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Enteric Disease Epidemiologist-43

at State of Colorado

Posted: 8/1/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2526329
Categories: Other/General
Keywords: online, parking

Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Department Information


 

 This position is only open to Colorado state residents.
 

We are committed to increasing the diversity of our staff and providing culturally responsive programs and services. Therefore, we encourage responses from people of diverse backgrounds and abilities.

 

Make a real difference . . .

Do you have a passion and drive to apply your talent to create a healthier Colorado? Are you looking for a career that provides you with opportunities to improve the world around you? The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is seeking diverse individuals from all backgrounds to contribute to its mission to protect and improve the health of Colorado's people and the quality of its environment.


If your goal is to build a career that makes a difference, consider joining the dedicated people at CDPHE. Our tobacco-free, walkable campus offers free parking and is conveniently located near the Cherry Creek bike path, Whole Foods, Glendale City Set, RTD bus lines, and the Cherry Creek Shopping Center. In addition to a great location and rewarding, meaningful work, we offer:

  • Health Links certified Family Friendly Business
  • Tuition assistance for current enrollment in college coursework
  • Excellent work-life programs, such as flexible schedules and a variety of employee resource groups
  • Employee wellness program including locker rooms, bike storage lockers, on-site yoga, and health insurance premium savings
  • Mentoring program with opportunities for mentors and mentees
  • Internal professional development opportunities on a wide variety of subjects
  • Distinctive career advancement opportunities throughout the State system
  • Strong retirement benefits through the Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA)
  • Medical and dental health insurance plans
  • State-paid life insurance and short-term disability and optional employee-paid long-term disability
  • 10 paid holidays per year, paid vacation and sick leave, paid volunteer and parental academic leave, and educational leave


Some positions may qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. For more information, go to https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service?

Description of Job


 

Work Unit

This position is located in the Enteric Disease Unit within the Communicable Disease Branch of the Disease Control and Environmental Epidemiology Division. The Communicable Disease Branch exists to monitor, investigate, and control epidemic and communicable diseases affecting the public health in Colorado, as required under Colorado statute, including enteric diseases, invasive bacterial diseases, respiratory diseases, vaccine preventable diseases, zoonotic diseases, foodborne and waterborne diseases, and healthcare-associated infections.

 

About the position

This position coordinates activities of CDC's FoodCORE program in Colorado (including data/metric analysis), supports statewide surveillance activities, provides disease control guidance to local public health departments, conducts interviews for cases of enteric disease, detects and responds to clusters and outbreaks, and delivers trainings to local public health agency partners.

 

 

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

 

At a minimum, you need have have the following (we call these minimum qualifications)

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in biology, chemistry, epidemiology, nursing, public health, environmental health, or a closely related field.

 

AND

 
  • Two years  of experience conducting enteric disease surveillance.

 

Substitutions

  • A graduate degree in public health, epidemiology, biostatistics, or a related field will substitute for the bachelor's degree and two years of experience.

  • Additional experience conducting enteric disease surveillance will substitute for the bachelor's degree on a year-for-year basis.

 

The required experience must be substantiated within the work experience section of your application. Your resume will not be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications; only the work experience section of your application will be reviewed to determine this. "See Resume" statements on the application will not be accepted. In addition, part-time work will be prorated.

 

A copy of your college/university transcript must be submitted at the time of application (Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.)

 

Our ideal candidate also has (we call these preferred qualifications):

  • Experience with enteric illness case investigation and/or outbreaks

  • Experience with software programs used to collect and analyze case interview data, such as Microsoft Access, Microsoft Excel, SAS, or Epi Info

  • Passion for working with other public health agencies

  • Master's in Public Health with coursework in epidemiology and/or biostatistics

 

Your strengths are:

  • Holds self accountable for high-quality and timely results

  • Excellent customer service skills

  • Adapts quickly to change Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with others

  • Results driven achiever with exemplary planning and organizational skills, along with a high degree of detail orientation

  • Ability in analyzing and assessing all sides of a question or an issue in order to make a more informed decision.

 

Conditions of Employment

  • A pre-employment criminal background check will be conducted as part of the selection process. Felony convictions or conviction of crimes of moral turpitude or convictions of misdemeanors related to job duties may disqualify you from being considered for this position. Should your background check reveal any charges and convictions, it is your responsibility to provide the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Human Resources office with an official disposition of any charges.

  • Crucial Status: Must be available in the event of an emergency, (e.g., bio-terrorist attack, chemical attack, disease outbreak or all hazards) and be required to report to work immediately at the regular or alternate location. During this time, travel restrictions may be in place.

  • Crucial Status: Must be available in the event of the activation of the Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) and be required to report to work immediately at the regular or alternate location. During this time, travel restrictions may be in place.

 

Travel Demands: Travel time varies based on outbreak response. Typically 1-3 national meetings/conferences per year and 2-4 overnight trips within Colorado for investigations or to deliver training. Additional single day travel for outbreak response, case interview, and/or medical records review.

 

Supplemental Information

Salary Note: Although the full salary range is posted, the target hiring salary for this position is between $5,000-$5,500 per month, depending on qualifications.

Applicant Checklist: The following must be submitted by the application deadline.

  1. A completed State of Colorado application submitted online via colorado.gov/jobs by the application deadline.
  2. A cover letter that describes how your experience aligns with the minimum and preferred qualifications of this position. Cover letters must be uploaded as an attachment to your colorado.gov/jobs application. Cover letters will not be accepted after the closing date and time of the announcement.
  3. If you are a veteran, a copy of your DD214 attached to your colorado.gov/jobs application.
  4. If using education to qualify, a copy of your college/university transcripts. Transcripts can be attached to your colorado.gov/jobs application.
 
The Selection Process: Applicants will be notified at each step in the selection process via email. Emails will come from info@governmentjobs.com.  
  1. All applications that are received by the closing of this announcement will be reviewed against the Minimum Qualifications in this announcement. Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications proceed to the next step. 
  2. Colorado Revised Statutes require that state employees are hired and promoted based on merit and fitness through a comparative analysis process.
    1. Part of, or all of, the comparative analysis for this position may be a structured application review, which involves a review of the information you submit in your application materials by Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) against the preferred qualifications. 
    2. A top group, up to six candidates, will be invited to schedule an interview with the hiring manager.
    3.  
      Appeal Rights: If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position or that as a result of no longer being considered, you were discriminated against, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination. Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging. If an applicant seeks to have an allegation of discrimination reviewed by the Board, that person must file an appeal (petition for hearing) within 10 days of the action or receipt of any final written selection decision. Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process. The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures are available at www.colorado.gov/spb. A standard appeal form is available at: www.colorado.gov/spb. If you appeal, your appeal must be submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you or representative, and received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing, 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300. The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also applies to all charges of discrimination.
       
      E-Verify:  CDPHE uses e-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities.
       
      You must be legally eligible to work in the United States to be appointed to this position. CDPHE does not sponsor non-residents of the United States.
       

      ADAAA Accommodations: Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To request an accommodation, please contact Katie Flood at katie.flood@state.co.us at least five business days before the assessment date to allow us to evaluate your request and prepare for the accommodation. You may be asked to provide additional information, including medical documentation, regarding functional limitations and type of accommodation needed. Please ensure that you have this information available well in advance of the assessment date.