EPRS Infectious Disease Planning Specialist

Recruitment #211022-UNCX-684


The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is committed to providing quality health services to Oklahoma citizens. The mission of the Department of Health is to promote, protect and improve the health of all Oklahomans through strategies that focus on preventing disease and injuries.

OSDH is seeking a full-time EPRS Infectious Disease Planning Specialist providing support to Emergency Preparedness and Response Service Health Department. The duty station will be determined upon hire. This is an unclassified position in state government located in Oklahoma City, OK. OSDH offers a comprehensive Benefits Packageincluding a generous benefit allowance to offset the cost of insurance premiums for employees and their eligible dependentsFor more information about the benefit allowance [click here].The annual salary for this position is up to $53,200 based on education and experience.

Position Description:
As the EPRS Infectious Disease Planning Specialist, you will provide subject matter expertise towards the planning responsibilities considering infection control and prevention strategies for Oklahoma's COVID-19 response to include vaccinations and testing planning, and coordinate with staff within the Emergency Preparedness and Response Service. To include and not be limited to planning, development, and implementation of disease control and prevention programs and activities, consultation, investigations, training, and working with other programs related to communicable diseases. You will be an integral member of the team working to expand the readiness of OSDH within the Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Capabilities.

Duties include, but are not limited to:
•Work with Acute Disease, Nursing Services, and other areas as needed in relation to infection control and prevention strategies in the field and inside agency facilities.
•Lead the workgroup to update and maintain the Pandemic Response Annex of the OSDH Emergency Response Plan.
•Collaborate and contribute to the update and maintenance of the Catastrophic Health Emergency Annex of the OSDH Emergency Response Plan.
•Collaborate and contribute to the updates of the OSDH Infection Prevention and Control Manual and Epi Manual.
•Supplement the All-Hazards Incident Support Team
•Fosters strong relationships with all internal stakeholders to drive a culture of mutual accountability, collaboration and partnership.
•Ensures seamless alignment with key stakeholders and consistency of messaging regarding pandemic response needs and future pandemic considerations.
•Seeks out inputs and support from stakeholders in guaranteeing that partners are able to provide input and help set strategy for the pandemic response.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
•Knowledge of various types of communicable diseases; of state and federal laws concerning the treatment and reporting of various types of infections or exposure to various diseases; of medical and epidemiological aspects of diseases; of laboratory procedures used in the diagnosis of disease or infections; and of the principles of interviewing and training.
•Ability is required to work with groups and individuals; to provide information concerning communicable diseases; and to gather and disseminate information.
•Capable of cultivating a strong team environment across regions and functions. Track record of delivering results against tight deadlines. Exceptional communication skills, including written, verbal and presentations. Strong planning, prioritization, and project management competencies. Must enjoy working in a fast paced, quickly evolving role

Physical Demands and Work Environment
Work is typically performed in an office setting with a climate-controlled setting and exposure to moderate noise level. While performing the duties of the job, employee is required to talk, stand, walk and reach with hands and arms. This position may require long periods of sitting and daily use of computer and phone. Applicant is required to work hours other than the regular schedule such as nights and weekends during potential or actual public health threats to the State of Oklahoma. Applicants must be willing to perform all job-related travel associated with this position.


Bachelor’s degree in epidemiology, public health, or a closely related field. 


If education, certification or licensure is required to meet qualifications, applicants must provide documentation at the time of interview. 

All applicants are subject to a background check and must be legally authorized to work in the United States without visa sponsorship.


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Veteran’s preference points apply only for initial appointment in the classified service.