Department of Administrative Services

Epidemiologist 4 (Infectious/Chronic Diseases) (35 Hour) (0291HC)

$47.53-$64.38 Hourly / $3,327.09-$4,506.82 BiWeekly /
$86,837.05-$117,628.00 Yearly


PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)

In the Department of Public Health this class is accountable for supervising, developing and implementing one or more major epidemiology programs for evaluation and/or prevention and control of diseases.

GUIDELINES FOR JOB CLASS USE

This class is considered to be the supervisory scientific level in the epidemiology series. It can also be used as a functional title for the director of a program and as such is accountable for monitoring of grants and contracts, planning, implementing and evaluating programmatic goals and objectives.

This class is distinguished from Epidemiologist 3 by the emphasis on primary responsibility for one or more major programs. This class will have senior managerial responsibility for a statewide project and the incumbent will be the recognized departmental authority in this area. As such the Epidemiologist 4 will coordinate with and sometimes convene experts from other agencies on intrastate, regional, federal and occasionally international levels. The Epidemiologist 4 will have primary responsibility for initiating projects, for designing surveillance and research activities and intervention and evaluation strategies.

This class is distinguished from Epidemiologist 3 by having full accountability for all work performed, the highest level of required expertise, performance and responsibility for direction of a managerially designated program or project.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED

Receives general direction from the Director of Epidemiology Section, the Director of Environmental Epidemiology and Toxic Hazards or other employee of higher grade.

SUPERVISION EXERCISED

Supervises one or more major epidemiology programs; may supervise Epidemiologists 1, 2, 3, student interns and other staff as assigned.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

Schedules, assigns, oversees and reviews the work of staff; provides staff training and assistance; conducts performance evaluations; determines priorities and plans program work; establishes and maintains program procedures; develops or makes recommendations on the development of policies and standards; acts as a liaison with other operating units, agencies and outside officials regarding program policies and procedures; prepares reports and correspondence.

Conceptualizes and directs one or more major programs in area of disease surveillance, control and intervention; designs and implements special epidemiologic studies; plans and evaluates program goals and objectives; provides expert testimony in public forum or courtroom setting; writes scientific papers for publication; may teach epidemiologic related courses at institutions of higher learning; develops and implements public information programs for mass media distribution; advises local health departments, health professionals and voluntary groups on protocols for disease investigation, control and treatment; seeks to identify and evaluate new diseases or environmental exposures which may cause disease and methods of control; may represent the department to the public; may perform complex statistical analysis and oversee management of large data bases; may develop budgets, grants and contracts; may develop departmental policies regulations and legislation; performs related duties as required.

 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

Considerable knowledge of infectious and/or chronic disease processes; considerable knowledge of relevant agency policies and procedures; considerable knowledge of relevant State and Federal laws, statutes and regulations; considerable knowledge of disease processes which affect humans and animals; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; considerable statistical skills including familiarity with mainframe and/or personal computer applications and interpretation of data; considerable ability to develop, design, implement and analyze epidemiologic studies; considerable ability to recommend and evaluate intervention strategies to prevent future disease; supervisory ability.

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE

Nine (9) years' experience in epidemiological investigations in a responsible technical or professional capacity.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SPECIAL EXPERIENCE

One (1) year of the General Experience must have involved program administration including disease surveillance, outbreak investigations, interviews and performing complex analyses at or above the level of Epidemiologist 3.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED

1. College training may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equaling one half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years' for a Bachelor's degree.

2. A Master's degree in community medicine, public health or a related health science may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.

3. A Doctorate in a related discipline such as medicine, public health or a behavioral or natural science may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

1. Incumbents in this class must be willing to be immunized for communicable diseases as necessary and appropriate.
2. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.

JOB CLASS DESIGNATION

Classified/Competitive

OCCUPATIONAL GROUP

(34)-Statistics/Research/Planning

BARGAINING UNIT

(11)-HEALTH PROF (P-1)

EEO

(2)-Professional

SALARY INFORMATION

HC 32

CANCELLATION CLAUSE

This replaces the existing specification for the class of Epidemiologist 4 (Infectious/Chronic Diseases) (Toxic Hazards) in Salary Group HC 32 approved effective June 23, 1995. (Revised to reflect change in agency title)

0291A 9/2/95 pzd

EFFECTIVE DATE

9/8/1995

CLASS: 0291HC; EST: ; REV: 9/15/2006;