Chief Epidemiology Officer
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Employer: County of El Paso (CO)
Located in: Colorado Springs, Colorado
Degree Required: Masters
The Chief Epidemiology Officer provides strategic direction and leadership for the Office of Science, Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Technology (SSET) and serves as El Paso County Public Health's (EPCPH) lead epidemiologist. Ensures EPCPH has the foundational capability to identify, prioritize, plan, and conduct analytical projects and investigations. Stays current with emerging public health issues, analytical methods, and evidenced-based best practices. Conducts population-focused epidemiologic analyses or special investigative projects, prepares reports, and disseminates data. Leads agency efforts to monitor population health status and uses analysis to guide EPCPH's efforts to assess and improve community health.
- Leads agency efforts related to science, technology, data, and epidemiology to meet current and projected needs of El Paso County and the Public Health Department.
- Provides epidemiology subject matter expertise required to lead analytical activities including scientific study design, survey development, and other methods of data collection, application of appropriate statistical methods, and interpretation of results.
- Supervises, mentors, and evaluates personnel within SSET. Assigns analytical projects to staff. Participates in hiring and disciplinary process. Identifies current and future staff development needs and training opportunities. Models professionalism to agency staff.
- Leads and performs appropriate research to identify demographic, geographic, cultural, and other variables linked to the incidence of disease. Conducts advanced analysis of data to monitor population health status and its correlates to describe trends or adverse health outcomes among targeted population. Identifies local data sources to describe health issues in the community.
- In collaboration with other subject matter experts, researches evidence-based interventions in response to epidemiologic findings and defines programmatic corrective actions to alleviate adverse health effects. Proposes practices or policies that will positively impact health outcomes of targeted groups.
- Evaluates epidemiologic and analytic activities at the agency; develops and expands agency capabilities and identifies needs around epidemiologic capacity.
- Develops, coordinates, implements, and evaluates strategic planning initiatives and the necessary resources to accomplish those plans in accordance with the agency's mission, vision, and values.
- Collaborates with Development and Strategic Initiatives Officer to develop and strengthen funding proposals by utilizing data to describe local health issues and develop appropriate project evaluation plans.
- Creates reports, summaries, and data visualization tools for internal and external partners. Collaborates with the Public Information Officer to share data via scientific presentations, media outlets, online platforms, and other venues.
- Manages and supports the development/updating of population-based Community Health Assessments and Public Health Improvement Plans.
- Establishes necessary data sharing agreements with community partners to describe local disease burden and health issues in El Paso County. Collaborates with agency legal counsel and HIPAA Privacy Officer to review data sharing agreements and ensure compliance with applicable laws.
- Develops strong community partnerships to identify and address health concerns in the community. Identifies opportunities to provide epidemiological consultation and evaluation services in accordance with agency strategic plan.
- Participates in agency emergency planning and response activities.
- Takes personal responsibility to provide exceptional customer service in order to promote and maintain a positive Public Health image, constructive working environment, and foster pride and professionalism in the workplace and community.
- Performs other duties as required.
- Master's degree in epidemiology, biostatistics, research, or closely related analytic field required.
- Minimum five (5) years experience leading, designing, and conducting analytical assessments, preferably in a public health setting.
- Minimum two (2) years managerial, supervisory, or other demonstrated leadership experience.
- Previous experience working across public health disciplines in a collaborative environment required; project management experience preferred.
- Advanced skills in statistical analysis and the use of statistical software such as R, SAS, or STATA, as well as Excel. Skills in data management.
- Demonstrated experience in conducting public health surveillance and performing health data analysis.
- Knowledge and skills in epidemiologic analysis relating to planning and managing epidemiologic projects; skills in collecting, analyzing, managing, and interpreting population health data; knowledge of evaluation methodologies, including quantitative and qualitative process outcome.
- Strong mathematical, quantitative, and critical thinking skills.
- Ability to communicate, organize projects among a broad spectrum of personnel, and motivate personnel on those projects, frequently under deadline.
- Ability to abide by privacy, confidentiality, and HIPAA policies of the agency. Ability to maintain the security of sensitive and confidential information.
- Skill in prioritizing and organizing multiple tasks and the ability to complete projects in a timely manner. Ability to respond in a flexible manner and reprioritize work as situations change.
- Ability to demonstrate sound judgment by taking appropriate actions regarding questionable findings or concerns. Ability to identify problems and work creatively to develop resolutions and recommend corrective actions to supervisor, considering the impact of actions on the agency.
- Skill in writing scientific reports and data summaries. Ability to write and maintain accurate records and reports to meet management objectives.
- Experience with presenting data to a variety of stakeholders and to large groups; skill in epidemiologic training.
- Ability to work independently and in a team environment.
- Ability to understand and follow company policies and procedures.
- An equivalent combination of related education and experience may be substituted for the education and experience requirements above.
- Must pass conditional post offer background investigation, motor vehicle record check, and drug screen.
- Must possess and maintain a valid Colorado Driver's License.
Work is performed primarily in an office environment. Work environment may contain potential exposure to infections, blood and contagious diseases. May be required to work outside of normal business hours. Some travel may be required; work may be assigned in various locations. Public Health employees are responsible for providing proof of vaccinations and/or tuberculosis testing as applicable to the specific position and must provide proof of completion of required vaccinations/testing or proof of initiation within sixty (60) days of hire date.
This job announcement is not intended to be inclusive of all functions, responsibilities and qualifications associated with the position, however, representative of the essential job functions and typical criteria considered necessary to successfully perform the position.
APPLICATIONS MUST BE FILED ONLINE AT: http://www.elpasoco.com For inquiries please call: 719-520-7401.
Each applicant is considered only for the current vacancy indicated on your application. It is the responsibility of the applicant to monitor any future openings and to submit a separate application for each position. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Any new employee and rehires must provide documentation of authorization to work as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (PL99-603).
EL PASO COUNTY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
Posted on 05/20/2019
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