Disease Research & Intervention Specialist - CD Investigations

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Education
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Posted on November 14, 2020

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Do the following interest you?
Case and outbreak investigations
Reviewing health records
Entering data and ensuring data integrity

 Public Health – Seattle & King County is seeking to fill several Disease Research and Intervention Specialist (DRIS) positions to support COVID-19 outbreak response. The positions are part of the Communicable Disease Epidemiology and Immunization Section (CD-IMMS) and will be assigned to work with the following Investigations teams – COVID Healthcare Response, COVID Community Response, and General Communicable Diseases. Major areas of responsibility include case and outbreak investigation, conducting interviews, data entry, and summarizing investigations. The DRIS work under the direction of a supervisor. 
DRIS should be committed to working with diverse populations throughout King County to provide excellent service to people from a broad range of cultures, in accordance with the King County Equity and Social Justice Ordinance and the King County Strategic Plan. The position supports and advances Public Health values for fair and culturally competent service delivery, innovative, effective and efficient application of resources, building a culture of performance and expanding opportunities to seek input, listen and respond to community members.
These positions are open continuously until filled and additional positions may be filled from this candidate pool as they come available. After consulting with the most competitive candidates and with program stakeholders, the program will assign a body of work from the list above to each DRIS hired. 

 WHO MAY APPLY: This position is open to all qualified candidates. A Special Duty Assignment (SDA) position is open to all King County career service employees who have completed their initial County probation. You must have supervisor approval prior to taking a Special Duty Assignment.
 WORK SCHEDULE: Monday through Sunday, 40 hours per week, which may include evenings. This position is subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act and is overtime eligible where time exceeds 40 hours per week. At Public Health – Seattle & King County, we strive to be accessible to those we serve. This position may require flexibility to accommodate different work schedules and work locations. The DRIS will primarily perform job duties by computer and telephone, but there are limited situations where fieldwork for investigations, including in-person interviews, are required. Overtime during evenings and weekends may be required as part of emergency response. The duration of this Special Duty/Term-Limited Temporary position is through June 30, 2021, with the possibility of extension, dependent upon funding availability.   Some of the work associated with this position will be performed remotely, at least through July 5, 2021 in compliance with King County’s telecommuting mandate. Employees will be provided with a County issued laptop and must maintain a workspace with an internet connection where they can reliably perform work and remain available and responsive during scheduled work hours.  Employees must reside in WA state and within a reasonable distance to their King County worksite to respond to workplace reporting requirements.  There will be situations where the employee is required to report to a County worksite.  Please note that when an employee conducts work that is likely to bring them in contact with another individual, safety precautions are required by the department in alignment with the Public Health Directive from the Seattle & King County Public Health Officer.
To support employees during this time 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. King County is doing its part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and remains committed to reducing our carbon footprint

WORK LOCATION: Home site is King County Chinook Building, 401 Fifth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104; will likely require remote work. 
 CONTACT: If you have questions about your application or the application process, please contact Debbie Baker, Human Resource Analyst, at debbaker@kingcounty.gov or 206-263-4053. 
 A complete application packet will consist of the following:

  • NEOGOV/Government Jobs on-line or paper application 
  • Supplemental questions 

 You may attach multiple documents if you wish with your application:
  • Copy and paste one or more documents into the text resume section of the application. 
  • Attach multiple documents/files in the resume attachment section.

 Applications and/or Supplemental Questionnaires that state "see my resume" or "see my personnel file" are considered incomplete and will not be accepted. Cover letters and/or resumes are not accepted in lieu of a completed application. Do not copy and paste content from a CV or resume as a substitute for answering the supplemental questions. Answers to the supplemental questions will be used to identify eligible candidates for this position; please provide detailed responses to these questions.
TIMELINE: Candidates who pass the initial screening (based on their responses to the supplemental questions) will be contacted approximately 1-2 weeks after the application period closes. Eligible candidates will be invited to at least one interview. Candidates will generally be notified of a final decision within 1-2 weeks of their interview date.

Job Duties

  • Conduct notifiable disease surveillance and investigations, including implementation of disease control measures. 
  • Assist with monitoring the quality of the notifiable disease surveillance data and ensuring completeness and quality of data.
  • Assist with documentation and communication on case and outbreak investigations in oral and written formats for internal and external partners, including summaries of case and outbreak investigations, drafting postings for the website, and other materials as needed. 
  • Conduct work, interviews, and investigations in a culturally competent manner. Seek out interpreter services and collaborate with community partners as needed.
  • Provide epidemiologic data, information, and technical assistance about COVID-19 surveillance and prevention, and control measures to the public, health care providers, and to other Section and Departmental programs.
  • Participate in Section's response during outbreaks and emergencies; assist with after-hours disease investigation and response activities as assigned and approved by the supervisor.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  • Demonstrated knowledge of disease surveillance and investigation methods; infectious disease management and control; health care systems structure and function; communication strategies; and adult learning and health care education.
  • Direct and recent experience with interviewing by phone or in person.
  • Demonstrated excellent communication skills that are culturally appropriate, respectful and non-judgmental.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in data entry and data management, and ability to pivot between multiple databases.
  • Detail oriented. 
  • Understanding of basic laboratory and medical terminology.
  • Experience talking on the phone with healthcare providers and laboratories.
  • Experience with data entry.
  • Demonstrated ability to carry out assignments and responsibilities reliably in a thorough, accurate, and timely manner.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality of protected health information at all times.
  • Demonstrated ability to clearly and effectively communicate orally and in writing with supervisor, co-workers, healthcare providers, and the general public.
  • Fluency in Microsoft Office applications (Outlook, Word and Excel).
  • Demonstrated ability to work well on a team. 
  • Ability to work independently with minimal direction; excellent problem-solving skills. 
  • Ability to work well under pressure with multiple competing priorities and deadlines.
  • Washington State Driver’s License or the ability to provide transportation to work locations with limited or no public transportation services is required.
  • Documentation of current BLS CPR certification required but has temporarily been waived.
Desired Qualifications
The most competitive candidates will have:
  • Experience working in a local or state public health setting
  • Experience supporting communicable disease investigations
Bilingual with the ability to read, write and speak another language besides English (preferably Spanish, Vietnamese, Somali, Russian, Chinese, Korean, Amharic, Arabic, or Ukrainian

Supplemental Information

  • This selection process may include but is not limited to: evaluation of application materials and supplemental questions, testing and interviewing. For more information on our selection process, please refer to http://www.kingcounty.gov/healthservices/health/jobs.aspx  
  • Public Health relies on office automation (Microsoft Office) and web-based enabled tools, therefore candidates must be proficient and comfortable with computer use to perform functions associated with on-going work. 
  • 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 a role as a first responder in the event of a Public Health emergency.

  • The selected candidate must pass a thorough background investigation. 
  • 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 their mandatory trainings on time.
 This position is represented by WSC of County & City Employees, Local 21.

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 experience with data collection and medical chart abstraction?
  • Yes
  • No
If you answered yes to question #1, please describe your experience. Be specific and include in your response the employer/organization and position(s) where you gained this experience, as well as number of years of experience. If you do not have this experience, then type N/A.
Do you have basic experience or knowledge of communicable disease investigations?
  • Yes
  • No
If you answered yes to question #3, please describe your experience and knowledge, and how you acquired it, including classes and/or practical experience. If you answered no, put N/A.
Do you have experience with data entry?
  • Yes
  • No
If you answered yes to question #5, please describe your experience. Include the employer or organization, the position you held, and your years of experience doing this work. Be specific. If you answered no, put N/A.
Do you have experience with providing technical information, health education, and guidance to a wide variety of audiences, including healthcare providers, colleagues, clients, and the general public?
  • Yes
  • No
If you answered yes to question #7, please describe your experience with providing technical information, health education, and guidance to a wide variety of audiences, including healthcare providers, colleagues, clients, and the general public. Include the employer or organization, the position you held, and your years of experience doing this work. Be specific. If you answered no, put N/A.
Are you applying to this position as a 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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