Epidemiologist I - APDE

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Health Care Provider
Posted on September 8, 2022
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The Assessment, Policy Development, and Evaluation unit at Public Health Seattle & King County is seeking Public Health Data Analysts who are highly skilled at collecting, preparing, analyzing, visualizing, interpreting, and disseminating quantitative population health data in collaboration with partners, including community-based organizations and community members. We seek to operationalize and embed equity in all of our work. We are seeking data analysts who will bring their lived experiences as well as their technical competencies to work on a dynamic portfolio of projects that work to improve the health of King County residents. This position reports to an Epidemiologist II.

The work will focus on conducting quantitative analyses using public health population and performance datasets, particularly focused on chronic disease, health behaviors, health care visits, social determinants of health, and parent-child health, and sharing findings from these analyses in a variety of formats including data visualizations and presentations.  Collaborations occur across epidemiologists, program managers, community and academic partners, and other King County agencies.  Individuals who enjoy working with people and who want to support communities via their technical skills are encouraged to apply. 

This posting is open continuous with the first review of applicants to take place on September 28, 2022.

About the Department:

Public Health-Seattle King County (PHSKC) is the metropolitan health department serving all of King County. The mission of PHSKC is to eliminate health inequities and maximize opportunities for every person to achieve optimal health. This position is based in the Assessment, Policy Development, and Evaluation (APDE), Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention (CDIP), and Communities of Opportunity (COO) division of PHSKC. APDE is a nationally recognized leader in community health assessment, providing health assessment data and analysis to inform planning, policies, and actions, and develop innovative interventions to improve the health of King County residents. More information about the work of the APDE unit can be found at http://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/data.aspx.

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.
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.
Who May Apply: 

This full-time  position is open to all qualified applicants.
Work Schedule: 

The normal work schedule for this position is Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and will, from time to time, require evening or weekend meetings.

The work associated with this position will be performed predominantly through teleworking complemented with onsite work and 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.  

Job Duties

  • Prepare and conduct analyses using large datasets to guide and support public health priorities (e.g. Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Healthy Youth Survey, Medicaid claims, Medicare claims, electronic health records, birth certificate, death certificate, hospitalization, Census, public health program data, etc.).
  • Identify key findings, interpret results, and develop/maintain data visualizations that highlight meaningful data to inform needs assessments and evaluations.
  • Support data collection, including testing of data collection instruments and monitoring quality of databases.
  • Prepare information to clearly communicate findings, and develop presentations, reports, websites, and data visualizations for technical and non-technical audiences and stakeholders.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  • Deep knowledge of equity and social justice principles and practices; lived experience with and understanding of the effects of place-, race- and policy & systems-based inequities on communities of color. 
  • Demonstrated knowledge of population-based public health practices and principles.
  • Experience conducting quantitative analyses, using datasets, spreadsheets, charts, maps, interactive visualizations, and/or databases.
  • Experience preparing and presenting data and conclusions in reports, papers, dashboards and presentations to non-technical audiences.
  • Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Skill working independently, as part of a team, and working with non-technical audiences and stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with, successfully collaborate, and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of individuals from diverse backgrounds, including community members, agency representatives and partners.  
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct projects within timeline and budget.
  • Skill and demonstrated proficiency in: Microsoft Office products (such as Excel, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, SharePoint, Teams); database creation and maintenance, project management, and software for quantitative analysis (such as Stata, R, SQL, Python, Tableau, Github).   

  • Any equivalent combination of experience and education that provides the applicant with the desired skills, knowledge, and ability required to perform the work.

Desired Qualification:
  • Local experience in King County or Washington State
  • Prior experience working with quantitative public health datasets, such as Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Healthy Youth Survey, Medicaid, Medicare, electronic health records, birth certificate, death certificate, hospitalization, Census/American Community Survey, or public health program data
  • Prior experience preparing and analyzing data using one or more advanced statistical software (e.g. R, Stata, SQL, Python, and/or GIS packages)
  • 1+ years of experience visualizing data interactively using Tableau or similar software
  • Background and experience in public health informatics, epidemiology, biostatistics, health services, health economics, or public policy

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 your recruiter listed on this job announcement.
Application process:

Applications will be reviewed after the job posting closes. The following items are required to be considered for this vacancy:

  1. An electronic application through www.kingcounty.gov/jobs or www.governmentjobs.com (use the "Apply" link) including work history and position duties.
  2. Responses to supplemental questions.
  3. Resume OR Curriculum Vitae 
  4. Attach a cover letter detailing your background and describing how you meet or exceed the requirements.
  5. Attach example(s) of your work from each of the categories below:
  • A figure or visual graphic you produced to share study findings with a general audience (e.g. PowerPoint, infographic, dashboard, etc.)
  • One or two examples of statistical programs you have written 

Please do not use "see resume" in your application or answers to supplemental questions as these will be considered incomplete.
Please do not copy and paste your entire resume, or copy and paste your entire job history, as your answers to the supplemental questions as these will be considered incomplete.
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 do not include the standard information in the application. Providing information only in a resume will not be considered a complete application.
Your application materials must validate your answers to the supplemental questions. If your answers cannot be validated, you will not proceed to the next steps of the process.
The selected candidate will be required to pass a thorough background investigation. In the event the job classification requires an exam; an offer of employment will be contingent on passing a pre-employment physical exam and must maintain security clearance.
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/jobs/applying.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.
Employees are required to adhere to OSHA/WISHA guidelines including but not limited to completing their mandatory trainings on time and obtaining required immunizations.
Regular and reliable attendance, effective communication skills, and development of effective working relationships are requirements of all Public Health positions.
Employees are required to protect the privacy and security of protected health information as defined in State and Federal Law.
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.
If you need a disability accommodation in the application or testing process, please call the contact number listed on the job announcement.
Applicants from this job posting may be used to fill temporary or other positions in this classification for a period of up to a 6 months.
Union affiliation:

 Local 21

For more information about the application process please contact Mark Lacy at Mlacy@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.

In order for your application to be considered complete, you must attach the following example(s) of your work from each of the categories below: • A figure or visual graphic you produced to share study findings with a general audience (e.g., PowerPoint, infographic, dashboard, etc.) • One or two examples of statistical programs you have written. Please do not write new programs or modify existing programs. If you have concerns about sharing an example, please contact Human Resources above. The program can be in SAS, R, Stata, SQL; it should demonstrate your skills and experience in data cleaning, dataset linkage, data manipulation (creating, recoding, applying formats), quality assurance, conducting analyses and creating output for reports/visualization/dissemination. Please certify that you have attached the required materials.
  • Yes- I attached the required materials
  • No- I did not attach the required materials. I understand my application will not be considered complete without the 3 attachments OR I have contacted Human Resources.
A primary focus of Public Health – Seattle & King County is the elimination of health inequities. Drawing from your own experience, how do you apply these principles to your analytic work?
Please select all that you have demonstrated knowledge of and experience in
  • Public health principles, practices
  • Monitoring quality of databases
  • Data analysis
  • Data visualization tools
  • Sharing data/findings with non-technical audiences
Please describe your knowledge in each of these areas checked in the prior question, the number of years of experience, how it was obtained, your responsibilities in these projects, and provide examples of how you applied this knowledge.
Please list the software you have used to #1: Conduct Analyses, and #2: Develop Visualizations, or Make Maps. For each software you list, please specify the length of time you've used them, your level of expertise (novice, advanced beginner, competent, proficient, expert), and give one example of how you've used it.
Describe your experience collecting, preparing, analyzing, visualizing, interpreting, or disseminating population health data in collaboration with racially/ethnically diverse communities. Describe how you have applied (or will apply) your personal lived experiences and technical competencies to community-engaged data partnerships. If you do not have this experience, please put N/A.
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

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