Virginia State Government Antimicrobial Resistance (AR) Epidemiologist, #EP292 in Richmond, Virginia

Position Information
Job Description

This mid-level epidemiologist with the Virginia Department of Health – Office of Epidemiology, Division of Surveillance and Investigation is responsible for carrying out a broad and moderately complex range of investigative and analytical epidemiologic activities in an assigned district, region, or within a statewide program area. Responsibilities include conducting epidemiologic investigations and/or assessments, participating in surveillance activities, conducting epidemiologic studies to include data analysis and dissemination, and consulting on scientific and technical issues. Positions in this role may coordinate a specific epidemiology program within assigned area to include interpreting program policies and procedures, training staff, monitoring and reviewing data collection/analysis for accuracy and consistency, and serving as a program consultant. Positions in this role work under the limited supervision of a lead epidemiologist, program manager, or similar position and perform assignments independently, making determinations about scope and direction of program planning, research and investigation, based on agreed upon direction and institutional review board approval, as needed. Typically, the work completed is reviewed for feasibility, conformance to program policy and practices, and effectiveness in meeting specific goals and objectives.

The Antimicrobial Resistance (AR) Epidemiologist ensures the statewide collection, monitoring, analysis, and distribution of antimicrobial use and resistance (AUR) surveillance data. The position monitors AUR data for quality and trends, analyzes data from multiple sources, and develops reports to share information with healthcare facilities and partner organizations in a timely manner; analyzes admission and discharge data, and prepares reports describing facility interconnectedness; establishes policies and procedures to document and improve current practices; liaises and communicates with internal and external stakeholders; provides technical assistance and surveillance guidance; provides epidemiological consultation and expertise to the Virginia Antibiotic Stewardship Workgroup; provides epi support to the healthcare-associated infections (HAI)/AR program grant management; and conducts training as requested.

Minimum Qualifications

Considerable knowledge of the cause, transmission, treatment, and prevention of communicable and other conditions of public health importance; methods of public health surveillance and disease outbreak investigations; federal and state laws, regulations, and policies regarding the reporting and control of disease; working knowledge of biostatistics, computer data analysis, and data management techniques.

Demonstrated ability to develop program goals and objectives; evaluate program effectiveness; establish and maintain effective working relationships; collect, quality assure, analyze, and present statistical data; and communicate effectively orally and in writing with health care professionals and the general public.

Experience in epidemiology, public health, or a related area.

Preferred Qualifications

Basic knowledge of statistical software packages and medical and laboratory terminology.

Demonstrated ability to lead and direct the work of others.

Degree with advanced course work in public health, epidemiology, or biostatistics.

Experience using the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN); working with HAI surveillance data; providing disease prevention recommendations; and using database management systems, especially those used to manage population-based data.

Special Requirements

Occasional travel and a valid driver’s license is required.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applicants needing sponsorship need not apply. A completed application, including all previous employment, salary history, and education, must be submitted on-line at http://jobs.virginia.gov/ for consideration. Faxed, mailed, or e-mailed applications will not be accepted. Electronic applications will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. on the closing date.

Employment is contingent upon satisfactory results of a state and federal criminal history background check and the Department of Social Service’s Child Abuse and Neglect Central Registry check, U.S. HHS IG Exclusion List check, employment reference check, and E-Verify. The selected candidate must complete a Statement of Economic Interests as a condition of employment, if applicable (VA Code 2.2-3114). Other financial, credit, driving, or other background checks prior to employment may be required for certain positions.

Contact Information
Name

Jewel Jefferson

Email

jewel.jefferson@vdh.virginia.gov

Working Title: Antimicrobial Resistance (AR) Epidemiologist, #EP292

Role Title: Scientist II - 59132

Job Open Date: 08/10/2017

Job Close Date: 08/25/2017

Open Until Filled: No

Is this position funded in whole or in part by the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (Stimulus Package)?: No

Hiring Range: Negotiable to $65,000

Agency: Dept of Health (601)

Location: Richmond (City) - 760

Position Number: EP292

Job Posting Number: 1027894

Type of Recruitment: General Public - G

Does this position have telework options?: Yes

Bilingual/Multilingual Skill Requirement/Preference: No

Job Type: Full-Time (Salaried)

Job Type Detail: Full-Time Salaried - Non-Faculty- FTS-1

Pay Band: 05