Epidemiologist I and Epidemiologist II - EMS Division Regional Quality Improvement Section

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Health Care Provider
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Posted on November 11, 2020

Public Health-Seattle & King County  is seeking to fill two career-service Epidemiologist positions within the division of Emergency Medical Services (EMS). The mission of the EMS division is to increase survival and reduce disability from out-of-hospital medical emergencies in King County by using innovation, collaboration, measurement, and continuous quality improvement. Funded by the 2020-2025 EMS / Medic One Levy, the two Epidemiologist positions support the EMS mission by conducting epidemiological surveillance and scientific investigations of emergency medical conditions and affiliated health services. In alignment with King County’s Equity and Social Justice 2016-2022 Strategic Plan, we are committed to diversity of people, cultures, ideas, and experiences in support of a stronger, more culturally responsive government to our communities.

The two Epidemiologist positions serve as key resources on the EMS Regional Quality Improvement (RQI) Section’s Data Analysis Team and report directly to the RQI Data Analysis Team Supervisor (Project/Program Manager III). The Data Analysis Team routinely partners with investigators from within the EMS Division, the University of Washington, and other public health partners and organizations on various medical quality improvement and research initiatives. We lead with an inclusive, team-based approach and strive to incorporate ESJ principles throughout our work. This productive and unique collaboration across the academic and operational communities provides opportunities to improve prehospital patient care, patient health outcomes, and subsequently, the health of King County residents.

Job Duties

Examples of duties for both positions include, but are not limited to:

  • Embrace unique perspectives and work collaboratively in a diverse team to achieve organizational goals;
  • Conduct epidemiological surveillance and scientific investigations of emergency medical conditions (e.g., cardiac arrest, suspected opioid use, stroke);
  • Design, maintain, and monitor the quality of databases;
  • Analyze and assist in interpreting quantitative and qualitative data;
  • Retrieve and determine limitations of evidence used to support planning and decision-making;
  • Apply ethical principles in accessing, collecting, analyzing, using, maintaining, and disseminating data and information;
  • Consider equity and social justice principles throughout all phases of epidemiological surveillance and research (e.g. data collection, analysis, reporting);
  • Prepare data and information to be used in reports and publications;
  • Communicate with and deliver presentations and reports to regional stakeholders; and
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional duties for the Epidemiologist-II position include, but are not limited to:
  • Cultivate and evaluate strategies for application of equity and social justice principles in all phases of epidemiological surveillance and research;
  • Design of data management systems;
  • Technical oversight and evaluation of data collection methodology;
  • Analysis of epidemiological studies including selection and application of biostatistical methods; and
  • Develop manuscripts and publications for a variety of audiences.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

Successful candidates will have:
Any equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the applicant with the desired skills, knowledge and ability required to perform the duties described will be considered.

  • Work experience or coursework emphasizing epidemiology or other health sciences that is equivalent to a master’s degree in public health or closely related field
  • Knowledge of epidemiological or other scientific methods and techniques used in applied research, public health interventions, and/or quality improvement programs
  • Knowledge of equity and social justice principles and practices, and understanding of the effects of place-, race- and systems-based inequities on marginalized communities and populations.
  • Demonstrated skills and knowledge of methods and techniques used in data collection, data management, and/or data quality assurance that result in complete and accurate datasets
  • Demonstrated skills and knowledge of utilizing a data registry, data repository, electronic  health record (EHR) system, and/or other large patient-based database
  • Demonstrated skills, knowledge, and experience with statistical software tools (e.g., SAS, R, STATA, SPSS)
  • Demonstrated skills and knowledge of biostatistical principles and methods used in public health, medical, or related discipline
  • Skill in following research and other data protocols without compromising confidentiality of information
  • Skill in translating and communicating medical and statistical information into a clear and concise form for technical and non-technical audiences
  • Skills in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships and ability to work with diverse work teams

Desired Qualifcations:
  • Demonstrated skill or experience in quality improvement programs, public health interventions, and/or applied research from inception to completion.
  • Experience preparing documentation for Internal Review Board (IRB) or other regulatory process
  • Knowledge of or experience in employing various methods and techniques used for quality improvement of data or data systems.
  • Demonstrated skill and knowledge in gathering evidence from a variety of sources (e.g. research findings, case reports, surveys) and identifying limitations of evidence (e.g. validity, reliability, bias, generalizability).
  • Knowledge of and skill in following HIPAA-compliance protocols, Good Clinical Practice standards, or other regulatory guidelines to maintain the confidentiality of information.
  • Demonstrated skills and knowledge of data visualization tools (e.g., Tableau, Power-BI)
  • Knowledge of and skill in principles of Equity and Social Justice and application to public health and data analysis.

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.

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: These full-time Career Service positions are open to all qualified candidates.

SALARY INFORMATION (depending on qualifications): 
$37.97 - $48.13 Hourly: Epidemiologist I
$41.75 - $52.92 Hourly: Epidemiologist II

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).
  • A current resume.
  • Cover letter which details how you meet or exceed the qualifications.
  • Responses to the supplemental questionnaire.
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 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 required training on time.

Work Schedule and Location
The regular work week is 40 hours, Monday through Friday and may need occasional evening, weekend, and on-call work. These positions are non-exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and are overtime eligible. The base location for these positions is Chinook Building.

Temporary Telecommuting Requirement
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.

Union Affiliation:
These positions are represented by the Local 21HD, Council District 2 union.

 If you have questions regarding the recruitment process, please contact Nic Horea, Senior Human Resource Analyst at nicolae.horea@kingcounty.gov or 206-263-8736.


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.

Developed out of the 2016-2022 Equity and Social Justice (ESJ) Strategic Plan, King County fosters a vision where all people have equitable opportunities to thrive. Please describe what role you think an Epidemiologist can play in support of King County's ESJ vision and what unique perspective you might bring to this effort.
Do you have experience with data collection tools, development and use of data dictionaries or documentation guidelines, monitoring data quality, and data quality improvement activities?
  • Yes
  • No
If you answered "yes" to question #2, please provide a detailed description of your experience and setting(s) where you applied these skill sets. If you do not have this experience, please type N/A.
Do you have experience with using statistical software packages (e.g. SAS, STATA, SPSS, R) for the purpose of running data queries, data integration (e.g. merging datasets), data translation (e.g. recoding, calculating variables), and creating analytic datasets?
  • Yes
  • No
If you answered "yes" to question #4, please provide a detailed description of your skills and experience, including software packages used, and setting(s) where you applied these skill sets. If you do not have this experience, please type N/A.
Do you have experience in analyzing epidemiological or other health-related data to prepare data summaries, data visualizations, and interpretation for reports, publications, and/or presentations?
  • Yes
  • No
If you answered "yes" to question #6, please provide a describe a detailed description of your experience, including any data visualization tools used (e.g. Tableau), and setting(s) where you applied these skill sets. Please attach an example of a report that you have produced that highlights your skill sets. If you do not have this experience, please type N/A.
Do you have work experience in selection and application of biostatistical methods and techniques in order to analyze and draw meaningful conclusions from epidemiological or other health-related data?
  • Yes
  • No
If you answered "yes" to question #8, please provide a describe a detailed description of your experience, including types of biostatistical methods used, and setting(s) where you applied these skill sets. If you do not have this experience, please type N/A.
If you would like to be considered for the Epidemiologist-II position, describe your work experience in designing epidemiological studies, research studies, and/or complex public health surveillance systems. Please attach an example of a report or publication that you have produced that highlights your skill sets in this capacity. If you do not wish to be considered for this position, please type 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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