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County of San Mateo - San Mateo County, CA

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The San Mateo County Health System's Public Health Programs is currently seeking a Communicable Disease Investigator (CDI) with experience in disease surveillance, data analysis and vector-borne disease control. The current vacancy is in the Communicable Disease Control Program which is a multidisciplinary team of public health professionals that work closely with local health care providers, community members, partners, other public health jurisdictions, government agencies (particularly San Mateo County's Mosquito & Vector Control District and Environmental Health Division), and private organizations to prevent and control transmission of communicable diseases throughout San Mateo County.

The CDI will work under the supervision of a Senior Communicable Disease Control Public Health Nurse and medical direction of the Communicable Disease Controller physician. Typical duties include but are not limited to:
  • Enter data and manage electronic databases;
  • Conduct communicable disease surveillance and analysis;
  • Write and format reports, health education materials, and other documents;
  • Investigate and follow up on a wide range of reported communicable diseases with particular emphasis on vector-borne diseases to ensure that appropriate prevention, treatment, control and reporting measures are implemented;
  • Conduct disease contact and outbreak investigations;
  • Provide consultation, outreach, education, training and public messaging about vector-borne and other communicable diseases to diverse community and health care provider groups through a variety of forums;
  • Field phone and email inquiries from the public and providers;
  • Perform medical chart reviews;
  • Provide assistance in clinical settings;
  • Participate and assist with public health emergency preparedness activities.
In addition, the CDI is cross-trained to assist other public health programs when the need arises, and is able to drive and work independently throughout the County. This position requires travel, field work, and after-hours work as needed. Handling patient specimens and venipuncture may be required.

The successful candidate for this position will have:
  • A Bachelor's degree in biological sciences, public health or related field and at least one year of experience in a public health or health care setting.
  • A keen interest and skills in surveillance, epidemiology, prevention, investigation, control and reporting of vector-borne and other communicable diseases.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and is highly organized, responsible, detail-oriented, committed to public service, and able to work independently and collaboratively in a culturally diverse environment.
  • The ability to easily establish rapport and conduct telephone and field interviews of a highly personal nature with culturally diverse clients and establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work.
  • Experience to independently conduct contact and outbreak investigations in various field settings, perform epidemiological surveillance tasks, enter data accurately and maintain electronic databases.
  • Excellent written communication skills and ability to format documents and technical reports.
  • Strong analytical skills and familiarity with basic statistical and research techniques.
  • Excellent oral communication skills and can effectively speak in diverse public forums, with health care providers, clients and members of the public.
  • Knowledge of disease prevention community outreach and messaging campaigns.
  • The aptitude to be cross-trained and flexible to work in other areas of prioritized public health significance
  • Experience performing venipuncture for blood specimen collection and other duties as needed.
  • Fluency in a foreign language, particularly Spanish, Tagalog or Chinese is strongly desired, but not required.


Education and Experience : Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and skills is qualifying. A typical way of gaining the knowledge and skills is graduation from an accredited college or university with a degree in biologic science, public health, or a related field.

Knowledge of : Methods of transmission, diagnosis and treatment of communicable diseases; accepted techniques of communicable disease control; and diagnostic tests for communicable diseases.

Skill/Ability to : Conduct effective fact gathering interviews of a highly personal nature; exercise initiative and tact in tracing contacts and bringing them to obtain treatment; relate easily to people from diverse cultures and varying lifestyles; apply the rules and regulations relative to communicable disease control; and establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work.


Anyone may apply. San Mateo County and San Mateo County Court employees who have worked at least six months of continuous service in a permanent or probationary classified position prior to the final filing date will have 5 points added to their final passing score on this examination. A supplemental application questionnaire must be submitted in addition to the standard San Mateo County employment application. A resume will not be accepted as a substitute for the required employment application and supplemental questionnaire.
The examination process will consist of an application screening (weight: pass/fail) that involves the evaluation of relevant training and experience as demonstrated in candidates' application and responses to the supplemental questions. Candidates who pass the application screening are invited to a panel interview (weight: 100%). Depending on the number of applicants an application appraisal of education and experience may be used in place of other examinations. All applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through any subsequent phase of the examination. Only those applicants whose education and experience most closely match the needs of the department will be invited to the oral interview. All examinations will be given in San Mateo County, California and applicants must participate at their own expense.

IMPORTANT: Applications for this position will only be accepted online. If you are currently on the County's website, you may click the 'Apply' button above. If you are not on the County's website, please go to to apply. Online applications must be received by the Human Resources Department before midnight on the final filing date.

Final Filing Date:
February 14, 2013
Application Screening: February 21, 2013
Panel Interviews: March 5-6, 2013

San Mateo County is an Equal Opportunity Employer

HR Contact: Lisa Ya

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