Title: Environmental Analyst II, Outbreak & Response Coordinator – Bureau of Environmental Health, JP Campus
Organization: The Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Brief Summary of Position:
The Outbreak and Response Coordinator will administer surveillance, investigations, environmental assessments, control measures, and post response activities for the Food Protection Program (FPP) in collaboration with other agencies and jurisdictions. The incumbent will respond to reports of food-related illness, injury, outbreaks and hazards, whether unintentional or deliberate, and generates recommendations for foodborne illness (FBI) prevention. This position will coordinate response activity with and technical support to local Boards of Health (LBoH), and develops informational meetings for local officials, industry stakeholders and professional society representatives, state and federal officials, and other interested parties. The Outbreak and Response Coordinator will assist with the development, training and coordination of emergency response procedures and the environmental investigation of foodborne disease outbreaks, food/food establishment and consumer product complaints, food tampering and other naturally-occurring or man-made disasters including bioterrorism events affecting the safety of the food supply. He/she will be responsible for reporting on technical aspects of above topics to Director of the FPP, other DPH staff and/or staff of local, state or federal agencies; makes presentations at public health hearings and/or other public meetings. The individual will also assist with grant development and management, and prepares reports, studies and analytical data on environmental assessments and/or processes related to the above topics.
Duties & Responsibilities:
- Participate in meetings and/or conferences with the Working Group on Foodborne Illness Control to investigate outbreaks of foodborne illness, interpret specimen cultures and laboratory analyses to increase knowledge of the incidence, distribution, and control of such outbreaks.
- Participate in meetings with agency staff and the Food Establishment Advisory Committee on emergency response and foodborne illness issues, and advise interested parties on agency regulations.
- Perform environmental analyses and collect environmental data using established procedures similar to those found in the most current versions of “International Association for Food Protection Procedures to Investigate Foodborne Illnesses” and the CIFOR “Guidelines for Foodborne Disease Outbreak Response.”
- Conduct field investigations, tracebacks, and traceforwards of food implicated in an illness, injury, outbreak or found to contain a hazard in accordance with FPP written procedures.
- Assist in determining compliance with applicable laws, standards, and recommended timelines to investigate reports of food-related incidents.
- Respond to reports of food-related illness, injury, outbreaks and hazards, whether unintentional or deliberate, and generate recommendations for foodborne illness prevention.
- Inform employees and regulatory partners on topics such as food defense, investigation strategies, regulatory requirements, violation trends, and emerging issues regarding manufactured foods.
- Assist in the proper collection of environmental samples for laboratory analysis, and provide technical and/or field assistance during foodborne illness investigations.
- Assist in the preparation of scientific data and analysis of environmental assessment data to identify contributing factors and antecedents that led to food contamination or adulteration causing illness, injury, or outbreak.
- Assist in the development and maintenance of computer programs used to track food-related incidents including, but not limited to, the Massachusetts Virtual Epidemiologic Network (MAVEN), the FDA United Registration and Listing System (FURLS), the Reportable Food Registry (RFR), OutbreakNET, eLexNET, and JIRA.
- Review inspections and investigations conducted by local health departments to improve the reporting of foodborne illness outbreaks to FPP in a timely manner.
- Supervise subordinate staff responsible for using epidemiological information from local, state, and federal agencies to detect incidents or outbreaks of FBI or injury.
- Perform related duties as required and/or directed.
- Knowledge of the principles and practices of environmental science and public health.
- Knowledge of computer logic and programming.
- Knowledge of the methods of general and technical report writing.
- Knowledge of the methods used in the preparation of charts, graphs and tables.
- Ability to prepare and use charts, graphs and tables.
- Ability to maintain accurate records.
- Ability to write concisely, express thoughts clearly and to develop ideas in a logical sequence.
- Ability to give oral and written instructions in a precise, understandable manner.
- Ability to assemble items of information according to established procedures.
- Ability to understand, apply and explain the laws, rules, regulations, policies, procedures, specifications and guidelines governing assigned unit activities.
- Ability to establish and maintain harmonious working relationships with others.
- Ability to deal tactfully with others.
- Ability to establish rapport with others.
- Ability to work independently.
- Ability to adapt to varying work situations.
- Ability to respond calmly and to both follow and give instructions during environmental emergencies.
- Knowledge of the standard procedures for taking field notes in connection with environmental sampling and surveying to obtain legally defensible data.
- Skill in the use of computers in data base compilation and environmental modeling.
- Ability to operate a motor vehicle.
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First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.