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SENIOR HUMAN SERVICES PROGRAM SPECIALIST - 64036586

Date:  Nov 22, 2022
Location: 

PORT ST. LUCIE, FL, US, 34983


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Requisition No: 699822 

Agency: Department of Health

Working Title: SENIOR HUMAN SERVICES PROGRAM SPECIALIST - 64036586

Position Number: 64036586 

Salary:  43,000-45,000 

Posting Closing Date: 12/04/2022 

Your Specific Responsibilities:

This position is responsible for ongoing collection, analysis, and interpretation of communicable disease and syndromic trend data that is essential to planning and implementation of outbreak/epidemic response, control and prevention measures, and evaluation of public health programs and emergency response.  The incumbent will also conduct epidemiological case investigations.  This position reports to the Epidemiology Program Supervisor and will be expected to cross train and support integration efforts to enhance disease control programs (Epi/STD/TB/HIV/EH) and be an active member of the Epi Strike Team.  Skills needed for this position include an understanding of disease surveillance systems, epidemiologic investigation techniques, and the ability to analyze data and apply disease control methods to individuals and the community.  The incumbent must promote and display exceptional customer service and communicate professionally (orally and written) with internal and external partners.

Surveillance:  This position will conduct syndromic surveillance to detect and assess communicable disease clusters, outbreaks, and trends.  The position will specialize in biostatistics and have a working knowledge of informatics.  They will have proficiency in statistical methods and software and health data systems.  The incumbent will gather, track, and analyze population health data and communicable disease data using various national and state health systems and surveillance databases (e.g., Merlin, ESSENCE, EpiCom, FL Health Charts).  They will make complex, mathematical findings of epidemiological data and use data to create products (presentations, reports, health education resources) that clearly communicate data to the intended audience to drive program activities and decision making.  The incumbent will use computer science, systems, and programs to create visualizations of data related to communicable disease epidemiology, geographic information systems, and applications in public health.  They will design, develop, and manage disease surveillance programs and dashboards and web-based public health information systems.

Case Investigation:  This position is aware of all Florida notifiable diseases/conditions.  The incumbent will understand and can prioritize case reports based on the disease/condition suspected.  They will use established guidelines and documentation to investigate cases, conduct interviews, make a record of case investigation into Merlin, and make recommendations on disease control measures. They will communicate with local hospitals, physicians, clinics, laboratories, and other appropriate facilities to follow up on cases of communicable diseases and document all interactions.

Outbreak or other Special Investigations: The incumbent analyzes data to detect outbreaks or clusters of communicable disease and assists in disease outbreak investigations. They will work with an outbreak team to gather, track, and analyze data and provide technical assistance with creating data visualizations. They will complete outbreak summaries and other assigned reports for supervisor review and distribute final reports to interested parties. They will display and present investigation results using presentation software. The position will provide data analysis during epidemiological investigations and will be assigned as needed to special epidemiological studies to investigate health issues in the community.

Emergency Duty/Preparedness and Response:  The position will be required to work in the St. Lucie County Special Needs Shelter and/or provide post-disaster community assessment, surveillance, and response.  Will alternate with others in the Epidemiology Program to be available for consultation about epidemiology issues on a 24/7 (on-call) basis.  Responds after hours to all health alerts, disease reports and/or incidents.

Other: Performs other related work as required by the needs of the organization or assigned by the Epidemiology Program Supervisor or the Public Health Services Manager.

 

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Knowledge of disease control methods.

Knowledge of disease surveillance systems.

Skills in statistical analysis software (one year experience minimum, e.g., SAS, R).

Ability to understand epidemiologic investigation techniques and use epidemiologic resources (Red Book, CCDM, GSI) to perform investigations.

Ability to communicate in oral and written formats to internal and external partners.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.

Ability to create presentations and give health education presentations to diverse audiences.

 

Qualifications:

Minimum:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Required to travel in county, 1-25% of time per week
  • Minimum one year experience using statistical analysis software (e.g., SAS, R)
  • Florida Department of Health is required to work before, during, and/or beyond normal work hours or days in the event of an emergency. Emergency duty required of the incumbent includes working in special needs shelter or performing other emergency duties including but not limited to, response to or threats involving any disaster or threat of disaster man-made or natural

 

Preferred:

  • Master’s Degree in Public Health, Epidemiology, Statistics, or closely related field

 

Florida Department of Health Mission, Vision, and Values:

Mission:

To protect, promote & improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county & community efforts.

Vision:

To be the Healthiest State in the Nation.

Values:

nnovation: We search for creative solutions and manage resources wisely.

C ollaboration: We use teamwork to achieve common goals & solve problems.

A ccountability: We perform with integrity & respect.

R esponsiveness: We achieve our mission by serving our customers & engaging our partners.

E xcellence: We promote quality outcomes through learning & continuous performance improvement.

 

Where You Will Work:

Port St. Lucie

The Benefits of Working for the State of Florida:

Working for the State of Florida is more than a paycheck. The State’s total compensation package for employees features a highly competitive set of employee benefits including:

  • Annual and Sick Leave benefits;
  • Nine paid holidays and one Personal Holiday each year;
  • State Group Insurance coverage options, including health, life, dental, vision, and other supplemental insurance options;
  • Retirement plan options, including employer contributions

(For more information, please click www.myfrs.com);

  • Flexible Spending Accounts;
  • Tuition waivers;
  • And more!

For a more complete list of benefits, including monthly costs, visit www.mybenefits.myflorida.com.

 

Please be advised:

 

Your responses to qualifying questions for this position must be verifiable by documentation provided through the electronic application process.  

 

This position requires a security background check and/or drug screening and participation in direct deposit. Any misrepresentations or omissions will disqualify you from employment consideration. Note: You will be required to provide your Social Security Number (SSN) in order to conduct this background check Successful completion of a drug test is a condition of employment for safety-sensitive positions.

 

Male applicants born on or after October 1, 1962, will not be eligible for hire or promotion unless they are registered with the Selective Services System (SSS) before their 26th birthday, or have a Letter of Registration Exemption from the SSS. For more information, please visit the SSS website: http://www.sss.gov 

 

If you are a retiree of the Florida Retirement System (FRS), please check with the FRS on how your current benefits will be affected if you are re-employed with the State of Florida.  Your current retirement benefits may be canceled, suspended or deemed ineligible depending upon the date of your retirement. 

 

The successful candidate will be required to complete the Form I-9 and that information will be verified using the E-Verify system.  E-Verify is operated by the Department of Homeland Security in partnership with the Social Security Administration to verify employment eligibility.   

 

Incumbents may be required to perform emergency duty before, during, and/or beyond normal work hours or days.

 

The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace. 

 

Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-877-562-7287). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation. 

 

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act. 

 

Florida has the third largest population of veterans in the nation with more than 1.5 million service men and women.  The Florida Department of Health (department) is committed to serving members of the United States Armed Forces, veterans and their families by encouraging them to apply for vacancies that fit their area of knowledge and/or expertise.  Through the Department's VALOR program, which expedites licensing for military veterans, the Department also waives initial licensing and application fees for military veterans who apply for a health care professional license within 60 months of an honorable discharge. These initiatives help ensure that the transition from military service into the workforce is as smooth as possible and reflects our appreciation for the dedication devoted to protecting our country.    

 

The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

VETERANS’ PREFERENCE.  Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply.  Certain service members may be eligible to receive waivers for postsecondary educational requirements.  Candidates claiming Veterans’ Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code.  Veterans’ Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here.  All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement. 


Nearest Major Market: Port Saint Lucie