Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Epidemiologist 3 (Infectious/Chronic Diseases) (35 Hour)

Recruitment #190807-0289HC-001

Introduction

The State of Connecticut, Department of Public Health (DPH), Immunization Program is currently recruiting for an Epidemiologist 3. This Epidemiologist 3 position reports to the Immunization Program Manager within the Infectious Diseases Section. The Epidemiologist 3 serves as the Vaccine Preventable Disease Surveillance coordinator and is responsible for supervising epidemiologist staff within the Department, and providing oversight and technical assistance to medical providers and local health departments in the management of vaccine preventable disease cases and outbreaks.

Should you have questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Deb Lyons at Deborah.Lyons@ct.gov or (860) 509-7180.

PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)

In the Department of Public Health and the Office of Early Childhood, this class is accountable for performing the most complex tasks as a specialist investigating infectious, chronic and non-infectious diseases and implementing disease prevention methods.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

Supervises and is responsible for routine epidemiologic investigations; assumes lead responsibility for carrying out complex or non-routine investigations; develops and implements strategies for containment and control measures among identified high risk groups; writes outbreak investigation and other technical and analytical reports; collaborates in writing standard protocols for disease investigation, intervention and control; develops questionnaires and other research instruments; analyzes surveillance and outbreak data for trends and risk factors; designs and implements workshops and training sessions and conducts in-service training; prepares news releases relative to disease problems; uses other statewide data banks to complement disease surveillance data; assists with preparation of budgets, grants and contracts; participates in development of program goals and objectives; represents department at functions for health promotion and disease prevention; speaks before professional and lay groups; participates in performance evaluations of assigned staff; carries out related duties including those of Epidemiologist 1 and 2 levels as assigned; may establish and maintain a working network with federal and state agencies, local health departments, hospitals and professional and lay groups to promote and facilitate disease surveillance, intervention and control; performs related duties as required.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

Considerable knowledge of infectious and/or chronic disease processes; considerable knowledge of relevant disease processes which affect humans and animals; considerable knowledge of epidemiological methods; 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 perform complex epidemiological investigations; considerable ability to carry out all aspects of data collection, analysis and interpretation of epidemiological data independently; some supervisory ability.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE

Eight (8) years of experience conducting epidemiological investigations in a responsible technical or professional capacity.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SPECIAL EXPERIENCE

Two (2) years of the General Experience must have involved conducting the full range of tasks in epidemiologic investigations including interviewing and performing trend analyses at or above the level of Epidemiologist 2.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED

1. College training may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling 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.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

The preferred candidate will have the following experience:

• with vaccine preventable diseases and immunization practices;
• leading and developing standard protocols for vaccine preventable disease outbreak investigations and implementing public health control measures;
• designing, maintaining, and analyzing data extracted from surveillance systems, and presenting these analyses orally and in writing;
• monitoring and evaluating program interventions, intermediate results, and outcomes;
• responding to media inquiries about vaccine preventable or other infectious diseases.

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.

Conclusion

AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

The Department of Public Health aims to provide equal opportunity in all aspects of employment and advancement, fostering an environment committed to supporting individuals in all protected classes.  If you require an aid/accommodation to participate fully and fairly, please contact the Human Resources Office at (860) 509-7177.







The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.