Commonwealth of PA
Published
July 15, 2020
Location
Dauphin County, PA
Job Type
Work Setting
In-office
Base Salary
$97,976.00 - $148,891.00 Annually

Description

THE POSITION

This position, in the Bureau of Epidemiology, Division of Environmental Health Epidemiology, supports the organization’s mission of protecting the public’s health through its responsibility for providing consultative, scientific and technical expertise in the analysis and interpretation of environmental and epidemiologic data to prevent and control illnesses resulting from harmful environmental/occupational exposures as part of the environmental epidemiology team.  This is a supervisory position.

IMPORTANT:  YOU MUST APPLY TO THIS VACANCY POSTING, MEET ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS, COMPLETE THE SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONS AND RECEIVE A SCORE.  YOUR SCORE IS ONLY VALID FOR THIS SPECIFIC VACANCY.  ONCE THIS POSITION IS FILLED, YOUR SCORE IS NO LONGER VALID.

  • Full-time employment
  • Work hours 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, Monday - Friday; 1 hour lunch

DESCRIPTION OF WORK

Supervise the epidemiologist/s who design and conduct investigations, in collaboration with toxicologists; analyze data and maintain surveillance on illnesses that may relate to factors of the environment, including air, water, soil, chemical, biological or other hazards.  Work with epidemiologist/s and toxicologists in modelling environmental data to assist with environmental health assessments.

Demonstrate an understanding of and ability to interpret concepts such as Lifetime Health Advisory Levels (HAL), maximum Containment Levels (MCL), Minimum Risk Levels (MRL), Cancer Risk Evaluation Guidelines (CREGs), health Comparison Values (CVs), no-observed-adverse-effects levels (NOAEL), and lowest-observed-adverse-effects levels (LOAEL) for environmental media and their relationships to environmental public health practice.

Supervise health outcome data evaluation (incidence and prevalence rates) and cancer data analysis (standardized incidence rates, standardized mortality rates), and provide technical assistance to other programs within the division on epidemiological methods and investigations.

Supervise data analysis related to community exposure to toxins and chemicals and suspected health effects from contaminants and toxins in order to protect the public from exposure to toxicological and environmental hazards.  Develops protocols to assist with environmental investigations, conducts data analysis and creates comprehensive reports on environmentally- and/or occupationally-linked diseases, including those associated with emerging contaminants such as PFAS.

Design and conduct population-level assessments on exposure and health effects and analyze data using advanced statistical procedures in SAS/SPSS/STATA in order to generate reports and/or public education materials to meet the general program requirements (example: baseline health assessment for diseases in terms of crude rates, age adjusted rates, standard incidence rates, etc.).  Also demonstrate proficiency in GIS.

Study and analyze diseases that may be associated with chemicals, pollutants or other toxins by systematically applying the principles and practices of epidemiology to explore potential linkage between environmental conditions and various diseases or conditions to better understand and recommend strategies to minimize harmful exposure and protect public health.

Establish, collect, manage, analyze and interpret surveillance and epidemiologic data for an occupational health program, to strengthen the adult blood lead surveillance programs, and establish a CBRNE program and surveillance programs for pesticides, CO and other heavy metal poisoning.

Direct staff and provide technical inputs to health education and community outreach materials developed by staff, including site-specific fact sheets and chemical-specific fact sheets on exposure and health effects as needed.

Provide expert consultation to Department field staff, county/municipal health departments, and healthcare providers and facilities via phone or email to guide prevention and control of environmentally/occupationally linked diseases/conditions.

Synthesize available literature and data to develop and publish technical guidance documents on environmental health threats; write reviews and recommendations where published guidance does not exist, such as reviewing and commenting on environmental legislation, to create policy and guidance at the state level for mitigation and control of environmental health threats.

In collaboration with other team members, prepare grant applications by presenting statistical data, position descriptions, budget information, project description narratives, work plans, and accomplishments per funding opportunity announcements to optimize ATSDR/CDC program funding.

Present, publish, and report epidemiologic findings and professional experiences via professional journals, national and regional conferences, and other means as appropriate, to disseminate information and advance scientific knowledge. Participate in workgroups, conference calls, conferences, etc. to build awareness of Pennsylvania environmental/occupational epidemiology programs and contribute to the public health infrastructure.

Develop and present information via webinars, written publications, and presentations.  Address and respond to enquiries from elected officials, public, schools, reporters, etc., to provide environmental health data and reports on a broad variety of environmental issues such as mercury spill at home, lead in drinking water, mold issues in schools, odor complaints from landfills, heavy metals in private well waters, or PFCs in drinking water.

Produce and update epidemiological procedural manuals as assigned to ensure clarity and compliance with commonwealth, DOH and public health regulations, laws and procedures.

Supervise other epidemiologists as assigned by completing performance evaluations, approving/disapproving leave, effecting discipline, and making hiring decisions.  When assigned supervision, perform the full range of supervisory responsibilities, including assigning, prioritizing, and reviewing work; conducting employee performance management; approving/disapproving leave and travel requests; participating in staffing activities; coordinating employee discipline; and training staff, including coaching and team building.

REQUIRED EXPERIENCE, TRAINING & ELIGIBILITY

Qualifications:

  • PA residency currently waived for this title
  • Minimum Experience and Training Requirements: One year as an Epidemiologist (Commonwealth of PA job title); OR possession of either a Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) degree, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in epidemiology, Doctoral degree in Medicine (MD), Osteopathy (DO), Dental Surgery/Medicine (DDS/DDM/DMD), or Veterinary Medicine (DVM); AND three years of professional experience investigating disease outbreaks, designing and conducting epidemiologic studies, or designing and maintaining a disease surveillance system; OR possession of a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in a biological science such as biology, genetics, nursing or virology; AND either a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree or Master of Science (MS) degree in epidemiology; AND three years of professional experience investigating disease outbreaks, designing and conducting epidemiologic studies, or designing and maintaining a disease surveillance system.
  • If you are claiming education in your answers to the supplemental application questions, you must attach a copy of your college transcripts for your claim to be accepted toward meeting the minimum requirements.  Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.  If you are provided directions to upload transcripts during the application process but you cannot currently obtain them due to the temporary educational institution closures, please upload the official response from your institution regarding your request.  In addition, if asked to provide transcripts for specific coursework, e.g., 12 credits in social science, you may upload a list of completed courses you believe are qualifying in place of the transcripts. The list must include the name of the school(s), course titles completed with a passing grade, and number of credits for each course. Once you receive a copy of your transcripts, you may send the document(s) and the specific job title and job number to which you applied to ra-cs-documents@pa.gov.   If selected for a position, you may be required to provide an official transcript to verify educational requirements.
  • Must be able to perform essential job functions.

Veterans: Pennsylvania law (51 Pa. C.S. §7103) provides employment preference for qualified veterans for appointment to many state and local government jobs.  To learn more about employment preferences for veterans, go to www.employment.pa.gov/Additional%20Info/Pages/default.aspx and click the Veterans' Preference tab or contact us at ra-cs-vetpreference@pa.gov.

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The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is proud to be an equal opportunity employer supporting workplace diversity.EXAMINATION INFORMATION

  • Score valid for this specific posting only
  • Score based on information reported on application and supplemental questions
  • Provide complete and accurate information or:
    • application processing may be delayed
    • disqualification may result
  • May only test once under this announcement
  • Email notice of test results provided

 

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