Job Posting for The Massachusetts Department of Public Health: Field Operations Supervisor and Epidemiologist

Title: Field Operations Supervisor and Epidemiologist

Organization: The Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Brief Summary of Position:

As one of the Field Operations Supervisors, the Epidemiologist II’s primary responsibility is to supervise a team of field epidemiologists. This individual routinely evaluates laboratory and clinical surveillance data and assigns cases for field follow-up based on findings. The Epidemiologist II monitors case documentation and closure for direct reports, and provides supervisory support to staff as needed. The incumbents will train staff regarding Division and Bureau policies, protocols, and procedures, ensuring that staff adheres to established protocols and procedures. The Field Operations Supervisor meets with staff regularly to review case management activity, and directs both team and personal caseloads of individuals prioritized for follow-up, including persons with evidence of syphilis infection or other sexually transmitted infections of public health importance. This position also provides technical assistance regarding state and federal recommendations for STD testing, treatment, and follow-up to clinicians, MDPH staff, and to the general public.

Although the primary responsibility of this role will be to oversee and evaluate case work, the Epidemiologist II must also be able to perform analyses of routine STD data using software packages provided by the Commonwealth. The position is responsible for preparing reports to inform supervision of field staff and for the presentation of data back to the Division Director. The position requires that, in collaboration with internal partners (ISIS and HIV/STD Surveillance), content recommendations are provided to inform and support the BIDLS surveillance and case management system (MAVEN) as it relates to the Division of STD Prevention (DSTDP). Ideal candidates must be comfortable presenting data at meetings with internal and external stakeholders.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Advises field staff on quality of work, including whether and in what areas they are meeting achievement expectations.
  • Works to set action plans to improve measures of performance.
  • Supervises staff, including planning and assigning work according to the nature of the job to be accomplished; the capabilities of subordinates and available resources; reviews work through periodic reviews and/or evaluations; determines and arranges for training needs; motivates staff to work effectively; determines the need for disciplinary action and recommending initiating such action.
  • Informs and supports development of programmatic business requirements.
  • Contributes to the development of project procedure manuals and written reports, including annual and interim reports.
  • Assists with development and interpretation of data standards, survey instruments, data collection methods and processes.
  • Develops and evaluates protocols for the management and collection of STD surveillance and case management data.
  • May be required to respond to infectious disease emergencies as part of the epidemiology team on a 24 hours/day, 7/day/week basis.
  • Performs other duties as determined by the program director in response to program needs.

Qualifications:

  • Prior work managing a caseload.
  • Experience performing case investigation and follow-up.
  • Proficiency manipulating spreadsheets and reports.
  • Understanding of the principles of epidemiology and disease prevention.

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