Sr. Epidemiologist

  • Orange County, CA
  • Orange County, California
  • Jun 23, 2022
Full Time Public Health
  • Salary: $81,120.00 - $109,324.80 Annually USD

Job Description


Salary may be negotiable within the range listed above, based on position requirements and successful candidate's qualifications, subject to appropriate authorization.

This recruitment will be open to the public for a minimum of five (5) business days and will remain open on a continuous basis until 11:59 PM (PST) on the day the County's needs are met. Applicants are encouraged to apply immediately as this recruitment may close at any time without further notice.

This recruitment is being held to establish an Open Eligible List to fill current and future Sr. Epidemiologist vacancies within Health Care Agency until the next recruitment. This recruitment may also be used to fill positions in similar and/or lower classifications.

The County of Orange, Health Care Agency (HCA) is a dynamic organization dedicated to creating and supporting an environment that promotes the achievement of optimal individual, family and community health. Under the direction of the Agency Director, a new and dynamic executive team with an organizational structure comprised of seven service areas - Finance and Administrative, Mental Health & Recovery , Correctional Health, Medical Health Services, Office of Care Coordination, Public Health and Strategy and Special Projects is committed to meeting the health needs of the diverse Orange County community.

The Communicable Disease Control Division investigates individual cases and outbreaks of communicable diseases of public health importance in order to prevent their spread. Monitors and analyzes trends in reportable communicable diseases and provides information to community partners including doctors, hospitals, schools, the public and news media. Services including education and preventative treatment are provided to individuals who have or are at risk of contracting certain communicable diseases.

The Sr. Epidemiologist supports the Communicable Disease Control Division and will be responsible for the following:

  • Preparation of disease surveillance and investigation protocols
  • Coordination of surveillance activities
  • Design of epidemiological studies
  • Supervise subordinate staff as assigned
  • Data analysis such as case reports, disease statistics, demographic information, laboratory tests, etc.
  • Preparation of extensive written reports
  • Maintaining current working knowledge of applicable County, State and Federal laws

The ideal candidate will have three (3) years of experience in public health and/or communicable disease surveillance and communicable disease reporting and investigation. The ideal candidate will also have three (3) years of experience using analytical statistical methods and statistical software such as Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS), R/R Studio, ArcGIS, and/or Tableau.

In addition, the ideal candidate will possess the following core competencies:

Technical Knowledge/ Experience
  • Management of data from surveillance (i.e. CalREDIE, CalConnect), investigations, or other sources (i.e. American Community Survey, Decennial Census, Immunization Registry)
  • Evaluates analysis of data from an epidemiological investigation or study
  • Evaluates conclusions and interpretations from investigation
  • Determines evidence-based interventions and control measures in response to epidemiologic findings
  • Develops and manages information systems to improve effectiveness of surveillance, investigation, and other epidemiologic practices
  • Understanding and applying complex statistical analysis

  • Supervises and leads public health staff
  • Works collaboratively with Human Resource Services for staff training, performance evaluations, and for addressing performance issues
  • Enhances team development by providing team members the support, guidance, and direction needed to provide outstanding services
  • Works collaboratively with direct reports to achieve program objectives
  • Develops community partnerships to support epidemiological investigation

  • Prepares written and oral reports and presentations that communicate necessary information to staff, community partners, and general public
  • Communicates clearly and effectively both orally and in writing
  • Communicates sensitive issues effectively with diplomacy, persuasion, and accuracy

Interpersonal Skills and Collaboration
  • Establishing and maintaining cooperative relationships with physicians, colleagues, community partners, and public health staff
  • Interacting professionally with a variety of professionals and responding in a timely manner

Click here for a complete description and minimum qualifications, including Physical Requirements and Environmental Working Conditions, for Senior Epidemiologist.

Human Resource Services (HRS) will screen all application materials to identify qualified applicants. After screening, qualified applicants will be referred to the next step and notified of all further procedures applicable to their status in the competition.

Veterans Employment Preference
The County is committed to providing a mechanism to give preferential consideration in the employment process to veterans and their eligible spouses and will provide eligible participants the opportunity to receive interviews in the selection process for employment and paid internship openings. Please click here to review the policy.

Application Screening | (Refer/Non-Refer)
Applications and supplemental responses will be screened for qualifications that are highly desirable and most needed to successfully perform the duties of this job. Only those applicants that meet the qualifications as listed in the job bulletin will be referred to the next step.

Structured Oral Interview (Weighted 100%)
Candidates will be interviewed and rated by panel of job knowledge experts. Each candidate's rating will be based on responses to a series of structured questions designed to elicit the candidate's qualifications for the job .

Based on the Department's needs, the selection procedures listed above may be modified. All candidates will be notified of any changes in the selection procedures.

Eligible List
Once the assessment has been completed, HRS will establish an eligible list of candidates. Candidates placed on the eligible list may be referred to a selection interview to be considered for present and future vacancies.

Please note: The information you provide on your application and/or response to the supplemental questions may be used as a scoring device, so please be thorough and complete in your response. "See Resume" is not a qualifying response and will not be scored in lieu of the required information.
Please see below for important information regarding COVID-19 related requirements.

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, and laws, regulations, and policies regarding COVID-19 are subject to change. The County of Orange is required to comply with all applicable State or County Public Health Orders, some of which require vaccination and boosting as follows:
  • Workers, who provide services in certain Health Care Facilities or in a correctional facility or detention center where health care is provided, will be required to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated and boosted in accordance with applicable state orders . (Workers may be exempt from this requirement based on religious beliefs or a qualifying medical reason)
  • In addition, depending on assignment and COVID-19 Community Level, workers in certain high-risk settings may be required to wear masks regardless of vaccination status.
The position for which you are applying may be required to adhere to any applicable State or County Public Health Orders. You will receive notification of any requirement as it applies to a position.

Email is the primary form of notification during the recruitment process. Please ensure your correct email address is included in our application and use only one email account.

NOTE: User accounts are established for one person only and should not be shared with another person. Multiple applications with multiple users may jeopardize your status in the recruitment process for any positions for which you apply.

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For specific information pertaining to this recruitment, please contact John Duckson at (714) 834-3119 or .

Orange County, as an equal employment opportunity employer, encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Job Address

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