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State of Massachusetts Epidemiologist in Boston, Massachusetts

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is seeking a talented Epidemiologist who will be responsible for enhancing and maintaining the state’s infectious disease surveillance system and supporting infrastructure within the Office of Integrated Surveillance and Informatics Services (ISIS), Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences (BIDLS). The particular focus of this position will be on Tribal health and coordinating infectious disease response activities with Massachusetts Tribes and MA based Indian Health Services. This position is responsible for infectious disease response activities in coordination with Massachusetts Tribes and Tribal communities for the Office of Integrated Surveillance and Informatics Services (ISIS), Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences (BIDLS). Candidates with established interest in disease surveillance and informatics are preferred. Strong communication, cultural competency/humility, analytical skills with experience in SAS and other data visualization tools are key. Candidates must be detailed oriented and be able to navigate and bridge Tribal and state interests and protections. _Duties and Responsibilities (these are a general summary and are not all inclusive):_ * Responsible for enhancing and maintaining the Massachusetts Epidemiologic Network (MAVEN), the state’s infectious disease surveillance and case management system within the Office of Integrated Surveillance and Informatics Services (ISIS), Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences (BIDLS). Particular focus will be on Tribal health and coordinating infectious disease response activities in collaboration and coordination with Massachusetts Tribes and MA based Indian Health Services. * Work directly with Tribes and Tribal leaders to coordinate data collection and surveillance needs; provide subject matter expertise for health information exchange activities including syndromic surveillance, and electronic laboratory and case reporting initiatives to improve data collection on individuals associated with Tribal communities. * Support development of appropriate programmatic business requirements and conduct technical and content validation of data streams, particularly those derived from electronic case and laboratory systems. * Maintain appropriate technical and user documentation in systems development, the development of project procedure manuals and written reports. * Collaborate with other epidemiologists and informaticians at both the state and national level to assure that the collection of common data elements are unified across reportable infectious diseases. * Ensure appropriate reporting to CDC per Cooperative Agreement guidelines and national standards. * Provide technical assistance in the development of analytic protocols for surveillance data, especially in the area of Tribal health; provide analysis of infectious disease surveillance data. * Assist with development and interpretation of data standards, survey instruments, data collection methods and processes. * Develop and implement quality assurance controls and protocols with regard to the collection and monitoring of infectious disease data; develop standards to validate data. * Initiate and support development and implementation of data visualization tools for use by state epidemiologists, the Tribes and Tribal communities, local health departments, and the public. * Design and implement methodology to support the flow, integration, and management of infectious disease data. * Prepare statistical, technical, and educational reports for private and public sectors. * Keep informed of current trends in the epidemiology of infectious diseases, by reviewing the professional literature and by attending, when feasible/appropriate, seminars, courses, and conferences.Serve as an educational resource for data providers and professional and public groups regarding infectious disease surveillance. * Participate in intra-departmental and national working groups, especially those focusing on Tribal health data. * May be required to respond to infectious disease emergencies on a 24-hours/7 days per week basis. _Required Qualifications:_ * Knowledge of the principles and practices of epidemiology. Knowledge of the research methods and techniques followed in epidemiology. * Ability to analyze and determine the applicability of epidemiological data, to draw conclusions and make appropriate recommendations. * Ability to design analysis plans, collect and manage epidemiological data, conduct statistical analyses, and interpret findings _Preferred Qualifications:_ * Ability to work with federally recognized Tribes and Tribal communities and understanding of how health and racial equity impacts health outcomes/indicators. * Comprehensive knowledge of DPH/BIDLS’s electronic surveillance systems, reporting mechanisms and data standards. _About the Department of Public Health:_ The mission of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) is to prevent illness, injury, and premature death, to assure access to high quality public health and health care services, and to promote wellness and health equity for all people in the Commonwealth. We envision a Commonwealth in which all people enjoy optimal health. Massachusetts ranks among the healthiest of states according to comparative analyses, but we face numerous challenges, including chronic and infectious disease, substance abuse, violence, preventable hospitalizations, and health disparities. DPH coordinates programs and policies to address specific diseases and conditions and offer services to address the needs of vulnerable populations. We also develop, implement, promote, and enforce regulations and policies to assure that the conditions under which people live are most conducive to health and enable people to make healthy choices for themselves and their families. We license health professionals, healthcare facilities and a variety of businesses that impact public health. We operate the state laboratory and four public health hospitals. We monitor health status and manage vital records including births, marriages and deaths. We educate people about public health issues and work closely with local boards of health and community partners to identify and solve public health problems. More information can be found at:* MA Department of Public Heal_th_ * _Total Compensation:_ As an employee of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts you are offered a great career opportunity influencing a wide-spectrum of services to the diverse populations we serve - but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits which you should consider towards your overall compensation, including: * 75% state paid medical insurance premium * Reasonable Dental and Vision Plans * Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care Assistance programs * Low cost basic and optional life insurance * Retirement Savings: State Employees' Pension and a Deferred Compensation 457(b) plan * 12 paid holidays per year and competitive Sick, Vacation and Personal Time * Tuition Benefit for employee and spouse at state colleges and universities * Short-Term Disability and Extended Illness program participation options * Incentive-based Wellness Programs * Professional Development and Continuing Education opportunities * Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program _Pre-Hire Process:_ A criminal background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. For more information, please visit http://www.mass.gov/hhs/cori Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division’s Hiring Guidelines. Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records Law and may be published on the Commonwealth’s website. For questions regarding this requisition, please contact the Executive Office of Health and Human Services Human Resources at 1-800- 510-4122 Ext. #2 First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days. Applicants must have at least (A) five (5) years of full-time or equivalent part-time professional or technical experience in epidemiology, biology, biostatistics, toxicology, environmental science, environmental health, ecology, public health, chemistry, virology, immunology, bacteriology, microbiology, or statistics and (B) of which at least two (2) years must have been in a professional capacity or (C) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions listed below. Substitutions: I. A Bachelor’s degree with a major in epidemiology, biology, biostatistics, toxicology, environmental science, environmental health, ecology, public health, chemistry, virology, immunology, bacteriology, microbiology, statistics, or other health-related field may be substituted for a maximum of two (2) years of the required (A) experience.* II. A Master’s degree or higher with a major in epidemiology, biology, biostatistics, toxicology, environmental science, environmental health, ecology, public health, chemistry, virology, immunology, bacteriology, microbiology, statistics, or other health-related field may be substituted for a maximum of three (3) years of the required (A) experience and one (1) year of the required (B) experience.* Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed. NOTE: Educational substitution will only be permitted for a maximum of one (1) year of the (B) experience. *Executive Order #595:As a condition of employment, successful applicants will be required to have received COVID-19 vaccination or an approved exemption as of their start date. Details relating to demonstrating compliance with this requirement will be provided to applicants selected for employment. Applicants who receive an offer of employment who can provide documentation that the vaccine is medically contraindicated or who object to vaccination due to a sincerely held religious belief may make a request for exemption. An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Job: Science* *Organization: Department of Public Health *Title: *Epidemiologist Location: Massachusetts-Boston-305 South Street Requisition ID: 21000BBO

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