Disease Research and Intervention Specialist

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Health Care Provider
Posted on June 22, 2022
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Summary: The Disease Research & Intervention Specialist (DRIS) provides client-focused HIV/STD partner services, and patient counseling for risk behaviors for acquiring/transmitting HIV, hepatitis and other STDs, and explores harm reduction methods to promote and support client sexual health. The DRIS conducts all phases of disease investigation centered on gonorrhea and syphilis including: disease surveillance, patient and partner locating and notification, linkage to testing or treatment, in-clinic interviewing and support, partner counseling and referrals, and timely documentation of investigation findings into surveillance systems.

40 hours/week, 25 hours in office, 15 work from home

As the only jurisdiction in the world named after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the most influential civil rights leaders in our nation's history, King County is a vibrant international community with residents that represent countries from around the world. It is a region with increasing diversity that cherishes the traditions of many cultures.
We have a deep commitment to equity and social justice and advancing practices, strategies, and policies that promote fairness, justice, and opportunity for all – in our workplaces and our communities. With this commitment, King County has adopted a pro-equity agenda to advance regional change and ensure that residents from vulnerable communities are incorporated into our emergency planning and public outreach efforts.
To learn more, please visit http://www.kingcounty.gov/equity 

Job Duties

*This position may include some or all the following duties, depending on the needs of the program.

  • Investigating case reports of persons diagnosed with an STD in King County with an emphasis on syphilis and gonorrhea
  • Interacting with providers at medical clinics, hospitals, laboratories, and correctional facilities. 
  • Work on-clinic shifts weekly as scheduled to interview patients in Sexual Health Clinic for sex partners and provide counseling, education, and referrals as appropriate based on risk factors
  • Support Sexual Health Clinic providers during on-clinic shifts with patient medical history including treatment information
  • Interpret diagnostic testing results, inform patients of results, and link positive patients to treatment
  • Notify patients diagnosed with STDs and conduct interviews with the goal of eliciting partner names and locating information
  • Notify exposed partners to arrange for examination, testing, and/or treatment. 
  • Conduct HIV pre- and post-testing and counseling
  • Perform venipuncture collect STD specimens. 
  • Provide patients with information about potential health risks related to STDs/HIV and assist in developing a client-centered plan to reduce future risk for STDs/HIV.
  • Maintain detailed records regarding interactions with patients and needle-sharing/sex partners. 
  • Assure confidentiality of all records, data, and information as required by section, department, state and/or federal regulation.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  • Demonstrated interviewing and partner elicitation skills
  • Knowledge of HIV and STD transmission modes, symptoms, and implications. 
  • Experience in medical chart abstraction using electronic health records and/or other client level data repositories. 
  • Demonstrated ability to provide medical information in a clear and concise manner. 
  • Knowledge and demonstrated application of motivational interviewing skills. 
  • Knowledge and demonstrated application of behavior change theory and risk reduction strategies. 
  • Knowledge of HIV pre- and post-test guidelines and demonstrated education/counseling skills. 
  • Understanding of public health systems and goals.
  • Experience with data entry. 
  • Demonstrated ability to protect PHI and other confidential information. 
  • Demonstrated ability to follow procedures/protocols and apply them to unpredictable situations. 
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and connect with people of diverse backgrounds and socioeconomic statuses.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Ability to function with minimal direct supervision. 
  • Team player with a willingness to be flexible to meet the needs for DRIS on-clinic.
  • Phlebotomy experience or willingness to be trained.
  • Possess a valid WA State driver's license or ability to obtain one within 90 days of hire. 
  • Must be available to work during Sexual Health Clinic hours (Monday-Friday, 7:30am-6:00pm). Hours are subject to change based on the needs of the community and HIV/STD Program. 
  • Bilingual Spanish
Documentation of current BLS CPR certification with AED training required prior to time of hire. CPR/AED Heartsaver courses do not meet this requirement.

Supplemental Information

Forbes recently named King County as one of Washington State's best employers. 

Together, with leadership and our employees, we're changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence. Are you ready to make a difference? Come join the team dedicated to serving one of the nation's best places to live, work and play. 

Guided by our "True North", we are making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding principles--we are one team; we solve problems; we focus on the customer; we drive for results; we are racially just; we respect all people; we lead the way; and we are responsible stewards. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.

King County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer
No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement 
King County Executive Branch employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  If you are the successful candidate for the position you applied for, the County will send you a conditional offer letter. 
As a condition of employment, prior to a final offer of employment, you will be required to:

  • submit proof of vaccination or
  • have an approved request for medical or religious exemption and an approved accommodation.  Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation.
People are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after receiving the final dose of a vaccination approved by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The Executive Branch includes employees in the Executive branch, the Assessor’s Office, Elections, the King County Sheriff’s Office, and the Executive Office.

To Apply
If you are interested in pursuing this position, please follow the application instructions carefully. If you need this announcement in an alternate language or format, would like to request accommodation or assistance in the application or assessment process or if you have questions please contact your recruiter listed on this job announcement.

Who May Apply
This position is open to all qualified candidates. We are currently recruiting for 3 full time Term Limited Temporary or Special Duty Assignment positions. Length of assignment is expected to last for 1 year

Application Process: 
The following items are required to be considered for this vacancy:
  • An electronic application through www.kingcounty.gov/jobs or www.governmentjobs.com (use the "Apply" link) including work history and position duties.
  • Responses to supplemental questions. Must be detailed, complete, and thorough
Your application may be rejected as incomplete if you do not include the relevant information in the application. Cover letters and/or resumes are not accepted in lieu of a completed application. Applications and/or Supplemental Questionnaires that state "see my resume" or "see my personnel file" are considered incomplete and will not be accepted.
  • The selection process may include but is not limited to: evaluation of application materials and supplemental questions, interviewing, and testing. For more information on our selection process, please refer to www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/jobs/hiring.
  • Regular and reliable attendance, effective communication skills, and development of effective working relationships are requirements of all Public Health positions.
  • Staff may be required to play an active role in the event of a public health emergency, which may include changes in responsibilities, work location, and working hours.
Necessary Special Requirements
  • The selected candidate will be required to submit to a thorough background investigation.
  • Active CPR/BLS certification. Heartsaver cards do meet this requirement. 
  • Employees are required to protect the privacy and security of protected health information as defined in State and Federal Law.
  • Employees are required to adhere to OSHA/WISHA guidelines including but not limited to completing required training on time.
Work Schedule
Schedule will be 40 a week  between clinic hours of 7:30am - 6:00pm M-F. May be asked to adjust hours based on community needs.
Work Location: 

The home base for this position is the Sexual Health Clinic located at Harborview Medical Center, 908 Jefferson St. Seattle WA 98104.

Some of the work associated with this position will be performed  through teleworking. 25 hours in office and 15 hours flexibility to work from home. Employees will have access to shared workspaces at various King County facilities. Employees must reside in Washington state and within a reasonable distance to their King County worksite to respond to workplace reporting requirements.
Employees will be provided with a County issued laptop and must maintain a workspace with an internet connection (access may be supplemented in some situations) where they can reliably perform work and remain available and responsive during scheduled work hours. Please note that when an employee conducts work that is likely to bring them in contact with another individual, safety precautions are required, including the wearing of masks in some situations. King County is doing its part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and remains committed to reducing our carbon footprint.
King County has a robust collection of tools and resources to support working remotely. The individual selected for this opportunity will be joining an innovative and progressive team that is redefining how we work as we transition to the department's hybrid environment.  

Union Affiliation:
This position is represented by WSCCCE L21

If you have questions regarding the recruitment process, please contact Debbie Baker, HR Analyst, at debbaker@kingcounty.gov or 206-263-4053

King County offers a highly-competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees and support our employees' health and well-being.  Eligible positions receive the following benefits and have access to the following programs:

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members
  • Life and disability insurance: employees are provided basic coverage and given the opportunity to purchase additional insurance for both the employee and eligible dependents
  • Retirement: King County employees are eligible to participate in a pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a 457(b) deferred-compensation plan
  • Transportation program and ORCA transit pass
  • 10 paid holidays each year (plus 2 personal holidays)
  • Generous vacation and paid sick leave
  • Paid parental leave, family and medical leaves, and volunteer leave
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Wellness programs
  • Onsite gyms and activity centers
  • Employee giving program
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Flexible schedules and telecommuting options, depending on position
  • Training and career development programs
For additional information about employee benefits please visit our Benefits, Payroll, and Retirement Page.

This is a general description of the benefits offered to eligible King County employees, and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy.  If any information on this document conflicts with the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the CBA prevails.  Also, in the event of any incorrect information in this document, applicable laws, policies, rules, CBAs, or official plan documents will prevail.
NOTE:  Benefits for Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Short Term Temporary (STT) positions, including leave eligibility and/or participation in the pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, will vary based upon the terms and details of the position. Short Term Temporary positions are not eligible for an ORCA transit pass.
For inquiries about the specifics of this position, please contact the recruiter identified on this job posting.

Do you have demonstrated experience interviewing and eliciting information regarding sensitive, individual personal behaviors?
If you answered yes to question #1, describe your experience interviewing and eliciting information on personal behaviors. Include the employer or organization, the position(s) you held, and the length of time you worked or volunteered. Be specific. If you answered no to question #1, type N/A.
Do you have demonstrated experience extracting information from medical records or utilizing an electronic health record (EHR) in a healthcare or research setting?
  • Yes
  • No
If you answered yes to question #3, describe your experience with medical records. Include the employer or organization, the position(s) you held, the type of health record utilized, and the length of time worked with. Be specific. If you answered no to question #3, write N/A.
Do you have basic knowledge about HIV/STD epidemiology and clinical issues, specifically syphilis?
  • Yes
  • No
If you answered yes to question #5, describe your experience complying with confidentiality rules. Include the employer or organization, the position(s) you held, and the length of time you worked or volunteered in a confidential setting. Be specific. If you answered no to question #5, write N/A.
Do you have basic knowledge about HIV/STD epidemiology and clinical issues, specifically syphilis?
  • Yes
  • No
If you answered yes to question #7, describe how you acquired this knowledge, including classes and/or practical experience. If you answered no, put N/A.
Do you have experience interacting with high-needs, vulnerable populations- particularly those who are street involved, are drug using, and/or have mental health issues?
  • Yes
  • No
If you answered yes to question #9, describe your experience interacting with high-needs, vulnerable populations. Be specific and include the amount of experience you have, and the position(s) held where you applied these theories/strategies. If you answered no, put N/A.
Do you have a current BLS CPR certification with AED training? (CPR/AED Heartsaver courses do not meet this requirement).
  • Yes
  • No
If you answered yes to question #11, please attach documentation of your current BLS/CPR certification. If you answered no, please describe how you would obtain certification by time of job offer. Failure to obtain this BLS/CPR certification will result in job offer being delayed or rescinded.
Are you applying to this position as an eligible Current or Previous King County Employee Priority Placement Program Participant AND Is this position the same or lower percentage of full-time when compared to the position held at the point of the notification of layoff AND Do you possess the skills and abilities to qualify for this position?
  • Yes, I was given a layoff notice from my role at King County AND I am within two years of the effective date of my layoff. AND The position I was laid off from was the same or a higher percentage of FT status when compared to this one.
  • No.
If you answered yes to the question above and you are applying for this position as a Priority Placement Participant, to be considered, you must provide the following three pieces of information in the space provided: 1. The title you held when you received your layoff notice 2. The department you worked in 3. The effective date of your layoff

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