Rutgers School of Public Health, partnered with the Communicable Disease Service (CDS) at the New Jersey Department of Health, is hiring 2 supervisory epidemiologists with the necessary education, training, and experience to investigate and respond to communicable diseases in New Jersey and provide guidance and support to local health departments regarding disease surveillance and outbreak management. This position is a member of an eleven-member team and will be stationed in Trenton, NJ. Under the direction of the Regional Epidemiology Program Manager, the supervisory epidemiologist (Regional Coordinator) will coordinate communicable disease epidemiological response activities in several regions of the state and will supervise and mentor field epidemiologists assigned to those regions. Periodic travel throughout the state will be required with an expectation of approximately 10-20% time spent in the field.
Duties of the Regional Coordinator include developing collaborative relationships with health professionals at the local, state, and federal level regarding issues related to communicable diseases. The Regional Coordinator will support and provide guidance to field epidemiologists and to local health departments with respect to communicable disease surveillance and response and will assist in the education of public health partners, health care providers, public health officials and the general public regarding communicable diseases. Other anticipated duties include:
Provide region-wide monitoring and consultation with local health departments (LHDs) on communicable disease investigations. Review Communicable Disease Reporting and Surveillance System (CDRSS) for completion of appropriate fields for investigation and to perform disease surveillance.
Provide epidemiologic assistance and oversight on outbreak investigations within specified regions. This assistance may include: descriptive analysis, development of tools (e.g., questionnaire, line list), development of analytical study (case-control, cohort) methods, implementation of data collection, and provision of guidance on outbreak summary reports.
Perform regional routine and enhanced surveillance activities as prescribed by CDS. Produce surveillance reports for region; report anomalies to field epidemiologists and/or LHD for follow-up investigations and provide assistance, if requested. Coordinate follow-up investigations of surveillance anomalies that affect multiple jurisdictions.
In coordination with LHDs, and field epidemiologists identify and liaison with important public health stakeholders, especially with respect to surveillance and investigation activities.
Plan and provide or ensure delivery of relevant communicable disease training to field epidemiologists and to LHD staff within specified region.
Attend regional meetings related to communicable disease reporting and investigation.
Prepare responses to inquiries pertaining to designated communicable diseases.
Provide on-call coverage for after-hours CDS emergency service on a rotating basis.
Minimum Education and Experience:
The minimum education required is a Masters of Public Health or related degree. A concentration in Epidemiology is preferred. The successful candidate will have at least a minimum of five years of experience in applied epidemiology and communicable disease and at least 1 year of supervisory experience.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Strong interpersonal and oral/written communication skills, experience working as part of a team. Proficiency in statistical analysis programs (e.g., SAS, Excel, Access) preferred. Valid Driver's License and access to vehicle transportation is required.
Posting Number: 19FA1642
Location: Off Campus
Internal Number: 92409
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