Under the general supervision of the Deputy Director of Public Health Programs or designee. The Director of Epidemiology directs and oversees all aspects of health status assessment and health planning for use in agency and community based strategic planning and program development. Applies principles of epidemiology, health informatics and planning.
This position is exempt from Career Service under the CCHHS Personnel Rules.
Oversees and conducts the data collection, compilation and analysis of health status indicator data for the Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) jurisdiction
Coordinates and leads development and completion of the State mandated community-based strategic assessment and planning process required for agency certification (IPLAN/WePLAN)
Supervises staff involved in high level community policy, planning efforts and program initiatives
Serves as the lead epidemiologist for the Department providing epidemiologic leadership and guidance to all CCDPH programs
Sets strategic direction and monitors progress of the Community Epidemiology and Public Health Informatics Unit ensuring alignment with agency priorities, community needs and best practices
Oversees the application of appropriate epidemiologic analytical and statistical methods to the study, identification, measurement and evaluation of structural/social determinants of health, health outcomes, and risk factors
Leads creation of strategic direction for public health informatics efforts develops new insights into potential uses of public health informatics for programs, community health initiatives, and health improvement plans
Integrates knowledge about informatics into the organization and among community partners
Assures preparation of population and disease indicators relevant to the IPLAN/WePLAN community health status assessment
Prepares detailed summaries suitable for publication of disease indicators risk and community factors
Oversees and performs epidemiologic analysis of health indicators surveillance risk factor, and related data using GIS technology
Provides technical assistance in the development of data collection tools including, surveys, questionnaires, and databases for population health assessment
Assists in providing training related to entry collection and analysis of health status data
Acts as Surveillance Coordinator in the event of a region-wide public health emergency
Monitors quality of data used in reports and recommends statistical and epidemiologic methods to address related issues
Collaborates on research for structural/social determinants of health, health outcomes, and risk factors among SCC residents, for use in program planning processes
Develops and monitors a central data repository for health indicator data
Travels throughout the Cook County area
Master's degree or higher in Epidemiology or Biostatistics, or Master's degree or higher in Public Health, with a concentration in Epidemiology, Biostatistics, or Infectious Diseases is required
Minimum five (5) years' experience working in community epidemiologic analysis of population health data is required
Minimum two (2) years of supervisory experience is required
Minimum one (1) year of experience in disease surveillance and control; chronic disease assessment and prevention; demography; public health informatics; or community health assessment and planning is required
Must obtain NIMS FEMA IS 100, 200, 700, and 800 certifications within six months is required
Must be able to travel to locations throughout the Cook County area is required
MUST MEET ALL REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS AT TIME OF APPLICATION FILING.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES & OTHER CHARACTERISTICS:
Strong and effective communication skills (verbal and written) in presenting detailed information
Skill in planning, developing and completing complex assignments with minimal direction
Superior coordination, facilitation, organizational, and communication (both written and verbal) skills
Accurate judgment in making decisions and in addressing existent and emerging challenges
Ability to construct written documents in a clear, concise manner
Ability to consistently exercise discretion and excellent judgment
Ability to travel throughout the Cook County area
Public Health Competencies to include:
oKnowledge of statistical computations used in Public Health data collection, trending, and reporting
oComprehensive knowledge of the theories, principles and practice of epidemiology and biostatistics in the field of public health
oStrong skills and working knowledge with preparedness theory and planning
oOutstanding partnership development and planning skills, including strategic planning and community-based development theory and methods
oAbility to retrieve and synthesize scientific evidence to inform practice
oAbility to explain limitations of scientific evidence
oAbility to ensure the use of professional development opportunities for team members
oAbility to modify organizational practices in response to change
oAbility to apply ethical principles in accessing, collecting, analyzing, using, maintaining, and disseminating data and information
VETERAN PREFERENCE PLEASE READ
When applying for employment with the Cook County Health & Hospitals System, preference is given to honorably discharged Veterans who have served in the Armed Forces of the United States for not less than 6 months of continuous service
To take advantage of this preference a Veteran must:
Meet the minimum qualifications for the position.
Identify self as a Veteran on the employment application by answering yes to the question by answering yes to the question, Are you a Military Veteran?
Attach a copy of their DD 214, DD 215 or NGB 22 (Notice of Separation at time of application filing. Please note: If you have multiple DD214s, 215s, or NGB 22S, Please submit the one with the latest date. Coast Guard must submit a certified copy of the military separation from either the Department of Transportation (Before 9/11) or the Department of Homeland Security (After 9/11). Discharge papers must list and Honorable Discharge Status. Discharge papers not listing an Honorable Discharge Status are not acceptable
A copy of a valid State ID Card or Driver's License which identifies the holder of the ID as a Veteran, may also be attached to the application at time of filing.
If items are not attached, you will not be eligible for Veteran Preference
VETERANS MUST PROVIDE ORIGINAL APPLICABLE DISCHARGE PAPERS OR APPLICABLE STATE ID CARD OR DRIVER'S LICENSE AT TIME OF INTERVIEW.
Medical, Dental, and Vision Coverage
Basic Term Life Insurance
Pension Plan and Deferred Compensation Program
Employee Assistance Program
Paid Holidays, Vacation, and Sick Time
You may also qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF)
COOK COUNTY HEALTH AND HOSPITALS SYSTEM IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.
Degrees awarded outside of the United States with the exception of those awarded in one of the United States' territories and Canada must be credentialed by an approved U.S. credential evaluation service belonging to the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or the Association of International Credential Evaluators (AICE). Original credentialing documents must be presented at time of interview.
*Please note all offers of Employment are contingent upon the following conditions: satisfactory professional & employment references, healthcare and criminal background checks, appropriate licensure/certifications and the successful completion of a physical and pre-employment drug screen.
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