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EPIDEMIOLOGIST II-Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc.

Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc.

JOB DESCRIPTION

EPIDEMIOLOGIST II

Syphilis & Congenital Syphilis prevention

Tribal Epidemiology Center (TEC)

SCOPE OF WORK

Under the general supervision of the TEC Program Manager at the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc. (ITCA), the Epidemiologist II effectively provides Tribes in Arizona, Nevada, and Utah with epidemiologic expertise regarding infectious disease data collection, analysis, interpretation, quality improvement, dissemination, and disease prevention and control. The Epidemiologist II will serve as the health promotion lead for the TEC Syphilis & Congenital Syphilis support by providing technical assistance and training to support Tribal projects. Timely and regular attendance to work and work-related events is an essential function of this position.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

· Manage the TEC Syphilis & Congenital Syphilis project by planning the project, monitoring progress, and seeking ways to improve the project to assist the Tribes.

· Assist the Tribes to plan, administer and promote the health improvement activities in accordance with the ITCA procedures and guidelines and funding terms and conditions.

· Assist Tribes with project scope of work development and Memorandum of Agreement construction.

· Assist the Tribes, as needed, to develop a syphilis and congenital syphilis strategic plan.

· Assist the Tribes, as needed, to develop a community level syphilis response plan (using the emerging infection disease toolkit and Community based action plan).

· Assist Tribes with promoting local syphilis screening and Iwantthekit-az.com among hard to reach populations (i.e. Tribal jails, substance abuse treatment centers, intimate partner violence shelters, etc.)

· Develop and complete all project-related technical assistance, site visits, work group meetings and training in each of the TEC annual work plans.

· Provides Tribes with requested epidemiologic technical assistance.

· Construct public health presentations for internal and external trainings, meetings, and professional conferences.

· Prepare project reports.

· Design epidemiologic studies at the request of Tribal partners.

· Experience with ICD-9 and ICD-10 diagnostic and procedure codes for surveillance reporting.

· Design survey tools, data dictionary, codebooks and databases and the collection, storage, transfer and clean data using Excel, SAS and R from a variety of public and confidential sources.

· Conduct basic and advanced SAS and R data analysis (counts, percentages, cross-tabulations, univariate statistics, chi-squared tests, t-tests, regression, and survival analysis).

· Construct confidential reports, public surveillance reports, and peer-reviewed publications.

· Meet project deadlines with quality products.

· Lead and/or assist with the development, and writing of grant proposals for continued program funding. This work includes development of project budgets, work plans, output measures, and outcome measures.

· Maintain accurate and complete project files electronically and/or hardcopy format of assignments.

· Attend all ITCA and TEC center meetings as assigned.

· Communicate regularly and in a timely manner with the TEC Director regarding any challenges or problems.

· Travel is required within the Phoenix service area (Arizona, Nevada, and Utah) to Tribal partners to conduct trainings, attend meetings, and provide technical assistance as requested with minimal supervision.

· Work closely with the Social Media Manager and the Women, Infant and Children program to develop social media materials for congenital syphilis prevention.

· Interface with key stakeholder groups including the Indian Health Services HIV/STD Working Group, state and local health departments and will support the development of an HIV/STI Strategic Plan.

· Work closely with the team of ITCA TEC epidemiologists and R programmer to automate Tribal Community Health Profiles, which will include syphilis information, where available.

· Follow all ITCA policies and procedures.

· Performs other related duties, special projects, and reporting as assigned.

KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES AND SKILLS:

· Demonstrated project management skills.

· Ability to identify and analyze issues influencing the project and recommend and develop solutions influencing issue resolution.

· Demonstrated experience and proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power Point. Must be willing to learn other software as needed.

· Demonstrated experience and proficiency in SAS and/or R.

· Sensitivity to others and the ability to work respectively and cooperatively with the organization’s partners.

· Ability to work independently and as a team member.

· Excellent communication skills in writing, telephone, webinar, and face-to-face meetings.

· Uses Microsoft outlook calendar system to track important dates, meetings, project deadlines, requested time off, etc.

STRONGLY DESIRED

· Previous experience with infectious disease epidemiology

· Previous experience with R software

· Previous experience working with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention

· Experience working with Tribes in Arizona, Nevada, and/or Utah

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: MPH/MS with a concentration in epidemiology, health promotions or biostatistics plus at least one-year postmaster’s degree experience in public health (including SAS data management and analysis). Valid Arizona driver’s license and submit to a background check.

REQUIREMENTS:

· Physical: Lifting and carrying up to 30 lbs.; bending, twisting, reaching, climbing, kneeling, walking, standing, and sitting for long periods of time; Prolonged periods of computer use, writing, and use of other tools necessary to perform duties and complete assignments; Ascending and descending stairs; Talking, hearing, seeing, listening and ability to understand; Repetitive use of hands, fingers, arms and eyes.

· Hours of Work: Vary and are dependent on business needs, requirements, workflow, and assignments.

· Driving/Travel: Must be willing and able to travel in and out of the State of Arizona as required by various modes of transportation; able to be a passenger on a commercial airline and/or drive in various conditions for long periods.

· Job Location: Majority of work will be performed at 2214 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85004 in an office workstation; May be required to perform duties in various locations, both on and off Tribal lands, throughout Arizona and the United States as assigned.