Epidemiologist III - Analytics and Informatics

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Nursing
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Posted on October 17, 2020
Summary

Do the following interest you? 
Coordinating data collection
Conducting data integration
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 County is seeking to fill multiple Epidemiologist III positions to support the Analytics & Informatics team. These positions are part of the Communicable Disease Epidemiology and Immunization Section (CD-EPI). Several positions may be filled using this recruitment; positions will have either an informatics or an analytics emphasis, but work across teams, and will be assigned to support COVID-19, general communicable diseases (e.g., vaccine-preventable diseases, enterics, foodborne illness, zoonotics, hepatitis), and immunizations.

In this role, the Epidemiologist III anticipates Public Health and community needs; conducts and coordinates grant proposals and helps execute them; identifies data needed for guiding and evaluating public health programs; designs, implements, and evaluates disease surveillance systems; plans optimal methods for disseminating data; coordinates across programs; reports on findings through scientific publications, reports, lectures, seminars, press releases, planning documents and community meetings; conducts epidemiological analysis, including the identification of projections and trends in health outcomes, risk profiles and risk factors of specific communities, program impacts on health objectives and risk behaviors, and the natural history of diseases of public health importance; and interprets data to identify and prioritize key health issues and consult with health planners and other public health officials to guide policy making and the development of effective disease intervention programs.

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.

WHO MAY APPLY: These positions are 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. This position is exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act, and is not eligible for overtime pay. Work schedule is normally Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Alternative work schedules may be considered.  Occasional evening work may be required to attend meetings or events. 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. The duration of this Special Duty/Term-Limited Temporary position may be less than one year if demands on the program decrease.
 
CONTACT: If you have questions about your application or the application process, please contact Sarah Fish at sarah.fish@kingcounty.gov

APPLICATION PROCESS: 
A complete application packet will consist of the following:
  • NEOGOV/Government Jobs on-line or paper application
  • Cover letter detailing your qualifications
  • CV or resume
  • 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 (preferably in SAS, but R is acceptable) 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.).
    • If you are interested in a position with an analytics emphasis (refer to job duties below), submit an example that demonstrates your skills developing reports, 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.
 
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.

Job Duties

This job announcement may be used to recruit multiple positions. These positions will have either an informatics or an analytics emphasis, as described below. This position is distinguished from the Epidemiologist II position in that the incumbent is responsible for the full scope of supervisory responsibilities of assigned staff, for overseeing and managing multiple projects, and for identifying and carrying out public health priorities.

Informatics position:

  • Collect data from settings such as laboratories, long-term care facilities, correctional settings, homeless shelters, and schools/childcare by building partnerships, coordinating the exchange of data, designing databases, developing surveys, and implementing novel data collection strategies.
  • Conduct data integration efforts by matching/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.
  • Work with a team of database developers and epidemiologists to design and test improvements to existing databases/systems.
  • In addition to the duties described above, the Epidemiologist III role will provide technical supervision of assigned staff involved in data collection and data management.

Analytics position:
  • 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.
  • Conduct data analysis and data interpretation, including the development of 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 III role will provide technical supervision of assigned staff involved in 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
  • Expertise in analytical programming, including knowledge of SQL (for extracting or creating data sets), text string searches, coding efficiencies, arrays, recoding data values, macros, date/time calculations, applying formats to variables, merging data sets, and transposing data
  • Supervisory experience
  • Expertise in SAS coding skills is desired; expertise in R skills will be considered as a substitute for SAS
  • Experience conducting and coordinating the development of grant proposals
  • Proficient written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Experience reporting data to technical and lay audiences
  • 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.

In addition to the experience, qualifications, knowledge, and skills listed above, the following skills are also required for the informatics position:
  • Coordinating data collection strategies
  • Monitoring data quality
  • Developing data collection tools or surveys
  • Designing databases
  • Facilitating data exchange with partners
  • Conducting record linkage and data integration across databases

In addition to the experience, qualifications, knowledge, and skills listed above, the following skills are also required for the analytics position:
  • Analyzing complex databases, including longitudinal data and relational datasets
  • Creating surveillance summaries, outbreak summaries, or annual reports for internal and external audiences
  • Creating visualizations of surveillance data (using Excel, ArcGIS, R, SAS, or Tableau)
  • Knowledge of statistical theory, including hypothesis testing, multivariate analysis, trend analysis, regression analysis, sampling techniques, and confidence-interval estimation
  • Interpreting data by summarizing assumptions, conclusions, strengths and weaknesses of the data

Desired Qualifications
  • Experience analyzing data from electronic health records (EHR) or electronic laboratory reports (ELR)
  • Experience conducting time series analysis, geospatial modeling, and analyses involving syndromic surveillance data
  • Experience conducting communicable disease surveillance
  • Experience working in a local or state public health practice setting
  • Experience analyzing data for health disparities

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.

TEMPORARY TELECOMMUTING REQUIREMENT

The work associated with this position may be performed remotely, at least through January 8, 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 January 8, 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. 

NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • 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 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.

UNION AFFILIATION:
This position is not represented by a union.

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.

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Which position(s) are you applying for?
  • Informatics position
  • Analytics position
  • Both positions
02
Did you attach a cover letter, CV, and supplemental code as requested in the position announcement?
  • Yes
  • No
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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.
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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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