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Title:  Epidemiologist IV - Limited Service

Application Deadline Date:  12/07/2020
Req ID:  10567
Department:  Health
Location: 

Burlington, VT, US

Position Type:  Limited Service
Schedule Type:  Full Time
Hourly Rate:  $26.60
Overview

1) This position will spearhead an effort to drastically expand infection control capacity and competency throughout the Department of Health.  Specifically, this position will develop a roster of each local health nurse working with Epidemiology/Hospital Acquired Infections responsibilities and will develop a system for tracking the trainings they have received and their demonstrated competencies.  This position will present to local health nurses statewide on standing monthly calls.  At least quarterly, they will make presentations using CDC-developed IPC training materials.  At least biannually, the Epidemiologist will conduct regional interactive trainings for local health nurses, including demonstration of competency in tasks such as personal protective equipment donning and doffing. 


2) This position will build on previous efforts as part of the COVID-19 response when infection control assessments were conducted at Vermont's long-term care facilities, both in response to cases and proactively to prevent new cases.

 

Specifically, this position will ensure that local health nurses and other local health office staff:  
a) partner with central office staff to develop/update inventories of high-risk settings and vulnerable population groups for each jurisdiction; 
b) follow-up with every high-risk employment setting or congregate living setting in which a confirmed case has been identified; 
c) conduct outreach to high-risk settings in their jurisdiction at least quarterly to disseminate COVID-19 prevention materials and to emphasize the need for and mechanism of prompt reporting; 
d) prioritize for outreach (in partnership with the State Licensing/Survey Agency) high-risk long-term care facilities;  
e) participate in at least one ICAR or tele-ICAR in long term care facilities, assisted living facilities, retirement communities, residential care homes, therapeutic community residences, or other congregate settings (e.g., homeless shelters); and 
f) lead at least one ICAR or tele-ICAR in long term care facilities, assisted living facilities, retirement communities, residential care homes, therapeutic community residences, or other congregate settings (e.g., homeless shelters).

Who May Apply

This position, Epidemiologist IV - Limited Service (Job Requisition #10567), is open to all State employees and external applicants.

It is a Limited Service position, which is non-tenured and authorized for a specific period of time. Limited Service positions are established for specially funded projects or programs. 
If you would like more information about this position, please contact Jennifer.Read@vermont.gov.
Resumes will not be accepted via e-mail.  You must apply online to be considered.
Please note that multiple positions in the same work location may be filled from this job posting.

 

AHS BACKGROUND CHECKS:  Candidates must pass any level of background investigation applicable to the position.  In accordance with AHS Policy 4.02, Hiring Standards, Vermont and/or national criminal record checks, as well as DMV and adult and child abuse registry checks, as appropriate to the position under recruitment, will be conducted on candidates, with the exception of those who are current classified state employees seeking transfer, promotion or demotion into an AHS classified position or are persons exercising re-employment (RIF) rights.

Environmental Factors

Duties are performed in a number of settings, including office, laboratory and a variety of premises. Field travel is involved for which private means of transportation is required. There may be exposure to dangerous or toxic substances, although frequency or severity is likely to be minimal. Interaction with the public is involved, some of whom may assume differing opinions as to the cause of illness or outbreak. Public fear may occur as a result of outbreak or perception of chronic disease risk or burden.

Minimum Qualifications

Doctorate degree in epidemiology.

OR

Master's degree in epidemiology OR master's degree in public health or a health-related field supplemented by at least two courses in statistics and two courses in epidemiology AND two (2) years or more of experience in a health-related field.

Total Compensation
As a State employee you are offered a great career opportunity, but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits that are worth about 30% of your total compensation, including:
  • 80% State paid medical premium
  • Dental Plan at no cost for employees and their families
  • Flexible Spending healthcare and childcare reimbursement accounts
  • Two ways to save for your retirement: A State defined benefit pension plan and a deferred compensation 457(b) plan
  • Work/Life balance: 11 paid holidays each year and a generous leave plan; many jobs also allow for a flexible schedule
  • Low cost group life insurance
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Incentive-based Wellness Program
  • Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program
Want the specifics? Explore the Benefits of State Employment on our website.
AHS Affirmative Recruitment

The Vermont Agency of Human Services strives to build a diverse and inclusive community. It is our fundamental belief that in order to create and sustain a healthier Vermont, we as an organization must honor the cultures, beliefs and values of those we serve in order to foster an environment of mutual respect, acceptance and equal opportunity.  We are committed to building and maintaining a multicultural and diverse workforce which reflects the increasing diversity of Vermont. To view the State of Vermont's Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Policy, please click here.

Equal Opportunity Employer
The State of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people from diverse cultural backgrounds are encouraged.


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