Disease Research and Intervention Specialist

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Health Care Provider
Posted on September 21, 2022
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This position will perform disease intervention activities associated with the control and prevention of STDs. Management of syphilis cases in King County which includes creating case records from electronic lab records, contacting providers to verify patient and treatment information, assessment of cases for new infections and previous infections

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

  • Interview patients diagnosed with STDs/HIV and elicit detailed information about personal behaviors as well as partner names, identifying information and other information.
  • Elicit detailed medical information from providers for case reporting-, including contacting providers to verify patient and treatment information.
  • Contact untreated patients and notify exposed partners to arrange for examination, diagnosis, and/or medical treatment.
  • Input and maintenance of electronic health data; ensure accuracy and completeness of data for control and evaluation.
  • Ensure adequate and timely treatment for pregnant patients and their partners
  • Monitor syphilis labs across pregnancy for possible re-infection or treatment failure
  • Develop partnerships with area OB/GYN and prenatal providers to ensure appropriate testing and timely treatment of pregnant patients as recommended by CDC treatment guidelines and case definitions.
  • Locate patients and their sex/needle sharing partners through investigative processes.
  • Conduct field visits to locate sex/needle sharing partners.
  • Supply community health providers with STD/HIV clinical care standards and regulatory and reporting requirements.
  • Conduct HIV pre- and post-testing and counseling, perform venipuncture for blood testing and collect STD specimens.
  • Create syphilis case records from electronic lab reporting (ELR)
  • Assess syphilis cases for new infections and previous infections
  • Educate patients about health risks and explore, promote and motivate patients toward behavioral changes to reduce risks.
  • Assure confidentiality of all records, data and information as required by section, department, state and/or federal regulation.
  • Interpret laboratory test and other diagnostic testing results, inform patients of results and link positive patients to treatment/care.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills


  • Demonstrated interviewing and elicitation (the act of obtaining, drawing out, or bringing out responses of others) skills.
  • Knowledge of HIV and STD transmission modes, symptoms and implications.
  • Ability to provide HIV/STD health information simply and concisely.
  • Willingness and comfort working with vulnerable populations including those experiencing homelessness, mental health, and substance use
  • Willingness to conduct outreach to locate patients for treatment and care
  • Knowledge and demonstrated application of motivational interviewing and motivational skills.
  • Ability to protect Personal Health Information (PHI) and other confidential information.
  • Ability to follow procedures/protocols and apply them to unpredictable situations.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with people of diverse backgrounds.
  • Effective and respectful verbal and written communication skills.
  • Venipuncture experience or willingness to be trained in blood draws.
  • Knowledge, skills and abilities in the areas of medical terminology, diagnosis and treatment.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective, respectful working relationships.
  • Able to speak and write effectively resulting in good notes and reports.
  • Ability to work independently and exercise good judgment in making decisions.
  • Experience with computer applications including Word, Excel, Access and web browsing.
  • Comfort making unsolicited calls (cold calls) for both patients and providers
  • Comfort with and ability to elicit detailed sexual histories from all sexual orientations and genders
  • Possess a valid WA State driver's license or ability to obtain one within 90 days of hire and willing and able to drive a county vehicle in the day and nighttime hours.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Fluency in Spanish

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.

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.

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.

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 the recruiter listed on this job announcement.

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.
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.
  • Documentation of current BLS CPR certification with AED training required at time of hire.  CPR/AED Heartsaver courses do not 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:
Current work hours are 7:30-6:00, M-F.  May be asked to adjust hours based on community needs. This role is FLSA non-exempt and is eligible for overtime.

Union Affiliation:
This position is represented by the WSCCCE L21 labor union.
If you have questions regarding the recruitment process, please contact Sarah Dunkinson, Human Resource Analyst at sdunkinson@kingcounty.gov

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?
  • Yes
  • No
If you answered yes to the previous question, 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, put N/A.
Do you have knowledge of current HIV/STD trends, clinical issues and populations most affected by HIV and STDs?
  • Yes
  • No
If you answered yes to the previous question please describe how you acquired this knowledge, including practical experience. If you answered no, put NA.
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 the previous question please attach documentation verifying your certification. Do you documentation attached?
  • Yes
  • No
Please describe your customer services skills.
Please select software programs you have working knowledge and experience in.
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Teams
  • None of the above
Are you applying to this position as an eligible current or previous King County Employee Priority Placement Program Participant? 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? 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. Additionally, 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

Required Question