Disease Research & Intervention Specialist - MMP

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Education
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Posted on May 4, 2021

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Public Health's Prevention Division is looking for an interviewer/recruiter Disease Research and Intervention Specialist for their Medical Monitoring Project (MMP). The primary purpose of this position is to recruit and interview people sampled for this project. The Medical Monitoring Project is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and implemented by state and local health departments to monitor clinical, socio demographic, and behavioral characteristics of a random sample of adult with diagnosed HIV. (https://www.cdc.gov/hiv/statistics/systems/mmp/).  People sampled for MMP are contacted by MMP staff and invited to participate in a one-time 60-75 minute interview.  The project also reviews medical records of the interviewed participants, and the person in this position will also assist in this task. Findings from MMP are used to improve services for people with HIV and inform HIV prevention strategies.

 WHO MAY APPLY: This position is Career Service. It is open to all qualified applicants.

 WORK SCHEDULE: After a standard full time daytime schedule training period for two or three weeks (Monday to Friday 8:30 to 5:00 pm), this position requires substantial evening and weekend work. The exact schedule is flexible, the preferred hours --0.75 FTE (30 hours a week) --are 1 pm  to 7:30pm Thursday through Monday.  Additional hours may be possible, depending on funding and the selected applicant’s availability.
 At Seattle/King County Public Health we strive to be accessible to those we serve. This position may require flexibility to accommodate different work schedules and work locations.
 WORK LOCATION: This position will primarily work at the Chinook Building and other Public Health Sites as needed. 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. It is possible that the work will be primarily performed remotely on an ongoing basis after July 5, 2021.  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.  
 APPLICATION PROCESS: The following items are required to be considered for this vacancy:

  • NEOGOV/Government Jobs on-line or paper application 
  • Supplemental Questions with complete, thorough answers. Answers that say "see resume" will be considered incomplete. 
  • Cover letter which details how you meet or exceed the qualifications.
You may attach multiple documents if you wish:
  • Copy and paste one or more documents into the text resume section of the application. 
  • Attach multiple documents/files in the resume/attachment section.
Your application may be rejected as incomplete if you if you do not include the standard information in the application. Include relevant information only on the resume or cover letter. If you reference "see resume" on your application it will be considered incomplete. You must completely fill out the application with your relevant education and work experience.
 CONTACT: For questions about this recruitment, please email Debbie Baker, Human Resource Analyst at debbaker@kingcounty.gov or 206-263-4053

Job Duties

  • Recruit sampled adults by mailing letters, making cold-calls, and sending text messages. 
  • Screen potential participants for eligibility and obtain informed consent. 
  • Conduct in-depth, standardized surveys with participants. 
  • Maintain detailed records in multiple locations/systems. 
  • Follow strict data security and confidentiality protocols. 
  • Participate in MMP trainings and required Public Health trainings. 
  • Other duties as assigned.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  • Ability to work independently and to self-motivate to meet project goals and deadlines. 
  • Enthusiasm for and ability to approach strangers and quickly build rapport. 
  • Ability to strictly adhere to detailed protocols. 
  • Ability to comply with strict protocols for data security and confidentiality. 
  • Strong attention to details and accuracy. 
  • Accomplishes tasks in a timely manner. 
  • Basic knowledge of HIV-related issues and medical terminology. 
  • Ability to establish trust with people of varying sexual orientation & gender identities, racial/ethnic backgrounds, and socioeconomic status. 
  • Strong oral communication skills. 
  • Ability to learn and work within specific computer databases. 
  • Ability to ask strangers difficult questions on difficult topics: e.g., sexual abuse/assault, physical / psychological abuse, mental health, substance abuse. 
  • Have persistence in the face of rejection and non-response.
  • Basic to intermediate skills in Microsoft Office products, including Excel and Word (skills will be tested).
 Desired Qualifications:
  • Experience in conducting structured or research interviews. 
  • Experience with HIV. 
  • Experience with medical terminology and medical records. 
  • Experience working with diverse communities, including sexual and gender minorities, people who inject drugs, people living homeless, and other disadvantaged persons
  • Fluency in Spanish or another language people living with HIV may use (e.g. Vietnamese, Amharic, Tigrinya)

Supplemental Information

  • 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 
  • Staff may be required to play an active role in the event of a public health emergency, which may include changes in responsibilities and working hours. 
  • Applicants should be committed to working with diverse populations throughout King County to provide excellent customer service to a broad range of cultures, in accordance with the King County Equity and Social Justice Ordinance and the King County Strategic Plan.  This position supports and advances King County's 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 industry and residents.

  • The selected candidate will be required to pass a thorough background investigation. 
  • CPR/BLS required before hire
  • 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 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.

The information provided in your application must support your selected answers in the supplemental questions below. The information you provide will be verified and documentation may be required. Please be as honest and accurate as possible. You may be asked to demonstrate your knowledge and skills in an interview. By completing this supplemental questionnaire, you are attesting that the information you have provided is accurate. Any misstatements, omissions, or falsification of information may eliminate you from consideration or result in dismissal. "See resume" is not an acceptable answer to the questions. Do you agree?
  • Yes
  • No
How much experience do you have recruiting or enrolling people in surveys or research or evaluation projects (just the recruitment/enrollment, not actually interviewing for this question)?
  • None
  • A small amount
  • An extensive amount
If you have had any experience enrolling people in surveys, research, or evaluation projects please briefly describe your experience, including (1) where you enrolled people, (2) the total length of time you did this (such as full time for 2 years or half time for 3 months), (3) the type(s) of people you enrolled and (4) the methods you used to find and enroll people. Please address numbers 1-4 and number them accordingly. (Or type "N/A" if none).
How much experience do you have conducting structured interviews with participants in research or evaluation projects?
  • None
  • A small amount
  • An extensive amount
If any experience conducting interviews please briefly describe (1) your experience, including (1) about how many people you interviewed, (2) the length of the interview and (3) the characteristics of the people interviewed and (4) the type(s) of questions you asked. Please address numbers 1-4 and number them accordingly. If no experience doing this, please type N/A.
How much experience do you have using Excel spreadsheets?
  • None
  • A small amount
  • An extensive amount
Please describe your experience working with men who have sex with men, transgender individuals, people who use injection drugs, people living homeless, and people with limited English proficiency. Include your role, how long you were in that role and the rough number of persons in each category you might have worked with (in any stated time frame).
How much knowledge do you have about HIV, such as prevention, epidemiology, and its clinical course with and without treatment?
  • None
  • A small amount
  • An extensive amount
Do you have experience making outside referrals and/or coordinating care with another organization (i.e. insurance navigation, medical/dental services, housing, substance abuse treatment, mental health services)?
  • Yes
  • No
If you answered yes to the previous question, please describe your experience and include the employer/s or organization/s you worked for and referred people to, If you answered no, please put NA.
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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