Director of Acute Disease Surveillance and Information

Recruitment #220110-F35A-01


The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is committed to leading Oklahoma to prosperity through health. Our mission is to protect and promote health, prevent disease and injury, and cultivate conditions by which Oklahomans can thrive. We value respect, collaboration, and service.

OSDH is seeking a full time Director of Acute Disease Surveillance and Informatics providing support to the Acute Disease Department. This is a state employee position 34001954 governed by the Civil Service Rules, located in Oklahoma City, OK. OSDH offers a comprehensive Benefits packet, including a generous benefit allowance to offset the cost of insurance premiums for employees and their eligible dependents.  For more information about the benefit allowance, follow this link  Plan Year 2022. The annual salary for this position is up to $106,000.00 based on education and experience.  

Position Summary:
The primary purpose of this position is to provide management, supervision and direction of the Acute Disease Service, Division of Surveillance and Informatics. This position has responsibility for the direction of a division with oversight of comprehensive statewide communicable disease reporting and surveillance, including electronic laboratory reporting, management of disease surveillance and investigation systems, the coordination of surveillance and reporting activities with other public health programs of the state, and supervision of epidemiologists and other professional personnel. This person will determine standards for reporting within state and federal guidelines; direct studies of program needs; and review and analyze information from studies and projects for immediate and long-range program development. This position will lead Public Health Information Network (PHIN) programmatic efforts, surveillance systems, and reporting within ADS, as related to required communicable disease PHIN reporting and messaging to CDC, and under various federal grants.

Position Responsibilities /Essential Functions:
• Provide direction and oversight to the Information Technology Service on software development and implementation, and on the maintenance and enhancement related to PHIN-mandated and necessary disease surveillance systems and other public health informatics systems including the National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (NEDSS), Electronic Laboratory-based Reporting (ELR) (including Meaningful Use reporting to Public Health), Tuberculosis Information and Case Management System, Outbreak Management System, and Health Alert Network (HAN) for rapid communication of public health information. Ensure implementation of and consistency with currently accepted data standards and national standards in development.
• Maintain the integrated data repository through oversight of querying incoming reports, de-duplication of records, and providing and maintaining secure access to the data, maintaining secure data access through setting appropriate permissions for data access, and training personnel (public and private) in the use of the disease reporting system. Ensure the maintenance of the highest level of security and confidentiality of surveillance data.
• Provide technical guidance and supervision to professional staff regarding epidemiologic and statistical methods and software. Identify, select, and implement sound scientific methodologies and reasoning to evaluate programs and data. Direct and oversee data analyses to ensure appropriate techniques and accurate interpretation of data in context of local and national disease trends.
• Maintain knowledge of state and federal laws and regulations relating to communicable and infectious diseases as well as the administration and evaluation of public health programs. Author grant applications or sections of grant applications and author progress reports for CDC core surveillance, incidence and epidemiology capacity grants, public health preparedness PHIN related grants (especially those related to PHIN system and standards implementation), electronic surveillance and reporting grants. Author Requests for Proposals (RFPs) and monitor resultant contracts related to electronic disease/health information reporting.

Other Duties:
• Demonstrates knowledge of and supports mission, vision, value statements, standards, policies and procedures, operating instructions, confidentiality standards, and the code of ethical behavior.
• Works effectively in team environment, participating and assisting their peers.
• As assigned.

Valued Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
• Thorough knowledge of infectious diseases and their appropriate treatment and control demonstrated through the ability to effectively communicate infectious disease prevention and control recommendations to other epidemiologists, healthcare providers, and the public using a variety of communication methods.
• Knowledge of infectious disease surveillance and the epidemiologic investigation design process, including conducting a review of existing literature and data in a scientific area, determining methodological techniques and processes, and designing questionnaires and other data-collection instruments is also required.
• Ability to plan, coordinate and evaluate the activities of an infectious disease surveillance work unit.
• Ability to effectively participate on internal and external committees and workgroups related to areas of infectious diseases and epidemiology.
• Ability to advise and mentor staff on program development, problem solving, and improving program delivery.
• Ability to work independently as well as part of a team; to work on multiple projects simultaneously, including during times of public health emergencies; exercise sound judgment; work discreetly and maintain confidentiality.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:
• Work is typically performed in an office setting with a climate-controlled settings 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 requires long period of sitting and daily use of computer and phone. Applicants must be willing to perform all job-related travel associated with this position.

Travel Requirements:
• Occasional


• Master of Public Health or Master of Science degree in epidemiology;
• 5 years of experience in utilizing epidemiologic methods and performing statistical analyses in epidemiologic studies, surveillance systems, analysis of surveillance data, and outbreak investigations;
• 2 years of experience with the design and implementation of surveillance systems, and with electronic reporting and standards-based electronic messaging; or a doctorate in epidemiology and two years of qualifying experience;
• 5 years supervisory experience.


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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