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Date: Sep 2, 2020

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Requisition No: 230381 

Agency: Department of Health

Working Title: BIOLOGICAL ADMINISTRATOR II - SES - 64003457 1

Position Number: 64003457 

Salary:  $52,000.00 - $56,000.00 

Posting Closing Date: 10/10/2020 

Previous applicants do not need to re-apply.


Agency: Department of Health


Position Number: 64003457 

Salary:  $52,000 - $56,000 

Posting Closing Date: 10/01/2020

Open Competitive

Tallahassee, FL


Duties and Responsibilities: This position functions as the manager of the Respiratory Disease Unit within the Bureau of Epidemiology. The duties of this position support mission critical disease surveillance functions and response to high priority disease events including respiratory and vaccine preventable diseases. This highly responsible position interfaces with Bureau staff across programs, agencies, and at the county health department and state-level to ensure uniformity and compatibility of epidemiologic health data. Daily supervision of this position will be performed by position number 64081837 within the Bureau of Epidemiology.


Responsible for Florida’s Respiratory Disease Surveillance Unit including designing, implementing, maintaining, and evaluating traditional and innovative surveillance systems for morbidity and mortality due to respiratory, vaccine preventable diseases, immunizations, and disease surveillance issues associated with migrant and refugee health. Establishes short term and long-range objectives for the Unit, development, implementation and evaluation of strategies to assure the completion of those objectives. Ensures program objectives align with federal grant deliverables which support positions and services within the Unit.  


Responsible for the supervision of staff including appraisals, planning and directing their work, approving leave, and having the authority for hiring and taking disciplinary action or effectively recommending such actions. Management of this Unit will include multiple master’s level epidemiologists and as well contract staff as necessary and per grant requirements.


Directs and conducts analytic projects, evaluation of program effectiveness, and return on investment to evaluate disease control strategies as well as identify further areas of need. Directs and produces written reports and oral presentations summarizing and interpreting findings and identification of action items.


Oversees and conducts statistical analyses of surveillance data captured in ESSENCE-FL and Merlin, as well as other surveillance systems to characterize transmission patterns, identify risk factors and accurately assess the burden of disease including producing annual morbidity reports and regular surveillance summaries. Reviews surveillance data on daily, weekly, monthly and annual cycles and provides written interpretation of epidemiologic data and summaries of data and trends.


Identifies, develops, and implements current and new surveillance strategies and programs including strategies to enhance or improve the design and operation of existing respiratory disease surveillance and response systems including utilization of electronic laboratory reporting. Conducts respiratory disease surveillance systems and strategies evaluations. Leads respiratory disease surveillance system project activities to ensure the system adequately captures risk factor information.


Prepares, authors, and reviews grant proposals and cooperative agreements. Ensures completion of grant requirements, reports, and milestones including but not limited to the OISE and ELC grants. Prepares and ensures on-time submission of grant progress reports, technical reports, surveillance summaries and scientific papers and performs related work as required.


 Collaborates with a variety of professional organizations; associations; universities; institutions; schools of nursing, medicine and public health; the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other related interests to further advance the epidemiologic activities of the Bureau of Epidemiology. Serves as a liaison with the Bureau of Laboratories, Immunization Program, and Refugee Health Program to ensure effective respiratory surveillance program coordination and operation.


Provides epidemiological consultation to county health departments and other partners regarding surveillance and reporting and interpretation of laws, rules and statutes related to epidemiology and public health preparedness. Provides assistance and staff direction during respiratory outbreak investigations and collaborates with the Infectious Disease Prevention Investigations Section and during outbreak investigations ensures surveillance coordination.


Performs other duties and responsibilities as required or assigned.


On-Call Assignment – This position has been approved in accordance with Section 110.209, Florida Statutes, Chapter 60L-32, Florida Administrative Code, and Collective Bargaining Agreements with the Florida Nurses Association (FNA) and the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), Florida Council 79. The approved On-Call form has been forwarded to the servicing human resource office. Is available for indeterminate periods, as needed, for disaster response.


Preferred Qualifications: Master's degree in public health or a related field and 3 or more years of experience.


NOTES: 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.


You will be required to provide your Social Security Number (SSN) in order to conduct this background check.


Applicant information provided as a result of this advertisement may be open to a public records request as allowed by Florida Statutes.  All information submitted, including your application and responses to qualifying questions, is a public record unless otherwise exempted by law.


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:


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.


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 Departments 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. 


Special Note:  Incumbent may be required to work during or beyond normal work hours or days in the event of an emergency.  Emergency duty required of the incumbent includes working in special needs or Red Cross shelters, or to perform other emergency.  Duties including, but not limited to, responses to or threats involving any disaster or threat of disaster, man-made or natural.


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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.

Nearest Major Market: Tallahassee