Epidemiologist I and II (4 positions)

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Health Care Provider
Posted on October 7, 2021
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Do the following interest you?
Coordinating data collection
Monitoring and ensuring data integrity
Developing analyses and reports based on complex data systems
Disseminating findings to technical and lay audiences

 Public Health – Seattle & King Countyis seeking to fill:

  • 1 full time  Epidemiologist I - Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Special Duty Assignment (SDA) position
  • 1 full time  Epidemiologist II -Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Special Duty Assignment (SDA) position 
  • 2 full time Epidemiologist II - Career Service Positions. 
Term-Limited Temporary positions are "at-will" positions but are eligible for benefits. These TLTs are currently anticipated to last  until June 2022. However, funding sources for this work remain uncertain and dependent upon decisions actively being made at both the federal and local levels. As a result, the end date of this position may be adjusted based on those decisions. The County and the Department continue to work to secure long term funding sources.  

These vacancies can also be filled as a Special Duty opportunity.
For Special Duty Assignment interest, you must be a Career Service, Career Service Exempt or other regular (non-temporary) employees in King County who have completed their initial County probation. You must have supervisor approval prior to taking a Special Duty Assignment.

These positions  support the Analytics & Informatics team. These positions are part of the Communicable Disease Epidemiology and Immunization Section (CD-EPI). Several positions will be filled using this recruitment; positions will be assigned to support general communicable diseases (e.g., vaccine-preventable diseases, enterics, foodborne illness, zoonotics, hepatitis) and immunizations, but may also be assigned to support COVID or other emerging diseases as program needs shift.
The Epidemiologist I works under the direction of a supervisor and does not supervise other staff.  
 The Epidemiologist II leads bodies of work, is independently responsible for the design of major surveillance projects/systems and analysis of data, and supervises the work of assigned staff.  
In accordance with the King County Equity and Social Justice Ordinance and the King County Strategic Plan, the positions support and advance 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.

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 job announcement will be used to recruit multiple positions. The positions will work in collaboration with a team of epidemiologists, disease investigation subject matter leads, and database developers. 

  • Contribute to the conceptual design of databases/systems and data collection tools (e.g., surveys and forms) to ensure that surveillance and reporting needs are met.
  • Conduct data integration by matching and merging records across complex data sources (e.g., disease reports in local/state notifiable condition systems, laboratory data, Medicaid claims, and electronic health records data).
  • Conduct data quality assurance, including data cleaning and developing data quality reports.
  • Conduct epidemiological and statistical analysis using local, state, and federal databases to support disease investigations and determine trends, incidence and prevalence of disease, and examine data for health disparities.
  • Create data visualizations and dashboards (e.g., using Tableau) for internal and external audiences.
  • Develop reports and written summaries for internal and external audiences.
  • Present findings to technical and lay audiences.
  • In addition to the duties described above, the Epidemiologist II role will provide technical supervision of assigned staff involved in data collection, data management, data analysis, and reporting.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  • Master's degree in epidemiology, informatics, biostatistics, or related field OR any equivalent combination of experience and education which provides the applicant with the skills, knowledge and abilities required to perform the work
  • Strong data coding expertise (using SAS or R), including knowledge of methodologies for extracting or creating data sets, conducting text string searches, creating coding efficiencies, working with arrays, recoding data values, writing macros, creating date/time calculations, applying formats to variables, merging data sets, and transposing data
  • Experience designing and creating data collection tools, including disease reporting forms and surveys
  • Skill conducting data quality assurance, including applying data coding expertise in order to identify data quality concerns, and using programming strategies to make corrections to data quality issues
  • Experience developing disease surveillance summaries or outbreak summaries for internal and external audiences
  • Knowledge of statistical theory, including hypothesis testing, multivariate analysis, trend analysis, regression analysis, sampling techniques, and confidence-interval estimation
  • Skill in data interpretation, including summarizing assumptions, conclusions, strengths and weaknesses of data 
  • Proficient written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work well on a team
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct projects within timelines
  • Ability to work independently with minimal direction
  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work well under pressure with multiple competing priorities and deadlines
  • Supervisory experience (for the Epidemiologist II role)

 Desired Qualifications
  • Experience conducting communicable disease surveillance
  • Experience working in a local or state public health practice setting 
  • Experience analyzing data for health disparities 
  • Experience analyzing data from electronic health records (EHR) or electronic laboratory reports (ELR)
  • Experience designing databases (e.g., in REDCap or MS Access)
  • Experience conducting deterministic and probabilistic record linkage across databases (e.g., using LinkKing, Link Plus, or similar tools/software)
  • Expertise creating visualizations of surveillance data using Tableau, Power BI, or other business analytics software
  • Experience analyzing longitudinal data and relational datasets
  • Skill in facilitating data exchange with partners
  • Experience conducting time series analysis, geospatial modeling, and analyses involving syndromic surveillance data 

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.

(New) Covid-19 Vaccination Requirement 
As of October 18, 2021, most* King County employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  If hired, you will be required to submit proof of vaccination by October 18th.   People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine.  Employees may make requests for a reasonable accommodation based on a medical disability or for sincerely held religious beliefs.  Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation.
This directive applies to 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: These positions are open to all qualified candidates.

WORK SCHEDULE: Monday through Sunday, 40 hours per week, which may including evenings. This position is subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act and is overtime eligible where time exceeds 40 hours per week. 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. 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 2022.
The work associated with this position will be performed predominantly through teleworking with reporting to office location and to meetings as needed. 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.  

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.

Pay range for Epidemiologist I is = $37.97 to $48.13 hourly
Pay range for Epidemiologist II starts at =  $41.75 to $52.92 hourly

 A complete application packet will consist of the following:

  • NEOGOV/Government Jobs on-line or paper application
  • Supplemental questions
  • Sample Materials - as described in the supplemental questions, please submit the following materials with your application. As we would like to evaluate your coding and reporting skills to date, please do not write new programs or make modifications to existing ones. If you have concerns about sharing these examples, please send an email to atar.baer@kingcounty.gov.
    • One example (is SAS or R) that demonstrates your programming skills in data manipulation (e.g., SQL, text string searches, arrays, recoding data values, macros, date/time calculations, applying formats to variables, merging data sets, transposing data, creating output in HTML/PDF/Word, etc.).
    • An example that demonstrates your technical reporting skills, including visualizations and interpretation of results.
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 2-3 weeks after the application period closes. Eligible candidates will be invited to at least one (and possibly two) interviews. Candidates will generally be notified of a final decision within 1-2 weeks of their interview date.

  • 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.

Which position(s) are you applying for?
  • Epidemiologist I position
  • Epidemiologist II position
  • Both positions
Do you have strong data coding expertise using SAS or R (e.g., SQL, text string searches, arrays, recoding data values, macros, date/time calculations, applying formats to variables, merging data sets, transposing data, etc.)? Please attach an example of your programming skills in SAS or R that highlights your skill sets.
  • Yes
  • No
Those applying for an Epidemiologist II position should have demonstrated expertise leading or supervising bodies of work. If you are applying for an Epidemiologist II position, do you have this experience? Please choose N/A if you are not applying for an Epidemiologist II position.
  • Yes
  • No
  • N/A
If you answered "Yes" to question #3, describe your experience leading or supervising bodies of work. Include the setting(s), years of experience, number of staff you have supervised, and bodies of work you have led or supervised. If you do not have this experience, please type N/A.
Do you have skills conducting data quality assurance, including applying data coding expertise in order to identify data quality concerns, and using programming strategies to make corrections to data quality issues?
  • Yes
  • No
Provide a detailed description of your data quality assurance experience, including your expertise identifying data quality concerns and making corrections to data quality issues by applying programming strategies. In your response, include years of experience (beyond coursework) and setting(s) where you applied these skill sets. If you do not have this experience, please type N/A.
Do you have experience designing and creating data collection tools, including disease reporting forms and surveys?
  • Yes
  • No
If yes to question #7, provide a detailed description of your experience designing data collection tools. In your response, include years of experience (beyond coursework) and setting(s) where you applied these skill sets. If you do not have this experience, please type N/A.
Do you have experience beyond the classroom setting creating disease surveillance summaries or outbreak summaries for internal and external audiences?
  • Yes
  • No
If yes to question #9, describe your experience. In your response, include: the setting(s), years of experience (beyond coursework), and your responsibilities in this role. Include a description of the type of disease surveillance summaries and reports you have produced, the tools you use for data visualization, and your experience interpreting data for internal and external audiences. 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.
Did you attach supplemental code as requested in question #2 and question #10?
  • Yes
  • No
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

Required Question