Epidemiology and Evaluation Supervisor
Shasta County - Redding, CA

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THIS RECRUITMENT IS ONLY OPEN TO CURRENT, REGULAR EMPLOYEES OF SHASTA COUNTY HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES AGENCY

ORAL EXAM IS TENTATIVELY SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 22, 2013

ABOUT THE POSITION


Under minimal direction of a program manager, or another staff at equivalent or higher grade, supervise and coordinate the epidemiology, assessment and program evaluation functions for the Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA).

DISTINGISHING CHARACTERISTICS

This single position classification is responsible for overseeing the Outcomes, Planning and Evaluation (OPE) Unit within the HHSA. Functions of this OPE Unit include epidemiology, community needs assessment for program development and planning, program evaluation, program performance measurement, and consultation on Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) methodology. Supervising and coordinating this OPE Unit requires knowledge and experience in epidemiological principles and methods, program evaluation, and CQI methods. This classification is distinguished from the Epidemiologist and Agency Staff Services Analyst positions within the OPE Unit in that the latter are responsible for the collection and analysis of data, and this classification is responsible for the oversight of that effort, as well as for the distribution and communication of the analyzed information to internal program staff and leaders as well to the community. This position is also responsible for ensuring that the interpretation of the analysis is thorough, accurate, and implications/recommendations are considered when communicating the findings.

EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES:

The purpose of this classification is to oversee, manage, and supervise the work of Epidemiologists and Agency Staff Services Analyst positions conducting health (physical and mental) and social well-being surveillance aimed at monitoring health status and how it correlates to identifying trends or outbreaks of diseases or other adverse health events, provide data and information about corrective actions or programs to alleviate adverse health effects, and propose practices or policies based on such data and information that will promote and protect health and social well-being. Work requires considerable independent judgment and advanced knowledge of applied epidemiology for public health practice, and program evaluation for health and human services.
Supervision:
Incumbent provides scientific, administrative and program direction and leadership. Plans, assigns, schedules, prioritizes, directs, and coordinates the work of assigned Epidemiologists, Agency Staff Services Analyst(s), and other professional and administrative staff. Conducts employee performance reviews, ensuring the accuracy and quality of work and overall work performance. Participates in the selection and assignment of an Epidemiologist(s), Agency Staff Services Analyst(s), and other professional and administrative staff. Gives advice and counsel to employees and instructs them on both technical and administrative matters. Resolves complaints from employees; effects minor disciplinary actions; refers major disciplinary issues to the HHSA Human Resources Unit; and identifies developmental needs and arranges for necessary training. With the program manager, develops and tracks the budget and makes decisions about budgetary issues; makes decisions on work problems presented by staff. Responsible for eliminating problems, improving operating practices and procedures, promoting team-building, and effectively interacting and coordinating with supervisors and managers of other units, divisions, and branches within the HHSA and other agencies within the community.
Program Evaluation, Epidemiology and Surveillance:
Develops, implements, and monitors organizational performance measures that demonstrate program and process effectiveness. Participates in writing grants and other funding proposals with respect to program evaluation, surveillance, and epidemiology. Develops requests for proposals and contracts for data gathering, analysis and evaluation projects, and directs and reviews contract work. Provides and reviews technical assistance to communities and outside partners with respect to surveillance and other epidemiologic data and program evaluation. Works as a liaison to outside data-generating entities to develop and maintain partnerships for sharing and using data.
Epidemiologic Studies and Urgent Outbreak Investigations:
Plans, directs, oversees, and manages epidemiologic studies and urgent outbreak investigations. Oversees the design and use of databases for analysis of health problems and program performance. Oversees the design and management of surveillance systems for diseases of public health importance. Oversees the design of instruments for the collection of surveillance information and data. Leads the development and implementation of epidemiologic studies for program planning. Conducts and develops methods for advanced descriptive and comprehensive analyses of surveillance data for multiple purposes.
Dissemination of Program Data, Information and Findings:
Conducts and oversees literature reviews for design of programs, preparation of publications, and planning and evaluation. Designs, prepares, and reviews reports from analyses of surveillance data, literature reviews and other information. Makes oral presentations on results of data analyses and other information to diverse audiences. Reviews and prepares responses to requests for information. Develops and provides recommendations to high-ranking officials about the promotion of health and well-being based on the results of surveillance, field investigations, program evaluations, and on available and acceptable methods of intervention.
Performance of other duties as assigned.

TYPICAL QUALIFICATIONS:

Any combination of education and experience sufficient to directly demonstrate possession and application of the following:

Knowledge of: Public health, mental health, or social services administration; administrative and supervision practices; functions of government and local community agencies and organizations, and issues related to their interaction; public and community information resources; program evaluation and process improvement methodology; laws and procedures related to vital statistics registration and records management; descriptive epidemiology; disease investigation and communicable disease control procedures; computer systems and hardware/software management; advanced statistical methodology; population-based community health assessment and strategic planning; fiscal planning and monitoring; managerial techniques and the HHSA Human Resources Unit’s policies and procedures.

Ability to: Evaluate the effectiveness of health and human services programs, processes, and activities utilizing a systems thinking approach; provide leadership to promote data driven decision making; demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills; prepare and deliver effective oral presentations to a variety of health and other community groups; operate a personal computer; use a variety of computer software, including word processing, spreadsheets, statistical analysis, database and graphics presentation packages; develop new approaches to information systems within the HHSA programs; set and carry out goals and objectives; demonstrate strong organizational skills; work under limited supervision, prioritize multiple work assignments, and work well under pressure deadlines; interact effectively with other HHSA units and staff, local, state, or federal government agencies, community agencies and groups, physicians, hospitals, or other health care providers, funeral directors, news media, and the public, using political savvy, tact, patience, and courtesy; interpret legislation, regulations, and state guidelines related to health information systems; motivate and effectively direct and evaluate the work of supervised staff; actively promote the HHSA’s mission and the philosophy of data driven decision making; and recommend and monitor budgets.

These standards are typically attained with three (3) or more years of progressively more responsible experience leading, managing, or administering epidemiology and program evaluation projects, and a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree with specialization in statistics, public administration, public health, mental health, sociology, or a directly related field. A Master’s degree in public health or other human services field with a specialization in epidemiology, health administration, program evaluation, or a directly related field may be substituted for one (1) year of experience.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT

The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to ten (10) pounds. Specific visions abilities required by this job include close vision. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. This position is a desk job with reading, talking, attending meetings, some driving, and the use of a computer.

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS

· Some positions may require a valid California driver's license and acceptable driving record according to County policy.
· Reasonable accommodations may be made for those persons who are disabled under the Americans with Disabilities Act to perform the essential functions of the position.
· Individuals offered employment may have to pass a pre-employment physical examination based upon current job classification. The Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency is a smoke, alcohol, and drug free work place.
· Positions in this classification are covered by a collective bargaining agreement between the County and the United Public Employees of California (UPEC).
· Employees in this classification are covered under the CalPERS retirement program. Depending on the provisions of the California Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act (PEPRA) and other applicable laws, an employee in this classification will be covered under one of the following CalPERS retirement formulas: (1) 2% at 55, (2) 2% at 60, or (3) 2% at 62. An employee in this classification will also contribute 7% of his/her pay to this plan, or will contribute such other amount to the plan as authorized by PEPRA and other applicable laws. Click here for additional information regarding benefits and CalPERS coverage information . The provisions in this flyer and on the County’s website are for information purposes only. To the extent the provisions of the flyer or the County’s website are inconsistent with PEPRA and other applicable laws, PEPRA and other applicable laws shall govern.

APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCEDURES:

Shasta County Personnel will accept applications until 5:00 p.m., on March 11, 2013. A cover letter and/or resume will be accepted in addition to the application form but will not serve as a substitute for a completed application. Incomplete applications will not be processed. It is not acceptable to complete the application with statements such as, “See/Refer to Resume,” or “See Attached.” Closing date postmarks or faxes will NOT be accepted. This recruitment will establish a list that may or may not be used by other departments. Prior applicants must reapply to be considered.

Applicants will be screened and those considered best qualified will be invited to appear for an oral and/or written examination. Meeting the announced requirements does not guarantee inclusion into the selection process. Depending upon the number of applications received, the selection process may consist of additional application screening, written and/or practical exam(s), oral interview, or any combination thereof.

Applicants are encouraged to apply on-line at http://agency.governmentjobs.com/shasta/default.cfm or submit an application to the Shasta County Personnel Office.

Arrangements may be made to accommodate applicants with disabilities. Requests for accommodations may be made to the Shasta County Personnel Office by the filing deadline posted on this bulletin. Shasta County does not discriminate on the basis of disability. If you feel you are being denied service based on a disability, our ADA Coordinator may be reached at (530) 225-5515; relay service (800) 735-2922; fax (530) 225-5345.

SHASTA COUNTY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

Shasta County Personnel

1450 Court Street, Room 348

Redding, CA 96001

(530) 225-5515

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