Do you want to be a disease detective who helps stop the spread of STIs and HIV? Interested in joining the outstanding team at the Connecticut Department of Public Health? We encourage you to apply today!
We are seeking a qualified individual for the position of Epidemiologist 1 (Infectious and Chronic Diseases), to be on the frontline of our Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Control Program. This position will be located centrally at our offices at 410 Capitol Avenue in Hartford. This is a full-time, first shift, thirty five (35) hour per week position with a typical work schedule of Monday through Friday. There is some opportunity for a flexible/alternate work schedule and telework opportunities, in accordance with State policies.
The STD Control Program works to prevent the spread of infectious diseases such as syphilis and HIV, by connecting people to appropriate testing and treatment services, identifying people at risk of infection, and notifying people of exposure to sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Program staff work to ensure that all Connecticut residents have equal chances for health regardless of race, ethnicity, age, gender, socioeconomic position, immigrant status, sexual orientation, language, disability, housing status, or geographic area of residence. The STD Control Program is committed to employing a diverse and skilled workforce representative of the communities we serve. The Program is growing and was recently awarded a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) grant to build the public health workforce of the future.
In this role you will:
- Be a Disease Intervention Specialist who will positively impact health outcomes in our communities
- Investigate outbreaks, provide risk reduction education, and collaborate with healthcare providers and community-based organizations
- Interview, counsel, educate, and refer clients and their partners to treatment and services
- Be trained in STDs, HIV, TB, Hepatitis, COVID-19, and other infectious diseases and will work directly with diverse populations across Connecticut to ensure they get the care they need and prevent further spread of preventable diseases
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
- 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.
We participate in a competitive benefits plan that includes healthcare coverage, a retirement plan, as well as paid time off! We encourage a healthy work/life balance. The Department of Public Health also offers free parking with shuttle service, educational support, and continuous access to training.
This position may be subject to Federal requirements for COVID-19 Vaccination Immunization.
- In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening. The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
- You must specify your qualifications on your application. You will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application for this posting to the JobAps system.
- In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.
- All application materials must be received by the recruiting agency by the time specified on the job opening for the position for which you are applying. Late applications may not be submitted and will not be considered. Exceptions are rare and limited to documented events that incapacitate a candidate during the entire duration of the job posting time period. It is the candidate’s obligation and responsibility to request an exception and provide a legally recognized justification to accommodate such exception. Requests should be made to DAS.SHRM@ct.gov.
- This position will be filled in accordance with contractual language, reemployment, SEBAC, transfer, promotion and merit employment rules.
Important Next Step Information for After You Apply:
- 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.
- 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.
- Note: 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, transcripts, diplomas, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.
- The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
- Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position.
- Candidates who are offered and accept a position with the State of Connecticut are bound by the State Code of Ethics for Public Officials and State Employees which is available at www.ct.gov/ethics.
Connect With Us:
- Due to the large volume of applications received, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process.
- Updates will be available through your JobAps portal account. If you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment please contact Joseph K. Fried at Joseph.Fried@ct.gov, 860-924-7053.
FOR ASSISTANCE IN APPLYING:
PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)
In the Department of Public Health this class is accountable for assisting is the compilation and interpretation of epidemiologic/scientific data and statistics including field investigations and literature review.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Assists program staff in epidemiologic investigations of acute and chronic diseases; assists in interviewing of individuals relative to disease outbreaks; under supervison of an Epidemiologist of higher grade, maintains a surveillance system capable of detecting risk factors and changes in disease patterns; makes appropriate contacts with public health and other agencies, health professionals, hospitals, etc. to facilitate disease follow up and surveillance; answers general informational questions from the public and medical community; regularly reviews scientific literature to maintain a current knowledge of pertinent disease processes; may administer biologics or collect specimens such as blood and urine samples, throat and rectal swabs under supervision of a physician; may compile statistics and do less complex calculations and interpretations; performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Knowledge of infectious/chronic disease epidemiology; knowledge of relevant disease processes which affect humans and animals; knowledge of epidemiological methods; knowledge of basic biological processes; interpersonal skills; oral and written communications skills; ability to research scientific literature and develop and gather data.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Five (5) years' experience in a responsible technical or professional capacity in epidemiological investigations.
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 a related discipline including community medicine, public health or a related health science may be substituted for the General Experience.
3. A Doctorate in a related discipline such as medicine, public health or a natural or behavioral science may be substituted for the General Experience.
- Experience establishing collaborative relationships with medical professionals and social services providers to facilitate referrals to heath care, medical case management, and community-based resources
- Experience working with data, including maintaining confidentiality and security of personal health information, data collection, data entry, and performing descriptive analysis
- Experience giving oral presentations to healthcare providers, stakeholders and/or community members
- Experience performing community outreach in underserved communities and addressing each client's unique needs in a culturally competent manner
- Experience contacting public health agencies, hospitals, medical providers, community-based organizations and/or the public to facilitate disease follow up and surveillance and/or answer general questions
- Bilingual in any language other than English
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.
Incumbents in this class may be exposed to communicable diseases and hazardous substances.
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.