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Epidemiologist II - Informatics - Extra Help (Open)

Company: The County of San Mateo
Location: San Mateo
Posted on: November 18, 2021

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Description San Mateo County Health is seeking a well-qualified individual for the position of Epidemiologist II - Informatics - Extra Help. The Epidemiologist II will work under the guidance of a Supervising Epidemiologist and the Epidemiology Program Manager, as a member of the Public Health Policy and Planning Division (PHPP) and a 14-person team of epidemiologists who provide analytical leadership and disease surveillance for the County. This Epidemiologist II will primarily support efforts to increase the use of public health informatics by the Office of Epidemiology and Evaluation (OEE). The Epidemiologist II will also assist the Supervising Epidemiologist and other OEE staff with implementing an informatics-based approach to Epidemiology programmatic work. The Epidemiologist II will work in a collaborative and positive environment with a strong, diverse, and sophisticated epidemiology unit that works closely across divisions and programs within San Mateo County Health, as well as other County departments. The OEE works on communicable disease, chronic disease, and other public health surveillance; conducts GIS mapping and analyses to advance a place-based, policy, and equity agenda; provides technical leadership across County Health and the County overall on public health data collection, analysis, and reporting; and engages in special projects led by County Health leadership. The Public Health Policy and Planning Division provides opportunities for professional growth and maintains a flexible and open culture that stems from a belief that staff are motivated to meet the goals of County Health, serve the public, and be good partners to colleagues, community groups, and other agencies. The Epidemiologist II position has opportunities for telework and some scheduling flexibility based on performance. Primary responsibilities include: * Assist with the development of a data warehouse/datamart for OEE and identify optimal ways to transfer data to the data warehouse/datamart in a consistent and secure manner. * Implement public health informatics tools and systems to enable and enhance surveillance and population-based studies of the health status of the residents of San Mateo County. * Conduct periodic assessments of the Epidemiology program's data systems and produce timely, meaningful, and actionable information about the status; make recommendations regarding changes. * Work with other Epidemiology staff to maintain and update the online data platform that is used both internally and externally as a data resource. * Collate, analyze, interpret, and visualize data from a variety of sources, with a particular focus on large health and health-related datasets. * Build data dashboards and other web applications and make technical and informational presentations to professional and lay groups in the community. * Perform related duties as assigned. The ideal candidate will have a positive can-do attitude, work well in a collaborative team environment as well as independently; have experience in or knowledge of public health informatics; be proficient in the use of SAS, SPSS, Stata, R, Python, or SQL, and GIS; have experience with Microsoft Azure and Power Apps; have experience in building data visualization applications; and be successful in communicating to a diverse group of stakeholders. NOTE:This is an extra-help, at-will assignment, paid on an hourly basis. Some extra help positions are eligible for benefits under the Affordable Care Act. Extra help employees are not guaranteed permanent status at the end of the assignment. Qualifications Knowledge of: * Basic principles and foundations of epidemiology. * Basic principles and foundations of biostatistics. * Basic use of geographic information systems (GIS). * Principles of epidemiological investigation and disease control and prevention in the community. * Analysis of variety of public health and other data from secondary sources. * Sources of secondary public health and other social and demographic data. * State and local laws, regulations and policies governing the investigation and reporting of communicable and other diseases. Skill/Ability to: * Identify potential communicable or other acute health conditions and take appropriate action. * Collect, interpret and analyze health data and draw valid conclusions and prepare statistical and narrative reports. * Work effectively with a wide range of health professionals and the public regarding sensitive health issues. * Present findings and analysis using mapping and spatial analysis. * Communicate orally and in writing to professional and lay audiences. * Collect, interpret and evaluate health data and draw valid conclusions. * Organize and evaluate disease prevention and control programs. * Assist in instructing and training others. Education: Possession of a Master's degree with an emphasis in epidemiology and/or analysis and assessment. Substitutions Epidemiologist I: A doctoral degree in epidemiology OR a bachelor's or other non-epidemiology professional degree or certification and two years of experience performing epidemiology work under the guidance of a mid-level or senior-level epidemiologist. Epidemiologist II:A doctoral degree in epidemiology OR a bachelor's or other non-epidemiology professional degree or certification and four years of experience performing epidemiology work under the guidance of a senior-level epidemiologist. Experience: Any combination of experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to qualify at the II Level isat least two years of experience in public health epidemiology. Application/Examination If you are interested in being considered for this Extra Help position, the following materials must be submitted via e-mail in a Word or PDF format. * Resum-- * Responses to Supplemental Questions Supplemental Questions: * Which of the following indicates how you meet the requirementfor this position: * Possession of a Master's degree with an emphasis in epidemiology and/or analysis and assessment * Substitution: A doctoral degree in epidemiology * Substitution: A bachelor's or other non-epidemiology professional degree or certification AND four years of experience performing epidemiology work under the guidance of a mid-level or senior-level epidemiologist. Describe theeducation, training and work experience that qualify you for a position of Epidemiologist II.Include experience in public health informatics, if any. Be specific.Describe your experience developing databases and/or data warehouses, particularly using Microsoft Azure. Be specific.Describe your experience working with large health-related data sets, including linking and matching datasets, using application programming interfaces (APIs), and HL7 messaging for transmitting ELR/EHR data. Be specific.Describe your experience with computer applications that relate to data management, analysis, and visualization; specifically discuss your experience using SAS, Stata, SPSS, R, Python, or SQL and GIS (ArcGIS Pro and ArcGIS Online). Include the applications, types of data and the process.Be specific. Please include the words "Epidemiologist II - Informatics - Extra Help" in the subject area of email submissions to: Karen Pfister,Health Services Manager I, Office of Epidemiology and Evaluation Application materials will be reviewed as they are received and well-qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview. Apply immediately. Application materials will be accepted until position is filled. This posting is open on a continuous basis and selection may be made at any time within the process. NOTE: Application materials are only accepted via e-mail. Materials sent via regular mail and/or fax will not be accepted. Submittals that do not include all required elements (resume and responses to supplemental questions) will not be considered. The County of San Mateo requires that all employees provide proof of COVID-19 vaccine or comply with weekly COVID-19 testing. Employees hired into specified health care facilities and other high-risk settings where there is potential for frequent COVID-19 exposure to staff and highly vulnerable patients are required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination. For more specific information, please refer to the County's COVID-19Vaccine and Testing Policy At the County of San Mateo, we welcome and celebrate the diversity of our employees, and strive to create a workplace where they feel valued every day. County of San Mateo is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

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