market:Tallahassee

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