HCV Epidemiologist II

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Health Care Provider
Posted on September 13, 2022
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Summary

The HIV/STD Section is responsible for surveillance and investigation of HIV, sexually transmitted infections (STIs; primarily chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis), and hepatitis C (HCV) and for developing and implementing strategies to address health disparities in communities disproportionately impacted by infectious disease. Within the HIV/STD Section, the Syringe Services Program and the HCV Program are responsible for implementing public health interventions to reduce the negative consequences of drug use and support healthy individuals and communities. This includes prevention, screening and treatment for viral infections like HIV and HCV, syringe service programs, overdose prevention and education, and other interventions that address health disparities for people who use drugs (PWUD). These activities support strategies outlined in the CDC’s Division of Viral Hepatitis 2025 Strategic Plan, CDC’s Ending the HIV Epidemic in the U.S. (EHE), Hep C Free Washington’s Plan to Eliminate Hepatitis C in Washington State by 2030 and other drug user health initiatives.

The HCV Epidemiologist II will be responsible for supporting the surveillance and programmatic needs of the HCV Program, including managing complex data systems and analyses that support HCV surveillance. This includes developing data reporting and management systems, merging data across multiple data sources and systems, coordinating data collection and analysis, monitoring and ensuring data integrity, developing analyses and reports based on complex data systems, and disseminating findings to technical and lay audiences. The incumbent will be responsible for complex tasks where general procedures may not have been previously established and standard methods might not be available.

Commitment to Racial Equity and Social Justice
 
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.
 
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. 

Job Duties

The HCV Epidemiologist II will have the following job duties:

  • Lead and collaborate with other project staff to design databases/systems and data collection tools (e.g., surveys and forms) to ensure that surveillance, programmatic 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, death records and electronic health records data).
  • Conduct data quality assurance, including data cleaning and developing data quality reports, and troubleshooting data inconsistencies.
  • 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.
  • Provide data management support to drug user health initiatives (e.g., syringe service program, naloxone distribution, hepatitis C screening and treatment, etc.)
  • Develop reports and written summaries for internal and external audiences.
  • Present findings to technical and lay audiences.
  • Provide technical supervision of assigned staff involved in data collection and management.
  • Coordinate with other epidemiologists in the department on shared data systems upgrades, data management, and analyses
  • Other duties as assigned.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

Required Qualifications: 

  • 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
  • Knowledge or experience incorporating anti-racist principles of equity and social justice into surveillance system design, database design, data collection, data analysis, reporting, dissemination of data and reports, or any other approaches that may help address racism as a public health crisis
  • Experience analyzing data to identify and monitor health disparities
  • Experience designing and managing databases (e.g., in REDCap, MS Access, or SQL server)
  • 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
  • Skill in creating disease surveillance summaries and data interpretation, including summarizing assumptions, conclusions, strengths and weaknesses of data
  • 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
  • Knowledge of statistical theory, including hypothesis testing, multivariate analysis, trend analysis, regression analysis, sampling techniques, and confidence-interval estimation
  • Proficient written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work well on a team as well as independently with minimal direction 
  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work well under pressure with multiple competing priorities and deadlines
  • Strong attention to detail
DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS
  • Experience working in a local or state public health practice setting
  • Experience conducting communicable disease surveillance
  • Experience analyzing data from electronic health records (EHR) or electronic laboratory reports (ELR)
  • Experience conducting deterministic and probabilistic record linkage across databases (e.g., using LinkKing, Link Plus, Fastlink or similar tools/software)
  • Skill in 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 creating and managing Extract, Transfer, and Load (ETL) data pipelines

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 the recruiter listed on this job announcement.

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) including work history and position duties.
  • Resume
  • Responses to Supplemental Questions. Please do not copy and paste your resume or resume sections as responses to Supplemental Questions. Doing so will result in an incomplete application, unless the submitted information completely and directly answers the questions posed.
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 NeoGov 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.
  • In order to operate a County vehicle, a valid WA State Driver License is required.
 
Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00-5:00, with some evenings and weekends. This position is subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act and is overtime eligible where time exceeds 40 hours per week. 

Telecommuting:
The work associated with this position will be performed through a combination of in-person work and teleworking. 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. 

Union Affiliation:
This position is represented by the WSCCCE L21 labor union. 

Contact:
 If you have questions regarding the recruitment process, please contact Sarah Dunkinson, HR Analyst, at sdunkinson@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.

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Do you have experience designing data collection tools, designing databases, ensuring high quality data, or setting up data pipelines?
  • Yes
  • No
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If yes, please describe your experience designing data collection tools, designing databases, ensuring high quality data, or setting up data pipelines.
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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
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Do you have experience analyzing data to identify and monitor health disparities?
  • Yes
  • No
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If yes, please describe your experience analyzing data to identify and monitor health disparities.
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The HCV Program aims to implement equitable and data-driven strategies to reduce HCV-related health disparities and improve health outcomes for people impacted by HCV, with a specific focus on people who use drugs (PWUD). Please describe your experience leveraging data to address health disparities and ensure equitable health outcomes for diverse populations.
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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.
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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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