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UW's Environmental Health & Safety has an outstanding opportunity open for a Temporary Public Health Manager.
This temporary position will manage department-wide efforts to respond the COVID-19 pandemic. The Public Health Manager will work across the EH&S Department and University to help ensure a healthy and safe campus environment. This position will also manage an interdisciplinary team with expertise in public and environmental health and nursing. This position is planned for a 12-month duration.
COVID-19 Response leads multi-disciplinary teams that control the spread of COVID-19 at the University of Washington. Under the direction of EH&S leadership and the medical director, this position is responsible for developing strategy and providing oversight for maintaining an effective contact tracing program that evolves as the pandemic and knowledge of COVID-19 grows. The person in this position will hire and lead public health specialists, public health nurses, students, and volunteers. The position represents EH&S’s institution-wide COVID-19 public health response program to University stakeholders.
Duties & Responsibilities
COVID-19 Contact Tracing and COVID-19 Public Health Support to Campus (60%)
•Conduct contact tracing with members of the UW community who test positive for COVID-19, and track those who are being tested. oGather information from those who tested positive. oCommunicate with UW close contacts. oGive public health-related guidance to UW cases and close contacts. oSend notifications, per the UW contact tracing protocol. oFollow up with cases and close contacts to determine their status. oActively communicate and coordinate with University departments to respond to cases. oActively communicate and coordinate with public health agencies regarding case follow-up and trends. •Determine and facilitate appropriate follow-up actions including cleaning after COVID-19 cases have been identified. •Monitor EH&S COVID-related emails and phone calls. •Assist with after-hours public health and disease investigation and response activities. •Respond to questions from University departments and community members including human resources, labor relations, and others regarding contact tracing efforts, the University’s public health prevention activities, workplace health and safety efforts, and other COVID-19 related information. •Conduct research on current COVID-related public health guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, WA State Department of Health, and local public health departments. •Summarize and communicate research findings. •Respond to complaints or concerns from the University campus.
Program Management and Staff Supervision (40%)
•Lead and implement strategy and planning regarding COVID-19 contact tracing. Develop goals and strategies to accomplish the work with clear expectations. Determine schedules, scope, and prioritization of work. •Monitor and evaluate project team to ensure they are meeting budgetary, deadline, and outcome goals. •Lead the contact tracing program, including case investigations, surveillance activities, and implementation of disease control measures. •Oversee the development and implementation of new testing sites and population testing strategies in collaboration with numerous community stakeholders. •Coordinate with EH&S staff; University units; and state, and local public health agencies to ensure compliance with University and public health regulations and guidelines. •Oversee and provide technical direction for creation of user guides, protocols and provision of training and coaching in knowledge areas. •Support project teams with evaluation of business processes, feedback, resolving issues, and implementing changes. •Forward media inquiries to EH&S leadership and UW Media Relations. •Represent EH&S with internal and external partners, including University stakeholders, and state and local health departments. •Supervise lead staff, including hiring, mentoring, developing training expectations, and recommending effective discipline or termination. •Notify and consult with the EH&S leadership and medical director when managing complicated, unusual, or high-priority cases, investigations, and activities. •Develop reports for internal and external audiences, based on program data and other relevant information. •Facilitate the development of data-building partnerships, coordinating the exchange of data with public health and University units. •Work with the Public Health Specialist – Epidemiologist to design and maintain databases, develop surveys, and implement data collection strategies. •Present findings to University stakeholders. •As needed, coordinate with EH&S colleagues to support campus needs, requests for service, and efforts regarding public and environmental health. •Participate in Environmental Health & Safety meetings and trainings. •Other related duties, as assigned.
•Bachelor's degree, preferably in epidemiology, public health, biostatistics, or related field. •Minimum of 4 years’ professional experience, including at least three years of experience leading complex public health projects and at least two years of experience in a supervisory or lead role •Demonstrated skills in personnel supervision, management, and team building •Demonstrated ability to collaborate successfully with diverse groups, such as campus partners, public health departments, and internal team members •Experience and skill in working with diverse populations •Experience developing and tracking process metrics to inform program success and make adaptations as needed •Ability to communicate clearly and concisely in person and in writing on both technical and non-technical topics •Demonstrated ability to display excellent judgment and comfort in making independent decisions, while also understanding when to elevate issues •Demonstrated ability to effectively manage multiple competing priorities and projects under a rapidly changing environment, with the ability to plan and prioritize effectively in this environment •Demonstrated ability to work well under pressure •Demonstrated ability to quickly learn and apply new and complex bodies of knowledge •Demonstrated ability to follow protocols •Demonstrated ability to be agile and flexible with a quickly evolving public health situation •Demonstrated customer service and interpersonal skills •Demonstrated ability to clearly and effectively communicate orally and in writing with COVID-positive UW community members; their supervisors, co-workers, friends, and/or classmates •Demonstrated ability to provide consultation and public health support to the non-public health professionals •Demonstrated ability to function effectively in teams and to work independently with initiative and follow through •Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality of health information •Excellent problem-solving skills •Proficiency with common computer programs, including Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and SharePoint
•Strong preference for Master’s degree in epidemiology, public health, biostatistics, or related field •Knowledge of occupational health and safety principles, exposure assessment and controls, and personal protective equipment. •Five years of experience leading complex public health projects or programs, including communicable disease investigation •Five years of experience in a supervisory or lead role •Experience supervising multi-disciplinary staff •Demonstrated skills and comprehension in communicable disease epidemiology, clinical characteristics, prevention, investigations, disease control, and pandemic preparedness and response •Experience with RedCap database •Experience interpreting requirements and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), WA Department of Health (DOH), Public Health – Seattle & King County (PHSKC), and WA Labor and Industries, and applying them to University settings (e.g., research, teaching, clinical, facilities operations, student housing, etc. •Knowledge of University hiring and contracting procedures •Demonstrated skill in developing and giving presentations •Demonstrated ability to advise and serve as liaison with University representatives, senior leaders, EH&S technical staff, and public health agencies.
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