County of Alameda

Epidemiologist II (#5785)

Bargaining Unit: ACMEA - HCSA Tech/Para Mgmt (R45)
$38.70-$47.51 Hourly / $3,096.00-$3,800.80 BiWeekly /
$6,708.00-$8,235.07 Monthly / $80,496.00-$98,820.80 Yearly


DESCRIPTION
Under close supervision at the Epidemiologist I level and general supervision at the Epidemiologist II level, to plan, conduct and evaluate a variety of epidemiological research studies; to develop funding sources and administer research funds; to supervise the work of staff in a clinical or project setting, and to do related work as required.

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES

This is the journey-level class in the Epidemiologist series. Under general supervision, Epidemiologist II’s are responsible for developing and conducting clinical and population survey research studies for targeted groups. Responsibilities include direction of County or contract staff on a research project basis. Incumbents are expected to exercise independent judgment in devising study methodology and research instruments, in obtaining funding sources and in coordinating activities with those of other county departments and health care agencies.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
NOTE: The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification. However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.

1. Plans, conducts, evaluates and disseminates findings of original clinical or population survey epidemiological research projects.

2. Formulates project concepts and scope; determines potential funding sources; determines project methodology and survey instruments to determine trends among survey populations, including data analysis and reporting measures.

3. Writes grant applications; recommends and administers project budgets; negotiates and administers contracts; monitors expenditures; prepares reports and handles other financial matters related to assigned projects.

4. Plans and writes goals, objectives, policies, procedures and protocols related to specific project and program areas; implements after administrative approval and trains staff as required.

5. Plans, supervises, reviews and evaluates the work of assigned research or clinical staff.

6. Interprets research results; writes statistical and narrative reports, and recommends interventions and other action based upon findings.

7. Serves as departmental liaison with representatives of other county departments, governmental and health care agencies, members of community groups and targeted populations and the public.

8. Reviews, tests and evaluates new computerized data analysis techniques; develops and utilizes various databases to support analytical and reporting methodology.

9. Monitors and analyzes county, sub-county and state data to identify trends and progress towards national goals for focused study.

10. Prepares, provides and presents information to diverse audiences and community through presentations, reports and publications.

11. Participates and provides leadership in internal committees to strengthen use of data for program planning and evaluation.

12. Maintains accurate records and files related to work performed; prepares and updates documentation regarding assigned projects.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
EITHER I

Experience:

The equivalent of one-year full-time experience as an Epidemiologist I in the Alameda County classified service. (Non-classified includes District Attorney’s Office, Hospital Authority, and the Consolidated Courts.)

OR II

Education:

Possession of a Master’s degree from an accredited college or university with specialization in epidemiology, bio-statistics or related field AND

Experience:

The equivalent of three years full-time, professional-level experience planning, developing and conducting epidemiological or similar research studies, preferably in a public health setting.

Possession of a Ph.D. in epidemiology, bio-statistics or related field from an accredited college or university may be substituted for the two years professional experience.

License: Specified positions may require possession of a valid California driver's license.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the “Examples of Duties” section of this specification.

Knowledge of:

• Principles and practices of epidemiological research.
• Principles and practices of statistical analysis.
• Strategies of health risk analysis and health maintenance techniques.
• Computer applications related to the work, including database development and modification, and report generation techniques.
• Funding sources and grant application and contracting practices.
• Standard office practices and procedures, including the operation of standard office equipment.

Ability to:

• Plan, conduct and evaluate varied epidemiological research studies.
• Monitor projects and studies, and ensure adherence, regulatory and financial constraints.
• Develop intervention strategies and work closely with health care organizations in implementing such strategies.
• Plan, direct, review and evaluate the work of staff on a day to day or project basis.
• Train staff in work procedures.
• Prepare accurate statistical and narrative reports, computer documentation and other written materials.
• Represent the department and the County in meetings with other agencies.
• Interpret and apply applicable policies, codes and regulations.
• Maintain accurate records and files.
• Exercise sound independent judgment within established procedural guidelines.
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work.
• Operates a variety of standard office equipment.

CLASS SPEC HISTORY
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CSC Date: 1/16/02

BENEFITS

Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees)
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 11 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Management Paid Leave**
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Employee Mortgage Loan Program
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.

** Non-exempt management employees are entitled to up to three days of management paid leave. Exempt management employees are entitled to up to seven days of management paid leave.