Title: Zoonotic and Vector-borne Disease Coordinator
Organization: The Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Brief Summary of Position:
The Department of Public Health’s Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences is seeking experienced applicants for the role of Zoonotic and Vector-borne Disease Coordinator. Our ideal candidate will have a general background in response and control to infectious diseases, with specific experience in responding to zoonotic diseases in a federal, state or local public health environment. We are interested in individuals who can work independently as well as in a team environment. Preferred candidates will be comfortable interacting with public health, clinical partners, and the general public regarding infectious diseases. One to three years of supervisory experience is also desirable.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Maintains basic knowledge on over 50 communicable, reportable diseases and more in-depth knowledge on zoonotic and vector-borne illnesses by reviewing the professional literature and by attending, when feasible/appropriate, seminars, courses and conferences.
- Leads the development and maintenance of surveillance systems for zoonotic and vector-borne diseases under the guidance of the State Epidemiologist, State Public Health Veterinarian and Division Medical Director.
- Conducts and coordinates active, epidemiologic surveillance for human cases of zoonotic and vector-borne disease in Massachusetts.
- Maintains up-to-date Standard Operating Protocols for use by other epidemiologists to guide case investigations.
- Uses or directs staff in the use of statistical methods in the analysis of epidemiologic data and prepares findings in oral and written form, including for publication in appropriate professional journals.
- Designs and implements surveillance summaries for zoonotic and vector-borne disease on an annual or as needed basis.
- Analyzes for changes in epidemiology of zoonotic and vector-borne diseases and updates surveillance systems and reports to reflect changes and new knowledge.
- Leads the development and updating of zoonotic and vector-borne disease control guidelines and protocols for the Department, health care providers and the public under the guidance of the State Epidemiologist, State Public Health Veterinarian and Division Medical Director.
- Strategizes and develops effective methods for educating local boards of health, the public, veterinarians and medical providers regarding surveillance for and diagnosis, treatment and prevention of zoonotic and vector-borne diseases.
- Actively engages in providing educational outreach, including giving presentations, to all of the groups listed above; these activities may not always occur during regular working hours. Routinely reviews and updates website materials specific to zoonotic and vector-borne disease.
- Routinely reviews and updates educational materials that the Department distributes.
- Establishes, encourages and maintains communications and information exchange with other institutions and agencies with public health roles and combines data from collaborating institutions with MDPH surveillance data for analysis when appropriate.
- Responds to calls, including those from health care providers, local boards of health and members of the public, and participates in and/or oversees epidemiologic investigations of other infectious diseases such as viral hepatitis, emerging pathogens, food- and water-borne diseases, health-care acquired infections, infections with antibiotics resistant organisms and respiratory diseases in order to control the immediate problem and prevent such morbidity in the future.
- Communicate to health professionals and to the public regarding the risks, prevention, and control measures associated with communicable diseases.
- Interpret the General Laws and Regulations regarding communicable diseases and advise health professionals and the general public regarding same.
- Provides supervision to at least one Epidemiologist I.
- Assumes other duties as determined by the State Public Health Veterinarian and the
- Epidemiology Program Manager in response to identified program needs.
- May be required to respond to infectious disease emergencies on a 24 hours/day, 7 days/week basis by determining appropriate control methods in order to alleviate the crisis.
- Knowledge of the principles and practices of epidemiology. Knowledge of the research methods and techniques followed in epidemiology.
- Ability to recognize, evaluate and respond to emergency situations; ability to adjust to changing situations to meet emergency or changing program or production requirements.
- Knowledge of the methods of statistical report writing.
- Knowledge of survey design and development. Knowledge of principles of biology and pathogensis of diseases.
- Ability to gather information by examining records and documents and through questioning individuals.
- Ability to analyze and determine the applicability of epidemiological data, to draw conclusions and make appropriate recommendations.
- Knowledge of general laboratory testing techniques and methods including sample collection.
- Ability to read and interpret such documents as test results, technical manuals, actability to utilize computers and applications.
- Ability to give oral and written instructions in a precise and understandable manner.
- Ability to make effective oral presentations.
- Ability to understand, explain, and apply the laws, rules and regulations, policies, procedures, specifications, standards and guidelines governing assigned unit activities.
- Ability to supervise, including planning and assigning work according to the nature of the job to be accomplished; the capabilities of subordinates and available resources; controlling work through periodic reviews and/or evaluations; determine and arrange for subordinates’ training needs; motivating subordinates to work effectively; determine the need for disciplinary action and recommending initiating such action.
- Ability to communicate and collaborate effectively with staff, supervisors and partners.
- Ability to coordinate the work of others in accomplishing assigned work objectives.
- Ability to plan and conduct training and construction.
- Ability to deal tactfully with others; ability to establish and maintain harmonious working relationships with others.
- Ability to exercise sound judgment.
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