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BIOLOGICAL SCIENTIST III - 64047896

Date: Jan 19, 2022

Location: TALLAHASSEE, FL, US, 32399

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Requisition No: 479364 

Agency: Department of Health

Working Title: BIOLOGICAL SCIENTIST III - 64047896

Position Number: 64047896 

Salary:  $38,000 - $48,000 Annually 

Posting Closing Date: 02/08/2022 

FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH - OPEN COMPETITIVE

This is pending Reclassification to Government Operations Consulant II

 

BUREAU OF EPIDEMIOLOGY

"Previous applicants need not reapply"

 

 

 

 

Your Specific Responsibilities:

This position provides epidemiologic and programmatic consultation to county health departments (CHDs) to help them meet expectations related to the Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Cooperative Agreement and other epidemiology-related Quality Improvement (QI) measures.

 

Serves as the Bureau of Epidemiology (BOE) QI Coordinator. Collaborates with division and agency strategic planning staff on the collection and reporting of objectives, milestones, and other relevant data for the Division Strategic Plan, Agency Strategic Plan, and State Health Improvement Plan. Provides input into the development, implementation, and reporting of QI measures. Gathers data for other long-term planning projects as needed. Consults with staff members to develop solutions for operational problems that may benefit from a formal quality improvement process. Supports the implementation of QI projects or processes with CHDs as directed by the supervisor. Ensures the timely production and submission of PHEP and other QI-related reports and documentation. Leads the BOE QI Workgroup, BOE QI Council and other related bureau-level ad-hoc workgroups or teams by scheduling meetings, developing agendas with subject matter experts, conducting conference calls, motivating team members to work toward solutions, and providing written feedback to the participants, the Bureau Chief, and other managers.

 

Collaborates with subject matter experts and the CHDs to develop Core Epidemiology Measures. Analyzes and reports Core Epidemiology Measures data. Conducts follow-up with the CHDs to determine barriers to successful achievement of measures and recommends appropriate action for reduction of barriers.

 

Coordinates the implementation of the annual Epidemiology Capacity Survey. Collaborates with subject matter experts and CHD staff on survey content. Provides announcements and instructions to stakeholders prior to survey rollout. Conducts follow-up with counties as needed to support the timely completion of the survey. Formally summarizes survey results to provide to the supervisor and other leadership as requested.

 

In collaboration with Bureau subject matter experts, develops and implements after-hours phone drills. Conducts follow-up with counties as needed to determine barriers to successful completion of the drills. Summarizes and reports results of phone drills to the supervisor, other leadership as required, and CHDs.

 

Supports data collection and analysis for other Bureau survey initiatives as directed by the supervisor.

 

Participates in epidemiology-related preparedness planning, training and exercises as directed by the supervisor.

 

Performs related work as required.

 

Is available for indeterminate periods, as needed, for disaster response.

 

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of QI principles and practices.
  • Knowledge of public health principles and practices preferred.
  • Knowledge of basic leadership principles and practices.
  • Ability to lead and facilitate workgroups and discussions.
  • Ability to lead a team to manage deliverables and goals.
  • Ability to perform relevant descriptive and statistical analyses.
  • Ability to organize data into logical formats for presentations, reports, publications and other written materials.
  • Ability to conduct fact-finding research.
  • Ability to use problem solving techniques.
  • Ability to plan, organize, prioritize and coordinate work activities.
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing.
  • Skill in using Microsoft Office products, particularly Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Ability to complete assignments on time.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
  • Ability to edit scientific documents.

 

Preference

Bachelor’s degree

3 Years of experience

 

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:

Tallahassee,Florida

 

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: Tallahassee