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Senior Public Health Informatics Specialist (Snr Epi) DOH5580

Company: State of Washington
Location: Olympia
Posted on: June 12, 2021

Job Description:

The Senior Public Health Informatics Specialist serves as the supervisor for the Immunization Informatics Section and is a member of the Office Leadership Team. In this role, you'll be the public health informatics subject matter expert regarding public health programs and the development, maintenance, operation, enhancement, and configuration of data systems and informatics capabilities to address the needs of the Department of Health and in service to the 35 Local Health Jurisdictions, 29 federally-recognized Tribes, and other public health and healthcare sector partners across Washington State.

This position contributes to the COVID-19 response mission by supporting necessary informatics and data system capabilities needed to support immunization allocation, administration, surveillance and reporting, and other critical mission areas.

Incumbent may contribute to development of agency-wide architectures, use of data standards, and solutions to issues of security and confidentiality, integration, and interoperability. This position provides leadership and oversees complex scientific and informatics assessment to support public health policies and practices, including community health improvement, decision support, and stakeholder engagement.

Currently, this position may be located anywhere within the State of Washington and potentially outside of the state. Out of state applicants are encouraged to apply. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, telework (mobile-work) is expected. When approved to return, the incumbent will work with their supervisor to identify an appropriate work schedule and balance, including telework and/or reporting to Tumwater or an alternate duty station for work activities.

This is a full-time project Senior Epidemiologist within the Division of Prevention and Community Health (PCH), Office of Immunization and Child Profile (OICP) and is currently funded through June 30, 2024.

PCH supports the Department of Health's mission by collaborating with our partners and stakeholders to enhance the health of individuals, families, and communities. We work to prevent disease and promote a healthy start, healthy choices, and access to services. The division employees work in two primary locations and at local health departments, to deliver public health services statewide.

OICP is committed to two primary goals:

* Promoting immunization to protect children, teens, and adults from preventable diseases * Collaborating with health care providers, government agencies, and community organizations to educate parents on healthy choices and preventive care

About the Department of Health

The vision of the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) is equity and optional health for all. Our mission is to work with others to protect and improve the health of all people in Washington state.

Our Values

Good organizations know what they do and how they do it. Great organizations also understand why they do it. Our values are:

* Human-centered: We see others as people who matter like we do and take into account their needs, challenges, contributions, and objectives. * Equity: We are committed to fairness and justice to ensure access to services, programs, opportunities, and information for all. * Collaboration: We seek partnership and collaboration to maximize our collective impact. We cannot achieve our vision alone. * Seven Generations: Inspired by Native American culture, we seek wisdom from those who came before us to ensure our current work protects those who will come after us. * Excellence: We strive to demonstrate best practices, high performance, and compelling value in our work every day.

Benefits of Working for DOH

Washington is America's Top State, according to U.S. News (2021), and provides one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation.

Tumwater is a vibrant city just south of Olympia, the state's capital, with a small-town feel conveniently situated between Seattle and Portland. Tumwater enjoys the benefits of an engaged and educated community and a well-supported school system, with two universities and a community college within a ten-mile radius.

We also offer:

* Ahealthy life/work balance by offering flexible schedules and telework options for many positions. * Growth and development opportunities. * A wellness program that offers education, access to healthy food, and fitness classes. * Opportunities to serve your community through meaningful work. * A commitment to diversity and inclusion fosters an inclusive environment that encourages all employees to bring their authentic selves to work. * An Infant at Work Program based on the long-term health values of breastfeeding newborns and infant-parent bonding. * A modernized workplace.

Duties Include

* Identifying staffing gaps to support informatics work and finds solutions to those gaps. * Managing personnel issues for the section, such as recruitment, hiring, evaluation, and disciplinary action. * Supervising and mentoring public health informatics specialists and/or epidemiologists * Managing budget related issues for the informatics section. * Overseeing program-specific data system management and enhancement, data and data system related quality assurance, data integration, and data provision activities on a day to day basis. * Planning and overseeing the implementation, development, and maintenance of one or more health information systems. * Developing or overseeing development of use cases, business process documentation, workflow analyses for information system development, and manages resources for assigned areas of public health practice. * Leading engagement with stakeholders to assess, manage, and communicate changes that are direct and indirect results of public health informatics activities. * Collaborating with OICP Assessment and program staff to ensure program data needs are understood and system or data provision changes can address those needs. * Analyzing and interpreting data for reports and presentations and making recommendations based on analyses. * Overseeing complex data programming including ad-hoc analysis, data mining, extraction and transformation, processing of complex data sets, and the creation of analytic datasets. * Providing analytic support and public health informatics knowledge to support program teams in the areas of data analysis, protocols, technical presentation and documentation, and response to informatics inquiries

What we're looking for

Our ideal candidate has a driving passion for the work, brings humility to their job and interactions, and understands how their actions affect others. They see the needs and objectives of others and take them into account while achieving their objectives, and they adapt their approach and expectations accordingly. Our ideal candidate is outward even when confronted with others that are not open or collaborative. They demonstrate resilience to model outward behaviors even when stressed or tired.

Required Qualifications

* Option 1: Bachelor's degree in health informatics, public health, science, epidemiology, public policy or health policy, health services research, health information sciences, computer science, or a related field; and eight (8) or more years of professional experience in a healthcare or public health setting with health informatics responsibilities.


* Option 2: Master's degree or higher from an accredited graduate school with a focus in public health, public health informatics, health care informatics, information technology, computer science, information science, public policy or health policy, statistics or a related field; and six (6) or more years of professional experience in a healthcare or public health setting with health informatics responsibilities.


* Option 3: Doctoral-level degree such as PhD of Informatics, Doctor of Public Health (Dr.PH.), Doctor of Health Science (D.H.Sc.), Ph.D. Management Information Systems and Technology, Ph.D Computer Science or a related field; and four (4) or more years of experience doing senior-level public health informatics work;.


* Two (2) or more years of lead or supervisory experience in a public health or similar setting. * Experience effectively providing technical skills and knowledge in one or more areas of public health informatics. * Specific training and/or certification in one or more specialized areas of public health informatics, such as CDC/CSTE or PHII informatics training programs. * Experience managing multiple projects in a fast-paced and high-pressure environment.

Health informatics responsibilities should include conducting and/or supporting informatics projects including scientific investigations, information architecture management, and implementing data and information standards.

Application Process

Intrigued? Click "Apply" to submit your detailed application profile along with the following:

1. A cover letter, describing how you meet the qualifications and why you are interested in this position.

2. A current resume.

3. Three (3) or more professional references, to be included in your profile. Please include at least one supervisor, peer, and (if you have supervised staff) someone you have supervised or led.

Important Note: Do not attach documents that contain a photo or private information (social security number, year of birth, transcripts, etc.) or documents that are password protected. These documents will not be reviewed and may cause errors within your application when downloaded.

Applicants wishing to claim Veterans Preference should attach a copy of their DD-214 (Member 4 copy), NGB 22, or signed verification of service letter from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs to their application. Please remove or cover any personally identifiable data such as social security numbers and year of birth.

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) is an equal opportunity employer. DOH strives to create a working environment that is inclusive and respectful. We prohibit discrimination based on race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability.

Conditions of Employment/Working Conditions

With or without an accommodation, I am willing and able to:

* Legally operate a state or privately owned vehicle or provide alternative transportation. * Occasionally work more than 40 hours per week and/or to adjust normally scheduled hours, which may include evening and weekends. * Occasionally travel either alone or with another person, overnight, for several days and/or out of state. * Move objects and materials weighing as much as 25 pounds.

If you have questions, need alternative formats or other assistance please contact Skyler Jones at (360) 236-4408, Skyler.jones@doh.wa.gov, or TDD Relay at 1-800-833-6384 or 711 (Washington Relay). Technical support is provided by NEOGOV, 855-524-5627 (can't log in, password or email issues, error messages).


This recruitment may be used to fill other positions of the same job classification across the agency.Once all the position(s) from the recruitment are filled, the recruitment may only be used to fill additional open positions for the next sixty (60) days.

Only applicants who follow the directions and complete the Application Process in-full will have their responses reviewed for consideration.

Education and experience selected, listed and/or detailed in the Supplemental Questions must be verifiable on the detailed applicant profile submitted.

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