Project/Program Manager III - Healthcare Associated Infection Program

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Project Management
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Posted on November 20, 2020

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 Work Schedule: The normal work schedule for this position is Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. This position participates in the section's response during outbreaks and emergencies as approved by supervisor, and participates in after-hours and weekend call coverage for communicable disease reports from healthcare providers, approximately 6-8 weeks per year. This position is FLSA Exempt and ineligible for overtime pay.
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.

We are seeking a Healthcare Associated Infection (HAI) Program Lead (PPM III) for the Communicable Disease Epidemiology and Immunization Section (CD-Imms) of Public Health- Seattle & King County. This position is the Subject Matter Expert (SME) and program lead of the HAI Program- directing and overseeing communicable disease surveillance, case and outbreak investigation, response and prevention activities- ensuring that they are timely and quality. This work also involves developing and maintaining Section investigation and response protocols, creating internal and external communications, and overseeing and leading grant activities. Work is performed in a fast-paced, detail-oriented environment with sensitive deadlines.
 The HAI Program Lead reports to the Project Program Manager IV and supervises staff such as Public Health Nurses (PHN) and Disease Research and Intervention Specialists (DRIS). Work is performed closely with the Analytics and Informatics Team to ensure epidemiological data are collected, managed, analyzed and reported to support CD-Imms mission.
 Work Location: Chinook Building- 401 5th Ave in Seattle
 Work Schedule: The normal work schedule for this position is Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. This position participates in the section's response during outbreaks and emergencies as approved by supervisor, and participates in after-hours and weekend call coverage for communicable disease reports from healthcare providers, approximately 6-8 weeks per year. This position is FLSA Exempt and ineligible for overtime pay.

This position is scheduled to end June 30th, 2021.
 Contact: For questions about the application process, you may contact Debbie Baker, HR Analyst at or 206-263-4053.
 Application process: NEOGOV/Government Jobs on-line application. You can attach multiple documents if necessary or required, such as your cover letter or resume to your application. Your options are:

  • Copy and paste one or more documents into the text resume section of your application 
  • Attach multiple documents/files in the resume attachment section

 Your application may be rejected as incomplete if you do not include the relevant information in the online application and include the information only on the resume. 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 optional resumes are not accepted in lieu of a completed application.

Job Duties

Supervise communicable disease case and outbreak investigations, investigations of reports of infection control breaches, surveillance activities, and implementation of disease control measures, primarily for healthcare associated infections: 

  • Ensure reports are prompt and appropriately investigated and documented. 
  • Provide training and technical assistance to team members. 
  • Create, maintain and regularly update investigation protocols as assigned. 
  • Consult with leadership when managing complicated, unusual, or high-priority cases, investigations and activities, or when additional resources are needed. 
  • Oversight and Program Lead (SME) for HAI activities.
  • Conduct on site Infection Control Assessment and Response (ICAR) assessments as needed. 
 Communicate pertinent information and data to Public Health leadership, colleagues, health care providers, and the public in a timely manner:
  • Inform leadership when media attention is anticipated regarding cases, clusters, and outbreaks. 
  • Collaborate and communicate with internal and external partners, writing, editing, and/or supervising a variety of communications for a wide audience 
  • Collaborate on the design and maintain electronic tools to facilitate and create internal communications on disease investigations, outbreaks, and emergency response activities. 
  • Represent the CD-Imms section at internal and external meetings as requested. 
  • Respond to information and data requests 
  • Contribute to grant applications related to HAIs. Support, participate in, and provide Program lead (SME) oversight of grant related activities
 Collaborate with the Analytics and Informatics Team (and other Program Lead SME staff) to ensure that communicable disease surveillance data are collected, analyzed, interpreted, and summarized in a timely manner: 
  • Keep data entry protocols up to date. 
  • Summarize and present communicable disease data and performance indicators to public health staff, the medical community, and general public 
  • Use the results of epidemiological analysis to help formulate public health policy and recommendations, guide program planning, and identify problems needing additional study. 
  • Supervise and coordinate data collection and management tasks as assigned. 
  • Participate in research activities and complete administrative tasks as assigned

 Work with other SMEs to enhance the Section's capacity to respond to public health emergencies:
  • Participate in Incident Command Section (ICS) as Ops Lead or provide back-up for other SMEs during events 
  • Respond to and assess reports of suspicious substances. 
  • Design and maintain paper and electronic tools to facilitate communications during emergency response activities. 
  • Collaborate with first responder agencies and health care facilities to enhance identification and reporting of suspected bioterrorism or other communicable disease emergencies. 
  • Train staff in emergency response procedures. 
  • Participate in the design and implementation of drills to assess surveillance capabilities and epidemiological response. 
  • Participate in after action reviews of outbreak response. 

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  • General knowledge of communicable disease epidemiology, prevention and control measures 
  • Skill in translating medical information in a clear and concise manner for non-technical audiences 
  • Strong skills in investigations (case and outbreak) and conducting interviews. 
  • Background and experience in clinical work or infection control (Certification in Infection Prevention and Control, or CIC®, is desired but not required). 
  • Excellent communications skills 
  • Strong supervisory and leadership skills and experience including development, implementation, and oversight of multi-dimensional assignments 
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with others, including working as a part of a multidisciplinary team. 
  • Skill in working with the public and persons of different racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds. 
  • Skill in developing and giving presentations. 
  • Knowledge and experience working with spreadsheets and electronic databases, and familiarity with statistical analysis software. 
  • Knowledge and experience working with survey instruments.

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 
  • 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 not represented.

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.

Describe your experience overseeing and directing communicable disease case and outbreak investigations, including the number of years of experience you have doing this type of work. If you do not have any experience, please type N/A.
Describe your experience and background in clinical work, including years and type of experience and setting. Please specifically list if you have experience in infection prevention and control, and if you have your Certification in Infection Prevention and Control (CIC®). If you do not have any experience or CIC®, please type N/A.
Describe your experience and knowledge of communicable disease and outbreak investigations, including the setting(s) and number of years of experience you have beyond coursework. Please specifically list if you have experience with conducting healthcare-associated infection case or outbreak investigations, and/other outbreak investigations. If you do not have any experience, please type N/A.
Describe your experience interpreting and summarizing data, and assessing and assuring data quality, beyond coursework. Please include a description of the setting where you have applied these skill sets, and the number of years of experience you have done this type of work in a public health or communicable disease (surveillance) setting. If you do not have any experience, please type N/A.
Describe your experience in supervisory roles, including the time spent as a supervisor or manager, and the number of staff you have supervised. If you do not have any experience, 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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