Senior Communicable Disease Investigator-Communicable Disease Control (Open & Promotional)

  • County of San Mateo, CA
  • Redwood City, California
  • Oct 01, 2020
Full Time Criminology and Forensics
  • Salary: $6,089.20 - $7,611.07 Monthly USD

Job Description

Note: This recruitment schedule was amended on July 9, 2020 to extend the Final Filing Date. The recruitment has been changed to "Continuous".

San Mateo County Health, Division of Public Health, Policy & Planning (PHPP) is seeking well-qualified individuals for the position of Senior Communicable Disease Investigator-Communicable Disease Control Program, to provide lead direction to a group of Communicable Disease Investigators; assist in policy development; and perform a variety of duties in the County program for the control of sexually transmitted diseases, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, and other communicable diseases, including conducting follow-up and case investigation of patients reported with communicable diseases and educating the public about communicable diseases.

The current six vacancies include:
  • 2 regular positions, Spanish, Tagalog or Chinese (Mandarin or Cantonese) speaking preferred
  • 1 regular position, Spanish speaking required
  • 2 limited term positions, Spanish, Tagalog or Chinese (Mandarin or Cantonese) speaking preferred
  • 1 limited term position, Spanish speaking required

Under the direct supervision of a Community Program Supervisor, the Senior Communicable Disease Investigators lead and coordinate the services of the Communicable Disease Control Program in PHPP. The position serves as a lead and provides oversight, though not direct supervision, to the department Communicable Disease Investigators (CDIs). Duties in this role include acting as a resource and mentor to the CDIs, providing consultation, training and assistance, as well as CDI case assignment and caseload management related to reportable communicable diseases, mass exposures and outbreaks. Other responsibilities include surveillance investigation of other reportable communicable diseases as assigned, fielding inquiries from providers, partners and the public, development and provision of public health messaging and education, utilization and maintenance of other databases, participation in professional meetings, in-services and other venues, and other duties as assigned.

The ideal candidates have a minimum of two years of experience in public health disease control and prevention; demonstrated experience and interest in public health and communicable diseases; excellent organizational skills and is detail-oriented; experience performing interviews with diverse cultures in a field setting related to sensitive topics; the ability to utilize a variety of computer software programs; experience leading, assigning, overseeing and reviewing the work of others; cultural competency; data management and analysis skills; strong verbal and written communication skills; and commitment to public service. MPH or BS in Public Health is preferred.

Limited term, at-will positions. Limited Term Employees are assigned to assignments not to exceed three years. They receive medical and dental benefits, similar to regular employees, and a defined contribution retirement plan.

Information for current county employees: Current and regular County of San Mateo Employees who are interested in this assignment must submit an application and compete in the recruitment process. If you are successful in the recruitment and are being considered for the assignment, HR will work directly with you and/or your department for options. Please note that there is no guarantee that you will be allowed by your department to rotate into this assignment nor are your departments obligated to allow you to take on this assignment. The salary range for this position is "as is" and non-negotiable.

NOTE: The list created from this recruitment may be used to fill current and future, permanent, extra-help or limited term positions.
Examples Of Duties
Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Provide lead direction over the day to day work of Communicable Disease Investigators.
  • Assign and review workload and schedule activities of the investigators.
  • Interview diagnosed and reported cases of sexually transmitted diseases, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and other communicable diseases and locate their contacts primarily through field investigations, active surveillance through personal consultations with laboratories, public and private physicians, and hospitals.
  • Ensure timely follow-up of reported cases and their contacts to assure examination and appropriate treatment.
  • Provide patient education and counseling about sexually transmitted diseases, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and other communicable diseases.Assist medical providers, both public and private, in case management of patients diagnosed with communicable diseases.
  • Provide patients with information and referral to other health or social service agencies.
  • Participate in liaison activities with State and other county health departments in carrying out State mandated programs in communicable disease control.
  • Present educational programs to local schools and colleges, community based organizations, and other interested parties.
  • Maintain epidemiologic records and reports for the County Health Services Agency.
  • Complete and submit monthly reports of epidemiologic activities to the State Department of Health Services.
  • Provide HIV pre- and post-test counseling, HIV partner notification, and AIDS case surveillance.
  • Participate in follow-up of patients with tuberculosis, including directly observed therapy.
  • May perform PPD skin tests of tuberculosis contacts and suspects.
  • May perform veni-puncture.
  • Prepare reports and correspondence.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

Education and Experience: Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to qualify is two years of experience performing a variety of duties in the control of sexually transmitted diseases, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, and other communicable diseases, including conducting follow-up and case investigation of patients reported with communicable diseases and educating the public about communicable diseases.

Knowledge of:
  • Methods of transmission, diagnosis and treatment of communicable diseases.
  • Accepted techniques of communicable disease control.
  • Diagnostic tests for communicable diseases.

Skill/Ability to:
  • Plan, assign, direct and review the work of others.
  • Conduct effective fact gathering interviews of a highly personal nature.
  • Exercise initiative and tact in tracing contacts and bringing them to obtain treatment.
  • Relate easily to people from diverse cultures and varying lifestyles.
  • Apply the rules and regulations relative to communicable disease control.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work.

Open & Promotional. Anyone may apply. Current County of San Mateo and County of San Mateo Superior Court of California employees with at least six months (1040 hours) of continuous service in a classified regular, probationary, SEIU or AFSCME represented extra-help/term position prior to the final filing date will receive five points added to their final passing score on this examination.

Responses to the supplemental questions must be submitted in addition to our regular employment application form. A resume will not be accepted as a substitute for the required employment application and supplemental questionnaire.

This is a continuous recruitment which may close at any time. The final filing date will be posted five days in advance on this job announcement.

The examination process will consist of an application screening (weight: pass/fail) that involves the evaluation of relevant training and experience as demonstrated in candidates' application and responses to the supplemental questions. Candidates who pass the application screening may be invited to a panel interview (weight: 100%). Depending on the number of applicants an application appraisal of education and experience may be used in place of other examinations. All applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through any subsequent phase of the examination. Only those applicants whose education and experience most closely match the needs of the department will be invited to the oral interview. All examinations will be given in San Mateo County, California and applicants must participate at their own expense.

IMPORTANT: Applications for this position will only be accepted online. If you are currently on the County's website, you may click the "Apply" button. If you are not on the County's website, please go to apply. Online applications must be received by the Human Resources Department before midnight on the final filing date.

Apply immediately. This recruitment is open on a continuous basis and selections may be made at any time within the process.

Final Filing Date:
Application Screening:Applications received by July 9, 2020 to be screened on July 13, 2020
Combined Civil Service Panel/Departmental Interviews: July 20 and/or 21, 2020

The County of San Mateo is a diverse, inclusive workplace, where employees are valued and respected for their different perspectives, experiences, backgrounds, and contributions.
We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

HR Contact: Yvonne Alvidrez (06252020) (Senior Communicable Disease Investigator - J045)

Job Address

Redwood City, California United States View Map