Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Epidemiologist 2 (Infectious/Chronic Diseases) (35 Hour)

Recruitment #210827-0287HC-002

Introduction

The State of Connecticut, Department of Public Health (DPH) is hiring! We are seeking a qualified individual for the position of Epidemiologist 2. This Epidemiologist 2 position will work in the Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) Surveillance Unit. The HAI Surveillance Unit is responsible for collecting, cleaning, and analyzing data related to HAI. These data are largely gathered via the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN), a platform for mandatory and voluntary HAI reporting hosted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and used by stakeholders in healthcare quality and safety at the facility, state, and national levels.

The DPH HAI-AR Program is responsible for surveillance, prevention, and response to healthcare-associated infections (HAI) and antimicrobial resistance (AR) in Connecticut. We are composed of epidemiologists and staff with expertise in healthcare infection prevention and control (IPC). We collaborate with healthcare organizations, governmental agencies, non-governmental healthcare quality organizations, and clinicians to detect, prevent, and contain HAI and AR. We work closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Yale School of Public Health, Connecticut Hospital Association, long-term care industry partners, clinical laboratories, and others to conduct surveillance for, to prevent, and to reduce the burden of HAI and AR.

Working under the direction of the HAI Surveillance Unit Lead Epidemiologist 3, this Epidemiologist 2 will assist in the writing of special surveillance project protocols, developing data abstraction documents, developing data collaboration tracking databases, inputting project data into DPH- or CDC- designed databases, assisting with the preparation of Human Subjects protocols and applications, accessing medical records at the healthcare facilities to collect data (either remotely via the internet or on-site), performing analysis of the data using statistical software, and preparing data for professional or public presentations.

The Mission of the Department of Public Health (DPH) is to protect and improve the health and safety of the people of Connecticut by assuring the conditions in which people can be healthy, preventing disease, injury, and disability, and promoting the equal enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health, which is a human right and a priority of the state.

DPH accomplishes this through the implementation of its Strategic Plan which outlines the actions that DPH is taking to accomplish its Mission.

Are you interested in joining our team as an Epidemiologist 2? We encourage you to apply today! This position will be located centrally at our offices at 410 Capitol Avenue in Hartford. This is a full-time, first shift, 35 hour per week position with a typical work schedule of Monday through Friday. There may be opportunities for flex schedule, alternate work schedule, or teleworking, in accordance with State policies. 

We offer a competitive benefits package, excellent health care, generous leave policies, retirement plan, and more!  We also encourage a healthy work-life balance to all employees!

Selection Plan

The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.

These positions will be filled in accordance with contractual language, reemployment, SEBAC, transfer, promotion and merit employment rules. In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application.  

Due to the volume of applications anticipated, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process. Updates will be provided through your JobAps portal account. 

Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience most closely meet the preferred requirements of the position.  At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: a cover letter, resume, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency. Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications as indicated to apply for this position. 

Please Note: You will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application for this posting to the JobAps system.

This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs). You can access these RQs via an email that will be sent to you after the posting's closing date or by visiting your JobAps Personal Status Board (Certification Questionnaires section). Your responses to these RQs must be submitted by the question's expiration date. Please regularly check your email and JobAps Personal Status Board for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders on a daily basis in the event an email provider places auto-notification emails in a user's spam. 

Although applicants will receive correspondence via email, as a backup they are also encouraged to sign on to their Personal Status Board on a daily basis to monitor their status, view all emailed notices and complete tasks required in the recruitment process. 

The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.

All State employees shall follow the guidelines as listed in Executive Orders 13F (3a) and 13G (3a).

Should you have questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Chelsea Moore at Chelsea.Moore@ct.gov

PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)

In the Department of Public Health this class is accountable for performing the full range of tasks in investigating infectious, chronic and non-infectious diseases and implementing disease prevention methods.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

Leads and participates in routine epidemiologic investigations to identify risk factors and implements and evaluates resulting intervention measures; collect and collates data including performing interviews; performs data analysis and summarizes relevant epidemiologic investigation data into tables, charts and written reports; provides technical information to the professional and lay public including local health departments; collaborates in the preparation and presentation of workshops; may respond to media inquiries; maintains an orderly surveillance system capable of detecting risk factors and changes in disease patterns; may administer biologics or collect specimens such as blood and urine samples, throat and rectal swabs under the supervision of a physician.

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 and techniques; knowledge of basic biological processes; oral and written communications skills; interpersonal skills; computer skills; ability to independently perform epidemiological investigations; ability to independently collect, analyze and interpret epidemiological data.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE

Six (6) years' experience in conducting epidemiological investigations in a responsible technical or professional capacity.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SPECIAL EXPERIENCE

One (1) year of the General Experience must have involved interviewing and performing trend analyses at or above the level of Epidemiologist 1.

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 Public Health, Community Medicine 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 Public Health, Medicine or a natural or behavioral science may be substituted for the General Experience.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience conducting infectious disease surveillance including working with public health surveillance systems
  • Experience using computer software (such as RedCap, Excel, ArcGIS, R, SAS) for data entry, collection, manipulation, and for descriptive and analytic epidemiological analyses
  • Experience implementing workshops and training sessions
  • Experience communicating results of epidemiologic analyses orally and in writing including developing data visualizations (maps, graphs and tables)

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.

WORKING CONDITIONS

Incumbents in this class may be exposed to communicable diseases and hazardous substance.

Conclusion

AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.



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