To lead, plan, coordinate and participate in disease investigation and intervention activities; to coordinate special disease surveillance projects; to lead and train lower level staff on policies and procedures; to develop and perform quality assurance activities
EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES – This class specification lists the major duties and requirements of the job and is not all-inclusive. Incumbent(s) may be expected to perform job-related duties other than those contained in this document and may be required to have specific job-related knowledge and skills. • Monitor special projects such as disease surveillance activities or infectious disease prevention projects • Schedule field epidemiologists where needed for disease investigation or other disease surveillance activities • Conduct full range of investigational activities for chronic and communicable diseases, food borne illnesses and acts of possible terrorism • Prepare routine disease surveillance reports • Lead, plan, assign and review the work of disease investigation and intervention staff • Assist with organizing telephone answering teams during emergencies or outbreaks to handle questions regarding communicable diseases • Assist with development and implementation of procedure manuals • Develop and conduct quality assurance and productivity assessments of lower level staff • Train assigned employees in disease investigation and intervention procedures • Provide technical guidance to staff • Serve on committees and working groups both within and outside the health district • Prepare reports on programs and investigations; review reports prepared by lower level staff • Prepare alerts and newsletters to be distributed to the medical community • Make presentations to the medical community and the general public • Respond to public inquiries and provide information within the area of assignment; resolve complaints in an effective and timely manner • Answer questions related to communicable diseases from the medical community and the general public; assist with calls that exceed the normal scope of lower level staff • Compile data for special projects or outbreak investigations; collect and assemble data and background materials for a variety of reports • Perform related duties and responsibilities as required
In addition to the knowledge and abilities required for the Disease Investigation and Intervention Specialist I/II, the Senior Disease Investigation and Intervention Specialist must have the following:
Knowledge of: • Epidemiologic investigative principles, practices and procedures • Chronic and communicable diseases, including bioterrorism agents, their transmission, prevention and control methods • Current disease surveillance methods • Operations, services and activities of the Office of Epidemiology • Pertinent Federal, State and local laws, codes and regulations • Modern office procedures, methods and computer equipment • Principles of lead supervision and training
Ability to: • Train assigned staff • Lead, organize and review the work of staff • Interpret the significance of medical, health and other data obtained from a variety of sources • Work independently in the absence of supervision • Respond to requests and inquiries from the medical community and general public. • Maintain confidentiality • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work • Communicate professionally with members of the public and medical community • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing • Monitor progress of ongoing projects • Interview cases in order to determine demographic, medically relevant information and risk factor data • Use a computer proficiently, including commonly used office software and statistical programs
Training and Experience Guidelines
Training: • Equivalent to a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in nursing, biology, microbiology, or health related field
Experience: • Three years of increasingly responsible experience in a health related field, including two years as a Disease Investigation and Intervention Specialist II or equivalent experience. A master’s degree from an accredited university in Public Health or Epidemiology may be substituted for two years of experience.
Working Conditions: • May perform district services with individuals having various disease exposures • May be required to drive a vehicle • Required to use computers for extended periods of time • May be required to work with individuals having infectious or communicable disease License or Certificate: • Possession of, or ability to obtain and maintain an appropriate, valid Nevada driver’s license as a condition of employment
Conditions: All required licenses must be maintained in an active status without suspension or revocation throughout employment. Any employee may be required to stay at or return to work during public health incidents and/or emergencies to perform duties specific to this classification or to perform other duties as requested in an assigned response position. This may require working a non-traditional work schedule or working outside normal assigned duties during the incident and/or emergency.
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY/ADA REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST
Additional Salary Information: Employer paid medical, dental and vision coverage for the employee.
Employer paid retirement in NV PERS
13 paid holidays per year
Internal Number: 19-53
About Southern Nevada Health District
The Southern Nevada Health District in Las Vegas Nevada is one of the largest local public health organizations in the United States. The health district serves more than 1.7 million residents, which is 70 percent of Nevada's total population. Also, the district is responsible for safeguarding the public health of more than 37 million visitors to Las Vegas each year.
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